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The zero-drop trail runner perfect for everyday running and tough enough for 100 milers.

Utah plays host to hundreds of miles of trails that sweep through some of the rockiest, toughest mountains in the Rockies. As a brand based in Utah, Altra couldn't ignore the opportunity to create a shoe specifically focused on this terrain, and thus, the Men's Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Running Shoe was born. Like Altra's entire line of running shoes, the Lone Peak features a foot-shaped profile and zero-drop design. Where it differs is in its added support and aggressiveness. The toothy outsole digs into the dirt, collar cushioning protects your ankle, the forefoot includes a rigid rock guard, and the heel features an extended section of outsole that Altra calls the TrailRudder. This is a zero-drop mountain shoe for running the Wasatch 100 or training on the rugged hills behind your house.

  • SD-4 last gives this shoe a contoured, foot-shaped design that makes for a natural fit and allows your toes to relax and spread out naturally
  • Quick Dry air mesh upper allows cool air to move across your foot, and it's highly abrasion resistant to help protect your foot against dirt, rocks, and brush
  • Mountain footbed provides light cushioning and just the right amount of support for running long distances over rough trails
  • EVA foam provides cushioning at the midsole so your foot feels less fatigued
  • Midsole features a springy Altrabound top layer that returns energy to help you glide through your stride
  • Asymmetric lacing follows the ergonomic contour of each foot to provide the most secure fit
  • StoneGuard Sandwiched Rock Protection is a rigid plate sandwiched into the midsole to protect your foot against sharp rocks and debris
  • Zero Drop Platform (0mm) features a 1:1 heel-to-forefoot height ratio, which means that your heel and forefoot sit exactly the same height from the ground
  • Sticky rubber TrailClaw outsole uses aggressive lugs to provide traction in loose dirt, on hardpacked trails, and across rocks and debris
  • Together, the midsole and outsole make for a 18mm stacked height from the surface of the ground to the bottom of your foot

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140 miles

140 miles

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Hole starting to form on the lateral side of the toe box

4 5

Great On Any Trail

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

After running in 4mm trail shoes for almost a year, I decided to see what the "zero-drop" and "wide-toe-box" craze of the Altras was all about. When I took them for the first run, I quickly noticed the toe-box width. I didn't feel like I was swimming in the shoe, but more like I was really using my toes on the corners because they were free (in a sense). I got used to the zero-drop fairly quickly as well.

The durability of the shoe seems fair. I've put over 100 miles on them and the outsole is holding up well, as well as the upper and midsole. I would say that the upper is beefier than I'd like. It's thick and heavy. I feel like it would be a great area to improve to drop the weight of the shoe. Also, the "trail rudder" seems pointless and just another thing to drop weight with the absence of.

Overall, the shoe is a great trainer. I've taken it over 20 miles and it feels good on the foot. The outsole seems to be at home on anything from buffed out trail, old mining roads, and muddy single-track. If you're looking to try a zero-drop, I would recommend these. Certainly worth a try and it's a pretty solid shoe.


Around the 140 mile mark, a hole is starting to form on the lateral side of the toe box on my right shoe. The shoe is still runnable, but it's just unfortunate to see. I really enjoy these shoes and will most likely buy another pair when the toe box falls off.

Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Running Shoe

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Altra Founder Golden Harper gives the run down on the Lone Peak 1.5, Altra's moderate cushioned trail shoe. An all-purpose mountain shoe that provides you the ultimate shoe to attack the trail. A foot-shaped toe box and Zero Drop? platform provide for Natural Foot Positioning and a more comfortable run.

2 5

Really wanted to like these, but....

  • Fit: Runs large

I'm a big fan of the original Altra Superior, but needed something with a little more cushioning and traction. I figured the Lone Peak would fit the bell. I wear a size 11 in the Superior, but ordered a 10 1/2 in the Lone Peak, which turned out to be WAY too big. Returned for a sz. 10. Wore them out for an approx. 5 mile hike and was pretty disappointed. They felt very loose and sloppy compared to the Superior, but the main problem was an ankle cuff that was way too high and dug into the bottom of my ankle bone. They were immediately returned and exchanged for the Altra Superior 1.5 (which is a great shoe, btw). Also wanted to mention how AWESOME the Gearheads at Backcountry- possible the best customer service experience I've ever had.

4 5

Best shoes ever if you get a good pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have been running in Altra Lone Peaks and 1.5's since they came out. I absolutely love the shoes but find the quality control from Altra to be lacking. I think 1 out of 12 plus pairs I have had have come with no defects. The latest pair had the tongue sewn in crooked, the pair before the lace eyelet ripped out after only a few miles, the pair before had a big ball of glue under the liner, and so on. Does this make it less of a perfect shoe for me, no. but it is a big pain in the A$$. I will continue to buy and run in them because when all of the issues are gone they are like slippers for rugged terrain.

2 5

Lots of hype -- little to show for it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These shoes are getting a lot of press and 5 star reviews. I found them great at first but they have an exceedingly short lifespan and, as with the instinct 1.5s, Altra continues to demonstrate that they have good ideas but execute them poorly.

My list of pros:
1. wide toe box
2. zero drop
3. Good stack height.

1. Durability -- toe cap delaminated after 100 miles, front toe guard too short on lateral side -- upper gets abraded and shreds easily where toe guard ends, padding deteriorates quickly, and shoe breaks down too fast -- within 150 - 200 miles.

75 miles in the northern wind river range nearly blew them out.

So, if you want a great pair of shoes for $115 that will only last 3 months -- go ahead and get them.

Caveat emptor

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Not sure how quickly you got to 100 miles, but you should have contacted Altra about the toe guard, they have a decent return policy: "We promise a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on all of our products. If you are not completely satisfied with your new product within the first 30 days after purchase, we will replace or exchange your product, including unworn and worn or defective items, free of charge?no questions asked."

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Just ran my first marathon in these and my feet were stoked! It feels so good to be able to spread your toes on those long runs. I would have a tough time switching to any other trail shoe after running these. They're comfortable, love the zero drop, and they offer good trail protection.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

These are a good update to the original Lone Peak. They are more flexible and feel less clunky than the original.

I have yet to find conditions these shoes cannot handle. Snow, mud, rock, sand. These shoes can do it all. The velcro patch on the heel also makes it much easier to affix running gaiters.

For those using other Altra shoes, I think these run a little bit larger than the same sized Instincts.

Plus they are crazy RED!

5 5

Hands down, best trail shoes out there.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Altra is gaining some serious momentum in the trail running market for good reason, they rock. Zero drop means you keep your natural stride while the aggressive tread keeps you gripped to the trail. The rock plate built in is by far the best part of these shoes.

You can really unleash on the downhill without worrying about getting a sharp rock in your foot. The laces are ridiculously long so get ready to chop a fair amount of the them off.

5 5

great trail runners.

bought this for a cousin who was getting into trail running. saw 'em all the time on tv and thought i'd look into them. they'll take a little getting used to with the zero-drop platform, but were easy to get used to. he had flat feet so the great roominess of the toe box accommodated well and mentioned that after a few miles, would not feel any fatigue or any rubbing on the feet. they'd do great as just regular runners as well, definite pick up!

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