Altra Lone Peak Product Review

Short Take

Take the zero drop experience on the trail with confidence, thanks to the underfoot protection and rugged construction of the Altra Lone Peak.

Big Features

  • Trail-Ready Upper: The abrasion-resistant mesh and a moisture-managing lining provide a comfortable, breathable upper geared for off road.
  • Rock Guard: Get protection from rocks and debris with this TPU piece inserted in the midfoot.
  • “Claw” Outsole: Plenty of grip is on tap with sticky rubber in a multidirectional pattern.
  • Trail Rudder: Extending off the heel, this rudder gives you a little extra stability on downhills.

Trail Test

The Lone Peak is an excellent choice for the mid/forefoot striker who needs protection and cushioning for trail runs. Our testers enjoyed its stable ride, serious traction, and sturdy build.

For us, the zero drop design was easier to adjust to on the trail, since you naturally spend more time up on the front of your foot as you navigate trail hazards and change direction more frequently. Testers liked the balance of cushioning and ground feel offered in the Lone Peak. Even with a stone guard in the forefoot, the shoe remains very nimble and gives feedback about the trail surface underfoot. More than one tester noted that even though the lugs don’t look like much, the traction of the shoe is impressive over rocks, roots and other debris.

The upper breathes well, especially for a trail model, but the fit was a bit of a challenge for some testers. First, note that we recommend sizing up a half size since the Lone Peak runs small. The straight shape of the shoe, combined with a fairly wide midfoot, made the Lone Peak feel “baggy” in a few spots for some testers. But if you have a high-volume foot, the Lone Peak sports one of the most generous trail shoe uppers out there.

Runners Say

Matt

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this shoe but came away pretty impressed by the rock protection and the durable overlays. I felt supreme confidence to keep chugging ahead.

Tera

Good cushioning when running with a forefoot gait. The midfoot was a bit too wide for me but with a comfortable fit in the heel and forefoot, I felt secure.

Daniel

I could easily see the Lone Peak handling long-haul trail training and racing. This is one tough shoe.