Altra Lone Peak ALL-WTHR Mid Review
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Altra Lone Peak ALL-WTHR Mid
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|Pros||Lightweight, good waterproofing, zero-drop||Top-level hiking boot performance, excels in all metrics||Lightweight, comfortable, excellent traction||Very comfortable, supportive||Inexpensive, great waterproofing, quality material|
|Cons||Soft sole, durability concerns||Expensive, not as great for hot and dry climates||Narrow fit, slightly small sizing||Average waterproofing, fair traction||Heavy, clunky, uncomfortable|
|Bottom Line||This ultralight mid-top boot is meant for demanding days with light packs and long miles||The gold standard of what a great hiking boot should be, and we heartily recommend it for those seeking the best possible performance on and off the trail||This high-performing hiking boot tears up technical terrain with maximum precision and is at home far from the trail||This super comfortable hiking shoe is one of our favorite budget-friendly models||This is a classic hiking boot that uses traditional materials and is an inexpensive option for someone who wants a beefy boot|
|Rating Categories||Altra Lone Peak ALL...||Salomon Quest 4 Gor...||La Sportiva Ultra R...||Merrell Moab 3 Mid...||Timberland Mt. Madd...|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Altra Lone Peak ALL...||Salomon Quest 4 Gor...||La Sportiva Ultra R...||Merrell Moab 3 Mid...||Timberland Mt. Madd...|
|Weight (per pair)||1.84 lbs (size 11)||2.90 lbs (size 11)||2.08 lbs (size 45 EU)||2.36 lbs (size 11)||2.31 lbs (size 11)|
|Boot Type||Lightweight hiker/day hiker||Midweight hiker/backpacking boot||Lightweight hiker/day hiker||Midweight hiker/backpacking boot||Midweight hiker/backpacking boot|
|Width Options||Regular||Regular||Regular, Wide||Regular, Wide||Regular, Wide|
|Waterproof Lining||eVent||Gore-Tex||GORE-TEX extended comfort||Waterproof membrane||TimberDry|
|Upper||eVent Fabric||Leather and nylon||AirMesh, microfiber, TPU||Pigskin leather, mesh||Full-grain leather|
|Last Board/Shank||None||4D Chassis||Nylon molded flex TPU||Molded nylon||TPU shank|
|Midsole||Altra EGO||EnergyCell||Injection-molded MEMlex||Super Rebound Compound||EVA|
|Sole||DuraTread||Contagrip||FriXion XF 2.0||Vibram TC5+||Rubber|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Altra Lone Peak ALL-WTHR Mid is to hiking boots what a Ferrari is to cars. Sleek, fast, and purpose-built to go quickly over terrain, these boots (if you can even call them boots) make some sacrifices in terms of longevity and support. But if you are looking for a mid-top running shoe that is exceptionally comfortable and you are not opposed to the zero drop style, look no further.
Comfort is a metric in which the Lone Peak ALL-WTHR has almost no equal. As one of the top-scoring models in this fundamental metric, this shoe (ahem, boot!) will be very appealing to a wide range of hikers. A big part of this appeal comes from Altra's signature wide foot shape. Rather than feeling tight and constricted, the foot is allowed to sit in its natural position. This is especially nice after long days on the trail — as your feet swell, they have the room they need.
The material used in the upper of the Lone Peak is a soft and flexible textile material that easily conforms to the foot. The midsole is soft and springy, giving these a comfortable walking feel while on moderate ground. While hiking on local trails, we were really impressed at how comfortable these boots felt, although when taken to more technical and rocky terrain, there is no doubt that you feel much more of the rocks and obstacles beneath the foot. This boot is soft when compared to a rigid design with an EVA sole, although that is part of the appeal of this niche style.
As a mid-top hiking boot, the Lone Peak ALL-WTHR extends up around the ankle, and the traditional lacing system allows the wearer to get a snug and secure fit that protects effectively against a rolled ankle. The upper material is soft and flexible on its own, giving credence to the concept that compression equals rigidity.
The Altra Ego midsole protects from the jarring impacts of the hiking trail and is spongelike and springy underfoot. This technology is used in Altra's running shoe and trail shoe line and is one of the features that identify this boot as a crossover or hybrid model. They are hard to compare with classic hiking boots with lots of leather and rigid shanks because they are just so different. We would rather think of this boot as a beefy running shoe that people who desire more support and stability than their current trail running shoes can upgrade into. For folks carrying 50-plus pounds into the backcountry or putting a lot of weight onto their feet, these boots are likely to be inadequate for the task.
The Lone Peak Mid uses a proprietary rubber compound for the outsole called Duratread. This compound is designed to be denser and more resistant to wear and tear while also giving unrelenting traction. We found the stickiness sufficient to smear our way up boulders and slabs while also holding a secure grip on looser sand and gravel.
The lugs on the outsole are designed in a pattern Altra calls Trailclaw. This bidirectional pattern positions the lugs in a canted orientation so that no matter whether you are going uphill or downhill, something is holding onto the ground and keeping you from sliding. The lugs are sharp and grippy, and the only thing that really prevents these boots from being awarded higher marks for traction is the lack of rigidity in the sole. The sole is soft and rather pliable, so these are less effective at kicking steps or edging, as the wide sole just wants to roll rather than provide a stable platform.
To ensure that these boots really are designed for All Weather, Altra uses an eVent waterproof breathable inner bootie that keeps water out, as well as a treated textile fabric on the outer. We measured the flood height at 3.5 inches, which is rather low for this category as a whole, but for the lower mid-cut, it seems appropriately tall.
The eVent fabric works as advertised and keeps water out for a few minutes before beginning to leak. We would use these boots sparingly in very wet and submersed conditions — they are better used in drier climates that may require only occasional water crossings or wet weather protection.
The Lone Peak ALL-WTHR is one of the lightest hiking boots we have reviewed at just 1.84 pounds for a pair of men's US size 11. These boots are perfect for the thru-hiker and fastpacker who wants the security of a mid-top boot but also to hike freely along the trail without being weighed down by the extra ounces of a classic heavyweight hiking boot.
Being so lightweight, the Lone Peak ALL-WTHR has given up some durability by using such thin materials. Many users have reported durability issues with these boots and feel that they do not last particularly long before materials begin delaminating. We also saw reports of wear occurring due to rubbing, which in turn can cause the waterproof eVent liner to fail, often around the top of the metatarsals.
Consider these boots to be an investment in comfort and light weight for an individual thru-hike like the John Muir Trail, and be happy you got 250 miles out of them before they start to break down and show wear — similar to running shoes. If you expect to get three years of solid use out of these shoes, you might find yourself disappointed. That is one of the major tradeoffs when considering boots of this weight class.
Should You Buy the Altra Lone Peak ALL-WTHR Mid?
These boots are a niche product for those with wide feet, who like the comfort of a running shoe but want the stability of a hiking boot, and who like the zero-drop flat shoe feel. If that describes you, the Lone Peak is a good value, and we recommend them.
What Other Hiking Boots Should You Consider?
The Lone Peak ALL-WTHR are insanely light, though the Salomon X Ultra Mid 4 Gore-Tex weighs about the same and offers better traction and support. For those who are not big fans of the zero drop craze, we also really love the cushioning of the Hoka Speedgoat Mid 2 GTX, which is somehow even lighter.
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