The new Altra Lone Peak 2.5 is probably one of the best trail shoes to come out from Altra to date. It features a fully redesign upper that is more durable, a whole new lacing system, and a slightly firmer midsole. It’s not so drastically different from its predecessor, but the places where it makes improvements are important. It shows Altra’s commitment to improving on what works and not necessarily reinventing entire shoe. We had a guest runner come in blind to the shoe and take it for a run, but before that let’s look at the details.
Construction: The Upper
The upper is composed of a quick dry trail mesh. It is definitely lighter and more breathable than before. There are stability elements added on the toe, arch, and heel designed to provide you a higher level of control on trails. It still retains the always present FootShape toe box which increases the amount toe splay you get while running.
The midsole has a 25mm stack height and is composed Dual EVA layers and then another of the new Altra Abound technology, designed to given you better energy return. The rear of the shoe also features their Gaiter Trap making it easy to add gaiters to your shoes and keep them secure.
The sole features their patented TrailClaw lug pattern and layouts. The bi-directional and variety of sizing to the lugs is designed to ensure more control and traction on both uphills and downhills. The reverse lugs at the back of the shoe are there to allow for maximum speed controlled on declines.
Style and Aesthetics
The Lone Peak 2.5 comes in 3 different color ways for both men and women. The men’s lineup consists of black, blue, and maroon versions whereas the women’s comes in white, yellow, and teal. The shoe has seem some design changes from the 2.0, but for the most part it is very similar. Color choices are obviously very personal, but we definitely prefer the men’s color options of the two.
For this run test, we recruited one of areas biggest trail runners who had no prior experience with the Altra brand. We wanted to get this version in someone’s hands who did’t have the fortune of working with their shoes prior and was thus 100% unbiased. We have always been Lone Peak fans and this is definitely the best of the bunch so far. It simply made sense to get another opinion.
After a few runs we started to get his feedback. He remarked how super grippy the outsole was, even in serious mud he found he had tons of sticky grip. He also enjoyed the fact it had lots of cushion, but still felt low to the ground which he favors. He found the toe box protection was great agains rocks and stumps and while he did remark at the weight change from his current shoe, he also remarked it didn’t bother him at all. He also had some very favorable comments about the actual aesthetics of the shoe including the footprint on the outsole, but did remark he would choose the black version. (We liked the maroon combo)
On the flip side, he also had some comments about the toe box and its size. He felt it was too big, but we did feel like this was primarily due to his lack of familiarity and use of an Altra shoe. He actually felt it was sized too large, so went and laced down a bit and did touch on one of the areas of issue that we noticed. The laces on this version of the Lone Peak are both oddly long and also tend to loosen a bit during use, this might be the new lacing system and this also takes some time to adapt to. Not sure what changed between the two versions, but something definitely feels different here.
His last comment was about break-in and the general getting used to the shoe. He noticed some tight calves the following day after his first runs which is very normal. To that end, he decided to alternate between existing and these which made the break-in that much easier. After that, the comments we received from him hit on improved stability and control in places where he normally may never have experienced it.
The Altra Lone Peak 2.5 has definitely taken the reigns as Altra’s leading trail shoe and is a welcome upgrade for any converts. For those who haven’t yet tried an Altra shoe, then this might just be the first one to give a look at. It does take some time to get accustomed to them of course, but they hit every note in terms of what one looks for in a distance trail shoe… a mix of both comfort and control.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 10.6oz (size 9)
- Drop: 0mm heel/toe
- Surface: Trail
- Category: Neutral
- Cushioning: Moderate
- MSRP: $120.00
- Available: Now