I have had a few pairs of ALTRA’s in my years of running, ranging from numerous pairs of The One’s (which is my go-to road shoe, have been through almost 6 pairs), Torins, and the Impulse. Picking these up were actually due to my wife and I venturing into knocking out a 50 mile run down in Bryce Canyon here in Utah. It’s quite different, going from a light weight cushion shoe like The One’s, to a moderate cushion shoe in the Lone Peak. And by different, I mean I can’t wait to actually kick some dust up with these things.
They are a little heavier than what I’m used to, and they did take some time to get used to the weight, but the shoe itself is constructed brilliantly. I have about 60 miles on the shoes so far, and they are showing no signs of defects, early unraveling, or peeling from anywhere on the shoe. The sole of the shoe doesn’t contain large, creek-like valleys for pebbles to get lodged into, creating the dreaded clicking sound that either accompanies you for the duration of your run, or causes a mental breakdown during your run while only being able to concentrate on the rock under your foot. The gaiter trap surely comes in handy to keep out all those unwanted hitchhikers while your out pounding the dirt deeper into the earth, and the FootShape toe box is still on point, leaving your feet and toes the room they need to relax during a short jog through the hills, or those hot, long run Saturday’s.
Traction hasn’t been any kind of issue whatever. These are equipped with rubber grabbers on the sole, the equivalent of super swampers on your redneck uncle’s F250. The quick dry air mesh keeps your feet cool, while still allowing them to breath when the run gets ferocious. Having taken this pair right through a creek during a trail series race, the shoe quickly drained, saving me the hassle of stopping to unlace and drain the shoe, taking away those precious seconds from your finish time.
You won’t have to twist my arm to own another pair.
PROS: Sturdy construction, just the right amount of cushion, comfortable for short 4 milers, to high mileage ultra marathon’s.
CONS: That I didn’t buy these in bulk to stock up for the future.