There are lots of benefits in running, such as boosting your cardio and burning extra calories. Running countless laps, whether it is for exercise or a marathon, requires great leg power and a durable pair of shoes. Uncomfortable shoes can give you painful blisters and may discourage you to go for a run. Altra offers Altra Provision 4, a shoe that combines both support and comfort to tend to your running needs. This model offers support in every step with its new InnovArch™ technology, which forms a connection from your head to your toe, encouraging a better foot placement in every step.
Performance of the Altra Provision 4
This fourth iteration of the Altra Provision shoe offers a lot of stability, without the rigid feeling, with its latest InnovArch™ technology. It is a wide strap made from TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) that goes in the footbed to underneath the arch of your foot, to the top where it connects with the shoelaces. The shoe adapts to your unique arch shape, giving you the support of a customized shoe. Due to the slits in the material, flexibility will not be an issue.
The Altra Provision 4 also offers Altra’s tried and true GuideRail™ technology, which is a layer of foam around the inside of the heel. This layer of foam prevents your feet from rotating inward as your run (also known as pronation).
Design and Material
A common issue with running shoes that offer support is the weight that they have. However, this is not a problem with the 4thAltra Provision shoe. Its upper layer is made from breathable engineered mesh, while the midsole is made with an ultra-light EVA top layer, which makes your every stride bouncy and lightweight. The midsole is also equipped with grid-like grooves that allow you to flex your foot.
Fit and Sizing
The Altra Provision 4 provides a wide foot-shaped toe box that lets your feet sprawl out and relax, without the common shoe problem of getting squeezed together. It also has balanced cushioning that gives your heel and your forefoot a zero-dropstack height from the ground, which encourages your natural stride. It also has a thick cushion to ensure comfort with every step. Altra offers in-between sizes with 14 sizes for men and 13 for women.
Build Quality and Durability
Created to combine both support and comfort, the Provision 4 is suitable for long runs and extreme footwork. It can withstand exposure to water without getting damaged so you will not have to postpone your run during rainy days. There is also no need to worry about sweaty feet since it comes from a mesh material, letting your feet breathe.
Pros and Cons
- Thick cushion
- Offers great arch support
- Has a wide toebox that allows your toes to spread out
- Provides GuideRail™ that prevents your feet from going inwards, very helpful for those that experience pronation
- Made from breathable mesh material
- Lightweight and flexible
- Short heel collar
- Zero-drop distance between toes and heel may be uncomfortable for some runners, who prefer shoes with a heel lift
If comfort and support are what you are looking for, Altra has your back. This shoe is made for runners that seek for that stability without compromising the weight and flexibility. The thick and balanced cushioning will make your feet happy, even on long runs. The Altra Provision 4 will give you great support, making you feel like it is made exclusively for you.
- Retail Price: $130
- Weight: 10.5 oz / 298 g
- Drop: 4mm (Men), 2mm (Women)
- Midsole: Ultra-light EVA top layer
- Best features: GuideRail™ technology that prevents pronation, InnovArch™ for arch support, breathable mesh cover, flexibility, lightweight
- Problems and peeves: Short heel collar and does not offer heel lift