Altra Lone Peak 3.0

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Review Facts

The 5th installment of Altra’s Lone Peak series introduces us to a neutral trail running shoe that could well end your search for the perfect ride for that upcoming mountain marathon or any other adventurous trail you are looking to explore. Designed with some of the most rugged terrains in mind (Utah’s Wasatch Range), the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 features its standard 0mm drop with just the right amount of cushioning and TrailClaw™ lugs for admirable handling in technical trail conditions. Altra has aimed to provide comfort and ensure confidence in its newest shoe and the result will impress even the most avid trail runners.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Well cushioned
  • Roomy toe box for a natural fit
  • Impressive grip thanks to TrailClaw™  lugs made of Altra’s newly developed MaxTrac rubber compound
  • Fit4Her system that is more accommodating to the female foot
Cons
  • The new Quick-Dry AIr Mesh upper is more durable but only slightly and somewhat less flexible
  • Higher profile outsole and wide toebox can produce slower turnover
  • A marked narrower fit than past models
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  • They never disappoint. Altras are dependable -- had my others over 700 miles. These had some added fabric in the seams, which was great and they have held up on all my crazy terrain runs so far. I even think they were able to make them softer, huge plus.
  • I ordered numerous pairs of shoes before I left to hike in Peru and thee were the top teir; I have never had a more comfortable shoe. They didn’t bother my corns and they grip well on moist surfaces. After we hiked all over Machu Pichu, I think my corn actually healed. They were worth every penny.
  • I have quite a history of my feet bothering me, from surgeries to faciitis. I tried these on and never want to take them off. The color is great and I wear them to work all the time and have no pain. Truly amazing shoes. THey do have a weird rubber smell to them though.
  • The heels fit snug with no slipping while the toe area is nice and wide. I’ve had major issues with toenail blisters from a lot of trail shoes, not these. I am super happy with these.
  • The heel on these with the zero drop technology really disperses the weight when I am hiking. I did over 550 mils on the Atlantic Trail with these and I didn't get one blister. I will never change my shoes again. These are the best out there.
  • I am enamored with the toe box. It is perfect and so is the sizing. The fact these are shaped like feet really helps with the toe pressure. And, they allow you to not have so much pressure from padding around the ankle. I wish the shoe laces were longer. I almost couldn’t get them tied. However, these are a hikers dream and they are affordable.
  • I have a gigantic foot for a women and I am never able to find trail shoes that fit all around. I struck gold with these babies. They fit in the arch and add the support I have been looking for in a shoe. The wide toe box is delightful and is gonna be great with those long back packing hikes. They have a great grippy sole too, I am in love.
  • I was super impressed. They were great right out of the box and they kept my feet warm with just one pair of socks in 20 degree weather. I recommend these, for sure.
  • Only thing I would say is that the waterproof version is not waterproof. So, I would just buy the regular ones and save a couple bucks. Other than that, they are super comfy and supportive. These are great for my neuroma as well, I have had no pain.
  • I ended up buying a half size bigger and I didn't have to break them in. I took them hiking and i wore really thin socks and got a tiny blister on my heel. I have horrible bunions and these did not pester them at all. I used these for 2 obstical courses and they have been great. These are a great purchase and I am extremely happy.
  • These have a lot of room and are super comfy. The grips and nobs on the bottom are great for hiking. I only suggest getting a half size larger.
  • For hiking and trail shoes, these are very light. I hiked with a group and everyone was complaining, all the while, I was walking on clouds. They have great toe space and the zero drop really helps wight dispersion. If you are an avid hiker, I cannot recommend a better shoe. These are a must have.
  • I'm an old man and I still like to get a hike in here and there. I was worried these shoes were gonna be too narrow. I was way wrong. These shoes have a great toe box, even for my wide feet and bunions. I love the cushioning. I recommend these to anyone for any type of activity.
  • I bought these a size up because I wear orthotics and they fit great. The toe box is perfect for this and I am not squished in my toes. I really like the color options too.
  • These are very dependable and equally as comfortable. I have owned numerous pair of Altras and I love them all. These shoes work great with wide geed and I can walk for miles with no discomfort.
  • After a pair of Solomon's destroyed my toenails, I bought these. They were true to size, which was a relief and they wer so cushioned and rugged, I just ran and ran. I love runnign trails and these shes have saved my feet over and again. I highly suggest them,
  • After having issues with the previous models sizing, I was reluctant to get these. I am glad I did though. These are a true fit shoe. They feel great on my feet as well. I love Altra products.
  • These shoes have a smaller toe box than most Altras. However, they are still a great shoe. I love the fit and the heels.
  • I used to wear another brand shoe until it was discontinued. I wear orthotics due to major neuroma and these shoes fit comfortably with them in. I have plenty of toe room.
  • I personally have always had to go a size up with Altras and I wear the E; just an fyi. These shoes rock. They have a great platform and the cushioning feels like clouds they are so lightweight. This is one heck of a shoe.
  • I have trekked in all sorts of terrain with these shoes. I have hammer toes and little skinny heels -- ya, my feet are weird. But, these shoes are amazing. They really showed out on the snow though. I couldn’t believe how secure II felt when I was running. I read the box and it says to do a couple runs first to get used to the drop zone feel, I am glad I did. My calves hurt a little but I think its an adjustment.
  • I have neuroma and find these to be a match made in heaven for my feet. They are light, so I do not get fatigued and they have great flexibility. I have plenty of room for my pads that I use and they don't have too much arch support , which is great for me. I have a small heel and these do not slip around; I feel very secure in these.
  • These aren't the best on loose gravel but they are a great shoe. They need a little breaking in due to the top area being a little firm.
  • I usually replace these every 7 months or so and use them daily for 5 mile walks. THey are designed to give you a barefoot feel. I also am able to swap the soles out for my orthotics which keeps the room in the toe box free without cramping my toes.
  • These shoes were amazing. I use them for my really messed up feet and I need a lot of toe room and I have to add cushion in even the narrowest of shoes. I was able to get the ankles nice and snug for my runs. These are just fantastic and I am very pleased.
Negative
  • These were surprisingly tight in the toes, not like the others and these are not shaped like feet.
  • I had another pair of these that I used for a torn achilles and I thought to buy the same pair That did not work out as planned. These are very tight in my toes and they squish everything. I bought a bigger size and it did not fix this issue. I am disappointed and confused.
  • I most definitely would not recommend this shoe. The last style was perfect. This one, not so much. They added some plastic part to the heel and it rubbed right through my skin. I compared and it is definitely there, although they have denied the change.
  • These made me feel like a stormtrooper. They were so big and clunky. I have tried other brands that have the drop zero style and they were light and looked ok. I would give these a even lower rating if possible for looks. Horrible shoes.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is a well-cushioned, higher profile shoe that provides a comfortable base for a trail adventure on any terrain. One of the most praised changes to this edition of the Altra Lone Peak is the new outsole. It has been redesigned with MaxTrac Sticky Rubber technology to offer better grip on those more rugged excursions. The new rubber compounds are molded into more aggressive lugs and provide an impressive level of stick that can make all the difference in the success of a trail run or race.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Lone Peak 3.0 is moderately cushioned with a blend of dual layer EVA foam and Altra’s own A-Bound™ technology. The A-Bound™ layer sits directly below the foot and above the midsole. It is made from recycled materials that Altra claims compress 2-3 times less than traditional running shoe foam, effectively making it more durable and alleviating some of the rigidity one might otherwise expect. The springy-ness of this material also reduces impact and retains some ground feel. The layering of the EVA foam and A-Bound™ materials provides a smooth, comfortable ride over even the toughest terrain without weighing you down.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The 3.0 features a redesigned upper comprised of Quick-Dry Air Mesh for better breathability but also, due to its less flexible nature, ended up yielding improved durability. Along with the new mesh, more protection in the form of a stitched wrap covers the shoe from heel to toe. Unfortunately, this wrap hinders the airflow through the shoe which can impact drainage and temperature control. In addition, Altra has continued its use of GaiterTrap™ technology on the upper. This system features a loop in the lacing system and a velcro tab on the heel for easier attachment of gaiters. Gaiters are pieces of fabric that cover the top of the shoe for protection from loose debris and rocks on those runs that take you into the thick of things.
Weight
Weight

Weight

With all its cushioning, it is surprising that this shoe falls in the median range of trail shoe weight. It is not a minimalist shoe lending itself to speed and agility but also not a heavy clunker suitable only for hiking and bouldering. It rather seems geared toward the middle of the road finding its niche in consistency and confidence of step. With the decreased stack height from 25mm to 20mm using less material and changes to the upper material, the Lone Peak 3.0 is a half pound less than the Lone Peak 2.5 and weighs in at 8.0 oz. /227 g (for women) and 9.7 oz. /275 g (for men).
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Having a shoe that doesn’t allow air to circulate around your foot would slow any runner down. Altra aims to help you keep your cool with its new Quick-Dry Air Mesh. Despite being a little stiffer for the purpose of durability, this new system aims for more breathability than prior Lone Peak versions. This would be ideal in most conditions. However, for the additional protection it provides, the stitched wrap covering a good part of that mesh upper may inhibit drainage on significantly wet trails and hamper temperature control in warmer weather. This leads some users to be disappointed by its less than stellar drying time.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

In previous models, there were some complaints about heel slippage and sloppy movement within the shoe, especially on the descents, and it seems Altra has addressed this concern with No-slip Sockliner Protection in the 3.0. The improved heel cup and cushion combined with Altra’s asymmetrical lacing help cradle the foot in the shoe creating a more comfortable and secure fit for moving over rocky and uneven terrain. With its Natural Foot Positioning: FootShape™ Toe Box, there is plenty of room for toe splay and is said to be excellent for those with bunions. Altra claims that the natural positioning of the toes provides a more powerful toe-off (leading to more efficient form) because the toes can rest come comfortably. However, a larger toe box, though it may be easier on the feet, can be a hindrance when descending steep hills that jar our toes. Additionally, Altra has customized the 3.0 for the unique shape of women’s feet with Fit4Her technology. This system accommodates a narrower heel and higher instep among other female-specific concerns.
Style
Style

Style

It is a common theme among runners: the brighter the shoe, the faster the runner... but there are many of us who also like to remain a little more understated. While some claim that Altra falls short on exciting design, they do offer different colors and combinations that should please most runners.

Their available options include four color schemes for each gender-specific shoe:
Men: Black/red, black/yellow, blue, orange
Women: Pink/orange, red/deep sea, blue, purple
Durability
Durability

Durability

The upper’s material was upgraded from a less than ideal mesh in the 2.5 model to what we see now in the 3.0’s. They have proven to be slightly less flexible - requiring a little more “breaking in” - but are said to be considerably more durable. Some have reported that the 3.0 can provide upwards of 400-500 miles of trail running excitement though others claim that the wear is considerably less, possibly at about 200-300 miles, but it seems to be widely accepted that this mileage range is a reasonable expectation. Altra is on the right track here though, as the 3.0 is still an improvement over past models and is comparable to other trail shoes.
Protection
Protection

Protection

This shoe provides ample protection for muddy, rocky, hilly, and mountainous terrain. It seems to be an all-around good off-road shoe with nothing it cannot safely traverse. The stitched covering that wraps around the shoe offers protection to the top of the foot and heel whereas, the bottom of the foot benefits from Altra’s 20mm thick sole and the Sandwiched StoneGuard™ Rock Protection. This rock plate, strategically nestled between the midsole and outsole, protects the foot from dangerous jagged rocks or protrusions of the running surface.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Some users cited the 3.0 as lighter and more adept than previous models but overall, it is not exceptionally responsive. It does have an embedded rock plate that does not seem to hamper ground feel, and the grip with the upgraded lugs keeps you secure on the off-camber single tracks while also allowing you to push uphill and then safely negotiate the drops. The cushioning decreased from 25mm to 20mm for the 3.0 and this 5mm stack height drop could well lend itself to a lighter shoe but it does not appear to have significantly affected turnover. As expected with this level of cushioning distributed across the entire length of the shoe plus the wider toe box, some users feel it is sluggish and clunky. But it appears that for what it lacks in quick response, it makes up for in comfort, ruggedness, and reliance. So despite its relatively light weight, it may not be the speediest shoe but the consensus seems to be that the 3.0 is more than suitable for comfortably going the distance... making it an ultra runner’s dream shoe.
Support
Support

Support

While it may appear that there is an awful lot of material between the shoe and the ground with the consistent front-to-back stack height of 20mm, Altra’s Lone Peak 3.0 really is not considered maximal cushioning and is instead defined as moderately cushioned. To achieve this level of support, the sole combines EVA foam and Altra A-Bound™ technology. This and the combination of the new heel system and the asymmetrical lacing pattern incorporated by Altra may also factor into the stability of this shoe as it secures the foot into position helping to eliminate the sloppy feel of previous versions of the Lone Peak.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is intended for trail running, racing, and hiking in the most rugged terrain and technical conditions. The Sandwiched StoneGuard™ Rock Protection buffers sharp rocks and debris without sacrificing much ground feel. For some, however, the issue of a wide toe box does introduce concerns over feeling where the foot is placed at any given moment, reducing confidence in stability over uneven terrain. The added bonus of a gaiter loop allows for a more seamless addition of gaiter gear to further protect your feet and allow for even more adventurous trail experiences. With the exception of the reduced breathability in the upper making water crossings and wet conditions less ideal, this shoe is all around a comprehensive choice.

Altra also offers a PolarTech neoshell Lone Peak 3.0 with added optional ankle support and more durable fabric for increased breathability and protection from the elements.
Price
Price

Price

The Lone Peak 3.0 has a wide price range which varies from one retailer to the next; however, the cost is still in keeping with the current market value of comparable shoes.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Lone Peak has produced its most acclaimed traction yet with its newest update. The TrailClaw™ lugs are strategically placed hexagons and trapezoids molded from the outsole’s new rubber compounds. This promises to provide serious traction on whatever terrain you encounter. You’ll feel confidently sticky on slippery leaves and root-lined trails.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

With a sole as thick as 20mm across the board, one might be quick to dismiss the flexibility the 3.0 can provide. However, the A-Bound™ material used in the midsole is said to be like a rubber ball - feeling bouncy and springy - offsetting this perception. The upper’s mesh is reported to be thicker than previous models but it doesn’t seem to appreciable effect overall flexibility.
Stability
Stability

Stability

With its fully cushioned outsole running the length of the shoe and an even weight distribution front to back, this trail runner seems to provide a stable base. The wide toe box allows the toes to sit more naturally creating additional stability.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Altra designs their shoes with a Zero Drop™ platform to promote better posture which can lead to a healthier running form, thereby potentially reducing injury. While many traditional running shoes tend to raise the heel further from the ground, Altra aims to level the playing field. Its shoes are designed so that the outsole is evenly balanced across the shoe and the forefoot and heel measurements are equal in their height off the ground. The Lone Peak 3.0 has a stacked height of 20mm in front and 20mm in back creating a differential of 0 - thus the zero drop. Care should be taken in transitioning to zero drop shoes to avoid pain or injury.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Evenly balanced 20mm cushioned shoe provides a smooth, comfortable ride
- FootShape™ Toe Box allowing for natural toe splay
- Altra’s Zero Drop platform promoting better alignment and more efficient running form
- Altra MaxTrac Sticky Rubber with TrailClaw™ lugs for superior traction in all terrains
- A-Bound™™ technology made from recycled materials to provide flexibility in the midsole
- Sandwiched StoneGuard™ Rock Protection that nestles the rock plate between the midsole and outsole
- GaiterTrap™ system to more readily attach gaiters for added protection
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you’re in the market for a shoe that goes the distance, the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is the one. Its superior grip and impressive stability will get you through some harsh terrain and conditions. And though it may not be the best option for running your fastest shorter trail race, it will never be a bad choice. Its clear strengths, and where you can expect it to really shine, is in the ultra arena. As I venture out to trail and ultra events this year, I expect to see many 3.0s out tearing up the hills, descents, and mountains.