I bought a pair of Altra Lone Peak shoes last week after a friend recommended it for trail running.
I’ve always been using Salomon for my trail running shoes but I decided to give the Altra Lone Peak a try.
The Altra Lone Peak features Zero Drop which means the heel and forefoot are the same distance from the ground. This design allows a better and more natural foot strike.
It also features a foot shaped toe box which allows your feet to spread out naturally for a more relaxed run no matter how long you’re out there.
I took the Lone Peak for a 10.5Km trail run at MacRitchie two days after I got it and so far the shoes felt pretty good the first time. The shoes has a wide toe box which gave plenty of room for my toes to spread out especially during the downhill.
The shoes also gave a good grip in the trail but will need to do more test especially in muddy and slippery trails.
Two days after the run I did felt some soreness on my left ankle but according to my friend this is normal as I’m still transitioning to the Zero Drop shoes.
From the Altra Education Booklet that came with the shoes,they have four suggestions to ease transition:
- Listen to your body. Avoid doing too much too soon
- It is highly recommended that you alternate your new Zero Drop Footwear with your traditional shoes for a few weeks starting with your easy runs
- Once your lower leg muscles and feet have become accustomed to the natural loading effect of Zero Drop shoes, you can run all you want in your new Altra footwear.
- Work on your form. Take a class, video yourself or otherwise be active engaged in fine-tuning your running technique.
I will test the shoes more and post an updated review.