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Altra Lone Peak 5.0: A jack-of-all-trails

The Lone Peak collection from Altra is popular among runners for its signature do-it-all quality (suitable for trail races, ultra-marathons, and long hikes). Very much so that it's been dubbed as one of the best mountain running shoes in the market. Now in its fifth iteration, the Lone Peak maintains its status with some tweaks for more benefits. 

Contrary to its predecessors, the Altra Lone Peak 5.0 can now handle some road running. More than just dirt trails and some technical mountain routes, it can perform on gravel roads with its bouncier cushion and less aggressive traction. So, whether you're taking on some short-to-long trail runs, mountain hikes, or just looking for a pair of trail shoes that's comfortable enough for all-day wear, the Lone Peak 5.0 won't disappoint. 

Altra Lone Peak 5.0 vs. 4.5: What has changed? 

It's a total makeover from the Altra Lone Peak 4.5. From the upper down to the outsole, there are significant upgrades made: 

Softer, faster-draining upper. The upper material has more pliable qualities, enabling a range of foot motions. Plus, the toe cap has larger drainage holes, eliminating moisture fast. 

Livelier ride. Featuring the Altra EGO midsole, which is often found in Altra's road shoes, a cushier underfoot feel is generated. Despite its softer qualities, you will still get the protection you need. 

More versatile. The Lone Peak 5.0 has a less aggressive grip, which is intended to cater to surfaces like gravel roads and hard-packed trails. However, this does not mean it compromises its ability to handle technical terrains. 

Durable construction. Contributing to the shoe's high-strength qualities are the extended outsole rubber and its new midsole foam. The rubber continues to the toe bumper, giving more protection. Additionally, the Altra EGO is tried-and-true when it comes to lasting miles after miles. 

Wide version available. To accommodate runners with wide feet or those who suffer from foot conditions (bunions and other foot deformities), the shoe is now offered in a wide version. 

Nice to know

  • Stone Guard. A new and updated Stone Guard is added into the Lone Peak 5.0, giving more protection whenever you step on sharp rocks. 
  • Toe box. A signature from Altra, the shoe has a toe box patterned after the natural shape of the foot. This allows for a comfortable, natural splay of the toes. 
  • Fit4Her technology. This is the sizing scheme of the women's version of the Lone Peak. It's slightly narrower in the heel and in the midfoot sections, has a higher instep, a longer arch, and unique metatarsal spacing. 

How Lone Peak 5.0 compares

This shoe: 86
All shoes average: 82
55 94
This shoe: $130
All shoes average: $130
$60 $250
This shoe: 10.6oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
6.3oz 24oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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