|Altra Lone Peak|
As the summer wore on the release for the Lone Peaks kept getting delayed. I couldn't wait for the additional traction and protection that the shoe promised. When they finally came out my summer of racing was over. Altra Co-Owner Brian Beckstead reached out to me recently and told me that Altra would love my feedback on the shoe now that it was out. Originally they had promised to send me a pair for free when they were available. For some reason, perhaps because my race schedule for the year was complete, Brian said that I could buy a pair at a discount. At this point I have been using several other shoes as my go-to trail shoes, most notably the New Balance MT110's and Brooks Pure Grits. I really did not need to buy another pair of shoes, but I had been waiting for these shoes to come out for almost 6 months and I do love the Instincts. So I decide to take Brian up on his offer and bought a pair.
|Notice how hard I'm pushing on the heel. The sole feels like it's made out of steel. It doesn't flex.|
|For comparisson, my Instincts with similar (if not less) pressure applied at the same point.|
When they arrived I was super surprised at how stiff they were. The addition of a rock plate and the additional stack height had turned the familiar shoe into a very rigid one. I ordered the shoes a 1/2 size smaller on Brian's recommendation and I'm glad I did, as they fit well. Once again, the toe box is excellent. Nice and wide with plenty room to splay my toes. But wearing them around the house the felt noticeably stiffer than the Instincts. I put them in the closet where they stayed for a while.
|Much better traction than the Instinct|
|Calf hair remover....|
Honestly, I'm disappointed. I love my Instincts and had such high hopes for this shoe. It is so over built for my needs and feels just like the shoes I've been so happy to get away from since moving towards more minimal shoes. Here's how it ends up for me:
Excellent shaped last
Tons of toe room
Huge amount of protection from rocks, etc.
Doesn't move with my foot
If you are looking for a Sherman Tank off road shoe with a zero drop this is your shoe. For me, it's just to much shoe and lacks the elegance that I'm looking for in an off road shoe.