Altra Lone Peak 3.5, Trail Running Shoes
Category: Trail Running Shoes
Average weight: Men’s 295g (UK 8), Women’s 250g (UK 6)
Heel-to-toe drop: 0mm (zero drop)
Stack height: Men’s & Women's 25mm-25mm
In a nutshell: Multi-terrain off-road shoe for muddy and hard pack trails. Suitable for running or walking.
Outsole: New MaxTrac™ rubber compound to provide grip, traction and durability. 4mm deep lugs. Trail Claw grip featuring a variety of hexagonal and triangular shaped lugs.
Midsole: Double layer of cushioning materials. EVA directly above the outsole, and top loaded softer / A-Bound compound under the insoles, make for a smooth cushioned ride.
Upper: Made of a durable Quick-Dry Air Mesh. Trademark wide FootShape™ toe box, that allows the toes top spread out naturally. Gaiter strap at the heel and below each side of the ankle. Loop at the foot of the laces to facilitate gaiters and help keep dirt out on dry trails.
The zero drop of all Altra shoes ensures your heel and forefoot are the same height from the ground. This has been shown to encourage more mid and forefoot landing that reduces impact forces.
Altra’s wide toe box really does allow the toes to splay and spread naturally. This allows for better forefoot stability though toe off.
If you are considering Altra, the low zero-drop may take some getting used to. If you have worn 4/5mm-drop shoes before it will not feel too different. If most of your recent shoes have been on a higher drop like 8-10mm they can take a few miles and outings to get used to. Calves and achilles can feel a little tight, but as long as you build up the mileage you run in these shoes slowly, all will be well.
Having put a lot of miles on a pair of Lone Peaks the last 12 months, on Scottish hill paths and trails, in lowlands and highlands, first thing I can say is, they are incredibly durable.
I have worn a lot of lower 4-6mm drop road and trail shoes over the years, as well as the traditional higher drops of many road shoes. I personally didn’t find the zero drop an issue at all. As mentioned on the cons above, if you haven’t had a low drop shoe before, a transition period is needed, maybe alternating with your existing shoes for a while to enable you to adjust.
Despite the wide toe box, they are snug around the mid foot and ankle, making for an incredibly good fit. Although it is not a stiff heel collar, the strategic placing of the heel overlay gives you the feeling of an element of control that some softer heel tabs don’t give you.
We all know that there is no perfect trail or fell shoe for every run or race, but the lugs of the Lone Peak seem totally adequate on hard packed and muddy trails. I would probably opt for deeper fell shoe grip on open hill and moorland runs, which have serious mud and more technical sections.
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