Altra Lone Peak 3.0
The Altra brand of running shoe has always had a special place in the hearts of those who run long distances and over varied terrains. The Lone Peak series, of which the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is actually the fifth iteration as also become a favorite among long-distance runners because of its tough upper design, zero drop, and ample midsole cushioning. And while it certainly addresses a few of the problems encountered with the Altra Lone Peak 2.0 and 2.5 versions, in many cases, it still leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to a versatile running or trail shoe.
- Natural foot-shaped toe box
- Resilient mid-sole foam that is light and offers great cushioning
- Upper portion remarkably more durable than previous models
- Great for running on paved surfaces or well-maintained trails
- Shoe is relatively narrow and restrictive
- Stone guard in mid-sole can be somewhat uncomfortable over long distances
- Not really suitable for wet conditions, or rough terrains
- Breathing and ventilation definitely needs to be improved
- Right out the box, these shoes are comfortable. I am on my third pair. After 2000 miles no blisters.
- These shoes held up well on the Appalachian Trail. Did close to 500 miles. Very comfortable and light. The traction is great too. Blister free experience.
- Altra Lone Peak 3s are the best shoes and most comfortable that I've ever worn. They could use better designers to come up with better color options but the fit and feel of these shoes are great.
- I am glad my friend recommended these shoes. Wifey likes these and I use my Peak 3s for urban walking and hiking. I am not a runner. These are comfortable and no break in time. No hot spots and no blisters.
- I love these for everyday wear even though they are called running shoes. Plenty of room in the toe area but I did have to get a half size larger.
- I wear my Altra Lone Peak 3s for running around locally, hiking and general use. After wearing these on a trip to Peru I am a convert.
- These shoes have the right amount of bounce. I love these shoes. I wear these on the street and the grip is fantastic. Would highly recommend these shoes.
- I just love how these shoes are the shape of my foot. I've done about 300 miles in these shoes and I love how my feet feel. The shoes breathe well.
- Like many of the other reviews, these shoes are well known for being great on the Appalachian trail. Can't beat the comfort and the traction. Would definitely buy another pair.
- My Peak 3s give me the perfect amount of cushion for long distance runs. This is a great shoe. Fits perfectly and I can wear these all day.
- These shoes come highly recommended for hiking so I got them. My other hiking shoes don't compare.
- These Lone Peak 3s are very comfortable and just an awesome sneaker.
- These are an upgrade from the 2s and they have great traction, fit great and comfortable.
- Ran a 5K in these great shoes and they felt amazing.
- Very happy with the Peak 3's durability. Great improvement to the 2s. Traction works great on many terrains. Very comfortable.
- Wow, these shoes feel more like slippers than sneakers in terms of comfort. No blisters.
- This is a great shoe all around but the wide toe box was more than I needed. I should have gotten a smaller size so that my foot didn't move around so much. The cushioning and foot protection is what this shoe is all about.
- Rocky trails are no match for these shoes. The grip is excellent on steep trails. Got my usual size and these fit comfortably. Very stable shoes.
- Got these shoes as a birthday present. I am new to Altra's and zero drop shoes. The first thing that I noticed was the incredible toe box, so much room. The zero drop took some getting used to but overall a great run.
- Some buyers complained about the shoe not holding up as expected.
- For some buyers, the toe box was too narrow
While the outsole is certainly an improvement overall in comparison, quite a few users found that the ability to wrap around the terrain instead of being cushioned from it lead to an overall foot fatigue that was a bit disappointing. The outsole does, however, offer a good deal of toe box and rand protection overall, which was a great help in preventing scrapes and abrasions and increasing the overall durability. That being said, the increased rubber material also decreased the overall ventilation and breathability quite a bit.
However, it’s this stitch wrapping that creates a bit of a problem, especially if you deal with high amounts of perspiration, or run in inclement weather. Simply put, these shoes don’t drain as well as they should, and can quickly become waterlogged. This makes the shoes heavier than they should be, which makes running less than fun.
That is, of course, unless you have relatively narrow feet. The design for many people with narrow feet felt a bit too sloppy and allowed for a good deal of play, especially in the heel area overall. Also, the lacing system which features the eyelets on the top of the shoe instead of the side, often put a little too much pressure on the toe area for the runners, leading to added discomfort overall. All that being said, the gusseted tongue and roomy shoe volume were a great comfort for those with average or wider feet, something that isn’t always seen in most running shoes.
However, when it comes to protection from wetness and odor, these shoes do need a bit of improvement. The reinforced outsole does little to let perspiration out, and the upper portion of the shoe has very little ventilation overall. Also, the material absorbs water quite well, which makes the shoe heavier than it needs to be.
Under ideal conditions, such as a well-maintained trail in dry conditions, these treads certainly deliver quite well on the promise of great grip and superior traction. However, we were certainly disappointed when it came to running in any less than ideal conditions. The tread itself is relatively shallow, which makes it easy to fill in the troughs and depressed areas in the tread with mud and debris. Unfortunately, once this happens, the traction of these shoes become pretty much non-existent. In addition, the shoes don’t really provide any real grip when it comes to wet conditions.
Comparison to Other Brands
However, when it comes to responsiveness, and overall protection when running, there are quite a few examples out there that make much better sense. The Hoka One One Challenger ATR, for example, performed much better in a wider range of terrains as the Altra Lone Peak 3 and fell into the same price bracket as well
However, like most characteristics of this particular brand, things could be improved. Depending on the size and shape of a runner’s foot, there is still a great deal of play and instability in the heel and instep area of the shoe, and the lacing system doesn’t always provide the necessary tightness to compensate.
The Bottom Line
However, because of design choices, there are a number of areas where these shoes fall short of expectations. They perform well under ideal conditions, but the performance quality decreases rapidly as soon as inclement weather or rocky terrain is encountered.