Altra Provision 2.0 Shoe Review
Altra Provision 2.0 Running Shoe Review
I used to be a big Hoka One One shoe fan, but as time went on the narrow forefoot started to bother my feet. As I mentioned in my Altra Impulse review, I have looked for shoes that have a wider toe box and provide similar cushion like Hoka shoes. After doing some research and reading reviews, the Altra Provision 2.0 seemed like they would be a great fit for what I was looking for so I had to get a pair to review.
Having enjoyed running in the Altra Impulse, I had a feeling that a more supportive shoe with a wide toe box would be that much better. I was right.
Below are pictures of the Provision 2.0 shoes that I wore for this review (these pictures were taken before I ran in them). There are 3 available colors for this shoe, all of which are pretty cool.
About the Altra Provision 2.0
The Altra Provision 2.0 is a performance stability shoe designed to reduce pronation and support runnings who may have falling arches. The StabiliPod technology is the technology used in these shoes to aid with excess pronation. You will notice this in the heel in the pictures above.
The one thing you will notice about these shoes is the support and cushion is comparable to the feel of some Hoka shoes. I didn’t really notice this on my first run in these, but the more I ran in them the better they felt.
These shoes are lightweight in that they are 10.1 oz and are great for those longer to mid-distance runs. Like all Altra shoes, these shoes have a wider toe box, allowing your feet to stay comfortable and improve balance.
- Weight : 10.1 Ounces (size 9)
- How It Fits: True to Size
- Heel Drop: 0mm
- Heel /Forefoot Height: 23mm
- Sizing: Standard running shoe length
- Heel: Medium to wide
- Midfoot: Medium volume
- Forefoot: Wide
Altra Provision 2.0 Initial thoughts
Having ran in the Altra Impulse and liking them, I had a great feeling about the Altra Provision 2.0. The added support and wide toe was something I was looking forward to trying.
These shoes required a few runs to break them in, but once that was done, they really felt great. Plenty of cushion with exceptional comfort.
The weight of these shoes also seemed to be perfect. I knew these would be a little heavier than the Impulse as these are more of a supportive shoe.
Altra Provision 2.0 Sole
The Altra Provision 2.0 sole is made of Ultralight EVA, which provides lightweight and durable cushioning. I haven’t put hundreds of miles on these shoes yet, but have read great things about sole durability.
The Natural Ride System (NRS) helps with overpronation and provides a more natural running motion. In addition, the StabiliPod technology in the midsole provides support in 3 areas of sole, providing a better ride and improved comfort. This also reduces excess pronation and provides a more supportive feel and support.
Altra Provision 2.0 Upper
The Provision 2.0 has a number of great features in the upper of the shoe. The thicker insoles (5mm) provide more support, especially with those who need more arch support. These just feel more comfortable.
One thing I have read in a few other reviews were the fact that people had issues with the heel slipping. The heel claw design, I had no issues with this. Maybe I was just lucky, but I never experienced this.
The mesh toe box keeps your feet cool and provides a lightweight and support feel. The extra room makes a huge difference.
The Active Guy Conclusion and Rating
The Altra Provision 2.0 is one of my favorite mid to long distance running shoe. The cushion and support of this zero drop trainer, is great for any distance. Similar to the Altra Impulse, the wide toe box feels great .
These shoes are a value shoe as I was able to find a pair for under $75, which is great for a high performance running shoe.
If you are looking for a value support shoe with extra forefoot width, this is your shoe.