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Altra Lone Peak 4.0 - Women's Review

This all-terrain warrior is perfect for those seeking a wide toe box while running ultra-distance marathons.
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Price:  $120 List | $119.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Wide toe box, all-terrain traction, zero-drop, many comfort features, quick to dry
Cons:  Lacks arch support, slippery on sloppy surfaces
Manufacturer:   Altra
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 9, 2018
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RANKED
#2 of 15
  • Foot protection - 30% 8
  • Traction - 20% 7
  • Stability - 15% 8
  • Comfort and Fit - 15% 8
  • Weight - 10% 8
  • Sensitivity - 10% 8

The Skinny

The Altra Lone Peak 4 offers a unique design that can tackle seriously tough terrain and drawn-out distances. Designed for ultra-running, Altra is known for its wide toe box that provides your feet the opportunity to splay out and wiggle free while on the move. With this opportunity, you can feel more balanced and stable on the trail. We tested this shoe in conditions ranging from hot and sunny to wet and cold. We treaded over terrain that brought us high on ridge lines to lowest parts of the valley floors. While exploring these beautiful areas of the Earth, we encountered many steep surfaces littered with rocks, sand, rubble and more. In all these conditions, we learned that the Lone Peak 4 is a seriously excellent shoe that provides all-around protection, comfort, and stability on the trail.

For all-around protection, it features a nicely cushioned, zero-drop midsole infused with a protective rock plate and 25mm of underfoot cushioning that will keep your foot protected underfoot. The continuous upper is thin and doesn't allow any small particulates to get through, adding in additional protective elements. The zero-drop technology means that there is no additional cushioning in the heel, making it a great option for midfoot strikers, or those aspiring to become one. The midsole is quite responsive and didn't break down during our testing period, adding value to this new design. The new upper is thinner, with more durable materials that wick away water and drains faster than the previous model. We are pleased about the many updates in this shoe and think its one of the best models designed yet!

The only shoe that sports a wider forefoot in addition to a zero drop design with better performance elements is the Inov-8 TerraUltra G260, our Editors' Choice award winner. While this shoe isn't as wide as the Altra at the base of the metatarsals, it certainly allows great toe splay, is lighter weight and provides even better traction on all terrain. That said, the Lone Peak 4 features a less rigid collar and provides a little more in the way of comfort all the way around. Overall, if you're looking for a zero-drop shoe that hosts many comfort elements and does well on basically all types of terrain for all sorts of distances, check out this Top Pick for Wide Feet.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Altra Lone Peak 4 is our Top Pick for Wide Feet because of its wider toe box that offers exceptional comfort, stability, and protection through all sorts of terrain.

Performance Comparison


The Lone Peak 4.0 offers a wide toe box and a wonderfully updated upper and outsole. Better traction  breathability  and performance in this iteration. In addition  the forefoot feels wider than ever.
The Lone Peak 4.0 offers a wide toe box and a wonderfully updated upper and outsole. Better traction, breathability, and performance in this iteration. In addition, the forefoot feels wider than ever.

Foot Protection


We have literally taken this shoe through all the grossest and gnarliest terrain to test foot protection. Wet grass, kitty litter, rocky terrain, fifth class climbing, zoomy single track and more! Conditions have ranged from stormy and cold to sunny and hot. In all our testing, the newly redesigned upper with the integration of a bomber rock plate in the outsole provides great protection from the elements. Our feet were comfortable even after tackling distances ranging from 5K to 30 miles. This has a lot to do with its numerous comfort features and protective elements.


The continuous upper keeps out pesky debris and fine particulate matter while the water-resistant overlay does an excellent job wicking away moisture at the surface. Newly integrated drainage holes will keep water out of the shoe if fording rivers or treading over super wet terrain. There are also many "breathable vents" that increases breathability throughout the shoe. While there might be a fear that this decreases weather protection, that is not the case.

The tightly knit overlays in addition to a bomber toe cap with additional drainage holes for water keeps feet protected through all the nasty stuff.
The tightly knit overlays in addition to a bomber toe cap with additional drainage holes for water keeps feet protected through all the nasty stuff.

The new StoneGuard integrated into the midsole of the shoe provides ample protection from the unsuspecting sharp stone underfoot. The responsive A-bound and EVA midsole stacks 25mm high for a responsive and protective trail journey from rocks or sharp objects underfoot. In our eyes, the Lone Peak 4 has many updates that make it just as protective as past models with a few added comforts. Take it up mountains, on your daily run, or to tackle your next 100- mile distance.

Traction


Featuring a newly designed outsole, traction is better than previous models and does well on most surfaces. It features a sticky TrailClaw outsole that has been updated this past year. The lugs seem more durable, and they grip better to uncertain surfaces like slippery steeps littered with rubble. They are multi-directional and fairly aggressive. As a result, we would recommend this shoe for running on pretty much any surface. They can definitely get the job done.


While this shoe is a wonderful all-terrain warrior, it does have its limits. When testing on the wet grasses and through super steep terrain, we found ourselves slipping out more than normal. The lug length on this shoe is long and does grab on less steep slopes, though when the angle gets higher, the shoe can lose traction. That said, it did well on similarily angled slopes with surfaces that provided better friction such as dirt, sand, or rock. Overall, while this shoe doesn't boast the best traction out, it will certainly get the job done, whatever you test it on.

The new outsole integrates burlier and rounded lugs that stick better to tough surfaces. In addition  it provides better lateral traction on slippery surfaces.
The new outsole integrates burlier and rounded lugs that stick better to tough surfaces. In addition, it provides better lateral traction on slippery surfaces.

Stability


Featuring an ultra-wide platform and even more room in the forefoot than previous versions, this shoe is quite stable. The wide toe box allows your toes to spread laterally and the enhanced upper provides more room for wriggle. The outsole is flexible, allowing your shoe to flow with your foot. That great stability of this shoe makes it a Top Pick.


Even though the stack height of the Lone Peak 4 is around 25mm, ankle-rolling does not seem to be an issue. The outsole is seemingly wider than the midsole, providing an even broader platform to stability. In addition, the upper features a static webbing cinch strap in addition to a well-designed overlay that tightens around the foot for a specific fit…increasing the stability of the shoe. The only reason it doesn't score higher is simply that it doesn't have stability elements built in like other options in this review.

Comfort & Fit


This shoe features a zero-drop design. Most traditional trail runners have additional support in the heel, and most new runners are accustomed to this support. When running in a pair of Altras, it is very important to take your time getting used to the zero drop design that pushes the body to run on the midfoot instead of the forefoot. Trying to run too far too fast can result in injury. That said, be careful and make sure to read Altra's running recommendations if you're trying out this shoe for the first time.

Allowing your toes the freedom to wiggle free, our testers are totally psyched on the comfort of this shoe. The stacked 25mm midsole is incredibly responsive and provides all-day comfort for those in need of a shoe that will keep up with them for literally hundreds of miles! In addition to the basic comforts of cushioning, the new upper is thinner and allows your toes more freedom than the previous model. In fact, this model is reminiscent of the ever and early versions of the Lone Peaks that were more minimalist in nature, simply because there seems to be more foot freedom in the toe box.


When it comes to fit, Altra designs its shoes with a women's specific fit that provides a tighter fitting heel cup. On this particular model, the shoe stays in place for the most part with a little bit of movement in the heel. There is no additional arch support as this shoe features a zero drop design (no additional heel or arch support). However, it does a good job hugging the area around the arch to stay in place. That said, those with super narrow feet may prefer a shoe with a more narrow toe box and may find this shoe to be a little bit bulky. However, those with a wider foot will appreciate a little extra space in the toe box.

In addition to these fit features, the Lone Peak comes with a gaiter adaptor velcro strap on the back and a hook-in point at the base of the laces. This is a specific place that you can attach the gaiter if you plan on running in sandy environments or if you encounter tall grasses on a regular basis. Overall, this shoe is comfortable with a women's specific fit. It is our Top Pick for Wide Feet because of its wider toe box that opens up at the base of your feet.

In addition to great underfoot cushioning  this shoe features a gaiter trap and loop that helps to pull on the shoe with ease.
In addition to great underfoot cushioning, this shoe features a gaiter trap and loop that helps to pull on the shoe with ease.

Weight


Weighing in at 9.90 oz per shoe (size nine), it is a fairly lightweight option. On the trail, it feels light, even after running for hours! When totally soaking the shoe in our water tests, it only held 3.2 oz of water which is a lot less than the previous model! As a result, it's not too absorbent and does a great job wicking away water. The new drainage holes also help to get water out of a shoe if it's been completely drenched. Overall, this is a great lightweight option.


Sensitivity


You can feel the trail with the Lone Peak 4. Even with 25mm of stack height, the experience is still intimate, but not painful. The outsole and midsole combine to form a platform that offers a great balance of protection and sensitivity. However, it's not to the most sensitive shoe out there. If you instead seek an option that offers a "barefoot running experience" where every lump and undulation is felt, you may need to seek an option with a thinner outsole.


Best Application


This is our favorite shoe for taking pretty much anywhere! We have run with it over all types of terrain, in all conditions, and through a range of distances. While it does great on all terrain…including roads and super rocky trails, it does slip out on super sloppy surfaces like steep muddy trails or super wet grass. That said, it's still an all-terrain warrior that is best for those seeking a shoe that is wide and comfortable.

At OutdoorGearLab we take our shoe testing seriously. Here we see our main tester tackling the ascent of Crestone Peak... a fourteen thousand foot peak in Colorado's high mountains. We don't just run  we climb  scramble  and do much more! The Lone Peak 4.0 proves to do well for these long distances  providing great performance even when the weather goes a little wonky.
At OutdoorGearLab we take our shoe testing seriously. Here we see our main tester tackling the ascent of Crestone Peak... a fourteen thousand foot peak in Colorado's high mountains. We don't just run, we climb, scramble, and do much more! The Lone Peak 4.0 proves to do well for these long distances, providing great performance even when the weather goes a little wonky.

Value


Retailing for $120, this is a great deal. Most trail running shoes will go for this price with a lower performance rating.

Conclusion


This Top Pick for Wide Feet is perfect for tackling all types of terrain, in all types of conditions. The wide forefoot is built to allow your toes to spread, improving balance, comfort, and stability on the trail.

A lovely view from way up high. We take a rest after about 7-miles and 4000 ft of vertical gain into our long run. A perfect function for this top pick that is designed to take on steep terrain and long distances.
A lovely view from way up high. We take a rest after about 7-miles and 4000 ft of vertical gain into our long run. A perfect function for this top pick that is designed to take on steep terrain and long distances.


Amber King