Altra Lone Peak 2.5

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Trail shoes are great to have if you’re the type of person who likes to go out and seek adventure in the wild. With the Lone Peak 2.5, Altra delivers a high quality shoe that can take on even the toughest of terrains. Altra is becoming more and more known for releasing shoes that provide a natural gait experience, and the Lone Peak 2.5 doesn’t disappoint. By constructing this shoe with durable, high quality material, Altra is assuring trail runners that they can go on long distance runs without being concerned about how long their shoes will last.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Excellent traction
  • Lighter than previous models
  • Design encourages natural foot motion
  • Very durable against rugged terrains
Cons
  • Runs small
  • Insole is thinner than average
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Positive
  • I like that these are lighter than hiking boots. These are good and breathable so I suggest wearing thick socks if you are in a colder climate. I am really, really, happy that they do not bother my bunions. I am super pleased with these shoes.
  • These have a very moderate amount of cushioning and they are more narrow in the heel. They are not bulky at all and they have super traction. I love these shoes on my feet.
  • I am able to move my toes around in thee shoes. All these years I had numbness and tingling, I had no idea it was a toe issue. These have a great mesh material that breathes great. These are better for warmer weather runs. I am really happy with these shoes.
  • These are my go to for all my walking and hiking. THey are really quick to dry and have lots of breathability. They are very light and fit comfortably. These shoes were very durable except for the logo, I came off on both shoes.
  • I love the wide toe box and how comfortable these are. The zero drop has been a challenge for me but I feel my ankles getting stronger. I had an achilles injury and these are stretching that out. My foot doctor is the one who recommended this style shoe and they even said that this may happen, that it is actually helping and will eventually work itself out. These run very true to size so no need for remessuring. They do seem a little lacking on wet terrain.
  • I have tendonitis in both my achilles, double ouch. I have had to sit back and dream of hiking for a while. That is until I found these shoes. These have saved my hiking life. They are so comfortable and keep the pain at bay. They stretch my heels just enough to keep the achilles happy. The front toe box allows my toes to spread and ground the rest of my foot. Just magical, these shoes.
  • They look really goofy on but that is overshadowed by the comfort. These shoes have a great balance of cushioning and stability. They are snug in my heal and have a great space for my toes to wiggle around. I am able to feel the trail comfortably. These are currently my favorite shoe out there and I highly recommend them.
  • I was able t try these on before purchasing online and I love them, I love the zero drop on thee and they are wide in the toes. I wear these all day for all my activities and they never give me fatigue. It is great.
  • These shoes laster over 500 miles for me. I cannot express how comfortable these are and durable. I am so in love.
  • These are over the top in comfort The zero drop has cured my tendonitis and they are so lightweight. They have a great grip for off road as well.
  • These shoes have virtually taken away all my pain. I wear orthotics and I still have great toe space. After surgery on my feet, I thought I would never run again. Now, thanks to these, I can run and it is pain free.
  • These shoes feel like slippers to me and they have great toe spread space. I have bunion and these give ample support without adding pressure to it. I won’t ever buy another shoe other than these.
  • I was able to do a 10 k right out of the box with these. The had great room in the toe box and were great for the hills that we had to trek. These were like clouds with every step. I am blown away by the comfort these shoes offer.
  • I have real square flat feet and these do the job, giving me plenty of toe room. I was able to run them right out of the packaging without an issue. They were light and I didn't feel the ground on the trails. Great shoe. I will be buying again.
  • I have weird flat, boxy shot feet and these were made for that , yay! I would not suggest these for narrow feet at all. They are awesomely comfortable and I couldn't really ask for a better fit.
  • Perfect fit and super comfortable for my foot. I will and have continued to buy Altras. Their soles are like no other shoe and offer all the support I need all day without pain.
  • I was really surprised when I took these on the trail I really love these shoes, however they were way to swimmy and flexed too much for my trail walking. I have stuck to these as my pavement shoes and they are great.
  • These are my favorite hiking shoes ever. I have major feet issues and need a shoe that I can use and wake up after a hike and not have pain; these are it. I am really hoping they never change the design because they have a lifetime customer here.
  • These have a really wide toe box and they look a little silly. However, that is exactly what I need. These breath and give me unfound comfort, unlike any other shoe before. I wish the colors were a little different though.
  • I have high arches and didn't know what I was gonna get with these. They fit great though. THey have ample support and do not cause any pain or rubbing. They also have great airflow. I am going to have to get a second pair.
  • These are your shoes if you have problems like I do. I am a foot problem factory. I would suggest not buying these once but get a few in case they phase out. I mean they toe box is great the cushioning is a dream, I thoroughly love these shoes.
  • These have a great upper form and they are great for my wide feet, the toe box is great. They took some getting used to because the support is way different than I was used to. However, these cannot be beat once you’ve broken them in.
  • These shoes are amazingly comfort and offer wonderful support. They are a mid-line trail shoe that I have found, can take a beating. They are the most comfortable I have ever bought.
  • These have the best cushion and are great for any outdoor activity. I have never had an issue on any terrain and they have never caused me any pain, which I normally get with shoes.
  • These shoes are for distance and trails and everything else you can put them in. My feet have toe room and are secure , not a lot of residual movement in the shoe when hiking or running. I am able to hit pavement and they absorb the impact great. These are durable and have an amazing grip on the hill climbs. These are the best trail shoes I have ever owned.
Negative
  • These shoes were not what I was expecting moving from a zero drop type shoe. These hit the ground and it feels like your foot is going to go right to the ground with them. They are really harsh on my feet so I returned them
  • These shoes came in much larger than I was thinking. My old Altras fit to size. Everything else is great: cushioning, stability, arches, etc. They just screwed up on the sizing on these and that to me is a deal breaker.
  • These were not like other zero drop shoes. They felt way off. These set at an angle so my foot ws pointing up, awkward. I wanted these t work but unfortunately, they were way too awkward and really pulled on my achilles.
  • After wearing these ab bit and breaking them in, my feet started swimming around in these They had very minimal support and made me feel like I had clown shoes on. I think my socks work better than these do.
  • I didn't like that the size was so off. I usually buy this brand and just assumed that these would be the same. Nope. I had to go to a store to check the sizes. It is definitely just this model. I found that strange and annoying.
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Of the 550 reviews we found in total, 12% were negative, and 88% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Altra uses a special material on their outsole called Sticky Rubber Trail Claw Technology. This is used to produce superior traction on rigorous terrains that would demand a trail shoe instead of a road shoe. These long lasting lugs are easily visible when looking at the Lone Peak 2.5 and will provide a solid grip to runners who enjoy getting physical outdoors. The lugs are measured at roughly 4 millimeters and have the ability to tear through most trail surfaces.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

For the midsole, Altra combines a dual layer EVA A-Bound material along with the Sandwiched Stoneguard Technology; creating a sturdy foundation for the foot. This exclusive technology is a rock plate which is used to guard the foot from trail debris; a common issue when in the trail terrain. The midsole is considered to be one of the firmest parts of the shoe, which is necessary because runners will look for a mix of comfort and underfoot protection in an elite trail shoe. Despite being somewhat stiff, the midsole still has the ability to produce decent responsiveness and comfortable cushioning.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Lone Peak 2.5 offers a mesh upper material that produces a fair amount of airflow and comfort. The Altra Lone Peak 2.5’s toe box is known to expand and become wider after consistent use, so runners can expect the shoe to form their feet over a period of time. The upper is also equipped with GaiterTrap Technology, which helps with security within the gait cycle. Once you begin to observe the mesh upper, you can tell that it was meant to be strong by the fine knitting.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The average size of the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 weighs about 10.6 ounces for men and 9.2 ounces for women. While this might initially alarm the daily road runner as a heavy measurement, it is quite normal for a trail shoe to be heavier than a competition shoe or a road shoe because the trail environment demands more out of a runner’s footwear. When it comes to a trail shoe, runners should be more concerned with protection and traction rather than the actual weight of the shoe. Despite the heavy measurements, some testers have stated that the Lone Peak 2.5 feels lightweight compared to other trail shoes, especially the second version of the Lone Peak.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The upper does a great job at bringing air throughout the inside of the shoe and keeping the feet dry at a fast pace. Thanks to these features, the Lone Peak 2.5 will hold up very well in hot and damp weather conditions. It’s very interesting that the strong mesh upper can hold up well against tough terrains and still provide a sustainable amount of airflow in and out of the shoe. The only downside to almost any breathable shoe is that your feet will feel much colder during the winter months. A logical solution in that scenario would be to wear socks with thick insulation so that your feet will stay warm.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

One of the Lone Peak 2.5’s most common complaints is in the midsole. Select runners have felt that although this part of the shoe has a slightly soft feel to it, they can still notice a hard, ground-like feel which causes some discomfort. The upper is arguably the most comfortable part of the shoe; offering a spacious toe box that will be appreciated by runners with wide feet. In addition, the improved lacing system will allow wearers to establish the “right fit”, and feel comfortable doing so. Wearers can easily adjust how loose or tight they want to upper to be, that way they can feel snug and secure. The only issue people have had with the fit is sizing. Testers believe that this shoe runs small, so be conscious of the fit before buying.
Style
Style

Style

One thing you’ll notice almost immediately is the outsole design. On the bottom of the Altra Lone Peak 2.5, there five toes and a foot in a different color shade than the outsole. Although there isn’t some unique feature that goes along with this design, it just emphasizes the Altra’s goal is to serve the foot in its natural form. The Altra logo sits right across the midfoot, as well as “Lone Peak 2.5” on the side of the heel. The aggressive lugs and strong upper material indicate that this shoe is designed for tough terrains, although from a glance the Lone Peak 2.5 looks like any other running shoe. The color combinations that the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 offers are very unique, and speak loudly to the trail terrain in which this shoe is designed for. This shoe offers a great combination of trail necessities and modern style.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability will be evidently present in the Lone Peak 2.5, especially in the outsole. Most testers put in well over 40 miles in this shoe on some harsh terrains and have yet to notice any signs of wear. This is good news for consistent trail runners because they will be able to get a long life out of these shoes. After several hundred miles, the outsole may begin to show wear in certain areas, but not nearly enough as you would think after going against rough trails. The upper of the Lone Peak 2.5 has a stronger upper in comparison to the previous version. Even though it is very breathable, the upper isn’t thin in nature, and doesn’t rip from the sole easily.
Protection
Protection

Protection

What would a legitimate trail shoe be without foot protection? The upper is smooth and soft; decreasing the amount of skin irritation that is typically caused from material rubbing against the skin during running and causing blisters in result. The Sandwiched StoneGuard Technology in the midsole does an exceptional job at protecting the bottom of the foot from any rocks or debris that are present on trail-related terrains. By adding this firm layer in between the foot and the midsole, runners shouldn’t experience any discomfort due to rocks or other rugged material.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Lone Peak 2.5 has a moderate level of responsiveness at best. The EVA midsole with the A-Bound technology help runners feel a slight jolt of energy within each step. This type of energetic feeling will be crucial for those who enjoy long distance trail runs and need something extra in order to go the distance. The responsiveness in the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 might not be equivalent to that of a running shoe made for the road, but for a trail shoe it can be a much needed boost.
Support
Support

Support

The Altra Lone Peak 2.5 is considered a shoe for neutral runners, as it is best for those who won’t need additional arch support. If you typically prefer minimalist shoes, the Lone Peak 2.5 will do the trick. The Heel Claw Technology located in the upper will be able to provide a more structured support to the rest of the foot, as well as a snug fit. These shoes wouldn’t work well for flat footed runners, especially because of the zero drop.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

When it comes to a trail shoe, you’re going to want tough, durable footwear that provides excellent traction. The Altra Lone Peak 2.5 meets those needs. This shoe was built to handle off road terrains, such as the woods, camping, mountains, rock beds, and other unstable surfaces. In addition to the rocky roads, the Lone Peak 2.5 is built for smoother trails, so feel free to test your limits when it comes to your running environment. Since the lugs on the Lone Peak 2.5 are deeper than the average shoe, it is best to stray away from smoother surfaces so that you don’t damage the Lone Peak 2.5 while being out of it’s natural element.
Price
Price

Price

Interested runners will be able to get a good price for the Lone Peak 2.5. This shoe is expected to be no more than $49 since there is already an updated version (Lone Peak 3.0) already out on the market. Is there a distinct difference between the two? That’s for the consumer to decide. Based off of the unique technology applied to this shoe, the original retail price would still be considered reasonable. But with the Lone Peak 2.5, runners will receive a reliable trail shoe at a fraction of its original price!
Traction
Traction

Traction

There is a high volume of tread on the outsole of the Lone Peak 2.5, which is made to create superior traction on uneasy surfaces. The deep lugs on the bottom of the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 have the ability to dig into trail surfaces and provide runners with grip and balance. The Lone Peak 2.5 will produce the most traction when used on looser surfaces such as mud, grass, and snow. The grip could perform better on drier surfaces, but you shouldn’t expect to slip regardless. Some runners who have tested the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 have claimed that the tread has also helped against slippery downhill surfaces. Thanks to the Sticky Rubber Trail Claw Technology, runners can go explore the wilderness securely without worry about slipping or falling over due to uneven grounds.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Altra Lone Peak 2.5 might have that aggressive “trail” look to it, but one would be surprised with how much flexibility they can get out of it. Although there aren’t any flex grooves visible on this shoe, testers were able to obtain a decent amount of flexibility when outdoors. The shoe might feel slightly stiff overall, but will be able to bend as naturally as possible depending on the present terrain.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Stability isn’t necessarily a highlight of the Lone Peak 2.5, but it is still present. A majority of this shoe’s foot stability is located in the heel. Altra applies its Trail Rudder Technology to the heel of the Lone Peak 2.5, which keeps it snug and provides more control over steep surfaces. The forefoot is where foot stability starts to decline in this shoe. The Lone Peak 2.5 has a wide toe box, which doesn’t keep the forefoot in place while running. Those with narrow feet will likely find an issue with this excess amount of room in the toebox.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel and forefoot are each measured at 25 millimeters for both genders, resulting in the heel-to-toe drop coming out to zero millimeters. This comes to no surprise as most (if not all) Altra shoes are known to have zero drop; creating a genuinely natural running experience. Altra even labels a part of the midsole with “Zero Drop”, which further indicates this signature feature. Runners must consider that this lack of heel-to-toe drop may initially cause issues, such as muscle pain after long distance runs.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Sticky Rubber Trail Claw Technology enhances traction
Quick drying upper material
• Durable lugs increase the shoe’s lifespan
• Trail Rudder Technology
• Heel Claw Upper
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Altra brand has become increasingly popular lately because it puts the runner’s foot before anything else. Despite some issues with the fit, the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 is a must have for all trail runners and hikers. It provides superior traction, a breathable interior, as well as an improved midsole that will help the underfoot survive any form of terrain. If you like to run in unpredictable weather conditions, this shoe will be able to help you get through to your goals. The Lone Peak 2.5 has unique technology that helps set it over the edge when it comes to a trail shoe, even with a more recent version already out. In the end, runners who like to go on extreme trail runs will be able to use this shoe’s potential to the fullest.