Arch support
Daily running
M: 337g | W: 309g
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 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Abrasion-resistant Mesh provides a breathable and highly durable upper coverage.

  • Many testers noted the reliable Polartec Neoshell upper, which is lightweight, breathable and waterproof.

  • Runners welcomed the inclusion of many components that would improve the comfort of the runner, as well as the durability of the shoe.

  • The mid-sole unit of the NeoShell is made of robust, but responsive layers of underfoot cushioning systems.

  • The Zero Drop mechanic of this running shoe appeals to runners who want to have a well-balanced platform for the heel and the toe areas.

  • The Trail Claw Outsole makes use of a sticky rubber that has multi-directional gripping lugs for improved traction and durability over the trails.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the Lone Peak NeoShell is a bit longer than what they’re used to.

  • In spite of the foot shape design, there were testers who thought that the toe box was narrow.

  • This running shoe has a very high price.

Bottom line

Trail running is the forte of the Lone Peak NeoShell form Altra. Its durable components and improved features make it a robust option for adventurers and trekkers who want a well-rounded shoe for their various endeavors over the trails.

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

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4.2 / 5 based on 14 ratings

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Expert reviews

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83 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

  • 88
    LukeLevel 3 expert
    by Backcountry Edge
    Really nice zero drop platform while still having plenty of cushion.
  • 78
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    While noting the upper was stiffer, most didn’t report changes in fit or comfort.
  • 87
    David HenryLevel 4 expert
    by Runblogger
    It’s one of those, “duh, why haven’t companies done this sooner”, type of design shifts.
  • 86
    Drew RobinsonLevel 4 expert
    by Trail to Peak
    In closing, this shoe is a great option for those looking to find a zero drop, wide toe box, waterproof trail runner or hiker.
  • 95
    Road Trail RunLevel 3 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    A do anything, go anywhere shoe.
  • 80
    SGB TodayLevel 3 expert
    by SGB Today
    The Lone Peak shoe was designed for, well, Lone Peak. 
  • 65
    Outside OnlineLevel 3 expert
    by Outside Online
    A minimalist, waterproof cruiser without the road slap, but the design feels a bit undercooked. 
  • 90
    Noah SommersLevel 2 expert
    by Running Northwest
    These shoes are awesome for this time of year.
  • 86
    Peter ReeseLevel 2 expert
    by Active Junky
    Somehow, Altra has crammed powerful Neoshell breathe-and-repel moisture technology into a slipper-like package replete with life-saving, crud-shedding traction.
  • 85
    Brian Metzler and Lisa JhungLevel 2 expert
    by Running Competitor
    The underfoot traction grips a range of surfaces with aplomb.
  • 85
    Ryan DelanyLevel 2 expert
    by Run All The Trails
    I do think this is a niche shoe and is best used exclusively for winter running in snow, really cold conditions, or if your feet typically get cold in the Spring and Fall, but is still a great trail shoe thanks to its pedigree.
  • 88
    MCM MamaLevel 1 expert
    by MCM Mama Runs
    I stepped in a puddle that would have soaked any other running shoe but walked away with a dry foot.
  • 86
    Billy BrownLevel 1 expert
    by Backpacker
    A waterproof exterior and plenty of cushioning make this ultralight trail runner comfortable for 20-plus-mile winter runs and hikes.
  • 82
    Liz ThomasLevel 1 expert
    by EAThomas.com
    And for thru-hikers who may be facing a big snow year, the Neoshells could potentially offer a better answer than what has been out there.
  • 80
    Backpacker.comLevel 1 expert
    by Backpacker.com
    My longest day was 17 miles and I had zero soreness, despite lots of rock-hopping. - See more at:
  • 80
    Jeff GallupLevel 1 expert
    by Barefoot Inclined
    The trade off of course is the muted ground feel and reduced flexibility, however all the other things I look for in a shoe are there, thanks to Altra's design. 
  • 80
    Craig KapelanLevel 1 expert
    by Craig Kapelan
    Although guarding your base, it stays versatile, capable and stretchable to prevent blocking your efficiency.
  • 79
    Sarah JaneLevel 1 expert
    by The Fit Cookie
    I am a little bummed that these are narrower than their other shoes, but hopefully they will move towards making them wider again with later models.
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Updates to Lone Peak NeoShell

The Altra Lone Peak NeoShell features a new redesigned upper. It uses durable and waterproof materials that keep moisture from entering the shoes while keeping its breathability feature. It keeps the foot well-ventilated all throughout the run.

The shoe also comes with an enhanced durability feature. The material used and the construction are designed to give protection and comfort with the highest level of durability especially on high wear areas.

Lone Peak NeoShell size and fit

The Lone Peak NeoShell is available in standard running shoe length and widths for both men’s and women’s version. Those with wider forefoot and medium measurements can experience comfortable fit on this shoe. The midfoot and the heel areas are of standard measurements and the forefoot is wide, allowing toe splay.


The outer sole of the Lone Peak NeoShell uses the brand’s TrailClaw outsole technology, a super-sticky rubber element that has aggressive lugs for reliable traction. The claws under the toes provides impressive grip on trails and the trail rudder on the heel gives added control during uphill climbs and downhill plunges.


The shoe uses the dual layer EVA and A-Bound midsole technology that delivers reliable cushioning and soft underfoot protection. The A-Bound element attenuates shock efficiently for a more responsive ride.

The Natural Ride System follows the natural foot shape for ultimate comfort. It encourages natural foot mechanics and natural foot movement.


The upper of the Altra Lone Peak NeoShell uses the Polartec Neoshell upper element that delivers a waterproof attribute from the outside with an impressive comfort and breathability on the inside. This upper coverage is highly durable.

It also has an asymmetrical lacing design that conforms to the natural shape of the foot for an enhanced feel and fit. It also has velcor gaiter trap attachment for quick donning of a gaiter.


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