Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Review

A few weeks ago I was in the market for a new pair of trail shoes. I always seem to be struggling to find a shoe that has a wide enough toe box that keeps the sides of my big toes happy on long runs. There may be something in my mechanics that cause me to rotate and push-off them, I’ve had a few people look at my stride and none of them have been able to see anything..So I will continue to blame my shoes.

Altra Lone Peak 1.5

Altra Lone Peak 1.5

I went down to Footzone and told them all I cared about what finding a wide toebox trail shoe. They brought out some of the usual shoes; Brooks, Nike’s, and New Balances but none seemed to meet my feet’s needs..That was until the brought out the Altra Lone Peak 1.5’s.

When I first put them on they almost felt like slippers. Roomy and soft. Plenty of room in the toe box and uppers that were snug but not too tight. I plopped down my $110 and gladly took off for my runs.

Altra Lone Peak Soles

Altra Lone Peak Soles

A few weeks later, I have about 130 miles in them and have used them for all my long runs and my first 50k last weekend. Overall I think this is a great shoe, no major complaints and they are still as comfy as the day I bought them.

They are a 0 drop shoe which is a difference from the typical 4mm drop in the Saucony’s that I was wearing. I didn’t think 4mm would be much of a transition, but I have noticed some tightness in my ankles and calves. I still rotate in my older saucony’s on shorter runs to hopefully keep the strain on my achilles to a minimum and let it get used to the additional strain.

There are a couple unique design features that the Altra Lone Peak 1.5’s have.

1. Trail Rudder – This is a piece of sole at the back of the shoe that supposedly helps you stay in control while on the downhills, I honestly couldn’t tell the difference. One thing it may offer is reduced debris that gets flicked up into your shoe.

Altra Lone Peak Trail Rudder

Altra Lone Peak Trail Rudder

2. Gaiter velcro – I don’t have a pair of gaiters yet, but these have a built-in velcro strap to attach your gaiters to on the heel. Something I haven’t seen in any other shoes.

Durability

I still haven’t put a ton of miles on these yet, but so far they seem like they will hold up. I have one area on the toe where the outsole is starting to pull away from the upper. I had read another review of these that had the same problem. I am going to email Altra and see what kind of glue they suggest to reseal it. I can imagine it’s only going to get worse.

Altra Lone Peak Separating Sole

Altra Lone Peak Separating Sole

Overall

Barring any major breakdown of the shoe materials, I think this may be my go to trail shoe from now on. The only potential problem would be if I need to go back to a 4mm drop shoe. Altra only makes 0 drop shoes.