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Get a Claw-Like Grip on the Trail Running in Altra’s Lone Peak 5

The shoe has a sticky MaxTrac rubber outsole with angular lugs, and a protective rock plate in the forefoot.

altra lone peak 5
Lakota Gambill

The RW Takeaway: The Lone Peak 5 is updated with a new rock plate and Ego midsole, resulting in a carefree, responsive ride.

  • MaxTrac outsole and chevron lugs provide reliable traction
  • Wide toebox prevents scrunched toes
  • Women’s fit is slightly loose, especially in the heel

    Price: $130
    10.0 oz (M), 8.1 oz (W)

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    Though not as light as its speedier sibling, Altra’s Superior, the flexible Lone Peak is nimble on rock-strewn surfaces, and provides reliable traction—it shares the Superior’s grippy MaxTrac outsole with angled TrailClaw lugs—over slushy paths. With its fifth iteration, the shoe has received an overhaul of updates, including a new Ego midsole, which was previously dual-layered EVA. This switch is a boon for runners who want more cushioning without the extra weight. “The midsole provides many happy miles of running on technical trails,” said a tester, “but it’s not over-cushioned where it adds unnecessary bulk, making the shoe feel heavy or clumsy underfoot.”

    Lakota Gambill
    Lone Peak 5

    • StoneGuard in the forefoot
    • Roomy toebox
    • Claw-like traction

    • Loose fit around the heel

    Claw-Like Traction

    Spaced-out chevron lugs on the rubber outsole were a standout feature amongst our testers, especially those who ventured onto trails muddied with rainfall and melted snow. “The Lone Peak is a capable and well-rounded trail shoe for anything you throw at it,” said one. “I had the opportunity to run fast and flowy trails, technical rocky terrain, mud and snow, and it handled everything with ease.”

    altra lone peak 5
    Lakota Gambill

    Finding That Locked-In Fit

    New laser-perforated holes by the toe and sides upgrade the upper, promoting more breathability—ideal for longer stretches on the trail. The one downside we found with the Lone Peak: getting the lacing just right for a good heel lock. Testers described the initial fit as sloppy, and required some “messing around with the laces” to achieve a secure hold. I found as I worked uphill, quickly shifting my feet to beat the steep ascent, that my heel kept sliding side-to-side on the footbed.

    Foot-Shaped Toebox

    Where you do want some wiggle room: the toebox. Altra’s signature foot shape provides ample room for toe-splaying, which came in handy as I maneuvered around rocks and boulders of icy snow. And when nature’s obstacles were unavoidable, the StoneGuard rock plate in the forefoot shielded my foot from pointy stones and gnarled roots.

    altra lone peak 5
    Lakota Gambill

    More Tester Feedback

    Patti P., tester since 2013
    Arch: Medium | Gait: Neutral | Footstrike: Midfoot
    “My favorite things about this shoe are the traction and the toe box. I mostly run on trails, so I like the no-slip feature of the tread. I rarely think about slipping. I love it. And my toes are super happy not being squished in a toe box just because ‘it looks cute.’”

    Dave S., tester since 2018
    Arch: Medium | Gait: Neutral | Footstrike: Midfoot
    “This is another area where the Lone Peak 5 really shows its true colors. It’s not a max-cushioned shoe like its big brother, the Olympus, but I wouldn’t consider it minimal like the Timp 2 by any stretch. In a lot of ways it’s a goldilocks shoe in this regard. It has enough cushion from the Altra Ego midsole to provide many happy miles of running on technical trails, but it’s not over-cushioned where it adds unnecessary weight or bulk making the shoe feel heavy or clumsy underfoot.”

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