Average Weight: Men's 285g (8 UK), Women's 250g (6 UK)
Heel-to-Toe Drop: Zero
Stack Heights: 25/25mm
Multi-terrain off-road trail shoe for muddy and hard packed trails. Suitable for running or walking.
- Upper: Made of a durable Quick-Dry Air Mesh with a rip-stop finish. Trademark wide FootShape™ toe box, that allows the toes to spread out naturally. Enhanced overlays in the mid-foot and through to the heel to hold the foot securely. Also includes gaiter straps at the heel and below each side of the ankle. Together with the loop at the foot of the laces, gaiters will help keep dirt out on dry trails.
- 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. Altra also include a forefoot “stoneguard” or rock plate to help disperse shock, but also protect against sharp or gnarly stones and roots on the trail.
- Outsole: New MaxTrac™ rubber compound to provide grip, traction and durability. 4 mm deep lugs. Trail Claw grip featuring a variety of hexagonal and triangular shaped lugs.
- 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.
- Although zero drop, with a 25mm stack height it also has plenty of cushioning. (The stack height, simply put, is the amount of cushioning under your feet.)
- Excellent grip on grass and hard pack trails.
- Altra’s wide toe box really does allow the toes to splay and spread naturally. This allows for better forefoot stability through toe-off.
- If you are considering Altras, the zero drop may take some adjusment. 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 8-10 mm 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 and you run slowly, all should be well.
- Grip is absolutely fine on hard and soft trails, but if deep mud or bog is to be encountered regularly, a deeper lugged shoe is possibly more practical.
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 overlays 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 pack and muddy trails. I would probably opt for deeper fell shoe grip of the Altra King MT or similar for open hill and moorland runs, which have serious mud and more technical sections.