Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2: Our Detailed Field Test

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Is it a hiking boot? A trail runner? A high-top sneaker? Whatever you call the Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2, it feels right at home on any trail.  
Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Introduction
Fast, light, comfortable, and dry: Altra’s high-top Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 might just be our favorite hiking boot alternative.



The Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2

Specs
– Price: $180
– Weight: 1.7lbs/788g (per pair)
– Cushion: Medium
– Waterproof: Yes/ eVent fabric
– Best use: Hiking/backpacking/thru-hiking
– What we like: Outrageous comfort, lightweight, weatherproof
– What we don’t: Support, durability




The Wise Adventurer’s Verdict:

This is The Wise Adventurer’s field test and review of the Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2, a first-hand account after spending several months with this high-top trail runner. If you’re tired of living with heavy, clunky hiking boots and want something lighter and more comfortable, chances are Altra’s Lone Peak boots belong at the top of your list.  

I’ll wager Altra isn’t the first name that comes to mind when many of us think about hiking boots. The brand is best known for their zero-drop running shoes and wide “naturally-shaped” toe boxes, but their low-top trail runner, the Lone Peak, has earned its place as the shoe of choice for long-distance backpacking. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - TWA Verdict
Altra’s “all-weather” models are built from tougher stuff than the standard Lone Peak. 

The Lone Peak Mid 2 builds off this thru-hiking favorite, adding additional coverage and protection above the ankle as well as a dose of weather protection via a waterproof-breathable membrane. All together it’s a radically different take on what a hiking boot can be, and after spending a few months testing a pair myself (link to how we test), I’m convinced the Lone Peak Mid may be just the alternative most hikers need. 

Here’s why. 

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The Test: Why You Should Trust Us

My test of the Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 took place over several months, primarily between late summer and late winter of this year. I mainly tested these boots around the mountains of North Georgia where I live, where I get a good mix of weather conditions, terrain, and elevation change. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - The Test
Enjoying an unseasonably warm winter day in Georgia while testing the Lone Peak Mid 2.

I also spent time hiking around the neighborhood whenever I got a chance (typically taking my two dogs out to burn some energy), and did a few dozen miles of rucking in the Lone Peaks as well with a roughly 30lbs backpack. During the test I also intentionally spent time hiking in rain and trudging my way through as many small creeks as I could find to get a good feel for the boot’s water resistance in typical wet weather conditions. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 Review

First Impressions

If you’ve never worn a pair of Altra’s zero-drop, foot-shaped trail runners before, you’re in for a treat. Comfort-wise this is likely the most comfortable pair of hiking boots you’ll ever slide your foot into, which was my first impression the moment they went on my feet. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - First Impressions
The Lone Peaks are ready to roll straight out of the box, no break-in required.

As I walked around the house getting a feel for the Altras, I found myself thinking that these were about the closest to wearing nothing at all I’d ever experienced in a hiker. These boots feel more like an ultralight, high-top sneaker than rugged outdoor footwear, which is a very good thing, indeed. 

Fit and Comfort

I found a lot to love during my testing of the Altra Lone Peak Mid, but fit and comfort were hands down my favorite part of the boot. The Lone Peak hiker gets Altra’s “original footshape” fit, which had such a roomy toe box it was easy to forget I was wearing boots at all.  

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Fit and Comfort
Altra’s combination of a wide-open toe box and super soft midsole were the most comfortable thing I’ve put on my feet this year.

The Lone Peak’s “Altra EGO midsole” also got high marks, and was my favorite foam of the test. I’m not sure how they do it, but Altra managed to make a footbed that is both pillowy soft and impressively responsive, which another tester referred to as “walking on spring-loaded clouds.” 

Support and Stability

The Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid isn’t the most supportive boot out there, but that’s to be expected considering it’s a trail shoe/boot hybrid design. If you’re coming from traditional low-top hiking shoes or runners, the Lone Peak’s added ankle support will feel like a considerable upgrade, but if you’re used to traditional hiking boots like the Lowa Renegade or Salomon Quest I tested these alongside, they’re going to feel a bit squishy by comparison. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Support and Stability
The Altra’s favor speed and comfort over stability, but I found they’ll still hold their own with a lighter pack.

During my testing I found that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What the Lone Peak’s all-fabric upper and reduced ankle padding lack in support and protection they more than make up for in flexibility and freedom of movement. For ultralight backpacking, day hikes, and other fast and light missions, I think these high-top trail runners make an ideal companion. As I added more and more weight to my pack, I did find myself wishing for something a bit more rigid though, especially on technical trails and rocky terrain where ankle rolls were more of a concern. 

Grip and Traction

All in all,l I found the Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 delivered excellent traction in most situations. I was particularly pleased by the shoe’s ability to flex and bend around whatever terrain happened to be underfoot, which was nice to have when hiking over the large granite slabs that make up a large percentage of my local hiking trails. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Grip and Traction
The Lone Peak’s “Trail Claws” grip great in everything but the steepest and loosest terrain.

Altra equips the Lone Peak Mid with the same “Trail Claw” tread pattern as their standard trail runners, which use several well-spaced and sharply angled lugs to allow the boots to bite down into looser surfaces. This came in handy for the slippery red clay found on many of the trails around my home in Georgia, and the Lone Peaks held their own regardless of elevation changes or weather conditions. 

I will note that while the boot’s flexible nature and wide toe box do a lot for comfort, I didn’t love it when exploring off-trail through a few of our nearby wildlife management areas. When navigating uneven terrain covered in freshly fallen leaves, for example, I would definitely prefer a more rigid and traditional boot that could edge into hillsides and hold its shape, especially when toting a full bag of hunting gear. 

Weight

The Altra Lone Peak Mid 2’s tipped my at-home scale at just 788 grams a pair in a size 11. That makes them the second lightest boot I’ve tested this year, and the only other boot below 800 grams other than the Hoka Speedgoat 5.

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Weight
The Lone Peak Mid 2 was among the lightest boot I tested this season, second only to the Hoka Speedgoat 5.

The impact of such a lightweight design is significant. For starters, this is one of the only pairs of hiking boots on the market I’d recommend running in, as they’re actually lighter and more flexible than some of the low-top trail runners I’ve owned over the years. The Altra’s ultralight build also translates to an utterly fatigue-free hiking experience, especially when you’re spending long days on the trail or covering serious miles on a multiday backpacking trip. 

Durability

Altra has made some improvements in the durability of their Lone Peak line over the years, but all things considered, I’d still say longevity is one of the tradeoffs you’ll have to consider here. As a long-standing thru-hikers favorite, the comparatively short lifespan of Altra’s Duratread rubber compound is a fairly well-documented phenomenon, as is the tendency of the textile uppers to wear through faster than most in high-stress areas.  

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Durability
The All Wthr Mid 2’s tread blocks are cut at an angle, which helps them keep their bite as they wear down over time.

With that being said, I will share that my test pair is still going strong and looking surprisingly sharp after the first 100 miles or so. About 90% of the materials on the latest Mid 2 are welded together rather than stitched, which helps reduce weight and bulk while also minimizing potential failure points in the boot. What few stitches do exist have held up flawlessly so far. 

Another point worth noting is that because this is the “All-Wthr” version of the Lone Peak Mid, the boot benefits from a thicker and tougher-looking ripstop fabric than the non-waterproof models. Considering that the thin mesh-like fabric of the Lone Peak’s toebox is often the first thing to fall apart, I expect the uppers of these boots to hold up a good bit longer than previous iterations I’ve tested.  

Breathability

In short, I’d say the breathability of the Lone Peak Mid 2 is well above average for a waterproof boot or trail runner. Altra sources their waterproof/breathable technology from a third-party company called eVent Fabrics, who produce a footwear-specific membrane called “DVdry.”

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Breathability
The fabric of the Lone Peak All Wthr absorbs water faster than most, but it also dries out much faster than a traditional boot.

In my experience I’ve found this DVdry technology actually breathes a bit better than any of the current GoreTex-equipped footwear I own, although it may carry a few drawbacks in terms of outright weather protection (more on that below). Considering most hikers opt for a trail runner-inspired boot specifically because they want something lighter and more breathable, I think most owners will take this as a positive. 

I’ll also note that while the Lone Peak Mid’s heavy-duty fabric uppers tend to absorb water fairly quickly, they also seem to dry out a bit faster than most textile-based boots I’ve owned over the years. They certainly go from soaked to comfortable much faster than any leather or nubuck leather boot in this year’s field test. 

Waterproofing

After logging some wet miles in the Lone Peak Mid 2’s, I’ve come to think of them as great all-around boots for bad weather and wet trails, but they aren’t the best in terms of outright protection. When walking through creeks and puddles, the Lone Peak’s eVent barrier kept us dry with the best of them, never letting a drop through so long as we kept the wet stuff below the liner’s ankle-high coverage area. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Waterproofing
The Altra’s eVent fabric passed all our tests without issue, including a full minute of submersion.

One major difference I noted during testing is that while the membrane works well, the fabric uppers do tend to wet out and absorb water faster than most, whether I was comparing them to other synthetic-heavy models like the Salomon X-Ultra 4 or all-leather alternatives like the Lowa Renegade. This translates to a cold/clammy feeling after spending a little time hiking through shallow water, so while moisture never actually made its way into my wool socks, it can feel like the boots are leaking in spots, which isn’t a pleasant sensation. 

Value

If you want to upgrade to the taller and weatherproof version of the Lone Peak, you’ll have to shell out an extra $40 over the standard Altra trail runner. This puts these boots on the expensive end of the spectrum, on par with the latest alternatives from other premium brands like Hoka and Salomon.  

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Value
If you want ankle coverage and weather protection, upgrading to the All Wthr Mid 2 over a traditional trail runner or hiking shoe is well worth the money.

Given my slightly lower expectations for durability, I’d wager folks looking to get their money’s worth in terms of sheer mileage may want to look elsewhere, although again I believe this is easily the most durable interaction of the Lone Peak to date. Where the Lone Peak Mid 2 really earns its keep is in terms of outright comfort, and in my opinion you’ll not find a more comfortable above-the-ankle hiker at any price. 

All things considered the Lone Peak Mid 2 is an extremely versatile piece of footwear, combining an incredibly plush midsole, a spacious toe-box, and a healthy dose of added weather protection to boot. If you want something more substantial than a trail runner but much lighter and more flexible than a traditional hiking or backpacking boot, the Altras are well worth the asking price. 

Who Should Buy the Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2?

I’ve found it’s best to think of the Lone Peak Mid 2 as a boot alternative rather than an actual hiking boot. Put simply, heavy-duty hiking boots are just overkill for your average hiker and even most backpackers nowadays, so if the sound of something lighter, more flexible, and more comfortable sounds good to you, I’d highly encourage you to try a pair of these on. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Who Should Buy
If most of your hiking is done on trails rather than bushwacking through backcountry, the Lone Peak Mid 2 is the ideal alternative to a waterproof boot.

Altra’s wide-open toe box is a particularly unique and enjoyable experience, especially if you’re used to more traditionally shaped footwear. Again, hiking in these boots feels more like hiking barefoot than wearing a pair of boots, albeit with a plush and springy cloud of foam underfoot at all times. 

If I want some added weather protection and I’m not carrying a heavy pack, I’d say the Lone Peak Mids have become my “boot” of choice this year. If I’m going on a particularly cold and/or soggy adventure, I’d probably still reach for a traditional hiker, but the Lone Peaks are a super versatile option that works great for everything from day hikes to walking the dogs in wet weather. 

Alternatives:

Hoka Speedgoat 5 Mid: The “other” high-top trail runner. If you don’t love Altra’s wide-open toe box, the Speedgoats are a bit more traditionally shaped while also offering thicker and firmer cushioning underfoot. 

Salomon X Ultra 4: Another featherweight option, albeit one that trades the Altra’s light and open feel for a more technical and supportive build. Narrower and not quite as comfortable, but absolutely excels on rocky and uneven terrain. 

Altra Lone Peak 8: The original low-top trail runner that started it all. Trades a degree of support, protection, and weatherproofing for an even lighter shoe with a focus on fast-drying breathability. 

The Bottom Line

The Lone Peak Mid 2 marks a sharp departure from traditional hiking boots, and depending on where and how you hike, that can be a blessing or a curse. Compared to some of the heavy-duty outsoles and leather uppers in our recent field tests, the Altras feel incredibly fast, light, and comfortable, a perfect fit for long days on the trail or lightweight overnights. 

Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 - Bottom Line
I think most hikers should give the Lone Peak Mid a shot: Your boots are probably overkill anyways.

They won’t provide the support, protection, or longevity of a big over-the-ankle hiker, but most of us don’t actually need that nowadays anyway. If you’re planning to stay on established trails and rarely carry over 35lbs, I believe the Altra Lone Peak All Wthr Mid 2 has everything you need, and may very well be the most comfortable outdoor footwear I’ve ever slid a sock into.

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