Comment from: Joshua [Visitor]
Joshua

You wouldn't compare them to the Road Glove?

03/08/12 @ 22:18
Comment from: Stan [Visitor]
Stan

Awesome review and pictures as usual Justin. Thank you very much...sigh, another shoe to add to my wishlist. :)

I'll be sharing this post on my FB and blogging about later tonight for sure. I don;t subsribe to twitter but 2 out of 3 possible entries isn't bad.

03/09/12 @ 08:01
Comment from: Stan [Visitor]  
Stan

Hi Justin

Shared on FB and linked on my blog...

http://www.9run.ca/2012/03/shoe-review-altra-samson-by.html

Good luck to me!

03/09/12 @ 08:09
Comment from: D Berta [Visitor]
D Berta

Looking at these shoes, I wonder how they would compare to a Soft Star Runamoc Dash with the trail sole. Anyway, jsut a though, since they both would have similar styles and stack heights.

03/09/12 @ 09:53
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@joshua,

You inspired me to do a much more extensive VS. :) Updated the post with the flex pic and more comments.

03/09/12 @ 10:38
Comment from: Rick D [Visitor]
Rick D

Shared on Facebook. Good review.

03/09/12 @ 11:02
Comment from: Steve Skojec [Visitor]  
Steve Skojec

Thanks for this review, Justin. I'm brand-spanking new to the whole world of barefoot/minimalist shoes (I don't own anything yet) and am really looking forward to trying some out.

I was originally trying to go with the Merrell Trail Gloves, but they didn't have them in a wide. When I found your review of the Adam, I was intrigued. They sound like a good choice for me, even if I'm not crazy about the look. The Samsons look better, but it's a hard choice between them and the Adam.

I'd love a shot at winning a pair so I can buy the other one too. I mentioned your post in my blog here:

http://blog.steveskojec.com/2012/03/09/barefootminimalist-shoes-the-search-continues/

03/09/12 @ 12:49
Comment from: Aaron R. [Visitor]
Aaron R.

Thanks for another great review. I have been waiting for the Samsons since seeing the first teaser pics a couple of months ago.

Also, I totally appreciate you going out on a limb and saying which shoes you prefer and why. Even though the "golden rule" in the minimalist shoe blogger world has become informing readers that they should try on each shoe for themselves (and rightly so), it is still nice to get personal opinions from those who have the ability to wear and compare lots of different shoes.

I'm going to head over to FB and share this post right now. If I don't win a pair, my wife will hopefully see my post and think that the Samsons will make a nice Father's Day gift.

03/09/12 @ 12:59
Comment from: Duane Dye [Visitor]
Duane Dye

I tried on the Altra and nearly decided to try them but something just didn't seem quite what I was looking for....but close. Maybe the Sampson are it.

03/09/12 @ 21:04
Comment from: Minimalist_Evan [Visitor]  
Minimalist_Evan

OMG!!!! I want one of the special merrell Road gloves that Justin received!!! IT HAS A CAT TAIL ATTACHMENT! So jealous :(

03/11/12 @ 17:53
Comment from: Jason [Visitor]
Jason

Good review. I shared and tweeted, keeping my fingers crossed.

03/12/12 @ 16:17
Comment from: Inquiring Minds [Visitor]
Inquiring Minds

I read another review about the Altra Adams and the loud noise the shoes made when running. Could you comment on this, is the noise really that loud? How about the Samsons as well, do they make a noise comparable to the Adams?

03/16/12 @ 12:04
Comment from: Dino Aranda [Visitor]
Dino Aranda

I have both the Adams and the Samsons and I can attest to the slapping sound it makes. This usually occurs when I am fatigued and run with poor form. With proper form, I don't hear the noise.

03/20/12 @ 19:39
Comment from: Inquiring Minds [Visitor]
Inquiring Minds

Thanks for the info Dino, I'm glad to hear the noise is absent with proper form. Is your experience with the slapping sound coming from both the Adams and the Samsons?

03/21/12 @ 13:47
Comment from: Gabe [Visitor]  
Gabe

I've been wearing the Adams for about 6 months now (I needed something for winter) and haven't been able to get rid of the slapping sound, no matter how carefully I run. They even make noise while walking. At first I tried so hard to land extra-softly, watch my gait, etc. thinking that it was a matter of form that I ended up altering my form for the worse. The only thing that has worked is to listen to music while I run, to muffle the sound of the shoes. I really don't like this approach but nothing else has worked. My form when I run barefoot is probably not perfect but I land really gently and make no sounds whatsoever; I can sneak up on squirrels, birds, dogs and of course people without them even noticing me. So it's definitely the shoes, the material and/or the shape; I can't find any other explanation.

04/03/12 @ 10:19
Comment from: barry [Visitor]
barry

My feelmax OSMA's are worn out (well over 500 miles) and I am looking for a comfy minimalist replacement. The Altra-Samson and the Inov8-X180 seem like good candidates, but I am worried the x180 may not have as comfy a toe-box as the Samsons, and I am worried that the Samsons with out+inner sole may not be as flexible as X180s.

Any Comments?

04/12/12 @ 15:14
Comment from: Vernon Johnston [Visitor]
Vernon Johnston

Thanks for the review. I have only had my Samsons for 3 days. I love the size of the toe box. I will use them as a cross-training shoe. The Merrill Wides weren't wide enough. The Samsons fit nicely, not only for my toes, but those extra lacing holes help with cinching the heels. Haven't run on wet pavement yet. Anyone have any comments about the traction?

04/13/12 @ 20:06
Comment from: Zack [Visitor]  
Zack

I'd like to see a review of the Samson vs the Instinct. I want a shoe to use in formation since I'm in the Marine Corp and my command won't allow me to wear my KSO's. I want to know the pros and cons of both of those shoes for pt which can involve anything from running on roads to trails and you never know what you're going to be doing until you do it.

04/23/12 @ 15:22
Comment from: mp0363 [Visitor]
mp0363

I have the Adams and love the firm feel I get with these shoes. I've taken the insole out and my feet are happier for some reason - reminds me of my cycling days when (surprisingly) a firmer seat was better than a soft seat.

But that's for walking and standing at work. When I have to run in them (to get home from work) I do sometimes dream of mercy for my soles. Was trying on the Samsons @ Zombie and the seemed to offer a bit more cush. Reading your Bikila vs KSO analogy helped me understand Altra's positioning of this shoe. Of all my different shoes, the Bikila is my go-to shoe since it offers so little and yet just enough. To get me home from work, I'll have to see if these Samsons can offer me just the same over my Adams.

05/06/12 @ 10:56
Comment from: Antoine [Visitor]
Antoine

I ran in my new samsons yesterday in heavy rain, and I never had any kind of slippage. I got them pretty soaked and they were dry the next morning. So for me they past the test

06/27/12 @ 14:31
Comment from: nhct [Visitor]  
nhct

The Samson ( and the Delilah) is one of those strong-appeal, nicely-balanced (form and function), minimalist shoes that seems to be virtually impossible to find at meaningfully less than the MSRP, $99.99.

Please join me in requesting that Left Lane Sports add the Samson and the Delilah models to its (deeply discounted, as it were) Altra lineup. You may simply click on the "Feedback" link at the bottom of any of LLS's webpages and select "Brands I Want" in the top pull-down menu box. Thanks.

12/06/12 @ 12:12