Altra Lone Peak 1.5

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Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Review Facts
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The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 is a zero-drop trail shoe. It comes in a fairly lightweight package so runners can enjoy slow or fast off road runs in the shoe. The shoe has also been designed with an anatomically specific fit for each gender. It’s perfect for trail runners with wide feet or foot issues, like bunions. Runners who want to feel the trail but still get a good dose of protection will feel secure and comfortable in the Altra Lone Peak 1.5. A few changes have been made since the 1.0 and they have definitely brought the Lone Peak up to speed. The neutral shoe will work well for trail runners, walkers, and hikers, even for those traveling long distances.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Zero-drop construction but with adequate cushioning
  • Improved upper is more comfortable and provides a better fit
  • Nearly seamless interior reduces chance of hot spots
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable (with new forefoot drainage holes)
  • Protective rock plate and toe bumper
  • Extremely grippy outsole
  • Great protection on impact
  • Vegan
  • Fit according to gender
Cons
  • Minimal support, especially for the ankle
  • Rubber tail in rear foot is superfluous and cumbersome
  • Durability issues (upper material is flimsy, toe bumper erodes easily)
  • Debris can easily enter the shoe
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 is basically the same as the previous version's sole. The TrailClaw rubber outsole is grippy and promotes a stable ride. Reviewers were totally impressed with the shoe's ability to tackle various types of terrain. It doesn't look like the most aggressive trail shoe, but it can handle almost any surface you decide to run or walk on.

Reviewers also applauded the durability of the outsole. It's clear that Altra realized the quality of the sole. Thankfully, they didn't try to fix something that didn't need fixing!
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 is also fairly similar. A little bit more flexibility in this area means the ride in the 1.5 is a lot more fluid. The midsole is composed of a double-layered EVA foam with AltraBound cushioning. Inside the midsole, there's also the presence of the StoneGuard rock plate. This feature, along with the TrailClaw sole, makes the Lone Peak 1.5 a real tough contender on the trails. It protects from hard debris and sharp trail obstacles.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 has been altered a bit to provide a more comfortable fit. Wearers of the previous version complained about the upper's sloppy fit and claustrophobic feel. Two seemingly contradictory characteristics. The sloppy fit has been remedied by changing out the upper's material for a softer material with more flex. Unfortunately, the malleable upper is a lot more prone to tearing and ripping.

Inside the shoe, the material is nearly seamless which is a big improvement from the first version of the Altra Lone Peak. With the 1.0, runners often ran into blister issues, even with a wider toe box. The nice wide toe box returns in the 1.5 and pleased nearly every runner who tried out the shoe.

Drainage holes were added to the forefoot to help reduce the shoe's tendency to hold onto water. This still happens with the 1.5 but it's an improvement from before.

Weight
Weight

Weight

The new upper material has actually helped to reduce the weight of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5. There's a slight decrease in weight compared to the 1.0. The women's version weighs a fairly lightweight 8.5 oz and the men's is just under 11 oz. It's a nice weight class for a trail shoe with a protective rock plate. Some did suggest that the reduction in weight wasn't a big deal and that they would have preferred increased durability even if it meant a little bit of a weight increase.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The addition of new drainage holes in the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 was meant to improve the shoe's ability to dry out in the event a runner makes contact with a puddle or other body of water. Do the new drainage holes in the forefoot really make a difference? Many runners did appreciate the extra drainage ability in the 1.5 but they noted that there was still a tendency for the upper to hold onto water.

Overall, the upper did promote excellent air circulation and runners did not find there was any issue with overheating inside the shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 was rated as very comfortable by the majority of reviewers who tried it on the trails. The shoe features a Mountain footbed which ensures a nice comfy shoe interior. A lot of runners loved the zero-drop construction and were pleased that it was also paired with a decent amount of cushioning. The improved upper fit was also noted. Runners were thankful for the return of the wide toe box. The very wide toe box in the Altra shoe provides a lot of wiggle room, more so than other shoes, so there's virtually no need to worry about toes being squished and suffocated.
Style
Style

Style

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 is a well-designed shoe in form and fashion. It's not so aggressive looking that it looks out of place off the trails. The bright colors on some of the style options might be a bit flashy for some but there are muted options available. The mountain outline on the side of the 1.5 is a nice touch. There are certainly small details like these that really round the Lone Peak out as a mountain trail shoe. It's also sleek enough to be worn outside of a trail running environment.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This is where the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 needs a bit of refining. The 1.5 just doesn't have the kind of durability it should as a trail shoe. While the outsole is tough and the lugs don't wear too easily, ensuring traction remains top-notch throughout the shoe's life, the new upper material is easily ripped. Some reviewers found the toe bumper on the front of the shoe coming apart way before the shoe was ready to be replaced. Reviewers were not pleased with the overall lifespan of the shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 provides a nice amount of protection for trail runners thanks to the StoneGuard rock plate in its midsole. The rock plate protects against hard impact with undesirable trail debris. The upper does rip easily, so there is some concern in terms of protection in that area but the outsole does a fantastic job of keeping runners steady and safe on the trails. There is also a toe bumper in the front of the shoe which is meant to act as a first layer of protection against rocks when running. The 1.5 does lack some kind of barrier to eliminate the entry of rocks and pebbles into the shoe. Runners noted that they often had to remove the shoe to get out pesky pebbles.

In general, runners were very happy with the level of impact protection. Even on the toughest terrain, the shoe padded landings quite well.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

There's a decent amount of rebound that comes with the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 thanks to the shoe's Altrabound midsole material. On most surfaces, though, the cushioning does tend to feel pretty hard. It's a firm cushioning that offers really only a minimal amount of rebound.
Support
Support

Support

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 isn't a support shoe. While it does feature a secure asymmetrical lacing system and an improved fit since its first iteration, many runners complained about their heel slipping in the shoe which made the shoe feel unsupportive.

Many runners preferred the fit of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 over the original version of the shoe explaining that it felt more secure than before. But there were quite a few runners who still complained about a sloppy fit.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 can handle nearly any kind of surface. Reviewers were impressed with the shoe's ability to tackle rough terrain with loose rocks and tough hard packed trails. Some did find that running on certain terrain resulted in a harder feeling impact but overall, the reality is that the shoe has a ton of gripping power.

Pebbles and small rocks do have the ability to get into the shoe since there's little protection around the ankle to stop this from happening. But a neat feature on the rear of the shoe allows for the attachment of gaiters.
Price
Price

Price

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 is offered at a fair price considering the myriad of features included. Runners will feel confident on the trails in the 1.5 and the price is well justified. The shoe features a protective rock plate, a zero drop fit, a gender customized fit, a nice wide toe box, and attractive color options. The only area that needs definite improvement is with durability. If you're not averse to replacing your shoes a little more often, then the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 is the way to go if you're looking for a versatile trail shoe.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 has not changed at all since the first version of the shoe. There's reason for that. It works. The TrailClaw outsole made of extremely grippy rubber seems to magically handle all sorts of terrain, even loose rocks. Reviewers were super impressed with the shoe's ability to handle multiple types of surfaces without slippage or instability.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 provides a bit more flexibility than the original version of the shoe. The upper material is a lot more malleable resulting in a more comfortable fit and the shoe overall gets a bit more flex which helps to ensure the ride, long or short, in the 1.5 feels smooth and fluid.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 doesn't offer too much in the way of stability. The asymmetrical laces can be tightened to ensure a secure fit and the new upper material does hug the foot a little better than in the 1.0. Some runners did find that the heel collar area was a bit too large and resulted in a sloppy fit with the heel coming out of the back of the shoe. A bit of lacing magic might help with this issue but for those with narrow feet and heels the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 just might not be the best trail shoe. The construction is inherently wide so some folks might find the wideness to be a negative. For the most part, though, reviewers liked the roomy toe box and found their foot was fitted well inside the shoe. It's probably a specific issue for those with a specific foot anatomy.

Wearers will find they'll get stability from the outsole since it so easily grips underfoot.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 features a zero drop. This means that the forefoot and rearfoot do not differ in height. Overall, the 1.5 has a stack height of 23mm, that's how high off the ground it is.

Reviewers were happy to find a solid trail shoe with this kind of low drop and felt they received protection while still feeling nimble on the run. Many also commented that despite having a minimal drop, the midsole cushion present was much appreciated.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- TrailClaw outsole
- Zero drop construction with 23mm stack height
- StoneGuard protects against hard trail debris
- Wide toe box anatomically shaped like the human foot
- Rearfoot gaiter attachment area
- EVA midsole with Altrabound
- Built using Vegan materials
- Asymmetrical laces
- Mountain Footbed
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Altra Lone Peak 1.5 is a versatile option for the trails that is perfect for folks with wide feet or who simply need some extra room to spread out. Runners can feel confident running in the 1.5 even on loose, treacherous trails.

Those with narrower feet should be sure to try on the shoe since the fit is not perfect for everyone, namely those with small heels.

The excellent TrailClaw outsole will ensure runners stay grounded as they run through the woods or climb up steep embankments. With a special fit for both men and women, the shoe is a nice improvement since the original Lone Peak. A smoother upper material reduces instances of blister formation, enhances comfort, and fits better overall.