The Lone Peak is an excellent choice for the mid/forefoot striker who needs protection and cushioning for trail runs. Our testers enjoyed its stable ride, serious traction, and sturdy build.
For us, the zero drop design was easier to adjust to on the trail, since you naturally spend more time up on the front of your foot as you navigate trail hazards and change direction more frequently. Testers liked the balance of cushioning and ground feel offered in the Lone Peak. Even with a stone guard in the forefoot, the shoe remains very nimble and gives feedback about the trail surface underfoot. More than one tester noted that in spite of lugs that don’t look like much, the traction of the shoe is impressive over rocks, roots and other debris.
The upper breathes well, especially for a trail model, but the fit was a bit of a challenge for some testers. First, note that we recommend sizing up a half size since the Lone Peak runs small. The straight shape of the shoe, combined with a fairly wide midfoot, made the Lone Peak feel “baggy” in a few spots for some testers. If you have a high-volume foot, the Lone Peak sports one of the most generous trail shoe uppers out there.
With more and more lower offset shoes providing a bit of cushioning entering the road and trail markets, you might say that the Lone Peak is ahead of the curve. We found the shoe to be well thought out and sturdy enough to help you handle all kinds of terrain with a lot of confidence.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect with this shoe but came away pretty impressed by the rock protection and the durable overlays. I had no problem chugging ahead in the shoe.” – Matt
“Good padding when running with a forefoot gait. The midfoot was a bit too wide for me but with a comfortable fit in the heel and forefoot, I felt secure.” – Lauren
“I could easily see the Lone Peak handling long-haul trail training and racing. This is one tough shoe.” – Daniel