Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A number of users applauded the Polartec NeoShell lining that effectively keeps the foot dry while running on wet condition.
  • Many testers mentioned that the Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid has an excellent grip.
  • Some took note of the comfortable fit and impressive cushioning of the shoe.
  • The outsole of the Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid is durable, as noted in some reviews.
  • The TrailClaw outsole delivers an exceptional traction on varied surfaces.
  • Several Altra fans liked the roomy toe box of the Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Few users noticed that the upper was not breathable due to the abrasion-resistant waterproof mesh.
  • The men’s version is quite heavy.
  • One runner disliked the thick tongue and over-padded collar.
  • It is expensive.

Bottom line

The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid is a trail running shoe designed for extreme weather conditions. It provides a perfect blend of traction, comfort, support and stability. Though this mid-cut running shoe is considered by some as expensive and heavy, it will not disappoint while running both uphill and downhill.

Facts

Rankings

A top 2% best Trail running shoe
A top rated Altra running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

83 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    A Polartec Neoshell membrane keeps out water yet allows foot sweat to evaporate, and the padded collar fends off dirt, rocks, and snow.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    The new Lone Peak 3.0 Mid will be made using Neoshell fabric, for lightweight, breathable, waterproof capabilities.

  • 75 / 100 | Fellrnr | Level 5 expert

    The downsides however are also pretty significant, the biggest being the rather poor waterproofing. The light weight also means that it's not as tough and rugged as a true hiking boot would be.

  • 83 / 100 | Northern Runner | Level 4 expert

    This is a lightweight waterproof boot with all the popular features of the trail running shoe, zero drop, foot shaped (wide toe box) and lots of cushioning. 

  • 87 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 3 expert

    The Neoshell Mid is a burly trail runner that doubles as a light hiking boot. Our wear-testers praised the shoe’s versatility, light weight, and performance on the trail, but some had concerns with the amount of padding around the heel collar and tongue.

  • 84 / 100 | The Adventure Blog | | Level 3 expert

    Since I was using them more in that capacity rather than as trail runners, I appreciated the extra support, even on routes that weren't especially demanding.

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  • The Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid features the new Altra MaxTrac Sticky Rubber with TrailClaw. It is designed to deliver incredible grip and durability in varied terrains.
  • The running shoe also comes with a reinforced toe cap that gives enhanced toe protection while running on the trail.

The Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid is true to its size. It has a medium fit in the heel, midfoot and forefoot. The toe box is wide enough for the toes to move freely. It comfortably accommodates medium and wide-footed runners. It is available in standard D and B widths.


The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid utilizes the AltraMax sticky rubber compound that is engineered to deliver reliable traction and durability on multiple terrains. The TrailClaw lugs strategically located under metatarsals gives added traction whenever necessary.


The shoe uses EVA foam in its midsole to provide durable underfoot cushioning. It comes with the A-Bound Top Layer midsole compound that is designed for resiliency. In between the EVA foam and the A-Bound compound is the Stone Guard sandwich rock protection that disperses shock on landing and at the same time protects the foot from stone bruising.

The shoe also has the Natural Ride System that promotes proper foot mechanism for natural foot movement.


The upper of the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid uses the abrasion-resistant mesh that is designed to deliver breathability and comfortable foot environment. The Polartec NeoShell lining is added to keeping the foot dry even on wet conditions. The shoe also comes with a velcro gaiter attachment that prevents debris from entering the shoe.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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