Altra Lone Peak 4 Review Facts
Altra has produced trail shoes for years and has proven themselves to be a high-quality brand along the way. The Lone Peak 4.0 is the newest update to this model and brings with it some great new additions. The upper has been made to be more breathable and has even more drainage capabilities. The outsole has been changed in that the lugs are designed to give you better traction and the TrailClaw system has been redesigned to keep your foot more in line with the ground. The forefoot of the sneaker has been made to be wider than previous versions in order to allow for more natural toe splay and a properly aligned run. These are a great update to the previous version, however, they are not without their downfalls.
The outsole of the Lone Peak 4.0 closely resembles that of the 3.5, which is its most recent predecessor. The rubber used on this sneakers’ outsole is called MaxTrac Rubber and is designed to deliver maximum traction. Accordingly, the material is extremely slip-resistant
and delivers a sticky and grippy experience, even through mud and wet surfaces. Like its predecessor, this sneaker features TrailClaw technology on the outsole, however, the TrailClaw pattern is slightly different than that of the 3.5. This updated version of the trail running sneaker features more directional lugs than its predecessor. This will help the sneaker gain more flexibility and it reduces the overall bulkiness of the outsole. These lugs of the TrailClaw are placed strategically beneath the metatarsals
. This updated version of the TrailClaw system also features lugs that are better able to keep the ground contact level with your feet.
The midsole of the Altra Lone Peak 4 features the same material as that of the 3.5 which is a material called A-Bound. This material is designed to deliver a relatively springy ride, deliver cushion, and absorb shock. A-Bound is made from recycled environmentally-friendly
materials so that is another plus. For additional comfort and cushioning, Altra also included a layer of EVA material on top of the A-Bound. There is more when it comes to this sneakers’ midsole as well. In between the A-Bound and EVA materials, Altra placed a StoneGuard which is a sturdy rock plate made from TPU materials that work to disperse shock
and protect your foot from sustaining injuries due to sharp underfoot terrain. This sneaker also features a removable 5mm contour footbed.
The upper of the Altra Lone Peak 4 received the biggest upgrade. The material that makes up this sneakers' upper is now a rip-stop material called Quick Dry Air Mesh
. This material is designed to be super-breathable and effectively keeps your feet cool and dry. This version of the sneaker is said to be more durable than previous versions thanks to the material that makes up the upper. At the front of the sneaker, you will see that the toe box design allows the foot to splay naturally and to maintain proper alignment thanks to FootShape technology.
This version of the shoe also features a gusseted tongue to help keep debris out. This tongue is kept in place with the addition of a textured webbing that helps keep the tongue centered. The back of the shoe boasts the company’s Heel Claw which supports the runner by reinforcing the heel and holding it in place. Altra also toned down the plush padding around the heel collar, making the shoe fit more snugly to your foot and ankle. The toe cap on this version of the sneaker is also updated to be more textured. The drainage capability of the 4.0 is also the best yet with drainage holes on the medial, lateral, toe, and heel portions of the sneaker.
Another feature of the upper is the Gaiter Trap at the back of the shoe. The rear has a piece of velcro that works with a hook on the top of the shoe to attach a gaiter
with ease. This can be used when you are traversing super-technical terrain to keep debris out and in wet grass or rainy conditions.
Typically, when sneakers get an update, they get lighter. However, the Altra Lone Peak 4 is actually heavier than the 3.0 and 3.5 but that may be due to the more aggressive outsole. This sneaker weighs in at 10.2 ounces for men and 8.5 ounces for women. With that being said, many users have said despite their weight, they feel light on the feet.
The Quick Dry Air Mesh upper that makes up this sneaker lends for an excellent amount of airflow into and out of the foot chamber. The material not only allows for breathability, but it also prevents debris and mud from entering the sneaker. Compared to past versions of this sneaker, many happy customers have sang the praises of how much more breathable and drainage-happy the Altra Lone Peak 4’s are.
If you are used to wearing a zero drop trail shoe, then these should feel pretty comfortable to you. Most consumers have said they feel great right out of the box and do not require a lot of break-in time. The FootShape technology incorporated into the forefoot allows your feet to spread more naturally and you will not feel constricted. There is an amount of arch support despite the fact that it is a zero drop shoe. It should be noted that many consumers have said that these shoes feel like a combination of the Altra Superior
and the Lone Peak 3.0. It is also worthwhile to note that many consumers said that they wish these sneakers had more cushioning.
Altra has always made unique looking sneakers and the Lone Peak 4 is no exception. In general, it looks a lot like its predecessor the 3.5. However, the new rip-stop fabric
give it a little more of a sleeker silhouette and design. Both the men’s and the women’s versions come in great colorway options. These will definitely provide a great trail experience and look stylish throughout.
Unfortunately, just like its predecessor, the Altra Lone Peak 4 does not score highly in the durability department. Despite the fact that the outsole and upper are made of pretty solidly durable materials, many users have expressed their concerns about the sneaker not lasting more than a couple hundred miles. In general, depending on how rough you are with trail runners
, your sneakers should last you at least 300 miles. Some users said that the heel collar was already starting to wear around 100 miles while other users said that the A-Bound Midsole seems to compact quickly. Although these are well-made sneakers, Altra did not hit it out of the park as far as durability goes.
With its zero drop, these sneakers are obviously going to give you a large amount of ground feel as you traverse the trails. However, the Lone Peak 4 is equipped to prevent injury out on a technical trail
despite its minimalist design. One important protective feature of this sneaker would be the StoneGuard which is designed to help deflect rocks and sharp underfoot objects to prevent injury and to deliver a smoother more stable ride. The small midsole of the sneaker also aids in absorbing shock as well while the MaxTrac rubber lugs on the outsole will add to the protection against sharp objects. The Quick Dry Air Mesh that makes up the upper will help let air in and out of the shoe while preventing debris from entering the foot chamber. Since Altra added more drainage options for this version of the sneaker, your feet will also remain protected against being too damp.
Since this is a zero drop minimalistic trail running sneaker, it does not offer an incredible amount of response in the midsole department. However, the A-Bound cushioning material that is present is springier than you might think. This midsole works in conjunction with the grippy MaxTrac rubber lugs to help propel you up and over rocks and trail obstacles with ease.
Most of the support offered in this shoe comes from its upper due to the fact that it is a minimalistic trail runner. The Quick Dry Air Mesh upper hugs the foot well and the midfoot area is designed to hug the foot and keep it secure. The ankle collar is not as fat as it used to be in this version and is designed to keep your ankle fastened securely and supportively within the shoe. Because this is a minimalistic type sneaker, there shouldn’t be too much support expected of it, but for what it is, it is fairly supportive.
The Altra Lone Peak 4 is specifically engineered for tackling the great outdoors. These trail shoes are extremely popular among hikers and trail runners alike. Thanks to the grippy MaxTrac rubber and strategically positioned lugs of the TrailClaw system, these shoes will help deliver an excellent trail running or hiking experience. The sneaker also boasts a great StoneGuard rock plate which will easily carry you over tough terrains. These are definitely shoes that will be your friends out on the trails.
Specialty sneakers tend to run a little deep into the wallet so you can expect to pay a pretty penny for these trail running sneakers. However, because they are engineered for a specific purpose and have proven to perform well on the trails, the price tag is definitely worth it. You can pick yourself up a pair of these sneakers for around $120.
Traction concerns will definitely be something you won’t have to worry about with the Altra Lone Peak 4’s. Altra designed the outsole to be able to withstand tough terrain and grip the ground fiercely and surely. The MaxTrac rubber is extra grippy and will get you over rocks, fallen trees, and mud pits easily. The TrailClaw at the metatarsals is also designed to allow your foot to move and grip the ground at ground-level in order to push you through obstacles on the trail with ease. Many users have said they found the traction of the Lone Peak 4’s to be excellent, whether going uphill or down and in both wet and dry conditions.
Trail running sneakers tend to be a little bulkier in general, thanks to their protective nature and aggressive lug systems. These sneakers are made up of a flexible ripstop quickly drying mesh-like material in the upper which is very flexible. However, the heavy-duty rubber and lug system at the bottom may somewhat detract from this flexibility. With that said, the TrailClaw system at the metatarsal area of the foot does allow the shoe to flex naturally with your foot. For this reason, the shoe is deemed flexible enough for a trail sneaker, considering the fact that most trail sneakers are not that flexible at all.
The Altra Lone Peak 4 is a minimal low-top trail running sneaker that is engineered to protect your feet from underfoot surfaces and give you the traction you need on the trail. However, it is not an incredibly stable sneaker. Some users stated that this shoe didn’t give them the confidence they needed to tackle extremely technical trails but worked well on mild to moderate trails. If you are looking for a stabilizing trail shoe, the Altra Lone Peak 4 may not be the best option for you.
This version of the Lone Peak, as well as its predecessors, features a zero drop. This means that there is no difference between where your heel hits the ground and where your forefoot hits. For this reason, these sneakers are ideally suited for experienced minimalist runners. If you are new to minimalist running, especially on the trail, it is best to work up to long distances in these.
- FootShape toebox design allows your foot to splay naturally and helps you to maintain a more proper running form
- Quick Dry Air Mesh upper is abrasion resistant and allows for better airflow compared to previous models
- TrailClaw system provides traction and better toe-off
- MaxTrac grippy rubber outsole is durable and dependable on rocky terrain
- A-Bound cushioning reduces ground impact and adds an amount of spring to your step
- Hook and loop Gaiter Trap allows strapless gaiter attachment to prevent debris from entering the shoe.
Altra has been known to produce excellent trail shoes and trail running and hiking aficionados recognize that they are quality sneakers. The Altra Lone Peak is a well-known trail shoe and has been used on the trails for years. The newest update, the 4.0, is definitely an upgrade from its predecessor but that does not mean it is without its flaws. The Lone Peak 4 is a comfortable, breathable, grippy, drainage-capable, and protective trail shoe and has been proven to behave well on the trail. The main complaints about this particular model are that it is not that durable and the midsole tends to pack down quickly. With that said, these trail shoes deliver a comfortable minimalistic experience with their zero drop and wide toe box and definitely possess the technologies to both protect your feet and propel you through rough terrain. Some users have said they will probably last a couple hundred miles, but they wish they would withstand more rough and tumble. In the end, the Altra 4 is dependable and protective and won’t detract from your run on the trail. It does have some minor flaws, but it has received high marks from a large number of reviewers.