Who should buy the Altra Provision 3.5

The Provision 3.5 from Altra is a running shoe with several features that offer a stable running experience. You might want to get a pair if:

  • You have a low arch looking for a versatile running shoe that can also be used for walking or jogging
  • You want a long-distance running shoe that works with forefoot/midfoot strikers

Altra Provision 3.5 provision print

Updates to the Altra Provision 3.5

  • A rubber exterior makes sure to protect the foam portion of the platform from the harsh effects of surface contact
  • A network of grooves and contact points accommodate the natural shape and motion capacity of the wearer’s foot
  • The upper unit features the Quick-Dry Air Mesh, which is a breathable fabric that can wick off moisture

Altra Provision 3.5 altra print

Seamless transitions with the FootPod

The FootPod design, which is also present in the Altra Olympus 3 running shoe, represents the shape and motion capability of the foot through a series of grooves and indentations. These details allow the runner to move seamlessly through the gait cycle.

Altra Provision 3.5 outsole

A rubber compound covers the foot-shaped design of the sole unit, shielding it from wear and tear. It also makes sure to deliver traction over the surfaces.

Altra Provision 3.5 foot shape

Ultralight EVA for long-lasting support and cushioning

The midsole unit of the Altra Provision 3.5 utilizes the Ultralight EVA, which is a full-length compound that’s designed for lightweight support and long-lasting impact attenuation.

Altra Provision 3.5 ultralight

The A-Bound is a proprietary technology that’s made from recycled materials. Its job is to maintain the resilience of the underfoot platform and ensure resilient cushioning.

Altra Provision 3.5 zero drop

Guide Rails are foam perimeters that surround the shoe. These raised walls hold the foot in place and prevent it from wobbling.

The StabiliPod configuration involves three pillars in the sole unit that serve as steadying sections. These stability posts prevent the arch from collapsing or pronating.

The Varus Stability Wedge is a built-in piece that slopes down from the medial side to the lateral side. It mostly makes sure that the tendency of the overpronated foot to roll inward is prevented.

A customized fit with the Provision 3.5

A Quick-Dry Air Mesh serves as the upper unit of the Altra Provision 3.5. This breathable material accommodates airflow into the foot-chamber, yet it also wicks off moisture.

Altra Provision 3.5 air mesh

Overlays are printed onto the façade. These thin add-ons help the lacing system when it comes to delivering a secure yet customizable fit.

Altra Provision 3.5 overlays

A printed heel strap locks the back of the foot in place, preventing it from exiting the shoe unintentionally.

Altra Provision 3.5 heel strap

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10oz / Women 7.9oz
Drop: 0mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: Altra Provision 6
Forefoot height: 25mm
Heel height: 25mm

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