Shoe Review: Altra Lone Peak 3.5
The Lone Peak has always been my staple trail shoe when it comes to Altra. You’ve got the Superior which has a little less cushion, more ground feel, and typically works better for a little more speed. The Olympus on the other hand is all about stack height, so a ton of cushion, designed for distance, and a slow roll. The Lone Peak hits the sweet spot where you get a decent amount of cushion, but the shoe is still light enough to give you decent pacing and turnover. In terms of the 3.5, this is really just a tweak to the 3.0 meaning its not a major redesign, but still has some minor adjustments.
The upper on the Lone Peak 3.5 uses a quick dry air mesh which allows the shoe to maintain breathability. There are additional stitched overlays which provide structure and support across the mid portion of the foot in addition to the printed overlays that make up the mountain range. The toe box uses Altra’s patented FootShape design, but the Lone Peak has a bit more of a square shape than typical.
The mid on the Lone Peak is very much like the mid on the Torin. It uses two layer of EVA of varying densities to give you more comfort and responsiveness. This is what really comprises Altra’s A-Bound technology which again is all about giving you some rebound in your stride, aiding in foot turnover.
The outsole on the Lone Peak uses Altra’s MaxTrac rubber with TrailClaw technology. Basically it’s designed to grip like crazy and still give you plenty of traction and control throughout varying terrains. Just like on the Altra trail shoes, this is where the Lone Peak’s shine. Like all prior models, you get plenty of traction on uphills and control on the downhill.
Style & Aesthetics
The Lone Peak 3.5 comes in 4 colorways (blue, black, red, yellow) for men and women with a nice mix of colors. That being said, I don’t really love the exterior look of the shoe compared to the 3.0. It’s a really odd blend of materials, overlays, and stitching. I really hope they resolve this in the 4.0 because honestly… a little ugly in my opinion.
In the end the look doesn’t matter as much as the performance, so lets move on to that. The Lone Peaks on the trail are nearly as solid as the 3.0, but I’m not digging some of the upper updates. I feel like the prior version had a better mix of stability and flexibility whereas the 3.5s can feel soft in spots. Then in other areas, the shoe is super rigid so the mix is a little odd.
Performance during the run is very similar to the 3.0s and a lot of my foot feel concerns went out the window. These took on their normal feel at distance meaning the 25mm of cushion still felt great, the tracking over hard pack, mud, gravel, etc was all solid. I do think there is something up with both the interior on the shoe as well as the mesh as I did notice some amount of slipping. I tried different socks even and yet couldn’t get past it. So it performs really well, but I have to caveat it. The materials makeup is a little weird and it threw me off a bit.
To wrap this up, the Lone Peak 3.5s are just an okay update for me. I feel like it retains a good portion of what I liked about the 3.0s, but there are some new updates to the upper that I don’t love. If made me choose between them, then I would probably still opt for the 3.0s. However, if they can resolve the upper issues and maintain the mid and upper from the 3.5, then the 4.0s are going to be pretty amazing.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 9.0oz (size 9)
- Drop: 0mm heel/toe
- Stack Height: 25mm
- MSRP: $120.00
- Available: Now