Everyone who spends a few minutes with me will know that I love Altra shoes. I have been wearing them on the trail for the past two years and I also wear them for jogging, walking and relaxing!
My Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Low shoes have been on their last paces for a few months now. With over 1000 km done, it was time to retire my current Lone Peaks and I have been desperately wanting to replace them with the Lone Peak 4.0 RSM Low Women’s shoe but found them hard to source. I finally succumbed to ordering them online from Amazon Australia and was surprised when they were shipped direct from Amazon US!
The first thing I noticed out of the box is that the sole of the shoe has been beefed up. 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.
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.
Having purchased the 4.0’s online I was very pleased to discover that the sizing hasn’t changed. I’m wearing the women’s US 9.5 again. However I did notice that my 3.0’s have stretched quite a bit with wear!
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 my new hikers are grey with a teal trim and everyone knows how much I love teal … not!
In case you’re wondering, RSM stands for ‘rain, snow and mud’. Of course! I prefer the RSM shoe because it is waterproof and the new eVent fabric prevents water entry but is also breathable to allow heat and sweat to vent out of the shoe. I also find the waterproof shoe reduces dust and dirt collecting over your socks.
To date I have only worn the Lone Peak 4.0 RSM Low Women’s shoe on shorter day hikes but will be wearing them on the Hume and Hovell Track in the coming months. So far I am very pleased!
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 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 gaiters 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