Who’s It For?
From a fit perspective, the Lone Peak 6 is an incredibly versatile shoe. It will work well for people with wide feet who need a bit more real estate in the toebox and for folks with average foot types who prefer fits that allow their toes to splay. The workability of the upper will also give some runners with average-to-narrow width feet like myself the option to cinch down the shoe quite securely as well (though if you know you love a very consistently narrow fit, including through the toebox, you should at the very least try it on before buying).
From a usage standpoint, I think the Lone Peak 6 is a good option for short- to medium-length flatter runs on just about any surface. And given the shoe’s mid-to-high weight, I think it works best as a daily trainer, especially in warmer temperatures, rather than something reserved for faster-paced runs. And if you’re looking for a shoe that produces a lot of rebound, I’d look elsewhere.
While I didn’t struggle while transitioning into zero-drop shoes, I know doing so can cause problems for some people if not done gradually. Because your foot sits completely flat in models without a heel-to-toe drop, muscles and tendons in your lower leg (e.g., gastroc, Achilles, and soleus) are asked to do more work. If you combine this added demand with a lot of intensity and/or vert in your training before your body fully adjusts to different loading patterns, injuries can crop up in a hurry. So, if you’re curious about switching to zero-drop shoes, make sure to do so slowly.
In its 6th iteration, Altra’s Lone Peak is still a venerable model that mostly succeeds in holding up its legacy in the trail space. It’s a highly breathable, flexible, and generously fitting zero-drop option that is surprisingly lightweight feeling on trail. Traction and ground feel are categories the shoe absolutely nails, and while the Lone Peak 6 isn’t as protective or supportive as some of its predecessors — especially on steep descents — it thrives on flatter trails, even if they are quite rocky. And while I think referring to the Lone Peak 6 as a “legend” might be a stretch, it’s still a shoe that can be quite fun to run in, and one that I think will work well for a wide range of foot types belonging to trail runners who typically stick to medium distances and below.