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Altra Men's Lone Peak 6 Sneaker

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The next issue is really for the people who are already familiar with the Lone Peak line. There are some inconsistencies in sizing when compared to previous versions of the Lone Peak. Canice: What really stands out to me is that my foot is held in place much better than the previous iterations and this means I can now enjoy the extra room up front as opposed to my foot sliding forward and bashing my toes on technical descents. The fit used to feel a bit sloppy but now I feel secure and confident when side sloping and going for my downhill PR. Make sure to adjust slowly to a zero drop shoe if this is your first experience. Failure to do so can lead to lower leg issues and overuse injuries.

The 6.0 is coming in a bit larger than its predecessors, so if you were a size 10 in the Lone Peak 5.0 , there’s a chance you might have to drop to a 9.5 in the Lone Peak 6.0. Lone Peak 6 on the left / Lone Peak 5 on the right.Note that the gaiter ring on the Lone Peak 5 has been removed on the Lone Peak 6. The stitched rand on the toebox is pliable to the touch, which helps keep the forefoot comfortable on long days while providing a little protection for toe bumps. I prefer a little more protection on the toes, but understand the reason for going with a softer material here. The width up front is traditional Altra, with a very slight volume reduction over previous versions.If you have to run through a puddle or even a stream, drain ports on the toe box and the medial sides of the shoes help shed excess water.

Another Altra-specific feature is its more rounded toebox, which runs in line with how the foot is naturally shaped. The wider design in front of the shoe allows the foot to splay out a bit more. Dom and Canice: Exhaustively discussed above. But to summarize, LP6 is lighter, more protective, and has better foot hold. From my perspective, there’s not much to debate: the LP6 is a clearly better shoe. It’s also now available in a wide (even wider) variant. This is the best Lone Peak to date.

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Lone Peak 5. Of note the use of additional stitching from the Lone Peak 6 and the use of heavier overlays on the Lone Peak 5. There are five color options for men and four for women. Altra also offers three different foot shape options: Original, Standard, and Slim. Canice: The Lone Peak 6 is a nicely improved iteration of a now classic distance trail running shoe. The upper and mid foot hold are the stand out stars of the LP6 and the midsole and outsole get the job done.

Canice: I found the midsole to feel flat faster than I expected. Once again kind of a ride comment but I would like to see more durability in this area of the shoe. Don’t get me wrong, I will gladly keep running my Lone Peak 6’s and they have plenty of life left in them, it’s just an observation I experienced and worth noting.

The Good

Let’s not leave out the MaxTrac outsole. Again, it’s the same as the last iteration, which had minimal flaws for me. Deep chevron-shaped lugs are placed directly under the metatarsals of your foot to get optimal traction on a variety of surfaces. These worked wonderfully on softer surfaces, dry surfaces, bouts of snow, and traveled surprisingly smoothly on pavement. Bonus! Dom: As Canice lays out in detail above, Altra have done a great job in updating the upper of the Lone Peak, and trimming a ton (about an ounce per shoe) of excess weight. This is very welcome news, as I’ve long complained about the weight of the Lone Peak. If you’re using the LP as a hiking shoe (for which it is mysteriously popular) or a training shoe, then weight might be a minor concern – secondary to durability. But as a race shoe, the LP has sadly not been competitive in years.

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