PRODUCT REVIEW: Altra Lone Peak 1.5

Product: Lone Peak 1.5

Manufacturer: Altra

Price: £105.00

Our performance rating: 9/10

Our price rating: 8/10

What we thought: Not the prettiest shoes I have ever worn on my feet and when I initially tried them they felt a little big with the very wide, squared off toe box. Things weren’t looking great, and with a £105.00 pricetag they could be an expensive experiment for many people.

I had read all the technical details of the shoes and all of the science behind why they look the way they do and how they can help my running style, form and technique, but after years of ‘new’ running shoes hitting the market making lots of bold claims I was obviously a little skeptical.

But, then I ran in them… I started off with a short run (30mins) and over a period of a few weeks; before my first race; I built up the mileage monitoring everything I could about how the shoe felt, what my form was like and how I recovered after. I still feel like I have more running to do but my impressions so far are…. AWESOME!

It was not all plain sailing, the wide toe box has taken some time to get familiar with, getting over the feeling of the shoes feeling too big. But, now I am not sure how I could go back to a regular shaped shoe. The ‘zero drop’ also felt weird to start with as for years shoes have had raised heels and big bouncy soles on them, but following the advice and guidelines of the manufacturer you adapt.

The Lone Peak as an off-road shoe have an additional footbed that you can insert to help increase the rigidity of the shoe and help prevent you feeling too much through the soles. The grip was great with a heavy enough tread pattern for anything I run in and around the forests and parks where I live and they even have the velcro fastening attachments for gators should you wish to go a little more hardcore.

I still intend to keep using these shoes and I have the road versions ordered so will obviously write a review on those when I have broken them in, but for now I am going to continue to train and race in these bad boys. I am very excited about these new shoes and think they will r

Would I buy them: YES

What the manufacturers say about their product:

“Zero Drop™ footwear offers runners the world’s first fully cushioned, foot-shaped, training shoe without an elevated heel. This unique platform allows for a more natural foot strike and a more efficient, comfortable ride.”

Benefits: Inspired by Lone Peak, one of the rockiest, toughest mountains in the Wasatch Range, The Lone Peak™ was designed to conquer the Wasatch 100. While the foot-shaped design allows athletes to stay relaxed and comfortable for hours, this do-everything mountain shoe promotes happy feet, increases ankle stabilisation and improves form with the Zero DropTM platform. The Lone PeakTM features an innovative, sandwiched StoneGuardTM system that deflects rocks into the midsole for a smoother, more stable ride. Stand above the rest with the ultimate trail running shoe.

Technical Stuff
Ideal Uses: Trail Running, Hiking, Fastpacking, Ultra Marathons
Designed to Reduce: Ankle Sprains, Stone Bruising, Overstriding, Forefoot Pain
Platform: Zero DropTM Platform, Foot-Shaped Design, NRS – Natural Ride System™
Weight: 9.9 oz.
Stack Height: 23 mm
Midsole: Two-Layer EVA / AltraBound™
Outsole: Sticky Rubber TrailClaw™
Insole: Mountain Footbed
Upper: Quick-Dry, Abrasion-Resistant Mesh with Minimal Seams
Lacing Structure: Asymmetrical
Other Features: StoneGuard™ Sandwiched Rock Protection, TrailRudder™, Gusseted Tongue, Vegan Friendly, Natural Ride System

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