Friday, November 6, 2015

Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Review

Altra is one of my favorite shoe brands.  It is not just because they put out great shoes, but they think it is really important to educate their customers on the proper running form and the benefits you may get from running in a zero drop or wide toe box shoe.  My first pair of Altra’s were the Instinct 2’s.  I instantly fell in love with them.  They had the wide toe box, zero drop design, and plenty of cushioning, all of which Altra is known for.  You can find the Instinct 2 on sale for around $50 while they are trying to clear them out.  Click here to get yours today.  I have also tested the Altra Paradigm, Instinct 3, and The One 2.5’s. 

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I have not had a chance to test out a pair of trail shoes from Altra, until now.  I have wanted a pair for quite a while and was thrilled when Altra sent me the Lone Peak 2.5 to test.  I have been so impressed with the other shoes I have tested from Altra that I was sure that the Lone Peak 2.5’s would be great as well.
The Lone Peak 2.5 features a midsole that is made up of Altra’s Dual Layer EVA with an A-Bound top layer.  A-Bound is a responsive cushioning that protects your feet as your foot impacts the ground and then rebounds to add spring to each step.  The Lone Peak 2.5 also has a StoneGuard rock plate to make sure you don’t bruise your arches when going over rocks.

The outsole is what really makes this an awesome shoe.  It comes with Altra’s Sticky-Rubber TrailClaw.  As you can see in the picture, the lugs really can dig into the trail or mud to give you a real sense of confidence.  I ran in mud, on single-track trails, gravel fire roads, and up rock outcroppings.  I never felt like I was going to lose traction.

The upper material is made of Altra’s Quick-Dry Trail Mesh.  It allows your feet to remain cool and dry.  Another awesome feature of this shoe is the Gaiter Trap.  A hook and look tab allows for a strapless gaiter made by Altra to be used with this shoe.  It is sold separately and is used to help keep rocks and debris from getting in your shoe.  Nothing sucks more than getting a little rock in your shoe and having to stop to get it out.




Pros:

Very comfortable
Zero heel drop
Wide toe box
Very light - 10.6 ounces
Plenty of cushion
Great price ($120 at Altra.com)

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I am extremely impressed with the Lone Peak 2.5.  It is a solid shoe all around.  It really made my trail running more enjoyable because I never had to worry about slipping.  The Lone Peak 2.5 can be purchased for $120 at Altra.com, at your local running store, or at your favorite online retailer.  If you like trail running, do yourself a favor and pick up the Lone Peak 2.5 today.  Your feet will thank you for it.  Altra also has a waterproof version called the Lone Peak NeoShell and it costs $140.  The Lone Peak NeoShell was named the “Best Waterproof Shoe” by Competitor Magazine in October, 2015.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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