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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2015

    Trail Runner for High Instep, normal width?

    Any trail runner recommendations for normal 13 D sized foot but with a super high instep. Wide widths end up being too sloppy in heel, etc. My NB Leadville sort of worked, but its gone and its replacement Hierro has a scree shield deal that really cranks down on the instep. REI recommended La Sportiva Raptor and Bushido, both still too tight, and I’ve tried some Saucany and Salomon models to no avail.

    I just picked up some Altra Lone Peak 4s that, with some lacing adjustment might work—the rest of the fit is super comfortable and I know this shoe is very popular on the PCT and AT.

    Can a similar high instep/regular width dude drop some knowledge? Intended use is short distance trail runs and as go-to backpacking shoe


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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    ID / OR / VT
    Similar foot -- high instep/volume with normal width. Can't do La Sportiva or Salomon.

    I put 40 miles on some new Lone Peak 4s this weekend and loved them. Only issue was that I already tore through some fabric at the 'cuff'. You might also consider the Altra TIMP which I understand to be heavier but more stable.

    The Altra's replaced a pair of Inov-8 Roclite 295s that held up incredibly well for ~3 years. You could take a look at those, which are often found on sale. The other shoe I would consider is the Cascadia which is now equally popular on the AT.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Are the LP4s better at sidehilling than previous iterations? The previous models sucked IMO when things got off-camber.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Alexandria, VA
    Got about 50 miles on Lone Peak 4s, great shoe. Fits true to my size (10.5). I have a high instep and they feel great.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Mostly the Elks, mostly.
    Quote Originally Posted by fmac View Post
    You might also consider the Altra TIMP which I understand to be heavier but more stable.

    On my third pair - I replace them fairly often, but a small price to pay. Shape of the lace pattern works well with my tall hoof. Very stable, good cushion, <average wear. Long runs and many +20 mi approaches. Great shoe. Comfy like a slipper.

    I had good luck with La Sportiva Ultra Raptor - a great grippy shoe for the crappy rock here in the CO elks. Took about 20 miles to break in, has a little drop so I don't like as much for pure running. But great for mtn running with a high peak at the end
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