Altra Lone Peak 3.0 - First Impressions
I've been using hiking boots since I was a kid. I had always believed that proper hiking boots were the only footwear a responsible hiker would choose. After all, how could you dare to venture into the outdoors without waterproofing and ankle support?
Using trail running shoes for hiking has been common for a few years now. I finally decided to switch to trail runners for more comfort, speed, and versatility on the trail. After much deliberation, I ultimately settled on the Altra Lone Peak 3.0.
The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is a shoe squarely aimed at both the trail running and thru-hiking markets. It's construction and features make it ideal for either pursuit (or anything in between). The attention to detail is phenomenal and you can tell the designers put a lot of thought into what users of the shoe might want. It's retains a low weight without sacrificing comfort, cushioning, or stability. Altra used lots of mesh on the Lone Peak to allow it to breathe well and dry quickly should you get caught in the rain or step in a puddle.
The most important aspect of any piece of footwear is the fit. Of course, fit is largely subjective, but this shoe has one design detail that truly sets it apart in this category: it's shape. It's shaped like a foot! It feels so good and it's amazing nobody's thought of this until now! It's hard to describe until you've tried it, but it just feels so natural on your foot.
This shoe also features a couple of attachment points to make it simple to attach a pair of gaiters. A hook-and-loop closure at the heel and a small metal ring at the base of the laces.
I'm excited to put these shoes to the test! I think they will work great for all of my hiking and backpacking adventures. I'll post a long-term review after I've sufficiently put them to the test!