ALTRA Triumphs at the Runners World Awards 2022!
Posted on March 09 2022
Its great to see one of our favourite brands doing so well again at this years Runners World Shoe awards. Last year it was the Rivera for the Best Lightweight Shoe, this year ALTRA has secured results in both the Trail and Support categories.
In the Support Category the Provision 6 was one of the 3 best shoes chosen
We reviewed this shoe back in December and this was our first impression, we loved it!
This is how the reviewers at Runners World Reviewed it.
"Stability has taken on a new look in the Provision 6, the best version we’ve tested. Gone are the stabilipods, three-point stabilizers of firm foam on both sides of the forefoot and the lateral side of the heel. And the guide rail that wrapped around the border of the midfoot and heel is now virtually hidden and reinforced into the Ego midsole. In this way, the Provision, a stability shoe, looks like a neutral trainer. It also has a two-fingered medial strap, which connects the lacing to the footbed for a more secure hold. Some testers found the construction gave them a better sense of how and where their footfalls landed. Even if you don’t require such a level of control, your foot stays secure.
The shoe’s interior is just as accommodating. “The length and width were excellent with thick or thin socks,” said one tester. Performance-wise, the Provision feels as lightweight and responsive as a racing flat, yet amply cushioned for runners who prefer a minimalist shoe when logging long runs. “These Altras are light enough for the track and they are very ‘grippy’ due to the design and material of the outsole,” said a tester, whose evaluation included speedwork on the oval at 5-minute pace. “When I ran fast, I felt like my whole foot was rolling through ground contact and toe-off very naturally without losing any traction.”—Amanda Furrer"
You can shop on line for the PROVISION 6 HERE
In the Trail Category the latest reincarnation of the Lone Peak 6 was one of the top shoes picked. The Lone Peak is the iconic ALTRA trail shoe, no surprise it did well!.
This is what the reviewers at Runners World had to say:
"A few key tweaks mostly dialled in the fit of the Lone Peak 6. Altra removed overlays from the quick-dry air mesh upper to increase flexibility. It also reconfigured the Lone Peak’s closure system with additional midfoot lacing, making the 6 feel slightly more secure than its predecessor, which testers had described as having a “sloppy” fit unless they tinkered with the laces. Still, some had trouble locking in their feet no matter how tautly they laced up. “I couldn’t tie the shoe as tight as I wanted,” said a tester. “It felt like there was too much room around the ankle.”
The midsole is Altra’s Ego compound, which provides moderate cushioning and contains a rock plate. The foam isn’t exceptionally thick, so it left some testers wishing for just a little more comfort. “I generally like to be able to feel the ground when running, but this shoe just didn’t feel great,” said one tester who previously loved the Merrell Trail Glove 6. “After a long run on jagged, rocky terrain, my feet felt pretty beat up.” Testers who ran on softer, groomed ground reported a more balanced ride. The outsole, however, is built to tackle technical terrain. The MaxTrac rubber is tacky on wet rocks, while chevron-shaped lugs claw loose dirt.—A.F.
You can shop on line for the Lone Peak 6 HERE