Photo Above - My second pair of Lone Peak 2.5s, showing blow out with just under 250 miles. Photo below - my first pair of Lone Peak 2.5s showing blow out with just under 300 miles.
So, after roughly 300 running miles on my first pair (reviewed here late in 2015) and just under 250 miles on my second pair, I wanted to provide an update regarding the longevity of the Ultra Lone Peak 2.5. While I have loved these shoes during their peak performance, it seems the peak performance life space is very short. For both shoes, I have blown holes in the (inner) side-wall at the 250 (second pair) to 300 (first pair) mile mark. While I can still run in them with the hole, the other issue I have had is with relatively quick degradation and compression of the inner sole. Basically, in both shoes, I have deep and uneven trenches that have formed right wear I land on my forefoot, in the shoe. They result in pretty tender feet after even a short 8 - 11 mile trail run.
So, if you don't mind having to spend another 120 bucks every 250 - 300 miles, which can be as often as every 1 - 2 months, then I still think these are a great shoe. They just simply don't hold up for very long. Hopefully, when the new version comes out in July, the price will come down for the 2.5s.
(Side note - I have tried the Superiors and found them to be too narrow in the toe box for my liking. I also tried the original Olympus and the newest version (the 2.5) and could not get my heel to lock down. )
Stay tuned for a review of the possible replacement to these shoes in the coming weeks!
I am always open to specific questions or feed back so please, feel free to comment or shoot me an email. Thanks for reading! I hope this is helpful.