2013 Summer Trail Running Shoe Review

Altra Lone Peak 1.5, $115

Category: Rugged Mountain Runner/Versatile Cruiser

Weight: 9.9 oz (men’s); 8.9 oz (women’s)

Height off the ground: 23mm (men’s); 22mm (women’s)

FIT: Comfort is key when it comes to Lone Peak’s generous, yet secure fit from heel to forefoot, with a roomy toe box designed to let toes be free.

FEEL: Two layers of EVA foam partnered with midfoot rock protection, feel good under foot – not too hard, not too squishy – and still allow for trail awareness without the need to become intimate with every jagged rock edge. For those who tried the first Lone Peak, an updated mesh upper design in the 1.5 delivers the welcome addition of more lateral stability.

RIDE: You can feel like a kid again and run for the fun of it, without giving thought to stride or terrain, and be confident in these trail blasters – “they feel like Hobbit feet,” enthused one tester (that’s a good thing when it comes to tackling gnarly trails). A grippy outsole keeps you secure on rocks and scree, with smallish lugs that also run smooth on crushed gravel and hard-pack trails. The built in gaiter grip is a thoughtful addition for those who like to tackle dust and sand and a reinforced toe box protects tootsies from missteps.

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