I hate shoes!
Updated August 2016. I have to admit that I was not expecting to like the Altra Running LonePeak 2.0 Trail Running shoes. Probably 95% of what we review here at Gear Report was requested for review because they are products that we really expect to like. And we enjoy reviewing good products. I genuinely HATE wearing shoes. The fact that I expected not to like these has nothing to do with the Altra Running LonePeak 2.0 Trail Running shoes, and everything to do with my weird feet and quirky infatuation with Crocs.
So, if I hate shoes, why did I ask for a pair to review?
Most of the serious backpackers I know wear trail runners while backpacking. I have read that 1 pound of weight on your feet equates to about 6 pounds of weight in your pack. Looking back, I wasn’t doing myself any favors wearing old school “hiking boots” (in my case, black leather combat boots) for backpacking. As hard as it was envisioning me backpacking in lightweight shoes, something needed to change. My knees needed a move towards an ultra-light backpacking style. Shedding pounds from my footwear was a requirement.
More directly, I plan to return to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2017 for a 75 – 100 mile trek with my son. So, I need to sort out what sort of light weight trail shoes work for me.
Better late than never
Sadly, the Altra Running LonePeak 2.0 Trail Running shoes arrived mid-day on a Monday after I returned from the backpacking trip Sunday evening. I wore some cheap tennis/running shoes while backpacking and they worked well enough for the not-so-challenging terrain we traversed. That gave me hope that real trail running shoes would do even better.
When the Altra Running LonePeak 2.0 Trail Running shoes arrived today I put them on and walked around the yard a bit.
Since they are shoes, you hated them, right?
Nope! Not at all. And that shocked me.
As I told one of the Gear Report writers that called me while I was wandering around the yard… “I think I may have just found my new shoe company.”
I instantly realized that the roomy toe area shape closely resembles that of the Crocs that I wear 364 (and a half) days a year. I have claustrophobic feet, if that is a thing, and generally have severe dread around wearing shoes. I get really uncomfortable if my toes can’t move around. This is the first pair of shoes I can remember putting on and lacing up that I didn’t immediately REALLY want to take off.
Nearly a year later the first impression has held true. In fact, I have worn the Altra Running LonePeak 2.0 Trail Running shoes on a wide variety of hiking, backpacking, hunting, shooting, and other outdoor activities. They have become my one and only pair of “go to” shoes.