I have had my Altra’s for going on 9 months now with several hundred miles on them, and I recommend them to every one that asks, so I figured it was time for a review.
To begin, this was my first time ever wearing a trail runner. When I first started hiking, I wore Merrell hiking shoes. I wasn’t fond of how stiff they were, and I had heard that trail runners were better, so I wanted to give them a try.
I went to my local REI not knowing what I was going to get, except for the fact that I definitely wanted to check out their trail runner selection. I spent about an hour or so trying on every brand they had several times–Hokas, Brooks, Solomons… you name it. I would put on a pair, walk around, take them off, and try on a new one. Then, I would put one brand on one foot, and another brand on the other, walk around, and compare the feel/comfort.
I remember my decision coming down to a pair of Hokas and the Altra Lone Peaks. I went back and forth for the longest time. Not to mention, I was also going back and forth between two different Lone Peak styles too. The Hokas had so many good things about them, especially the fact that they had the meta rocker feature. However, they majorly rubbed my pinky toe, so I chose the Lone Peaks.
I immediately took myself on a hike right after leaving REI to test them out. I could not believe the difference between my hiking shoes vs the trail runners! I was so upset at myself for allowing myself to be so uncomfortable for so long without even knowing. My hip had been prone to hurting on hikes, and I haven’t had that pain since switching!
Altra Lone Peak 4.5 Specs
- Wide toe box
- Flexible (not stiff)
- Very cushioned and comfortable
- Breathable (dries quickly, too)
- Great traction
I love my Altras! The only downside is that they definitely didn’t last me long, being that I’m already on the lookout to purchase a new pair since mine are worn! However, it was expected that they wouldn’t last as long as hiking shoes since trail runners usually only last on the lower side of a few hundred miles. That’s definitely not keeping me from buying the newest version! I’m even going to get an extra pair for every day use.