Integer models are generally synonymous with significant change at Altra. Therefore, trailers expected a lot from the Altra Lone Peak 5. Unfortunately, despite some noteworthy improvements, it's an aging model that's struggling to make its mark beyond the brand's fan base. Explanations.
The Lone Peak 5 is, like the other Altra models, a zero-drop shoe without an offset between the heel and the forefoot. The shoe has a medium stack height of 25 mm. According to the testers, cushioning is comfortable with the right balance between softness and firmness. Also, while the rock plate on the 4.5 version was not very effective, StoneGuard proves to be more useful on the 5 without impacting comfort.
The grip is still at its best with a new and improved lugs configuration. Trailers who have tried the shoe have found it to be effective even on snow. So it's a faultless record on this front. And as usual, Altra delivers a tough shoe that can take a lot of punishment and will last you a while.
It's with the upper that things get complicated. One of Altra's significant strengths—a comfortable lockdown with a large box to splay your toes—is a disadvantage on the LP5. According to the testers, the mesh is too loose and without enough structure to ensure a precise foot lockdown. The shoe is so wide that users recommend sizing down. Therefore, while the shoe may be suitable for people with wider feet, it may be tricky for the rest.
In short, the Altra Lone Peak 5 is a good trail shoe that lives up to the spirit of the brand: a wide upper, flawless grip, and a resilient outsole. However, the tricky loose fit makes it hard to recommend it.
Value for money
Effective foot protection
Very durable shoe
Loose and imprecise fit
High weight to stack height ratio
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