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Backpackers can be pretty fickle—always chasing new gear and new trends, in search of the next cottage company that can shave a few ounces off their base weight. But there is one piece of gear that has been a mainstay for years: the Altra Lone Peak trail runner. To say that backpackers like this shoe would be an understatement; they are obsessed with it. It’s consistently the most popular shoe for thru-hikers, and when the Colorado Mountain Club surveyed their members about the best hiking boot, the only clear winner was the Altra Lone Peak. 

To find out whether this shoe lives up to the hype, the OL gear team each took a pair out on their daily rounds. We covered everything from trail running to off-trail hiking to hunting in environments ranging from the slickrock of the southwest to icy gravel roads in the upper midwest. Would we be converted? 

The Altra Lone Peak trail runners have a zero drop.
  • Men’s Sizes: 8 to 15
  • Women’s Sizes: 5.5 to 12
  • Available in wide
  • Weight (pair): 22 ounces (men’s), 18.4 ounces (women’s
  • Heel-Toe Drop: 0mm 
  • Stack Height: 25mm
  • Midsole: Altra EGO foam
  • Outsole: MaxTrac rubber
  • Includes a rock plate

The Outdoor Life team tested the Altra Lone Peak 6; since then, the Altra Lone Peak 7 has been released, with some minor changes to the design. The changes between the 6 and 7 models include an upgraded sole, addition of a heel clip (to help lock in the heel), and no-sew uppers. 

Zero Drop 

If you’ve never heard of the Altra Lone Peak, there are a couple of important things to know about how this shoe differs from other trail runner brands. The first, and most important, is that it’s a

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