Will so glad that you're still involved in BPL and sharing your rich experience and knowledge. Have learned so much from your very informative reviews and forum comments.
Now I know this is outside the scope of your review but I've got to know - how do you like your Altra Lone Peaks? Can you offer any fit guidelines? What size do you wear for backpacking compared with your actual foot size?
My wife and I have been considering them as replacements for our totally beat up trail shoes (with Shoe Goo I may get just a month's more use out of mine).
We've been looking at shoes with roomy toe boxes, good cushioning (doesn't have to be thick but not minimalist), neutral insole, quick drying mesh, durable outsole and preferably lower heel to toe drop. Saucony Xodus 3.0 (4mm drop with good cushioning) is also in the running, as well as possibly New Balance 810 and 1110.
(The New Balance shoes depend on getting correct info from NB - one NB rep said the 810 has an 8mm drop and the 1110 a 4mm drop, while another NB rep claimed 12mm for each shoe. Wish they'd list that info).