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January 26, 2017 Comments (0) Featured, Gear Reviews

Altra Provision 3.0 Review

The Provision 3.0 is a stability road shoe with a stack height of 25 mm.  This third edition of the Provision offers plenty of revamped features to get excited about.  A few of key features of the Provision 3.0 include: built-in heel varusing, an enhanced and integrated GuideRail, a tripod Stabilipod™ system to enhance naturally stable foot zones, Altra’s signature Zero Drop™ platform, FootShape™ toe box, and Fit4Her technology.

The Provision 3.0 is toted as being especially good for those individuals with excessive pronation, fallen arches and those in need of improved running form. Therefore, there is a specific audience this shoe is designed for. Our testers loved the Footshape toe box and Zero Drop that Altra offers. For the most part our testers liked the appearance, with some outliers who keep the shoes just for their runs. The shoe has an typical large toe box which is great for letting your toes ‘breathe a little.’ 

The most obvious downside of this shoe was the heel. The heel was a bit stiff and bulky. Due to the increased emphasis on stability and support, runners should expect a stiff and heavier road shoe. However, in comparison to its competitors, the Provision is commensurate with the field.

Altra’s Provision 3.0 is a comfortable and supportive road running shoe.  The FootShape toe box ensures long comfortable runs regardless of the distance.  The appearance really isn’t much to get excited about, but they are super comfortable once you slip them on. They are very supportive and if you’re looking for a great road shoe that helps combat arch issues and pronation, then this should be your go-to.

Price: $120

Weight: 10.5 oz (Mens) 8.5 oz (Womens)

Heel to Toe Drop: Zero Drop

Upper 3.88
Midsole 3.88
Outsole 4.2
Durability 4.6
Fit 3.6
Appearance 3.6
Performance 3.6
Overall 3.93

Suggest Use – ROAD – Marathon, Training, 50 miler


From our testers:

The Provision is designed to help pronators run longer and offer additional support as your feet tire.

Running around in these shoes- either on the roads, trails,  gym or grocery store, the Provision 3.0 will leave your feet feeling happy every time.

At first wearing, the shoes definitely felt a little stiff, especially in the heel cup, but they became more and more comfortable as my feet got used to running in them. This is probably the most mainstream looking road shoe we’ve seen come from Altra, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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