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Do You Need a Trail Running Shoe?

April 11th, 2013

If you’re running on trails, it may be a good idea to invest in a pair of trail running shoes. Using your retired pair of road shoes doesn’t count (they are retired for a reason), even if you don’t mind getting them dirty. Trail shoes are built differently than road shoes to protect your feet and help you navigate varied terrain.

Finding a pair of trail shoes that suits your needs can make your offroad running experience that much better. Below, choose the type of trail running you’re doing and check out what you should look for in a trail shoe.

I run mostly roads, with a little bit of fire road thrown in the mix.

If your off-road running is limited to fire roads, in many cases you’ll be able to get away with running in your road trainers. But a shoe that can handle both roads and trails will offer you more traction and stability when you’re running on dirt. Several “trail-ified” versions of popular road models provide a bit more grip while still remaining fluid and flexible during road duty. As a couple of examples, look at the Asics GT 2000 Trail or the Brooks Adrenaline ASR 9.

I run fire roads and well-maintained trails.

You’re running on trails, but none of it is too technical. The type of trail shoe you should look for really depends on the running experience you’re seeking. If you want a more minimal shoe with a closer feel for the surfaces you’re running on, then check out the Brooks PureGrit 2 or the Altra Lone Peak.

If you want a traditional running shoe experience with plenty of protection from the ground and a more substantial upper, then lace up the Asics Gel Scout or Brooks Cascadia 8. Since your foot will encounter more ground angles over varied terrain and you are more likely to be up on your toes as you navigate trails, trail shoes typically have less pronation support than their road-specific counterparts. If you wear a max support road shoe, don’t fret if you can’t find a trail shoe with exactly as much support.

I run technical, uneven trails with mud, loose rocks and debris.

When you head out the door, your goal is to tackle the toughest trails you can find. You don’t shy away from hills or loose, rocky approaches. You need a shoe that can keep up with your adventure-seeking soul. In this category, you want to look for a trail shoe with intense lugs, and a secure fit. The lugs will help you mountain-goat your way through tricky terrain and the secure fit will help you feel more stable and confident in your shoes. For this type of running we like shoes such as the Salomon Speedcross 3 and Inov-8 Mudclaw 300.

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Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Sneak Peek

January 18th, 2013

Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Men's Shoe

When released in 2011, the Altra Lone Peak offered what few other trail shoes did: zero drop with a rugged construction and padded platform. Though revolutionary at first (relatively, of course), the Lone Peak soon faced some low-drop (and arguably better looking) competition in models like the New Balance MT110, Inov8 Trailroc 245, and Merrell Mix Master 2.

In attempt to rekindle its flame and reach a new sales “peak,” Altra has introduced the Lone Peak 1.5, a mostly cosmetic update to their original trail shoe. We think the new look is a big leap forward, and should help to get the shoe a little more of the attention it deserves.

What to Watch For

  • Bold Colorways: A departure from the bland grey and yellow of its predecessor, the 1.5 comes in hot Red for men and an Orange/Lime combo for women – colors guaranteed to stand out on the trails.
  • Reduced Overlays: The removal of several overlays around the midfoot should yield a more flexible and adaptive upper, as well as a small drop in weight.
  • Modest Weight: Expect the 1.5 to come in at 9.9 oz for a Men’s size 9 and an ounce less for a Women’s size 8.


Launch Date
April 2013 May 2013

Men’s Color
Fiery Red Lone Peak 1.5

Women’s Color
Orange/Lime Lone Peak 1.5

Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Women's Shoe

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Altra Lone Peak – Our Take

July 6th, 2012

Altra Lone Peak Men's Running Shoes

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Take the zero drop experience on the trail with confidence, thanks to the underfoot protection and rugged construction of the Altra Lone Peak.
(View Men’s Altra Lone Peak and Women’s Altra Lone Peak)

Big Features

  • Trail-Ready Upper: The abrasion-resistant mesh and a moisture-managing lining provide a comfortable, breathable upper geared for off road.
  • Rock Guard: Get protection from rocks and debris with this TPU piece inserted in the midsole.
  • “Claw” Outsole: Plenty of grip is on tap with sticky rubber in a multidirectional pattern.
  • Trail Rudder: Extending off the heel, this rudder gives you a little extra stability on downhills.

Trail Test

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.

Runners Say

“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

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