Altra’s New Vanish Carbon 2 Unites Speed and Comfort

March 26, 2024

The brand’s premium road racing shoe is now faster and more responsive with a full-length carbon plate and increased Altra EGO PROTM cushioning.

DENVER, Colo. (March 26, 2024) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Altra, a leading innovator in performance running, announces the second iteration of the award-winning Vanish Carbon road racing shoe.

“After years of working with elite athletes, we were beyond excited to launch the original Vanish Carbon back in 2022”, according to Altra Running co-founder, Brian Beckstead. “Now, two years later – we are thrilled to launch a more durable, full-plated race shoe. Additionally, by increasing the percentage of Altra EGO PROTM and adding a full carbon plate, the Vanish Carbon feels softer than than before underfoot, while also allowing for increased asymmetry – and thus, a more natural stride.”

Altra Running has been part of the performance race world for quite a few years now, and the Vanish Carbon 2 is the next step up for the brand in terms of their premium road racing offering. The new full-length carbon fiber plate – paired with Altra’s Slim FootshapeTM and zero drop – delivers a 14% increase in asymmetry to allow natural foot strike.

Additionally, a stack height increase from 33mm to 36mm allows for a more cushioned, yet responsive ride. This stack height bump-up paired with a 32% increase in Altra EGO PROTM midsole cushioning gives the Vanish Carbon 2 a softer feel underfoot for miles and miles of racing.

“The Vanish Carbon 2 has allowed me to train at a high level without worrying how I’m going to feel the next day”, Altra Elite Athlete, Frank Lara. This race shoe epitomizes the brand’s belief that comfort should not be compromised when it comes to race shoes. According to Cal Neff, another Altra Elite team member, “This is a competitive racing shoe we’ve been waiting for… all of the foam and carbon benefits of the other brands, but in a natural foot-shaped balanced platform – meaning you do not have to sacrifice comfort for speed.”

The Vanish Carbon 2 is available in one white/coral colorway for both men and women. The shoe can be purchased online at altrarunning.com and through select retailers. MSRP $260.


Altra was founded in the backroom of a small specialty running store in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Since the beginning, the goal has been to create innovative and purposeful running shoes that help people run more naturally. Altra’s unique platform includes a FootShape™ toebox that allows the toes to relax and spread out which enhances stability and encourages natural running form. Altra Running shoes have a Zero to Low Drop, ensuring your body stays in a more natural running position. Altra’s purpose is to unleash human potential by inspiring the world to move naturally. Be a part of our journey and follow along on Instagram. #altrarunning #stayoutthere

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Clara Parker