[pct-l] Altra Lone Peaks - a review

Jim & Jane Moody moodyjj at comcast.net
Mon Dec 11 16:33:20 CST 2017

Hello, List, 

Here's a gear thread to get things going. Apparently Altra's zero-drop Lone Peaks became popular two or three years ago, based on the reduced thickness of the sole at the heel. I was dubious and referred to them as the latest fad shoe, but my mentor and idol Shroomer castigated me, giving them an enthusiastic endorsement. IIRC, he felt like they helped his feet and legs - less soreness and not so tired. So I bought a pair and have worn them on various section hikes, including 5 days on the AT in central VA and 5 days on the CDT in CO. 

Frankly, I can't tell much difference between the Lone Peaks and Brooks Cascadias. I also wear Montrail Mountain Masocists a lot, since I like a stiff sole. 

So, my review is that they're okay but not a panacea. 

Pro - nice large toe box (their greatest asset, to me). 

Con - Altra added a strip of velcro to hold gaitors, but then they covered most of the velcro surface with smooth plastic which tells you it's for gaitors. Duh. The reduced area of velcro was insufficient to hold my gaitors. 

Like all things involving hiking shoes, YMMV. 


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