Altra Provision 4.0
We have been carrying Altra since we opened in 2014, this has been the biggest update of the Provision so far. Technically, the provision is a stability shoe, it used to be built on a medial wedge but now they have removed this feature and added a few new updates instead. They have increased the stack height instead to 27 and it has increased the weight just a little bit now it is 10.5oz for Men and 8.2oz for the Women. I would say that the shoe now weighs a little bit more than an Altra Torin and about an ounce higher than a Paradigm. It is still a zero drop shoe, classic to the Altra brand, and it still has their nice rounded toe box.
Since they have removed the medial wedge they have added the guide rails for extra medial support. This new trend is great protection for each foot instead of providing a blanket solution that the medial wedge did. Now they can fix one foot without adjusting the other unnecessarily. Altra has added an InnovArch which is this netting that cups and holds your arch in place which I think is pretty cool. It feels great and fast, feels like the perfect mid cushion stability shoe. Even if you are a neutral striking running it’s not going to move you around. This shoe will now be great for anyone that wears it.
Another new feature are on their removable rubber insoles, now they have dimples which help tired feet and circulation which feels like a refreshing feeling which is pretty interesting.
We have an assortment of runners now using this shoe, from marathon runners to people from moving up from the escalate. In terms of size, this feels like the current version of the Torin, so it has some nice width and fits true to size.