DiscontinuedUpdate: Altra Provision 3.5
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.
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WeightMen: 9.8ozWomen: 8.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
Forefoot heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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84 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews
With plenty of cushion and a Varus Stability Wedge to give ample support for over-pronation, the 2.5 allows you high-mileage training w/ that fast, zero-drop set up.
It's really lightweight. However, I did not feel this shoe is made for speed. It's more for those long runs or just all day comfort.
The Altra Provision 2.5 is one of my favorite mid to long distance running shoes. I don’t know if I would race in them as they are around 10oz, but are great for daily training. Similar to the Altra Impulse, the wide toe box feels great .
The geometry of the sole—higher on the arch side, with wide support pods on both sides and the heel—helps runners whose feet roll too far inward, without interfering with balance.
Updates to Altra Provision 2.5
- One of the two notable updates of the Altra Provision 2.5 is the added stability of the shoe. Due to the shoe’s innovative technology, runners get plenty of support in the heel, medial and lateral part of the foot.
- The Altra Provision 2.5 features an added cushioning, allowing runners to feel comfortable and reduce the impact of long distance runs. It also gives additional foot protection while running.
Altra Provision 2.5 size and fit
Just like the older version, the Altra Provision 2.0, the newer version has a standard running shoe sizes. The men’s sizes are from 7 to 15 while the women’s are from 5.5 to 12. The Provision 2.5 is available in standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s. The midfoot and the heel areas have standard measurements. Runners who preferred running shoes with wide forefoot will love this shoe.
The outsole unit features the combining efficiency of the StabiliPod and FootPod Outsole Technologies. It maps the tendons and bones of the foot for maximum flexibility. Helping the foot to flex naturally also allow runners to experience a much responsive ride. The outsole design of this shoe is very similar to the outsole configuration of the Altra Provision 3.5.
The midsole of this stability shoe uses the Ultralight EVA foam that compliments well with the A-Bound Top Layer technology. These provide a lightweight, durable cushioning and flexible underfoot protection.
The StabiliPod Technology provides enough support through the foot’s three stability-enhancing zones. This technology prevents excessive foot pronation all throughout the run and it gives aid to those runners with falling arches.
The Built-in Varus Stability Wedge in the shoe’s midsole provides added support to those overpronators. The full-length wedge that slopes down from the medial to the laterial side gives support to overpronation without pushing up the arch.
The Altra Provision 2.5 features the brand’s unique technology that encourages natural foot movement. The FootShape technology toe box or the natural foot design gives ultimate comfort while running. By following the foot’s natural shape, the toes can relax and spread naturally. It also gives added stability especially on uphill climbs and downhill plunges.
The upper of the shoe features the Quick Dry Air mesh that is highly breathable and durable. It wicks water off the foot, keeping it dry and cool.
The Olympus 2.0 comes with a 5mm removable insole. It is made of A-Bound material and has a flat contour design to strengthen runners' feet.
The Heel Claw element offers a snug fit for an enhanced support. It is perfectly paired with the A-Wrap design that securely holds the feet around the midsole and gives a spacious toe-box.