Altra Lone Peak Hiker review

The Altra Lone Peak Hiker is Altra’s hiking-specific version of its popular Lone Peak trail running shoe. This features a more durable, abrasion-resistant upper, and a boot fit. They offer the same midsole, outsole, and rock plate that the Lone Peak trail runner offers. 

Who should buy it

People who are looking for a zero drop,  lightweight, wider toebox boot that feels like a running shoe. With 25mm of stack height, they offer sufficient cushion for most trails. 

Who should NOT buy it

Look away if you:

Comfort is AWESOME in the Lone Peak Hiker!

I was shocked at how light these boots are, but that doesn’t affect comfort in any way. They are probably the most comfortable boots I’ve worn in recent months. The rockplate takes the sting off sharp stones on the trail, and the wide toebox and zero-drop offer all-day comfort. My feet have yet to feel uncomfortable in any way! 

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Touted as a backpacking and urban exploration boot

The Lone Peak Hiker offers enough chops for backpacking but excels at daily wear around town too. With a pair of jeans, these look like they belong in a pub or at the park with your family, They don’t scream outdoorsy guy, and I’ve received many compliments on their looks. 

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The durability has been great, but proceed with caution

So far, I haven’t experienced any durability issues with the Lone Peak Hikers. I’ve worn Altra shoes for quite some time, and have had my fair share of issues with quality control, so be aware. 

The MaxTrac outsole means business

Altra uses their own in house rubber compound for most of their shoes and it has yet to fail me. It does quite well in wet and dry conditions. I even wore these while decking a roof on a new home and they gripped like a champ! They haven’t shown and premature wear either!

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The lacing of the Lone Peak Hiker is OK

This is probably the number one area of an issue I’ve found with this model of boot. The top two lacing spots are loops like the rest of the boot instead of eyelets like most hiking boots. This means you just can’t tighten them up as much, and while this hasn’t been an issue for me, some folks may find that to be a problem. 

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Need strong feet for high mileage days

In terms of arch support, the Lone Peak Hiker doesn’t really have any. Altra believes that their foot-shaped shoes and zero drop allow your feet to strengthen by use, so be aware of what your body is telling you!

The Lone Peak Hiker didn’t need any time to break-in

These were comfortable right out of the box and didn’t need any time to break in. I was actually shocked at how comfortable they were. I never got a blister or hot spot. Way to go Altra!

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The Lone Peak Hiker is light which means more miles

With their wider fit, zero heel drop, and cushy midsole, these are some of the lightest boots I’ve worn. That translates to more miles on the trail and less foot fatigue. Happy feet, at the end of a long hike or backpacking trip, are vitally important! 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 11.5oz / Women 9.9oz
Use: Day Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Vegan / Orthotic friendly / Zero drop / Removable insole
Width: Normal / Narrow, Normal
BRAND Brand: Altra
Construction: Vegan

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Author
Bob Browning
Bob Browning

Bob has been an avid backpacker and outdoorsman for well over a decade. Hailing from the beautiful state of Colorado, he now lives in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas with his wife, two amazing kids and dog, Hugo. He frequents the local state parks, wilderness areas, long distance trails all while passing on his love for the outdoors to his children. Bob has been a product reviewer for startup companies and larger outdoor brands for the past 8 years and loves to really examine gear to see if it'll hold up to the rigors of the Ozark Mountains.