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Shoe Of The Week: Altra Lone Peak 2

The updated Lone Peak is even better than the previous version.

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The Lone Peak 2 is built with a super soft layer of foam underneath a semi-firm layer directly under the foot.
The Lone Peak 2 is built with a super soft layer of foam underneath a semi-firm layer directly under the foot.

The updated Lone Peak is even better than the previous version.

The moment you step into this shoe, you feel the luxurious cushioning created by two layers of midsole foam, a super soft layer underneath a semi-firm layer directly under the foot. But moments into any trail run, you also sense the agility, easy flex and natural stride features. It’s a unique mountain running shoe that serves up an amazingly smooth and comfortable ride with numerous technical attributes that allow it to run over both flat and jagged trail features with ease. A flexible rock plate keeps sharp objects from poking the bottom of the foot, while aggressive directional lugs offer great traction and a reinforced toe bumper reduces the chance of stubbed toes. (It also has a Velcro gaiter attachment and a piece of extended rubber known as a Trail Rudder for downhill running control.) As with all Altra shoes, the Lone Peak 2 maintains the brand’s zero-drop profile mantra—meaning the foot sits on a level platform with no heel-toe slope—as well as its wide foot-shaped forefoot. While each of those features can take some getting used to, our wear-testers didn’t report residual soreness from the zero-drop profile or a sloppy ride from the very spacious toebox. In fact, they just gushed about the combination of soft cushioning and underfoot protection. The lightweight upper of the Lone Peak 2 offers abrasion resistance while also helping enhance the snugged-down fit.

Price: $120
Weights: 10.5 oz. (men’s), 8.5 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 0mm; 26mm (heel), 26mm (forefoot)
Info: altrarunning.com

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