Posts Tagged ‘altra zero drop’

Altra Paradigm Shoe Review

October 7th, 2014

At a Glance

  • 10.2 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 9.2 oz (Women’s size 8.0)
  • 25mm heel, 25mm forefoot
  • Promotes midfoot and forefoot strike due to zero mm heel-to-toe offset
  • Soft, maximum cushioned A-bound midsole keeps your legs feeling less fatigued on longer distance workouts
  • Ample room for toe splay is created through an extra wide toe box shape


The Altra Paradigm is best for runners who want to maximize shock absorption but prefer a shoe that makes it easy to focus on an efficient stride over long distances or recovery runs.

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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 One Sneak Peek

January 18th, 2013

Altra One Men's Shoe

With the turn of the page into the New Year, we are seeing an expansion in offerings from Altra. Despite being a relative newcomer to the running shoe world, Altra saw a very successful 2012, gaining traction within the running community with their winning combination of cushioning for underfoot protection and a zero heel-to-toe drop platform.

The One is Altra’s entry into the lightweight performance category. Light enough for racing yet protective enough for training, this shoe should be right on the money for fans of Altra who want to cover racing distances up to the marathon and do some speedwork.

What To Watch For

  • Standard Altra Traits: It’s an Altra, so expect a wide forefoot to allow for toe splay and a zero drop platform to encourage a more forward foot strike.
  • Low Stack Height: Altra measures stack heights differently than we do, and is claiming an 18mm height. This will likely translate into a 12mm stack height by our measurements, or 4mm lower than the Altra Instinct 1.5.* There still should be a good amount of protection underfoot to reduce impact, while focusing on responsiveness and energy return.
  • Low Weight: Altra has measured the One at 7.3 oz in a Men’s size 9 and 6.4 oz in a Women’s size 8.


Launch Date
March 2013

Men’s Colors
Lime Punch Altra One

Women’s Colors
Lime Punch Altra One

* CORRECTION: Bullet point updated above to change incorrect stack height measurement listed in Altra’s catalog

Altra One Men's Shoe

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