I recently picked up a new trail shoe, the Altra Lone Peak 3.0. Now, this isn’t a new shoe to the market, but rather a new shoe to me. One that I had been excited to get my feet in for a while now. Anyone familiar with the trail running scene will tell you that Altra is one of the most recognized brands in the sport. So naturally, I had to get myself a pair!
My first run in the shoe was 8 miles on a non-technical trail system with little to no elevation gains. My initial impressions were mixed. First off, the sizing is off and where I normally wear a size 9, I found myself having to size up at least a half size to give me enough room in the toe box to make me happy. I did 8 miles (which is a long run for me) in them and felt no discomfort in my lower back during or even after the run. This is a really good sign.
For my second run, I wanted to try them on something that was much more technical and with elevation (roughly 1,000 ft). It’s on this type of trail system that I really enjoyed running in the Lone Peaks. The grip was awesome, the upper hugged my foot perfectly, and lack of stack height didn’t even come into play.
I really enjoyed running in the Altra Lone Peaks, and they have earned a place in my trail shoe rotation. I may even try the Altra Olympus, which provide a little more cushion under the foot.