Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Initial Review

Posted by on April 30, 2013

I received the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 trail shoes last week. I own two pairs of the 1.0 version and I was really excited to get my feet the new version. Altra shoes changed the way I run and think about running in general. I ran my first 50k in 2012 in the Lone Peaks with only 80 miles on them. I didn’t have a single blister when I completed the race. That alone sold me on the Altra shoe company. I always seen photos of the blister horror stories from other ultra runners. No thank you! Wearing the Lone Peaks I don’t have to worry about my feet and that is a great feeling. But let’s get to the review.

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Sunday I was able to get in a 5 mile run in these red rockets. Right away I could tell that the 1.5s seem to feel different on my feet. The weight is listed at 9.9 oz on the Altra site but they felt lighter than the 1.0 version. The way they hugged my size 14 feet was much different that the 1.0 version. I think is a result of the new weave pattern difference between the two models. The 1.0 version has a chain mail type of weave to them. The newer 1.5 version have more of a basket weave. Check out these two photos.

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The soles appear not to have changed. They both have the foot pattern with the same tread pattern. They both still have Altra’s Sticky Rubber TrailClaw pattern. The tread is really aggressive and is one of my favorite features of the shoe. Both version still have the trademarked TrailRudder.

One new feature of the 1.5 is the addition of Velcro tab added to the heel. This was added to have a built in method of attaching running gaiters. I have not had the need to wear gaiters myself so I cannot provide a photo but here are a couple of photos of the area that I am speaking about. When not in use the Velcro area has its own tab to cover it. Very nice!

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My initial run in the Lone Peak 1.5 felt so good that I started to wonder if I will ever wear my 1.0 versions again. The new 1.5s feel like a totally different shoe. It has the same foot shaped design so I can’t really figure out why they feel better on my feet. The only thing I can speculate on the better feel is the weave pattern to main fabric of the shoes. It just seems to fit differently on my feet and I like it. Here are a few final photos from yesterday’s outing.

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After my next race on I will post a follow-up on the Lone Peak 1.5. I will be running a 50k down by Lawrence, KS on May 11th. My initial thought right now are very positive.

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3 Responses to Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Initial Review

  1. Erik

    I’m kinda hooked on my La Sportiva Crosslites, but I just keep hearing great things about Altra. Can’t wait for the 50k race report!

    • Ed

      Less than 2 weeks now. Looking forward to the first ultra of 2013!

  2. Bob

    I’m a big fan of Altra too. Initially, I thought the Lone Peak 1.0 was too heavy and even had too much arch support compared with the Instinct. I was surprised at the time that they just didn’t take the Instinct and add a more aggressive tread to create a trail version. That’s what I was expecting from the Lone Peak 1.0. They ended up doing that when they came out with the Superior this past October. I have a pair of those too and like them. I did like the Lone Peak as a hiking/walking shoe though, and have them on right now.

    Fast forward 6 months and I now am excited to try the 1.5 Lone Peak. Why? Because I learned the hard way that if you are middle aged with flat feet, switching to zero drop even gradually as I did can’t totally negate the effects of 40 years of running/playing sports on flat feet with orthotics, heavily cushioned shoes, etc. I still need some support, whether a little tape on the arch of my foot, a little arch support in the insole, or just a little extra support in the shoe overall—so now I don’t mind a more substantial zero drop trail shoe like Lone Peak (or the 4mm drop PureGrit 2) for a trail run that includes lots of hard, flat surfaces, gravel, asphalt paths, etc. I may still wear the lighter Superior (or the Merrill Mix Master 2) for technical runs in woods that have a softer surface but that require more agility “tip-toeing” around roots, rocks, etc.

    The bottom line for me is that all the previously mentioned shoes have lots of room in the toe box and forefoot area for your foot and toes to spread out and flex, not only horizontally, but vertically too. That’s where I think a lot of trail shoes, including many minimalist styles, miss the boat—the toe box often doesn’t have enough depth or width. Looking forward to trying the Lone Peak 1.5. Thanks for the review.