We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Most runners loved the comfort of the Foot-Shaped Toe Box and moderate cushioning of the Lone Peak 3.0
  • The price point is well-within range of most lightweight trainers, according to several.
  • A good number of runners prized the traction of this 3rd iteration of the Lone Peak.
  • The 5mm footbed adds to the cushioning and comfort.
  • Several comments highlighted the shoe’s versatility as a speed trainer and hiker.
  • A few noted that despite the cushioning and stack height, there is still noticeable ground feedback.
  • The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 tackles all kinds of trail surfaces (and some road too!), except deep mud or very rocky ground, based on the comments of some runners.
  • A handful of color options available already.
  • A small number of runners commented that the 5th edition of the Lone Peak (there were versions 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5, respectively) runs rather light despite the cushioning and substantial lugs.
  • There were more than a couple of expert reviewers who pointed out that the upper is more precise and structured than the last model.
  • The Gaiter Trap allows for convenient gaiter attachment.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a number of Lone Peak loyalists were disappointed that the Lone Peak 3.0 is clearly narrower than any of the past models.
  • A handful did not like the shoe’s inability to dry quickly.
  • Some mentioned that Altra could certainly improve the line’s bland looks.
  • A moderate number of runners found the sizing as at least half a size small.
  • There were several runners who had durability issues in the upper and the outsole of this shoe.
  • Breathability is no longer as good as the earlier models, as expressed by a few disappointed Lone Peak fans.

Bottom line

Altra’s first-ever trail shoe continues to be very popular among trail lovers because of its zero drop platform and Foot-Shaped Toe Box. This time around, Altra dialled in the fit to give runners a secure foothold when tackling uneven terrain. The shoe has decent cushioning, excellent traction, and improved durability for miles of enjoyment on the trails.


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  • Terrain


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


    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

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


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 9.7oz
    Women: 8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
  • Special editions
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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    The new heel design is solid, tight and fits amazingly well.

  • 88 / 100 | Running Northwest

    They made a ton of improvements to give you more out of the shoe, but they are now half an ounce less than the 2.5 which is just crazy.

  • 86 / 100 | New England Running Company

    No matter if it’s the mountains, trails, or grassy fields this shoe will have a relaxed and comfortable feel to take you where you want to go

  • 83 / 100 | Northern Runner

     It is designed to give you some comfort on even longer ultra trail races. 

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Updates to Altra Lone Peak 3.0

  • Fit, durability, and traction get a major boost in this version of the Lone Peak. Right out of the box, it is very clear that Altra listened to past complaints of an upper that allowed too much movement, particularly on descents and uneven terrain. The latest model of the Lone Peak has more significant stitched overlays to address this issue. There should be little to no movement with a more dialled in fit.
  • As there are more stitched overlays, upper durability should also be enhanced. This is another direct answer from Altra to those who wished for more durability in the upper.
  • Altra’s new outsole is designed to improve the bite on a variety of outdoor surfaces. The new lug patterns allow better multi-directional traction, even in wet areas. While the previous models were no slouch where traction goes, this version aims to take the performance of the Lone Peak to a whole new level.

Altra Lone Peak 3.0 size and fit

The fit is the biggest change in the Lone Peak 3.0. With more stitched overlays, the fit is decidedly more secured, particularly in the heel and midfoot. As with the Foot-Shaped Toe Box, the forefoot has more than enough room for the toes to splay. Altra considers the shoe to be half a size smaller than standard.


Gone are the arrow and x-shaped patterns of the previous models as Altra completely redesigned the outsole. Runners will now see a combination of hexagons, trapezoids, and triangles to provide better grip on a multitude of surfaces. There is also slightly more rubber for added durability.


The midsole is practically the only carryover from the earlier models. Altra continues to put standard EVA on top of their proprietary A-bound foam. As the EVA is a bit firmer, there is a sense of stability while the softer A-bound handles most of the cushioning and responsive nature of the Lone Peak 3.0.


The new mesh is a bit thicker than before with just about the same breathability. As mentioned, there are more numerous overlays connecting the heel to the forefoot. Comfort and cushioning are enhanced by the moderate thickness of the tongue and collar while the 5mm footbed increases that luxurious step-in feel. A traditional lace-up closure closes the deal in this shoe.