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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners noticed the enhanced upper, firmer midsole and upgraded lacing system of the Lone Peak 2.5.
  • Some of the testers pointed out that this version of the Lone Peak is much lighter and faster than the previous versions.
  • The Altra Lone Peak 2.5 features a Heel Claw upper construction, which offers a snug fit and better structural support.
  • The heel has a Trail Rudder technology for control over steep plunges.
  • Many were impressed by the shoe’s natural foot design, which encourages the natural positioning of the foot when running or staying idle.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who felt that the Lone Peak 2.5 was one size smaller than what they were used to.
  • Some comments mentioned that the insole seemed thinner than expected.
  • The upper of this shoe started to peel off earlier than expected, according to some testers.

Bottom line

The improved midsole and redesigned upper pushes the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 to survive the toughest terrain. This shoe’s capability for natural toe splaying, grip, and stability makes it ideal for casual and more intense adventures. This is a great option for trail running and racing.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 235 ratings

5 star
74%
4 star
12%
3 star
7%
2 star
2%
1 star
5%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Lighter, with a better fit, makes a good shoe great.

  • 75 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    It’s a shoe that caters to the foot above all else and while I would like to see some of the fit issues worked out that I mentioned, I still think it’s a shoe worth trying if you’re looking for that wide-open fit and feel.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Competitor • Lisa Jhung • Level 4 expert

    A rockplate sandwiched inside the midsole stops underfoot jabs without feeling hard.

  • 85 / 100 by Must Love Jogs • Jason • Level 3 expert

    The upper is perfect – it’s soft and smooth and you would not have any issues with blisters or hot spots.

  • 85 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 3 expert

    On slippery downhills, the aggressive outsole on the Lone Peak 2.5 is a huge bonus - no braking required.

  • 100 / 100 by Spartan Race Warriors • Simone Seo • Level 2 expert

    The Altra Women Lone Peak 2.5 work well on all surfaces. They are so comfortable, I wear them for walking and running. These also fit my needs for extra toe room.

  • 88 / 100 by Run All The Trails • Ryan Delany • Level 2 expert

    Laces are obnoxiously long, even though I ended up liking them, others may find them annoying or a distraction.

  • 80 / 100 by Trail to Peak • Trail to Peak • Level 2 expert

    It's lightweight, breathes well, causes no blisters, and has enough cushion to keep the legs feeling fresh. I just have to hope the outsoles hold up now.

  • 60 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Blaine Penny • Level 2 expert

    Poor stability on uneven terrain.

  • 79 / 100 by Brandon Yonke • Brandon Yonke • Level 1 expert

    Bombing downhill, I admit I took some pretty tight corners and was doing some scraping on the rocks. However, I have good news: no wear. None.

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Updates to Altra Lone Peak 2.5

  • The upper of the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 was updated. It comes with a Quick-drying upper mesh designed with GaiterTrap technology. It allows gait secutiry for trail running. It also has a wider toebox, breathable upper, and a stylish design. The lacing system is also improved and the durability of the upper is given careful priority.
  • The midsole come with the new material, which is the Dual layer EVA A-Bound top layer. This improves the midsole while providing a slightly firmer feel. It offers a moderate cushioning and softness, giving that natural ground feel every runner wants in trail running.

Altra Lone Peak 2.5 size and fit

The Altra Lone Peak 2.5 has a standard running shoe length. It gives a snug and comfortable fit in the heel and midfoot area. The shoe also has a roomy toe box that allows natural toe splay. The shoe fits perfectly to medium and slightly wide-footed runners. This shoe is available in standard running shoe widths for men's and women's versions.


Outsole

The outsole of the Lone Peak 2.5 has the Sticky Rubber Trail Claw technology, which offers an excellent traction on tough terrains, making this shoe a great option for hiking, camping, wild touring, strolling, and trail running. Lugs are durable to last long enough on an all-around surface although it is not too luggy on dry ones, yet it has the grip on loosed grounds.


Midsole

The midsole of the Lone Peak 2.5 hasthe moderately cushioned design for trail running. The EVA midsole material is also combined with the Sandwiched StoneGuard technology, which is a rock plate that protects the foot from trail debris. Although it is a bit plushy and soft, the moderate cushioning design gives a ground feel that may not be satisfactory to some runners.


Upper

The upper of the Lone Peak 2.5 features the quick-drying air mesh material with GaiterTrap technology for gait support. It offers an excellent performance of breathability and comfort while running. The roomy toe box is indeed appreciated, especially for runners with wider feet. The toe box tends to stretch out and expand wider after a period of time. This shoe also comes with an improved lacing system, providing enhanced fit and comfort.