Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Low Review / Introduction
Introducing the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Low
A Quick Note: At the moment our suppliers only provide the mens model. NeoShell is the waterproof version of Altra’s most popular trail running shoe, the Lone Peak. Like all Altra shoes it is Zero Drop (flat) to promote a more midfoot landing and has a broader more rounded toe box to allow and encourage your feet to spread on impact. This is the natural motion of the foot and helps to cushion and stabilise your body as well as giving you some propulsion.
“In reality this is quite a high level of cushioning compared to other trail shoes in the UK market.”
The NeoShell verison’s cushioning is the same level as the Lone Peak 3.0 which Altra rates as ‘moderate’. In reality this is quite a high level of cushioning compared to other trail shoes in the UK market. The midsole is 25mm thick. This is made up of a combination of a soft EVA and A-Bound, Altra’s highly cushioned and responsive cushioning technology. When running in the Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell (low) it feels very protective and responsive–not soft and ‘mushy’ unlike many other shoes with this thickness of midsole.
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The waterproof and breathable upper is made of Polartec Neoshell. Polartec Neoshell uses a lower internal pressure then other waterproof/breathable fabrics to get the vapor to permeate the sub-micron membrane. This releases moisture more easily and keeps micro-climates circulating with cool air faster than other protective materials. The upper feels very soft and flexible and fits nicely around the foot. Although the tongue is gusseted to prevent water coming in through the laces, this doesn’t make the upper feel too boot like or add much weight to the shoes. In fact the weight difference between the regular Lone Peak 3.0 and the Neoshell version is only 8 grams (275 grams for a UK 8 in the Men’s Lone Peak 3.0 and 283 grams for the same size in the Men’s Neoshell version).
“The upper feels very soft and flexible and fits nicely around the foot.”
The outsole and midsole of the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell is the same as the Altra Lone Peak 3.0. Only the upper differs. The Lone Peak 3.0 has a completely new outsole compared with the previous version the Lone Peak 2.5. The midsole also has a different feel to it. The Lone Peak 2.5 has a much softer more flexible feel. The Lone Peak 3.0 has a firmer more responsive ride. Not firm enough to make it a short distance fast shoe just firmer than the Lone Peak 2.5. Both are equally comfortable to run in. However, the Lone Peak 3.0 offers more under foot protection from rocks and sharp thorns etc. Especially as the shoes get worn. The Vibram sole on the Lone Peak 3.0 is also better on wet rock and after 200 miles seems to be pretty durable too as there are no signs of wear.
The Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Low is warmer than the Lone Peak 3.0. This was noticeable when running in 5-10 degrees C. Even after a 40 minute run my socks were wet, where as in the Lone Peak 3.0 with the mesh upper they where not. Now the temperature has dropped below zero the Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Low’s are the shoes I pull out first. They have a snug, warm feeling and at these tough winter temperatures and below I don’t get wet socks. They are just lovely to run in. The grip is good and the ride is nice. I have no concerns running through the trees, along the river bank in the dark with my headtorch as I am confident enough in the grip.
The Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell low (and Mid, which rises just above the ankle like a short boot *article coming soon) is a great winter trail shoe.
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