Author: Tarrin van Niekerk
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Over the past three months, I've spent many long trail days in my new Lone Peaks, and there's no denying that this trusty trail shoe keeps getting better with every update. Here's what I love most about the Lone Peak 6.
 
They Keep My Feet Happy
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The foot-shaped toe box is spacious, allowing plenty of wiggle room for my toes. The midsole is soft enough for ultralong days, and the­ built-in rock plate offers excellent protection over rocky terrain. I can spend entire weekends running and hiking in these shoes without worrying about sore feet, blisters or hotspots. They're also comfortable enough that there's no need to break them in first. You can take a brand-new pair straight from the box and head for the trails.
 
A Great Combination of Cushioning and Responsiveness
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I found the Altra EGOTM midsole to feel just as responsive as it did in the Lone Peak 5. It's the same energy return foam that makes the Escalante so bouncy and makes this trusty workhorse a feasible race shoe, even for shorter, faster trail races.
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The New Redesigned Upper
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The first thing I noticed when taking the new Lone Peaks for a spin was the lighter and more flexible upper. The latest upper is comfy, provides a snug fit, and feels luxurious. It also features redesigned overlays and a tiny additional eyelet in the midfoot area. In previous models, I felt like the upper was too loose to properly secure my foot for faster efforts over technical terrain. Now, I find if you lace them correctly, you get a more snug and locked-down fit. I'm experiencing a lot less foot sliding during technical descents and slopy trails, giving me more confidence to go fast over technical terrain. The quick-dry air mesh upper lets you run through wet and rainy conditions without being weighed down. The new upper also seems more durable. This pair shows little, if any signs of wear after many long hours on the trails.
 
It's The Shoe You Can Take Anywhere
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From jeep track to rocky descents and muddy forest singletrack, the MaxTracTM outsole performs brilliantly. I've done some road running in these shoes, and while the lugs provide dynamic grip on the trail, they also have a smooth feel on tar and pavement. Their versatility makes them my shoe of choice for any run that takes me across different terrains, including hard-packed surfaces.
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Bottom Line: Comfy yet responsive and versatile enough to use on any surface. The Lone Peak 6 is the perfect shoe for anyone who prefers having one trail shoe that does it all.
 
If you're looking to upgrade to the Lone Peak 6, you won't be disappointed. So far, my favourite Lone Peak yet.
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