AL­TRA LONE PEAK 4

PRICE: R2 399 WEIGHT: 289 grams (M), 241 grams (W)

Runner's World South Africa - - SHOES + STUFF - – A.F. ALTRAFOOTWEARSA.COM

When you need claw-like trac­tion, look no fur­ther than the Lone Peak.

A favourite among long-dis­tance hik­ers be­cause of its no-slip grip and burly build that sur­vives long days on trails, the shoe also de­liv­ers for run­ners mov­ing at a faster pace over gnarly ter­rain.

Credit the ag­gres­sive, an­gled lugs on the out­sole, made from a stick­ier rub­ber. Testers found the shoe held firm on both slip­pery rocks and muddy sur­faces.

Boost­ing its ver­sa­til­ity is a rock plate that de­flects sharp trail de­bris, so you can blast over the trails with slightly less worry about what you’re step­ping on, and a strap­less gaiter at­tach­ment that keeps dirt out where it be­longs.

Tests at the Run­ner’s World Shoe Lab show that the shoe’s sole is harder, and weart­esters felt that dip in cush­ion­ing.

Some wish the 4.0 was softer like ear­lier mod­els, while oth­ers ap­pre­ci­ated the abil­ity to feel more of the trail.

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