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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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
$120
Weight
Men: 10.5oz
Women: 8.5oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 0mm
Women: 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.

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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 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 runnerswho need extra support. Many runners applauded the enhanced fit, comfort and breathability of the shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

3.8 / 5 based on 32 ratings

5 star
38%
4 star
22%
3 star
19%
2 star
13%
1 star
6%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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86 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    These shoes require some break-in time, but feel great after about 20-30 miles. Even though these shoes are true to size, you could probably order a 1/2 size up if you want a little extra room.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • 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 by Trail and Ultra Running • Pete Stoughton • Level 3 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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Updates to Altra Provision 3.0

  • 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.

Altra Provision 3.0 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.