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Triathlete’s Summer 2012 Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul 5, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC


Altra Provision
Altrazerodrop.com | 9.5 oz | $105

Fit | The Provision has a bulbous forefoot to match the shape of a foot when the toes are splayed out in their most effective position for propelling and stabilizing the body while running. You’ll notice the difference the moment you slip these on and wonder why so many other shoes have crammed your toes together. The rest of the shoe fits traditionally with a slightly narrow heel.

Feel | The sole, made with 10mm of foam and rubber, enables your foot to feel the ground but is definitely firm. Extending from heel to toe within the foam is a 4-degree varus wedge (tilted from inside to outside), which helps keep the foot from over-pronating in a more efficient and effective way than the hard block of ultra-dense foam in traditionally built stability shoes.

Ride | The Provision is firm underfoot, though not uncomfortably hard. It puts a good amount of zip in every step and engages best with up-tempo running. “I actually felt like that alone made me run with better form,” one tester said. “The firmness and the fit take some getting used to, but once I did I really liked this shoe,” another tester said.

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