Re Wikstromwrote a review of Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Running Shoe - Women's on April 30, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I wanted to go the lightweight, breathable, water draining, quick-drying route of a trail runner for backpacking...
I tried on 8 or 10 different options and finally settled on these for overall fit and comfort, as well as a bit of protection around the sides from small particles getting in. I have a medium to wide foot, and really wanted to try out the Altra toe box. These fit my feet great from the heel to the toe (by comparison the Altra Superior has a narrower heel that didn't work for me).
I ended up pairing them with a pair of Outdoor Research Sparkplug Gaiters (super light gaiter) which clip to a small metal ring near the toe, and velcro in to the heel. It was a major winning combo for keeping small rocks out of my shoes! SO STOKED!
Here are the gaiters: https://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-sparkplug-gaiter
For 3 days of backpacking these fully lived up to my expectations and I was extremely thankful for the comfort, lightweight, breathability, and quicker drying times.
After getting full submerged in water, they have also maintained their shape just fine.
The only small-ish downside is that I would often prefer a vibram sole for the extra grip on all the rock we hike on around Utah. These do have really good grip to begin with, but there were a couple spots when I did wish for a full on vibram sole. I had to make a compromise those, and I am still extremely happy with this purchase!
Sizing also runs normal as I wear a 9.5 in most street shoes, and the 9.5 in these was perfect.
I should also mention the color looks better in person. Still not winning any fashion awards, but the blue is a darker blue with a hint of green, and to me, looks a lot better in person.