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Summer 2014 Running Shoe Previews Part 1: Altra Lone Peak 2.0, Altra 3-Sum 2.0

Altra Lone Peak 2.0 topEvery once in awhile I like to scan through the brand pages on Running Warehouse to look for pre-order shoes. It’s a good way to keep tabs on new stuff coming out in the coming months.

In my most recent perusal, I came across a few models that might be of interest to Runblogger readers. I’ve broken this post up into 4 parts by brand. In this post I cover Altra previews, and in parts 3-4 I cover Newton, New Balance, and Hoka.


Altra Lone Peak 2.0

Altra Lone Peak 2.0Altra Lone Peak 2.0 sole

I still have not run in the Altra Lone Peak, but that may change with the forthcoming release of the Lone Peak 2.0. The Lone Peak 1.5 took top honors in my reader survey of favorite trail shoes last year, and the 2.0 is a great looking shoe (I’m partial to yellow shoes…).

RW hasn’t posted any specs on this shoe yet, but Ben Luedke over at Running the Cascades describes them: “…they are a significant step forward from the first two versions.  Gone is the protruding mud flap, and the cavernous toe box. These have a more form fitting, yet generously sized toe box, and more cushion. They aren’t as firm in the midsole as the previous versions, but nowhere near as cushy as a Hoka or the Altra Olympus.” Check out Ben’s post for more info.

MSRP for the Altra Lone Peak  is $120, and release date is July 2014.


Altra 3-Sum

Altra 3-Sum 1.5

Altra 3-Sum 1.5 sole

When Altra decided to overhaul the One, which was essentially the Altra equivalent to a racing flat, and turn it into a much more cushioned lightweight trainer (The One2) I was a bit surprised. It seemed they were getting rid of all of their lower stack-height shoes.

Altra 3-SumMy understanding is that Altra felt that the One and the 3-Sum were kind of redundant, and that the 3-Sum would be updated to take the place formerly occupied by both of those shoes. In the Altra 3-Sum 1.5 we do in fact see the 3-Sum moving a bit away from the Tri-style upper (e.g., the 1.5 has a more traditional ankle collar without the high pull-tab behind the Achilles), but it retains features like the speed-lace system and what appears to be a bootie-style design with an integrated tongue. No specs on RW for this one either, but an image capture from an Altra catalogue shared on Slowtwitch indicates 18mm stack height and weight of 8.3oz. Since the original 3-Sum is listed as having a 13mm stack, I assume the catalogue number includes the 5mm insole, but I could be wrong. Interestingly, the women’s 3-Sum 1.5 is listed as having a stack of 24mm, so a bit more cushion in the women’s shoes.

As far as I can tell the sole looks to be the same, so this should work well for fans of the original One as well as the original 3-Sum. Not sure I’m crazy about the aesthetic on the 3-Sum 1.5 though. I have not yet come across any reviews of the 3-Sum 1.5.

MSRP for the Altra 3-Sum 1.5 is $130, and release date is July 2014.

Next Post: Part 2 – Newton Summer 2014 Running Shoes (or jump directly to the New Balance or Hoka previews)

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This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.

Comments

  1. Yes yes on the 3-sum!!! but PLEASE Altra, tone down the colors. We need something more neutral to choose from.

    • I agree, I normally like loud shoes but that one is a bit much.

    • Agreed. The Lone Peak 1.0 is my go-to shoe for aggressive hikes and longer trail runs. But I hate how they look — the mountain silhouette looked like a manufacturing error and adds useless material, and I prefer muted blend-into-the-scenery colors when I’m on trails.

      At least they dropped the mountain silhouette on this new version, and the overall shape is more pleasing and foot-like and will hopefully feel better-secured to my foot when I’m moving fast. Those changes will probably be enough to get me to buy a new pair. But those colors will be hard to stomach.

  2. Great series Pete!

    I understand they will also have a new Instinct Jr. For our kids. :)

    As excited as I’ve been about the new Altras, with the peroneal issues I’ve been having (currently laid off), I’m wondering if zero drop is the best option for me long term. I need a company that specializes in foot-shaped shoes with wide toe boxes and 4mm drop. ;)

  3. Hey Pete- wanting to try a new shoe (wide forefoot, low h/t drop, lightweight) and thought about the Altra. Just can’t decided on which one; the One2 or the 3-Sum. Mostly road running/racing as I have a trail shoe I love. Tried the new Newts and was disappointed (I used to wear them and loved them till my model changed). Any advice would be appreciated.

  4. This is the third version of the Lone Peak and still no protective rand like some Inov-8 and Merrell shoes. The upper looks like a minimal road shoe.

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