|Rating:||9.3 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.9 / 2|
|Durability||1.8 / 2|
|Comfort||1.9 / 2|
|Weight||1.8 / 2|
|Stability/Support||1.9 / 2|
Two months on from when my ‘first look’ was posted it is time to provide my conclusions about the Altra Lone Peak 4.o RSM Low Women’s Shoe. And the conclusion? I love, love, love them and even the colour isn’t bothering as much as I thought it would!
Anyone who spends a few minutes with me will know that I am a big fan of Altra shoes. I wear them on the trail and have dons so for the past two years and I also wear them for jogging, walking and relaxing!
After over 1000 km my Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Low shoes were on their last paces. I desperately wanted to replace them with the Lone Peak 4.0 RSM Low Women’s shoe but found them hard to source. I finally ordered them online from Amazon Australia and was surprised when they were shipped direct from Amazon US!
The 4.0’s have been beefed up in so many ways. The Lone Peak 3.0’s were very grippy and the 4.0’s are more so. The Altra Trailclaw technology positions lugs beneath your toes for better traction and the Maxtrac provides a combination of grip, traction and durability. The stone guard layer between the sole and the shoe upper, has also been beefed up and appears to be slightly deeper and sturdier. These features were well appreciated while navigating the varied terrain on the Hume and Hovell Track. Not once did I feel uncertain of my footing…a big thumbs up here.
The usual features of the Lone Peak are there including the Fit4Her technology, gaiter trap, generous toe box and the Zero Drop design. Altra is known for its Zero Drop shoes which means that from your heel to your toes the foot bed is level unlike most shoes that are higher at the heel. This Zero Drop feature make you feel you’re leaning back ever so slightly which is noticeable the first time you wear them. The high-level cushioning in the Lone Peaks means that you won’t need to speed a lot of time transitioning into the shoe.
The sizing of the 4.0’s is comparable to the previous versions. I’m wearing the women’s US 9.5 again however my 3.0’s have stretched quite a bit with wear!
I mentioned in my first look that I was underwhelmed by the colour options – Gray or Gray/Purple – and more so because I could only purchase Gray in my size. The worse part is the Gray version comes with a teal trim and everyone knows how much I love teal … not! But really that is a very small concern in the scheme of things.
RSM of course stands for ‘rain, snow and mud’ and they kept me dry during the winter months and especially on the the Hume and Hovell Track – the new eVent fabric prevented water entry but was also breathable allowed heat and sweat to vent out of the shoe. The waterproof shoe also reduced the dust and dirt collecting over my socks.
I have now worn the Lone Peak 4.0 RSM Low Women’s shoe extensively and on some 30+ km days and they have performed exceptionally well. If you have a wider foot or want to zero drop with lots of cushioning, you have to check out these shoes!
Altra Lone Peak 4.0 RSM Low Women’s trail shoe
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These shoes come with a Gaiter Trap which is a fancy name for a velcro tab designed to suit the Altra Gaiters and which also works well with the Dirty Girl Gaiters. The gaiters are only designed to keep ‘stuff’ out of your shoes which is a godsend in dusty, sandy or burr ridden environments
Altra Lone Peak 4.0 RSM Low side view. The cushioning is great on these shoes
Altra Lone Peak 4.0 RSM Low sole is both comfortable and grippy
The latest version of the Altra Lone Peak 4.0 RSM Low is both waterproof and breathable. The gaiter hook can be seen on the front just below the laces
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell (left) and the Altra Lone Peak 4.0 RSM (right) – out with the old and in with the new
This review was done with product purchased online by Australian Hiker