The King of the thru-hike is back and better than ever. Now on v6, this Lone Peak might be my favorite version yet. The upper keeps the forefoot space, but dials in the midfoot security, the zero-drop midsole delivers a dynamic ride for all-day comfort, and the outsole performs well on almost every surface.
I’ve worn various versions of the Altra Lone Peak dating all thew way back to v1 when the company first launched. My love for the Lone Peak has been hit-and-miss over the years, with some fitment issues and durability concerns popping up in-between some really stellar trail shoes. I can easily say the v6 is my favorite Lone Peak to date, and has been my shoe of choice over the past few months. I’ll share my impressions in this review.
Sizing and Weight
I normally wear a size 11.5 US shoe, but size up to 12 for most trail shoes. The Altra Lone Peak 6 fits true to size in my size 12, but might be a smidge shorter than the Lone Peak 5. My size 12 Lone Peaks weigh in at 11.06oz (314g), and feel like a mid-weight while running, but a real lightweight for hiking.
Fit and Build
The upper on the Lone Peak 6 has a tightly woven airmesh base panel underneath a combination of laminated and stitched overlays for structure and protection.
The stitched rand on the toebox is pliable to the touch, which helps keep the forefoot comfortable on long days while providing a little protection for toe bumps. I prefer a little more protection on the toes, but understand the reason for going with a softer material here. The width up front is traditional Altra, with a very slight volume reduction over previous versions.
The Lone Peak 6 has a minor taper through the midfoot. I have found some previous versions of the Lone Peak to feel a little sloppy on technical trails and insecure with heavier packs. The LP6 improves, but still performs best on less technical trails and lighter weight fastpacking.
The heel on the Lone Peak 6 is very comfortable and keeps my foot locked down on steep climbs. There is a short and rigid heel counter that keeps the back half of my foot secure on cambered trails. I’ve had some issues with heel lock down in previous versions of the Lone Peak, and am really liking the design on the v6.
The tongue on the Lone Peak 6 is fully gusseted, and does a great job of keeping dirt, dust, and debris out of the shoe. The lacing eyelets lay flat on the top of my foot, and have not created any hot spots or pressure points on hikes or runs.
The Lone Peak 6 is built on Altra’s traditional 0mm drop midsole geometry with 25mm in the forefoot and heel. Altra uses their EGO midsole compound which I’ve found to be fantastic. EGO has the ride and bounce of a soft road shoe, but provides the responsiveness and stability needed for light trail duty. The midsole has a lot of torsional movement, so I don’t like the feel here for technical trails or on backpacking trips where I’m carrying more than 25lbs. It is amazing though on smooth and rolling singletrack.
*Make sure to adjust slowly to a zero drop shoe if this is your first experience. Failure to do so can lead to lower leg issues and overuse injuries.
Within the midsole, Altra has placed a newly designed stone guard. I found this to work well for rocky trails and larger trail obstacles, but not so protective for repeated walking on jagged surfaces.
For the outsole of the LP6, Altra uses their MaxTrac, which utilizes multidiretions chevron lugs with a much improved compound. In previous version of the Lone Peak, I’ve experienced models with severe durability issues and serious traction difficulties. Altra has made some strides in this department, but still lag behind Vibram by some margin. I wish Altra would bring MegaGrip to the Lone Peak series, even if it increases the price by $10-$15. The MaxTrac is decent though, and has kept me planted on every dry surface I’ve tried it on. It’s only the wet and slick surfaces where I lose my confidence in the shoe.
At $140, the Altra Lone Peak has increased in price over previous models…but what shoe hasn’t? At this price, the LP6 is a very solid buy for almost every aspiring hiker and trail runner. If you’re looking for a shoe that will keep your feet happy, healthy, and blister free, you can’t really go wrong here. For 80% of the trails I hike, the Lone Peak 6 is the perfect tool for the job. With another Camino pilgrimage planned for this summer, the LP6 is currently my top choice, and should be yours, provided your needs are the same.