The Lone Peak 3.5 (pictured above) is here! Keep reading for a detailed summary of updates, which includes changes to the fit and materials. We also updated the purchase links on this page to direct you to the newest version.
In the past, the Altra Lone Peak design has seen some negative feedback for the durability of the shoe. The outer featured a chevron lug design that seemed to wear down after roughly 100 mountain miles (depending on the terrain), which we experienced with all previous Lone Peak models. However, we are hopeful to say that we think the design has turned a new leaf. The outsole seems to be far more durable with better traction and an uber-durable foot cap, and we were happy to run full speed down slippery surfaces.
We have also learned that this shoe is much more cushioned (which some of our testers did not like) and takes more time to break in than previous models. The fit feels a wee bit smaller at first, but once the cushioning packs out, the sole molds to the foot. That said, don't go running any 100-mile races with this shoe out of the box - you may earn a few blisters.
Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid - Women's, a mid-rise, water resistant, hiking boot-esque Lone Peak variation. With the same base as the Lone Peak we love, the NeoShell Mid has a "taller, waterproof upper" and "enhanced toe cap protection," all for the increased price of $160. While we haven't tried these out ourselves, we think they may be a great fit for thru-hikers and fast-packers alike.