|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.
I have to say a agree with you about this shoe. The Intuition is the best shoe ever, but The Lone Peak is something very different. I can't get over the stiffness, the shoe really doesn't bend with the foot. Even the uppers are so stiff that they causes severe discomfort on longer runs, since they don't allow the widening of the lateral edge of the foot during contact. On the longest run so far I got a painful spot on the lateral side of the foot, where the mountain figure and stiff collar bands form a thick and hard point in the shoe, and the pain remained for many days. I don't know really if I wan't to use those shoes anymore. When I put my Intuitions on, however, my feet feel free and happy.
Would you say that the Instinct actually drains water better than the Lone Peak?
I would say that the Lone Peak drains exactly the same as the Instinct. I had the same problem with the Instincts at Western States, but since I primarily use them for roads it wasn't a big concern. Since the Lone Peaks would be a full time Trail Shoe I would encounter wet shoes more often.
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