The Lone Peak 3 is Altra’s new, lightweight cushioned trail shoe. Designed for hard-packed trails, it’s comfortable on roads and even ground, but struggled off-road. Whereas a zero drop in a more minimalist shoe would aid stability and feedback, when combined with the Lone Peak’s hefty wadge of cushioning it makes for a squashy, unstable ride. Across all surfaces it lacked responsiveness and felt sluggish and hard work to run in. Technical terrain is particularly tricky to negotiate, as the chunky sole unit and huge toe box make precise foot placements difficult. The grip is good on gravel and rocky trails but not designed for mud.
VERDICT: Lots of cushioning and toe space, but lacking in performance.