Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$100
Weight
Men: 7.6oz
Women: 5.7oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most runners welcomed the ‘firm’ underfoot feel of the Altra One v3.
  • The majority had a good experience in these lightweight shoes since they did not feel much tired, even after long running sessions.
  • The customers found it to be a lot more durable than other Altra shoes.
  • Most users admired the ‘foot hugging’ feel and snug fit of the upper unit.
  • The testers highly appreciated the remarkable traction of its outsole on slanting surfaces.
  • A good number of runners preferred this shoe for speed work and shorter runs over other running shoes they had.
  • Some looks-conscious people liked the design of the Altra One v3.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users did not like the look of the shoe; for them it was bulky and unstylish.
  • A user thought that the pair was rather ‘clunky’ and not flexible.
  • The sizing schemes did not coincide with the preferences of a number of runners.

Bottom line

Unlike traditional running shoes, the Altra One v3 offers a firm underfoot protection for an enhanced performance and added durability on roads. While this shoe did feel stiff for some runners, it was able to adapt to a majority of those who have tested it. For them, it provided a level of flexibility and performance that’s consistent with many of the brand’s offerings.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 70 ratings

5 star
46%
4 star
29%
3 star
6%
2 star
11%
1 star
9%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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73 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 68 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    This one's a pass for me.

  • 86 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David Cross • Level 3 expert

    I love this upper on the shoe.

  • 60 / 100 by Trail And Ultra Running • Pistol Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    The new Altra One V3 is an okay shoe, whose improvements may not be what they are cracked up to be. The key word in our review has been stiff.

  • 85 / 100 by Run Oregon • Abby Meek • Level 1 expert

    The One V3’s are light and springy and provided a natural forward momentum.

  • 82 / 100 by Erwan Compes • Erwan Compes • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I think Altra One v3 is a great improvement.

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Updates to Altra One v3

  • For better traction and durability, the Altra One v3 has included more blown rubber pads along the forefoot and the heel region on its FootPod outsole.
  • The mesh design on the upper has been redesigned to allow for more ventilation.
  • The overall adjustments in the shoe’s design have resulted in this shoe becoming slightly heavier than its previous version. However, the change in the weight is hardly noticeable.

Altra One v3 size and fit

The Altra One v3 runs true to size. It comes in the standard medium widths of D and B for men and women, respectively. The shoe has a wider toe box, so it is suitable for runners who have medium sized feet and those who have slightly wider forefoot dimensions.

Outsole

The shoe’s outsole is made using the blown rubber, which Altra claims to be softer, lighter and more comfortable than the traditional rubber outsoles. The FootPod outsole also delivers impressive traction on various types of surfaces and allows for a very good performance on the ground.

Midsole

The InnerFlexTM EVA technology is another useful feature of the Altra One v3. It ensures high comfort levels and it adapts to the user’s foot, thereby allowing a natural running style.

The shoe’s footbed is ‘contoured’ to provide some cushioning to the curves of the underfoot. It’s also flexible.

Upper

The Altra One v3 features the quick-dry air mesh. It’s a soft material that accommodates the flow of air into the foot-chamber, thus maintaining a cool and dry environment for the wearer. It dries off quickly, as well.

In this version of the shoe, Altra has reinforced its upper with TPU overlays to provide structure and form. These thin printed layers also assist the mesh material in hugging the foot securely.

Breathability is further heightened through a mesh lining in the interior.

The shoe uses a padded collar and tongue to provide some cushioning to the top portions of the foot.

The FootShapeTM toe box allows for a natural movement of the forefoot region. It also allows the toes to spread out comfortably when moving and when being idle.

Finally, the whole setup is locked in place and fitted comfortably around the runner’s feet with the help of a traditional lacing system.