A searchable index of many popular trail running shoes and their heel height, toe height (generally referred to as stack height – or amount of cushioning), and the corresponding drop. This table is useful for comparing different shoes you may be looking at purchasing.
Product Review – Altra Escalante
The Altra Escalante is the first Altra using the new Altra Ego™ midsole cushioning material which claims to offer outstanding rebound, light weight, and superior comfort. It is also the first Altra with a knit upper. After being disappointed with the Altra Torin 2.5, and lacking a good medium-cushioned road shoe since my previous favorite pair had too many miles on them, the Altra Torin 2.0, I was really excited to try out the new Altra Escalante.
Product Review – Altra Lone Peak 3.0
The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is the 5th generation of the Lone Peak shoe (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0) and the fourth generation that I have owned. The Lone Peak 1.5 was actually my very first pair of Altra shoes, and I’ve been running in zero drop shoes ever since. I was really looking forward to trying these shoes out!
After a long Utah winter that saw me unexpectedly putting hundreds of miles on my Altra Lone Peak Neoshell, the weather finally changed and I’ve been able to get a full lifetime out of my Altra Olympus 2.0. If you haven’t had a chance, feel free to check out my first impressions of the Altra Olympus 2.0 and then come back here for the full review.
The Lone Peak Neoshell is Altra’s winter specific shoe, and is based on the popular Lone Peak 2.0. While they may both be zero drop, have the same foot shaped toe box, look (mostly) identical, be built on the same last, and share the same name; the Neoshell is distinctly different thanks to a partnership with Polartec. The Neoshell upper is built from a proprietary material provided by Polartec that makes the Neoshell waterproof.
I haven’t been shy in the past, around anyone that will listen, about the previous generations of the Altra Olympus (the 1.0 and 1.5) and my general opinion of those versions of the shoe is that while they are meant to be a hybrid road/trail shoe, they are too heavy for the road and have really terrible traction for the trail, so they just aren’t really good for either.
Product Review – Altra Lone Peak 2.5
The Altra Lone Peak 2.5 is the 4th generation of the Lone Peak shoe (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5) and the third generation that I have owned. The Lone Peak 1.5 was actually my very first pair of Altra shoes, and I’ve been running in zero drop shoes ever since. To say I was excited to buy and try these shoes out is an understatement!
Product Review – Skora Tempo
As any of my running friends know, I am a big fan of zero drop shoes for many reasons, and for the past few years have run exclusively in Altra shoes (Olympus, Lone Peak, and Paradigm in particular). Unfortunately, not a lot of shoe companies offer zero drop shoes yet, so I was very excited to see that Skora was releasing a new zero drop running shoe with a decent amount of cushioning, the Tempo.