I’ve been running in Altra shoes for the last couple years and they have continued to evolve as a company. Altra has always been progressive but they continue to offer designs and use materials in way that are both innovative and will appeal to a broader audience. The Paradigm definitely checks these boxes.
I think Altra nailed this shoe for the following 4 reasons:
As noted, Altra has big plans for 2014 and the “Repetition” is no exception. It is not set to be released until the end of this month but I was able to snap a pic and get permission to post a little bit about it before it comes out.
I got a new knife for Christmas which would have made things a little easier for the review of this pair of Altra Lone Peak 1.5s! I love this shoe so this one hurt a little bit.
What’s Makes the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Stand Out?
Last Fall I ran a 50K in Moab, UT and there were three types of shoes that seemed to be on most of the competitors feet: Hoka One One Evo Stinson, Brooks Cascadia and Altra Lone Peak 1.5. All three of these are in my rotation so that may be part of why I noticed so many of them (like when you buy a silver car and then realize that everyone has one) but the Altras are pretty hard to miss because of the following:
- They look different: I think they look pretty cool. I like the bold colors, simple lines and clean design.
- Zero Drop: This gives them a low, close to the ground profile that is unique and functional.
- Wide Toe Box: Although their Zero Drop technology is key to their marketing, I think the wide toe box is emerging as an even more important differntiator for them.
The claimed wide toe box is really what drove me to cut my shoes in half. I had put quite a few miles on them and they do feel comfortable but I wanted to see if they really were that much different.
This is a video follow up to my original review that can be found here where I cut a Hoka One One Evo Stinson in half so I could see what makes it tick. The video shows a little more gory detail than the original posting and I bust out a ruler for some measurements.
Hoka One One is building on current buzz by releasing a number of 2014 models here on display at The Austin Running Event Trade Show. Three of the models coming out next year improve on their strong (and cushiony!) platform. Read on for a mini-shoe review.
2014 Hoka One One Evo Stinson ATR
The 2014 Stinson ATR has a completely redesigned upper that allowed Hoka to shave a full ounce from this mid-weight shoe. This new upper appears to be mostly seamless with some additional structural/stabilization features in the heel area. The tongue looks trimmed down and more comfortable as well while the tread of the shoe, although similar to the 2013 model appears to be a bit more sturdy and may be less likely to break down as some of complained about and as I have experienced.
2014 Hoka One One Bondi B3
Cutting one of my favorite and expensive (MSRP $170) running shoes in half was difficult but I felt compelled to do it in the name of science… and fun. Like most men, I enjoy sharp steel cutting tools, both electrified and non powered and applying them to new situations. You can imagine the glee on my 7-year-old’s face as he watched his old man wield the saw.
Running in Moonboots?
After doing several ultra-marathons I kept noticing guys bouncing along and floating by me on these cloud-like squishy shoes that looked like a cross between a moon boot and a running shoe. I wondered if the extra cushioning might ease some knee pain I had developed.
For me, going from minimalist shoes to these was like sleeping on a yoga mat one night and a Tempur-Pedic the next. I got the shoes pictured here, it worked and I was hooked.