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.
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.
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!
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.
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.