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Trail Running Shoes
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I have fought blisters and other foot issues in my hiking, skiing, climbing,ultra running and found Altra Lone Peak to resolve the most problems. In Lone Peaks I have section hiked the PCT, most of the AZT, many ultras including Cascade Crest 100 and most recently Moab 240 mile. During that 109 hours I witnessed many other runners with the foot medics as the aid stations with grim feet and many hobbling the final descent to the Colorado River… for me no blisters, foot issues or falls (despite 71 years wear and tear). The critical difference is the wide toe box both for blisters and for foot mechanics issues. Many of my friends that have switched to Altra, including non-runners, have cured many of their foot ailments. I learned this test from Dr. Ray McClanahan a Portland podiatrist and runner…take out your foot insert from both your shoes and stand on them with bare feet and make sure your foot with full weight pressure has enough room. Keep in mind your foot will swell at altitude and with significant abuse of hiking and running. Your foot and toes at the widest point need enough room and should not be pinched.
I’ve wanted to like Altra’s ever since they came out because they have a foot shaped front and a lower than typical drop from heel to toe. I’m 6′-2″ and don’t feel any need to be an inch taller in my running shoes. Having read “Born to Run”, I’ve dabbled in a number of more minimal shoes, never really settling on any type but always wanting less in a shoe. Typically I run in a size 13, often Nike or Saucony, so I have tried Altra 13’s on several occasions and they always felt and looked like clown shoes with the foot shaped front and the tail. This time I tried a 12 in the Lone Peak 5 and instantly fell in love- super comfortable all over and no clown effect. Perhaps the tail is a little shorter than other Altra’s? I ordered another pair a week later. Alas, I’m only running 3-4 miles on trails right now, but I wear one pair every day all day, including trail runs and walks with the dog. I’ve worn nothing but running shoes on backpacking trips for at least 15 years and wouldn’t hesitate to use these. Just out of the box, they seemed slightly stiff overall, but they very quickly became supple. When I run I lace them a little tighter. I have a lot of trouble finding comfortable shoes for my narrowish feet with average arch and no pronation/supination. Sure hope Altra keeps this fit. They feel light in weight and are average when it comes to surprise pokes by pointed rocks.
After burning through three sets of Lone Peak 3.0 and they finally became unavailable I needed to swap to another shoe. I was hesitant after reading about complaints of off sizing and durability issues with the 4.0 and 4.5…so I just kept waiting. Over the holidays I saw the 5.0 was coming out and pre-ordered a pair. I was pleasantly surprised after they arrived that the fit was true to size, and pretty much identical to the 3.0 that I was used to. The construction seems a little better too, with a stitched toe flap and beefier materials around the toe. After about 200 miles, the 5.0 are still going strong with no issues to report. They still fit well and noting has torn or fallen off. The sole seems a tad thicker than the previous ones and more resistant to rock pokes. Overall, I don’t feel like I’m ever thinking about my feet while I’m hiking.
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