2012 Spring-Summer Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Altra Provision, $105

men: 9.5 oz. | women: 8.5 oz.

The slightly narrow fit prevents feet from sliding from side to side, but may be snug for wide-footed runners. The toe protection sheet that wraps around the toe created a hot spot on the tips of the toes for one tester. The zero-drop construction effectively promotes midfoot striking and the rigid sole relieves a lot of the stress that comes from feet supporting themselves in most barefoot-style shoes.

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