Gear Review: Altra’s Lone Peak 3.0 Women’s Trail Running Shoes
Altra might be known for its running shoes, but the brand does have a line of trail shoes. This review will focus on Altra’s Lone Peak 3.0 women’s shoes. Altra did donate these shoes to me for review purposes, but this will not affect the accuracy of this review.
Basic Specs for Altra’s Lone Peak 3.0
Type: Trail Running Shoe
Sizes Available: Womens 5.5-12
Weight: Site claims 8 oz (does not state size), weight of my size 6.5 shoes is 15 oz for both
Material: Quick-Dry mesh fabric upper, EVA midsole, rubber outersole
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
I tested these shoes on various hiking trails in Colorado and Utah. They were tested on both trail and pavement. Terrain varied from rocky, sandy, muddy, completely submerged in water, packed soil, and wet rock. I ran, hiked, and did some bouldering in these shoes too. I did not replace the insoles.
Big Toe Box
The first thing I noticed when I put these shoes on is the large toe box. I actually thought I received the wrong size, but then when I read that these shoes are designed with a larger toe box, I realized that this size toe box is what I’ve needed all along! I think this is a great feature for a thru-hiker, since some of us experience foot expansion whiling thru-hiking.
These shoes are fairly lightweight for the amount of sole. The upper mesh is thin and cooling.
The grip is pretty good on these soles and hasn’t worn down too much from my many trail runs and hikes in them. I also feel secure with the thick sole, however I could see the thick sole being a bit too much for some hikers.
I’ve taken these out on at least 40 trail runs and three hiking vacations and have yet to experience a tear. However, with these shoes being lightweight, they won’t be as durable as sturdier hiking shoes and boots.
Dried Fairly Quickly / Adequate Air Flow
I walked the Narrows in Zion National Park, a hike that is very commonly a walk in a stream. After I hiked some of the Narrows, completely submerging the shoes, I hiked up Angels Landing, a mountain and ridge walk. The shoes did dry fairly quickly while wearing them (without airing them out or setting them in the sun). However, I did try to squeeze as much water out as I could while wearing them. I do have to consider that I was in a desert that was hot and sunny, accelerating the drying process. They actually did not squish around water and dried faster than my Salomon shoes (both Salomon waterproof and not) but not as quick as my Pearl Izumi’s.
If you are looking for a waterproof shoe, these are not for you. However, non-waterproof shoes are great during the summer months, but can be quite miserable during wet winter conditions.
The shoe laces did not seem to stay tied sometimes. I would find myself tying my shoe more than I would have liked. I do recommend changing out the laces.
Although I liked the thick sole, this might be something that might seem bulky for those of you that enjoy a very minimalist feel.
At $120, these shoes might be a bit pricey, but do remember that you get what you pay for. I do believe that these shoes are worth the price due the durability alone.
There is a gaiter attachment in the back of the heel. This could be a pro or con depending on if you wear gaiters. I am under the assumption that the attachment feature on the shoes is only for Altra gaiters. Although this a a nice touch, it is useless every other time you want to wear the shoe without gaiters. It could possibly save on weight without this feature.
Overall, I really enjoy these shoes. I think they are great for both running and hiking during the summer and could also make great long distance hiking shoes due to the durability and bigger toe box. I do wish that the laces did stay tied better, which is the one main flaw that I would change besides removing the gaiter attachment.
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