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Comments: My pursuit was for a shoe to protect my metatarsal heads (forefoot) from too much bruising from the technical trails I always run with New Balance Minimus shoes. Truly I needed some sort of rock plate and more cushioning in my shoe fleet. After running in somewhat minimal shoes and recently starting to try the Chi Running technique, I need a medium to wide forefoot option and prefer a high-medium toe-box, but I have a medium-low instep and medium-low heel – a very hard combination to find. So, it was between the Saucony Peregrine 3 and the Altra Lone Peak 1.5. I read reviews and watched YouTube reviews about the Altra shoe. The Saucony felt too narrow in the forefoot and the Altra felt good with too many positive raving reviews. The Women’s Altra Lone Peak Size 9 ended up at 8.5 ounces. The two shoes I alternated were lower profile and I will add the Altra to the mix for some extra trail protection. 1. New Balance WT10v2 Minimus Trail at roughly 5.4 ounces each (same fit except a higher toe-box than the Altra according to the specs on Running Warehouse or Shoefitr) 2. New Balance WT1010 Minimus Trail (with forefoot rockstop and roughly 5.9 ounces) I found the Altra with full rock plate/layer to be fairly light, even with the extra few ounces. In fact, I thought the run I planned was only 7 miles, but it was actually 9.5 miles. I was rather exhausted toward the end, but not as bad as I would have expected. The Lone Peak definitely protects my feet from sharp rocks and small pebbles, and grips a little better than the WT10v2 Minimus Trail. Yes, surprisingly the WT10v2 Minimus Trail with its little nubbins is very grippy, too. Even with the Altra’s additional weight, the shoe felt springy in my stride and responsive around corners. The stability for the weight is amazing!!! Biggest fear is the Altra heel and instep are a little too big for me because I had to tie the laces rather tight. Maybe adding a very thin Spenco flat insole could take up some space. It will be sad to add additional weight, but it might be worth it. My recommendations for testing the shoe inside first if you have a smaller profile foot: 1. If you are used to a high toe-box, be sure to test the Lone Peak’s forefoot feel. The little piece of plastic made me skeptical and scared at first that I would hit my big toe I tend to raise up at the front of my stride. My big toe did not hit the toe cap during a stride, although, I did kick a rock extremely hard and bruised my toe (to be expected for how hard I hit). 2. Spend time in the shoe to let the insole warm up – it is rather thick and seems to start forming to the foot. That may require some re-tightening to determine where you will need to stop tightening. Bottom line: Mission accomplished for finding the right shoe to protect my forefoot. I want to figure out how to best fit this shoe for me and all other factors are already a go!
From: Heather B., Fort Collins, CO, USA. Weekly miles vary.  Run mostly technical trails in a 3-7 mile distance.

Comments: My pursuit was for a shoe to protect my metatarsal heads (forefoot) from too much bruising from the technical trails I always run with New Balance Minimus shoes. Truly I needed some sort of rock plate and more cushioning in my shoe fleet. After running in somewhat minimal shoes and recently starting to try the Chi Running technique, I need a medium to wide forefoot option and prefer a high-medium toe-box, but I have a medium-low instep and medium-low heel – a very hard combination to find. So, it was between the Saucony Peregrine 3 and the Altra Lone Peak 1.5. I read reviews and watched YouTube reviews about the Altra shoe. The Saucony felt too narrow in the forefoot and the Altra felt good with too many positive raving reviews. The Women’s Altra Lone Peak Size 9 ended up at 8.5 ounces.

The two shoes I alternated were lower profile and I will add the Altra to the mix for some extra trail protection. 1. New Balance WT10v2 Minimus Trail at roughly 5.4 ounces each (same fit, except a higher toe-box than the Altra according to the specs on Running Warehouse or Shoefitr) 2. New Balance WT1010 Minimus Trail (with a forefoot rockstop and roughly 5.9 ounces)

I found the Altra with full rock plate/layer to be fairly light, even with the extra few ounces. In fact, I thought the run I planned was only 7 miles, but it was actually 9.5 miles. I was rather exhausted toward the end, but not as bad as I would have expected. The Lone Peak definitely protects my feet from sharp rocks and small pebbles, and grips a little better than the WT10v2 Minimus Trail. Yes, surprisingly the WT10v2 Minimus Trail with its little nubbins is very grippy, too. Even with the Altra’s additional weight, the shoe felt springy in my stride and responsive around corners. The stability for the weight is amazing!!! Biggest fear is the Altra heel and instep are a little too big for me because I had to tie the laces rather tight. Maybe adding a very thin Spenco flat insole could take up some space. It will be sad to add additional weight, but it might be worth it. My recommendations is to test the shoe inside first if you have a smaller profile foot: 1. If you are used to a high toe-box, be sure to test the Lone Peak’s forefoot feel. The little piece of plastic made me skeptical and scared at first that I would hit my big toe I tend to raise up at the front of my stride. My big toe did not hit the toe cap during a stride, although, I did kick a rock extremely hard and bruised my toe (to be expected for how hard I hit). 2. Spend time in the shoe to let the insole warm up – it is rather thick and seems to start forming to the foot. That may require some re-tightening to determine where you will need to stop tightening.

Bottom line: Mission accomplished for finding the right shoe to protect my forefoot. I want to figure out how to best fit this shoe for me and all other factors are already a go! My weekly miles vary, I run mostly technical trails in a 3-7 mile distance.
From: Heather B., Fort Collins, CO, USA 

Comments: I love these shoes! I recently got these shoes for the "zero drop" and cushioning. They're great for both. And I am loving the wide toe box compared to other traditional running shoes. These are definitely the shoes for me.
From: Becky, Virginia

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