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I’ve enjoyed wearing my Altra Lone Peak 4.0 trail running shoes for quite some time. Without having much to compare with at the time of writing this review and shooting the video, they’re hands down the best trail runner I’ve worn. But others are saying there are other shoes on the market that will last a lot longer at a lower price, so why do I love these so much?
I’ve worn these for hundreds of miles on section hikes and a couple of thru-hikes such as the Welsh 3,000s and never had a blister. I’ve had two hotspots on the ball of my foot after very long descents and on very hot, dry days, but always patched them up before turning nasty, but never more than that. Because of this reason, I’ve always hesitated to buy another trail runner.
Compared to other shoes I’ve tried the Altra Lone Peak 4.0 tip the scales as the lightest I’ve worn with this level of grip and comfort. Perfect for walking, running and scrambling on rocky, stony, uneven surfaces.
Very fast drying
Because of the mesh upper, the drainage holes in the sole and the light-weight materials this shoe’s made with, they drain incredibly fast. When walking in rainy conditions for a while your feet will get soaked quickly, but as soon as the weather dries up, they too dry quickly while walking.
I’d always thought trail running shoes weren’t expected to last more than 400 or 500 miles before they’re completely unusable, but others say they should last 400 or 500 miles before you should start thinking about switching them out. So, for a long time, I assumed the Altra Lone Peak 4.0 were lasting as long as they should for a shoe of this class, but looking at other’s reviews there are other trail runners on the market which last a lot longer. The Lone Peak 4.5, on the other hand, are supposed to last longer. The fact that they’re so comfortable to wear, that they fit perfectly and I’ve never had a blister has reassured me they’re perfect for my feet and so, I keep buying more as they wear out. Sadly, I shouldn’t have been buying 3 replacements after just 800 miles of use over 6 months of wearing on various trails around the UK and abroad.
Who are they for?
The Altra Lone Peak 4.0 are for long-distance hikers who prefer comfort over durability. They’re for those looking to hike on different types of terrain whether the trail is smooth or rough with varying grade.
Comfort and fit are perfect for me and it’s daunting to buy a different trail runner to try out. But saving money on a more durable pair of trail runners which might possibly be a better fit is making me consider trying something different. What do you think?
- Durability 20% 20%
- Comfort 80% 80%
- Value for money 20% 20%
- Very comfortable to wear
- Never had a blister in them
- Excellent grip
- Not very durable
- Not waterproof
£120 / From £78 on Amazon
Dual layer EVA + Stoneguard
- Quick drying
- Good on stony surfaces
- Gaiter traps on the front and back