|Altra Running Lone Peak|
So far I really like them. They are definitely a good bit heavier than my Altra Instincts, but also much sturdier. The rock plate sits directly under the foot bed, on top of the midsole, so the shoe has a very firm feel to it and ground feel is minimal. I still had quite a bit of pain toward the end of my Eno River loops, but with the ground covered in dead leaves, it was impossible to avoid the bad rocks. So I would think if I had worn my Instincts I would be a total cripple right now.
One feature I'm still undecided about is the trail rudder on the back of the shoe. It's a bit of shovel shaped rubber sticking off the back with extra cleats. I could see how it might help if your foot starts to slide out from under you, but I've found it's very good at scooping up dead leaves and dropping them into my socks as I run. This gets to be annoying after awhile, but I figure taller socks or gators would resolve this. I doubt it will be a problem once all the leaves decay.
The shoe also has some nice rubberized material around the toes and lower sides to add some rigidity and durability to the shoe. Overall I'm very pleased with them and I'll post an update after I've put some more miles on. I plan to keep wearing my Instincts on the ATT and use the Lone Peaks for Eno, Umstead and other rocky single track.