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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
Weight
Men: 9.7oz
Women: 8oz
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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 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 462 ratings

5 star
69%
4 star
16%
3 star
7%
2 star
3%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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84 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

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

  • 88 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • Level 4 expert

    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 by New England Running Company • New England Running Company • Level 4 expert

    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 by Northern Runner • Northern Runner • Level 4 expert

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

  • 81 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

    Out on the trails, you could tell in an instant if a runner had previously trod by in Lone Peaks. That’ll change with a significant retooling of the outsole in the Altra Lone Peak 3.0. 

  • 79 / 100 by Trail to Peak • Drew Robinson • Level 4 expert

    The fit and feel of the new upper may not be for everyone with the overall fit and feel a little less spacious.

  • 88 / 100 by Gear Institute • Jason Brozek • Level 3 expert

    The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is an all-around trail runner that’s suitable for everything from speedy off-road 5K’s through all-day ultramarathons and light hiking. It mates comfortable, supportive uppers to a responsive EVA/Abound midsole and sticky TrailClaw outsole. Although some wear-testers reported that the Lone Peak 3.0 doesn’t feel light or agile, it’s a shoe that’s built for all-day performance and comfort.

  • 100 / 100 by Outdoor Gear Lab • Outdoor Gear Lab • Level 2 expert

    Overall, an awesome trail shoe that allows your toes to splay out and keep you balanced, mile after mile.

  • 90 / 100 by TrailGrove Blog • Aaron • Level 1 expert

    Overall the shoe is a great update whether running, hiking, or backpacking, and seems to offer a most noticeable improvement on sloping terrain in regards to the upper, but not in regards to the surprising insole issue, although experiences may vary.

  • 90 / 100 by Run Daily • Una • Level 1 expert

    The Lone Peak 3.0 feels more like a trail shoe than the 2.5, which when you slip it on feels more like a slipper.

  • 86 / 100 by Chase the Summit • Dave Dillon • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I was impressed that Altra was able to beef up the materials of the shoe without making it heavier.

  • 85 / 100 by Hosa Runners • Josh Hinojosa • Level 1 expert

    The Lone Peak 3.0 is another solid offering from Altra. With 4 color options, I can see it being in my rotation for quite a while. I like the direction that Altra is headed and am looking forward to future releases!!

  • 82 / 100 by Seven Hills • Seven Hills Running Shop • Level 1 expert

    The lightness and flexibility feel similar to LP2.5.

  • 80 / 100 by Appalachian Trails • Jeremy Morris • Level 1 expert

    Thru hikers should rejoice that Altra has taken the biggest problems with their most popular trail runner and fixed them the best way they can.

  • 80 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Zac Marion • Level 1 expert

    An exciting update to an already beloved shoe from Altra, the Lone Peak 3.0 manages to improve itself quite a bit while also maintaining consistency in the model… something Altra has lacked in the past

  • 79 / 100 by Appalachian Trails • Madison Dragna • Level 1 expert

    I think they are great for both running and hiking during the summer and could also make great long distance hiking shoes due to the durability and bigger toe box.

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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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.