We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Some runners appreciate the new design and overall construction of the Altra Provision 3.0.
  • Most runners found the Provision 3.0 breathable and comfortable.
  • The quick-drying mesh in the upper works efficiently, as noted in some reviews.
  • It has a wide toe-box that promotes natural toe splay.
  • Many runners noticed the enhanced support that the shoe provides.
  • Overpronators liked the redesigned Guide Rail technology that helps reduce excess pronation.
  • The stability is perceptible, in a good way, based on the comments of a handful of runners.
  • According to some testers, this is the first Altra that looks like a “normal” shoe, despite the FootShape toe box.
  • Multiple color options available.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of runners mentioned that the sole of the shoe is not durable.
  • A handful of runners felt like it is a tad smaller than the earlier version of this shoe.
  • A few expert reviewers noted that it required considerable break-in time.

Bottom line

The Altra Provision 3.0 is a moderately-cushioned running shoe ideal for road and light-trail running. It is designed for runners who need extra support. Many runners applauded the enhanced fit, comfort and breathability of the shoe, but there are also a few who found the shoe to be smaller and less durable. Overall, the Provision 3.0 is still considered by some as a successful update. 


Update: Altra Provision 3.5
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 10.5oz | Women: 8.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 25mm | Women: 25mm
Forefoot height: Men: 25mm | Women: 25mm
Release date: Nov 2016
Brand: Altra
Type: Low drop | Zero drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Orange, Red, Silver
Small True to size Large
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86 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

    If you are looking for a stability shoe that has a similar Hoka One One cushion and a wide toe box, I recommend trying the Altra Provision 3.0 running shoe. If you aren’t used to a zerodrop shoe, I would slowly increase the mileage or you can quickly trigger feet aches and pain.

  • 87 / 100 | Running Northwest | | Level 4 expert

    If you struggle with pronation, plantars, or if you simply require more stability in your shoe, then definitely check out the Provision.

  • 80 / 100 | Trail and Ultra Running | | Level 4 expert

    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.

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  • Completely redesigned from its predecessor, the Altra Provision 3.0 provides improved comfort and support without affecting its well-cushioned ride.
  • The Provision 3.0 comes a redesigned GuideRail system technology that helps overpronators for a much longer and stronger run. It is incorporated into the midsole for an adaptive stability.
  • The Varus Stability Wedge Technology from the previous version is still present in the Provision 3.0 but it comes with a wider heel design and an expanded crash pad for a smoother landing especially on uneven surfaces.
  • It also comes with an enhanced StabiliPod Technology that provides more pods and enhanced arch support.

The Altra Provision 3.0 has a standard running shoe length and it fits true to size. The heel and the midfoot areas have medium measurement, providing a more comfortable feel. The shoe has a wide forefoot, making it ideal for runners with wider foot measurements. The men’s sizes are from 7 to 15 and the women’s are from 5.5 to 12.

The outsole of the Provision 3.0 features the FootPod Outsole with StabiliPod Technology designed for a more responsive and flexible ride. The Natural Ride System follows the natural shape of the foot that is designed for a natural running motion.

The midsole of the shoe utilizes the Ultra-light EVA with A-Bound Top Layer that provides a lightweight and reliable underfoot cushioning. This works perfectly with the shoe’s StabiliPod Technology that provides enhanced support and with the Varus Stability Wedge Technology that is designed to reduce overpronation without pushing the arch. The built-in Stability Wedge is also designed for a smoother landing.  The midsole configuration of this Altra shoe is somewhat similar to the new Altra Provision 3.5.

The Altra Provision 3.0 uses a quick-drying mesh in its upper unit, delivering a moisture-wicking foot coverage without sacrificing breathability and comfort. Also, the heel claw construction provides a snug fit in the heel area while giving an enhanced support.


Jens Jakob Andersen

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