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

6 reasons to buy

  • The Quick-Dry Trail Mesh does exactly what it’s supposed to do: stave off moisture.
  • The FootShape™ toe box allows normal toe splaying to take place, maximizing natural performance from stepping to lifting off.
  • Runners appreciated the inclusion of the StoneGuard™ Rock Protection unit, which shielded their feet from debris and other hazardous surfaces.
  • A bouncy underfoot cushioning system meets the foot, and it works with the EVA foam in delivering sure comfort and support to the runner.
  • Sticky Rubber makes up the outsole unit and it has gripping lugs that hold onto surfaces with ease.
  • It has a moderate weight, which won’t make the runner feel as if the shoe is dragging them down.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The outsole treads have easily worn off for some runners.

Bottom line

Runners are able to relax their feet and experience a more freeing running technique with the Altra Lone Peak 2.0. Meant to enable a more natural foot shape when worn, this shoe gives neutral runners the cushioning and protection that they need for those trail adventures and other off-road treks.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 101 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
16%
3 star
9%
2 star
9%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    Wear-testers didn’t report residual soreness from the zero-drop profile or a sloppy ride from the very spacious toebox.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    It’s a unique mountain running shoe that serves up an amazingly smooth and comfortable ride with numerous technical attributes that allow it to run over both flat and jagged trail features with ease.

  • 50 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Negative comments included lace length (too short), lack of response (too squishy), sizing (too small) and midfoot fit (too sloppy), but testers sang high praise about the Lone Peak's durability, cushioning, toe box, zero drop, breathability and versatility.

  • 88 / 100 by iRunFar • Tom Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    The Lone Peak 2.0 is a limousine for the feet, offering very plush cushioning with a natural ride and flexibility not typically found in shoes with this much protection.

  • 100 / 100 by Relentless Forward Commotion • Heather Gannoe • Level 3 expert

    For me, I’ll run these shoes into the ground, as they are a comfortable, quality trail shoe that have all of the features I look for in an off road shoe.

  • 88 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Outdoor Kinetics • Level 3 expert

    The Lone Peak 2.0 is a limousine for the feet, offering very plush cushioning with a natural ride and flexibility not typically found in shoes with this much protection.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Northwest • Running Northwest • Level 3 expert

    In my longer tests I found them to wear really well and they really provide a level of feel I didn’t expect.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Northwest • Running Northwest • Level 3 expert

    In my longer tests I found them to wear really well and they really provide a level of feel I didn't expect.

  • 80 / 100 by Ginger Runner • Ginger Runner • Level 2 expert

    I can honestly say that these are my favorite trail running shoes so far!

  • 100 / 100 by Run Now Run Long • Ray J • Level 1 expert

    By far, this is the best trail shoe that I have ever worn.

  • 95 / 100 by UltraBoyRuns • UltraBoyRuns • Level 1 expert

    Really good shoe with the caveat that they aren’t for everyone and if you can ‘try before you buy’. I’m an Altra convert and they have won a little place in my heart and will replace Hoka One One in my shoe rotation, and actually these bad boys might even make the grade for the CCC in August and replace the Inov8s I had earmarks for that race.

  • 89 / 100 by The Trail Shop • Willian van Zyl • Level 1 expert

    But the most amazing realisation I’ve had whilst running in the Lone Peaks may sound silly and even negligible. About 8kays into my 2nd run in them it struck me, I’m running with shoes that’s doing everything I’m expecting from them, but I’m not even aware of them.

  • 88 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Shannon Hampton • Level 1 expert

    One of the uniaque features of the Altra shoes are the wide toe box. I never felt my toes being scrunched together like most shoes and could even get away with wearing normal socks without worrying about my toes waging war on each other.

  • 85 / 100 by Subdue The Sloth • Jason • Level 1 expert

    Really good shoe with the caveat that they aren’t for everyone and if you can ‘try before you buy’. I’m an Altra convert and they have won a little place in my heart and will replace Hoka One One in my shoe rotation, and actually these bad boys might even make the grade for the CCC in August and replace the Inov8s I had earmarks for that race.

  • 85 / 100 by Lint Hikes • Lint • Level 1 expert

    The Lone Peak’s are a pleasure to wear on long runs over smooth or moderately technical ground where the soft midsole and fit combine to produce an extremely comfortable package.

  • 85 / 100 by TrailGrove Blog • Aaron • Level 1 expert

    Wear-testers didn’t report residual soreness from the zero-drop profile or a sloppy ride from the very spacious toebox.

  • 80 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Brian Miller • Level 1 expert

    It doesn't have a minimal or racing feel to it, but it also isn't a brick and fits into the middle of the pack.

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Updates to Altra Lone Peak 2.0

  • The Altra Lone Peak 2.0 is a trail running shoe that delivers great service and solid performance to those who want to go through the off-road paths with ease. It features helpful technologies and systems, which work together in order to protect and secure the foot well. Natural foot movement is encouraged when it comes to this model, so it’s a running shoe for the neutral runner.
  • The upper unit of the 2nd version of the Lone Peak uses a mesh material that is durable and flexible. It allows air to maintain a cool environment for the foot. It’s also made to manage moisture. Sweat and mild moisture are wicked off by the material used here, keeping the shoe and the foot dry. The GaiterTrap™ Tech is a hook-and-loop section that allows separate gaiters to easily attach to the shoe.
  • The A-Bound™ is a mid-sole technology that’s made from recycled materials. Its purpose is to reduce the impact shock that’s received during the striking phase of the gait cycle, as well as make each liftoff bouncier. It’s layered above a durable, but responsive EVA foam. A StoneGuard™ Rock Protection Plate is placed between the EVA and A-Bound™; its purpose is to shield the foot from stones and other trail hazards.
  • The outsole unit uses the Trail Claw™ technology. Sticky rubber is the compound used for surface control and traction. Additional grip over uneven surfaces is handled by gripping lugs that face different directions.

Altra Lone Peak 2.0 size and fit

The Altra Lone Peak 2.0 runs a bit small. It is recommended that runners choose a size that’s ½ larger than what they’re used to in order to get a more comfortable fit. The available width is medium, but the toe box is wider because it’s designed to give more space for the toes to splay. The semi-curved shape of this shoe accommodates the natural shape of the human foot.


Outsole

The Trail Claw™ is the outsole design of the Altra Lone Peak 2.0. It uses sticky rubber to provide protection and traction. Gripping lugs are positioned all over this external layer. Facing different directions, they make traversing multiple surfaces much easier. Uphill and downhill treks become much easier because of this.


Midsole

The A-Bound™ is a mid-sole technology that’s made from recycled materials. This full-length unit is placed right under the foot. Its springy nature gives a bit of energy to the lift-off. It is even able to attenuate shock during the landing phase.

EVA is the platform below the top layer of the mid-sole unit. It is responsive and it doesn’t break down easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses. It delivers additional cushioning and support to the foot, working along with the A-Bound™ to maintain the comfortable underfoot experience that the runner gets.

The StoneGuard™ is a rock protection plate that’s sandwiched between the A-Bound™ and the EVA foam. It protects the foot from any rugged terrain or potentially harmful debris. It doesn’t have a stiff nature, so it won’t restrict the natural movement of the foot.


Upper

The Quick-Dry Trail Mesh is the main fabric of the Altra Lone Peak 2.0. It shields the interior from debris infiltration, but it allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to keep a well-ventilated environment for the foot. Its moisture-wicking properties keep the shoe free from odor-causing sweat or moisture.

Minimal seams mean that skin irritation is reduced. The runner can even wear this shoe without actual socks.

The GaiterTrap™ Tech is a hook-and-loop tab to which gaiters are connected. There’s no need to strap them under the outsole, which is impractical and potentially damaging to the gaiter.