Altra Lone Peak 3.0

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Review Facts

Yet another beautiful model by Altra that simply allows wearers to do much more than the usual. This shoe has everything that wearers would need from the cushioning in the sole unit to the breathability in the upper. The shoe’s design is one that wearers are to enjoy immensely and, due to the features that are present throughout, don’t really have a hard time doing so. Being the fifth iteration of the Lone peak line by Altra, this shoe has many tricks up its sleeve that are intended to really give wearer’s everything that they would need to enjoy their experience in the shoe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Natural movement 
  • Extreme cushioning 
  • Durable design
  • Amazing fit 
Cons
  • Lacing can cause discomfort
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Positive
  • I am no stranger to the Appalachian trail or Altra Lone Peaks. These are my third pair. Wouldn't recommend the waterproof version but the mesh version work best with wool socks. Went 2000 miles and no blisters. Comfortable directly out of the box.
  • These have great traction and lightweight. Very comfortable. I need the wide toe box and zero drop so I appreciate these. Blister free, no pain and no fatigue.
  • Having been on a lifelong mission to find a shoe that mimics the human foot, I love these shoes. My feet are happy and not having to conform to what the market says my foot should fit into. The toe box is roomy and the shoe is comfortable. Give these a chance if you are not used to the zero drop allow a seven-day break in. You will never step back into a conventional shoe.
  • I hiked the Havasupai in these shoes and I am glad that I did. The difference between boots and these are amazing. I don't run in these. The toe box is roomy and the heel snug so that took some getting used to. The traction is solid.
  • Hiking shoes vs hiking boots, I wish I had learned the difference a long time ago. These are great for everyday and hiking. I went a half size larger and they fit perfectly. No issue with toe jam in these and my ankle support is sturdy. Surprisingly good arch support and cushioning too.
  • When I got these I put a lot of miles of running and hiking on them in the White Mountains. These held up in the slush and snow. I've also run flat trails. The extra cushion is nice and makes for a comfortable ride. On pavement not so great but doable.
  • It's clear that I love these shoe because this is my fourth pair. I use mine on street rather than trail running. The grip is fantastic on and off road. I recommend them to friends and family because they are a quality shoe.
  • Truth be told, I got into these because the lead singer of one of my favorite bands used them. But I love these shoes! I run a lot on pavement and these provide the support I need. These are not too bulky and they have a roomy toe box. They don't rub either. These shoes have held up so far after miles of running in them.
  • These fit as I expected and they are nice on rocky hikes. They allow air to your feet and the mesh is great for flushing out water.
  • I don't run actually. I love these though. I was more looking for a shoe for biking and around the town. These fit the bill with their breathability and stiff sole. My flat feet are impressed with these shoes. I still have life in my feet after a long day in these. Wish the colors were more subdued to wear to the office. Very nice shoes!
  • If it were possible I would have given these shoes 10 stars! Going up hills that are steep, walking over boulders and running on trails, the traction is incredible. Altra Lone Peak 3 will meet the demand. My feet were comfortable and felt great at days end.
  • I transition to these after running in the Torin. Out of the box, I ran eight miles in these. The trail was muddy and icy and these were amazing.
  • I love these shoes. I have walked over 600 miles in my first pair and 300 miles in my current pair. Comfortable and durable with a great design. For long distance hiking these are great. Love the gator trap, wide toe box and rock plate.
  • I have been through many brands. In my opinion, these are the best shoes ever made for running. For serious trail runners you already know to go a size up. Even after several miles these still have a glove and comfortable fit. Stocking up on the 3s as I prefer them over the 3.5 version.
  • These shoes are excellent but it is important to note that there is a period to break these in and to get used to them.
  • Got these on sale and these are the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. I knew to order up based on all the reviews that I read. Perfect fit. I highly recommend these as my feet never felt as good.
  • I have logged almost 50 miles and no discomfort and no blisters. The tread and cushion are good. These are my 2nd pair. I was able to get 500 miles or so out of my first pair. These are the best trail shoes.
  • My daughter is a serious runner and she recommended these to me. I am more a walker than a runner and these are great for walking also. The toe box is a blessing. I highly recommend these Altras.
  • I am not a typical runner, I weight 200 lbs and I can get about 200 miles out of my shoes before I need to get another pair. I was able to get 400 miles from these before needing to replace them. I love these shoes.
Negative
  • Several complaints about lack of durability. Parts of the shoe breaking down after only a few miles.
  • Narrow toe box
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Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of this shoe is one that really gets up close and personal with all of the features of the terrain. This shoe features Altra’s special Trail claw design which allows the shoe to really dig into the surface that it’s being used on and provide the wearer with everything that they’d need in order to really enjoy the feel of the shoe as a whole. Before the nitty gritty about the outsole is mentioned, the material that makes up the design must be talked about. This shoe has an outsole that is designed from a hardened rubber material. Nothing too special here, the shoe provides the wearer with what they’d need in order to really rough the terrain that they’re on. Now, back to the design of the shoe in general; the shoe features various multi-directional lugs which enable it to really be able to gain a decent level of traction when in use.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Lone Peak is designed to really give wearer’s what they’d need in terms of bounce and cushioning when traversing their terrain of choice. The cushioning found in the midsole is provided by their use of EVA foam in that region, which is a material that is known for giving wearer’s everything that they’d need to really enjoy the ride of their shoe. The shoe has Altra’s famous A-Bound sole unit technology, which is a reason for the added energy return that is provided to wearer’s of the shoe when in use. Not to mention that Altra made sure to feature a metal plate in the design so that the wearer of the shoe could truly enjoy the added stability that the addition would present to the foot.
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Lone peak has changed somewhat from the design enjoyed by many of the previous models of the shoe. For instance, the upper of the shoe now features copious levels of overlays which allow the shoe to give wearer’s everything that they need in order to truly enjoy a stable run while in use. That’s not to say that this shoe is solely meant to provide wearer’s with ample stability, but, due to the fact that the material in the shoe has so much in gained features, the stability that is provided simply comes as a side effect of the shoe’s increased features.
Breathability

Breathability

The upper of this shoe may have several new layers added into it, but, still manages to deliver to the wearer of the shoe ample levels of airflow while in use. The upper of the Lone Peak is designed from a mesh material; one of the properties of mesh is that it consistently provides wearers with what they’d need to enjoy a higher than average level of breathability to the foot while the shoe is in use. For a more detailed understanding of the level of breathability that is provided by this specific shoe, we must realize that the upper of the shoe is designed from a quick dry Air mesh; this material is known for providing wearer’s with a higher than average level of airflow for their foot and for reducing the lingering of smells on the inside of the shoe.
Comfort

Comfort

Well, the materials and structure of them throughout the design of this shoe leads one to believe that it will provide the wearer with a higher than average level of comfort for the very many curves of their feet; and that it does. The shoe features Altra’s sock liner construction which keeps a majority of the smells that generally come with a shoe being worn, from sticking with the shoe. To help with discomfort due to inadequate room for the general foot, Altra fit this model with a Foot shape toe box which, basically works to give wearer’s what they’d need to really enjoy the various activities that they participate in without being bothered by the bunching of the toes that may come with a narrow toe box.
Style

Style

This shoe is one that is meant for use on trails; that much becomes rather evident when either the sole unit or the upper of the shoe is paid attention to. With that being said, that is not the only stylistic element of this shoe that should be taken note of; it also manages to provide wearers with a high level of variety as well as something that can be worn casually. The shoe comes in a variety of colorways which work to give the wearer a bit of variety in their available choices. The model also features a cut which (if the wearer needs), allows it to be worn with clothing outside of the typical athletic gear; this is a huge plus for those who seek a bit of versatility from their clothing.
Durability

Durability

When it comes to durability not many shoe lines can do it quite like Altra can. The sole unit of the shoe and the hardened rubber that is featured provides wearer’s with everything that they’d need to enjoy their shoes for the several hundred miles that it was designed to be used for; seriously, a bad pair of these shoes is known for providing wearer’s with at least 300 miles of usage before either the cushioning or the traction decide to fail. The upper of the Lone Peak was also designed to give wearer’s a bit more in the way of durability, which is something that can be noticed simply by looking at all of the overlays and the overall reinforced design that the shoe features.
Protection

Protection

One of the features of the shoe that Altra worked to bolster with the design of this model of the shoe is the protection that was provided to the foot of the wearer. For the shoe to really be of any use to the wearer on the rigorous trail terrain, this is simply one of the features that must be bolstered; if the wearer isn’t able to withstand the onslaught of attacks made by the various rocks and other things that are present on a terrain such as a trail, they won’t be able to really enjoy their time in the shoe, to begin with. With that being said, the upper of the shoe has many overlays incorporated into its design to protect the foot. The sole unit of the shoe also features their special Stoneguard which is specially designed to keep materials out of the sole unit of the shoe as well; it keeps sharp rocks and other dangerous materials from piercing the design of the shoe.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The design of this shoe is one that is meant to provide the wearer with everything that they’d need to really enjoy all of the features of the shoe in their entirety; one f these many things is the level of responsiveness that is provided to the foot. The sole unit of the shoe utilizes both the EVA foam as well as the Trail pad that the outsole of the shoe features allows the shoe to provide wearers with everything that they would need to really enjoy the feeling of the shoe and to gain the responsiveness that they would need to make precise movements. One of the features of EVA foam is that it is able to conform, quite easily, to all of the curves and contours of the wearer’s foot; this is one of the greatest things about the shoe when it comes to it’s ability to provide the wearer with what they’d need in terms of responsiveness from this shoe.
Support

Support

This shoe is meant for technical terrains. The design of the sole unit of the shoe is one of the things that signals this to the wearer of the shoe. The sole unit of the shoe is on the thicker side of things which allows it to really provide the wearer with what they’d need to enjoy a shoe that is nothing but comfortable. The upper of the shoe is also designed in such a way as to signal to the wearer that the shoe is meant to be used on the more technical terrains; one of the reasons why the shoe features all of the overlays in it’s design is so that the wearer would have very little difficulty in trekking the technical terrains such as trails and the like.
Price

Price

In terms of price, the Lone Peak is one of those shoes that can truly be considered mid-range. The price of the shoe won’t hurt the pockets of any individuals but, due to the features that are incorporated, will definitely be taken note of by most individuals. That is not to say that the shoe doesn’t provide a value that far exceeds its price though, because it does; the various technologies and features that come as a side effect to the use of the technologies ensures that the wearer’s of the shoe receives a high level of value from the purchase of this shoe.
Traction

Traction

One of the distinguishing features of the Lone Peak is the use of the Trail Claw technology in the shoe’s outsole. The Trailclaw is a feature which allows the shoe to really dig into the technical terrains that it is used to run upon like it’s no one’s business. This technology is used to identify the various multi-directional rubber lugs that are featured in the shoe’s design; these provide the wearer with the ability to really stick to whatever surface that they are seeking to use the shoe on.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Despite the new and improved thick design of this iteration of the Lone Peak, wearer’s are still able to enjoy a design that allows them to receive a decent level of flexibility while the shoe is in use. Both the EVA foam and the A-Bound tech in the sole unit of the shoe allow it to really bend to the will of the wearer’s foot that can be considered nothing but enjoyable by the wearer’s themselves. The upper of the shoe has various overlays incorporated into its design but, don’t really hinder the range of motion that is delivered to the foot of the wearer while the shoe is in use.
Stability

Stability

In terms of stability, the upper of the shoe and the sole unit both work in tandem to provide the wearer with what they’d need to traverse whatever terrain that they had in mind. First, the sole unit of the shoe is a bit thicker than normal which provides the wearer with ample landing space for their foot while the shoe is in use. In addition to this, the shoe also provides wearer’s with a bit of stability that comes in the form of the various overlays that are featured in the shoe’s design; these overlays work to keep the foot from experiencing increased motion while the foot is inside of the shoe.
Drop

Drop

In terms of drop, this shoe delivers to the wearer what has become widely known as zero-drop; this simply means that the shoe doesn’t have a drop whatsoever incorporated into its design and will continuously provide wearers with what they’d need to really thrive while the shoe is in use.
Key Features

Key Features

• Footshape Toe Box
• MaxTrac rubber compound incorporated into the TrailClaw
• A Bound Technology
• StoneGuard in the midsole
• GaiterTrap incorporated into the design
Verdict

Verdict

Overall, the design of this shoe is one that really works to provide wearers with what they’d need to enjoy the use of their shoe. The sole unit of the shoe provides the wearer with ample levels of durability as well as traction while the shoe is in use. The upper of the shoe makes great use of the added overlays and an overall thickness of the design and, due to this has a great design overall. If the price of the shoe doesn’t repel you, the Altra Lone Peak is a shoe that should definitely be considered.