Arch support
Daily running
M: 377g | W: 283g
Heel to toe drop
M: 0.0mm | W: 0.0mm
Heel height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.

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.


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.


We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A number of users applauded the Polartec NeoShell lining that effectively keeps the foot dry while running on wet condition.

  • Many testers mentioned that the Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid has an excellent grip.

  • Some took note of the comfortable fit and impressive cushioning of the shoe.

  • The outsole of the Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid is durable, as noted in some reviews.

  • The TrailClaw outsole delivers an exceptional traction on varied surfaces.

  • Several Altra fans liked the roomy toe box of the Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Few users noticed that the upper was not breathable due to the abrasion-resistant waterproof mesh.

  • The men’s version is quite heavy.

  • One runner disliked the thick tongue and over-padded collar.

  • It is expensive.

Bottom line

The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid is a trail running shoe designed for extreme weather conditions. It provides a perfect blend of traction, comfort, support and stability. This shoe will not disappoint while running both uphill and downhill.

World wide, Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Altra, is the 14th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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82 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 86
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    A Polartec Neoshell membrane keeps out water yet allows foot sweat to evaporate, and the padded collar fends off dirt, rocks, and snow.
  • 80
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    The new Lone Peak 3.0 Mid will be made using Neoshell fabric, for lightweight, breathable, waterproof capabilities.
  • 75
    FellrnrLevel 5 expert
    by Fellrnr
    The downsides however are also pretty significant, the biggest being the rather poor waterproofing. The light weight also means that it's not as tough and rugged as a true hiking boot would be.
  • 87
    Jason BrozekLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The Neoshell Mid is a burly trail runner that doubles as a light hiking boot. Our wear-testers praised the shoe’s versatility, light weight, and performance on the trail, but some had concerns with the amount of padding around the heel collar and tongue.
  • 83
    Northern RunnerLevel 3 expert
    by Northern Runner
    This is a lightweight waterproof boot with all the popular features of the trail running shoe, zero drop, foot shaped (wide toe box) and lots of cushioning. 
  • 81
    Steve GraepelLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Junkie
    Like the Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell, the Neoshell Mid is best for hikers who might find themselves tromping through wet underbrush or across snow patches.
  • 90
    Steve MullenLevel 1 expert
    by Trail Space
    Anyone who loves trail running shoes but would like ankle support should give these a try. 
  • 88
    Mountain MatronLevel 1 expert
    by Mountain Matron
    The Altra Women’s Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid is a genuinely comfortable boot and provide so much safeguard against the elements you forget you’re traversing through a rock littered atmosphere mile, after harsh mile.
  • 85
    Backcountry Skiing CanadaLevel 1 expert
    by Backcountry Skiing Canada
    Only waterproof to the laces, so don’t cross streams any deeper as the tongue is not waterproof.
  • 84
    Kraig BeckerLevel 1 expert
    by The Adventure Blog
    Since I was using them more in that capacity rather than as trail runners, I appreciated the extra support, even on routes that weren't especially demanding.
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Updates to Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid

The Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid features the new Altra MaxTrac Sticky Rubber with TrailClaw. It is designed to deliver incredible grip and durability in varied terrains.

The shoe also comes with a reinforced toe cap that gives enhanced toe protection while running on the trail.

Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid size and fit

The Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid is true to its size. It has a medium fit in the heel, midfoot and forefoot. The toe box is wide enough for the toes to move freely. It comfortably accommodates medium and wide-footed runners. It is available in standard D and B widths.


The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid utilizes the AltraMax sticky rubber compound that is engineered to deliver reliable traction and durability on multiple terrains. The TrailClaw lugs strategically located under metatarsals gives added traction whenever necessary.


The shoe uses EVA foam in its midsole to provide durable underfoot cushioning. It comes with the A-Bound Top Layer midsole compound that is designed for resiliency. In between the EVA foam and the A-Bound compound is the Stone Guard sandwich rock protection that disperses shock on landing and at the same time protects the foot from stone bruising.

The shoe also has the Natural Ride System that promotes proper foot mechanism for natural foot movement.


The upper of the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid uses the abrasion-resistant mesh that is designed to deliver breathability and comfortable foot environment. The Polartec NeoShell lining is added to keeping the foot dry even on wet conditions. The shoe also comes with a velcro gaiter attachment that prevents debris from entering the shoe.


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