The AltraFWD Experience is designed for runners interested in a more natural running experience with a bit of heel-to-toe drop. The first shoe from Altra with a non-zero offset, the FWD Experience comes with a low 4 mm drop that allows more runners to access one of the most exciting and unique brands in running while staying true to what has always driven the brand. The low drop lends a natural feel to every stride for runners interested in adopting or accommodating a midfoot or forefoot strike. Altra’s Standard FootShape Fit gives plenty of wiggle room in the toe box for natural toe splay. The AltraFWD Experience is a great new way to, well, experience Altra.
WHY PACERS CARRIES THESE SHOES:
Have you seen Altra shoes out and about and wondered what they’re all about? The AltraFWD Experience offers runners an introduction to Altra running shoes. With a 4 mm heel-to-toe offset, the AltraFWD Experience provides the same natural feel runners have come to love from Altra while offering some security for folks who are new to lower drop shoes. This running shoe looks and feels sleek on the foot with a performance fit and feel.
The AltraFWD Experience is the first shoe from Altra to have a heel-to-toe offset greater than zero. At a low 4 mm drop, the AltraFWD Experience provides a natural running experience for folks who might be wary of going full zero-drop in their running shoe. Rocker shape geometry ensures smooth transitions and efficient toe-off. The rocker shape pairs with a lightweight, compression molded foam for an easy and fast feel to every stride.
WHO THESE SHOES ARE FOR:
Runners of all abilities interested in a lower drop shoe
Walkers of all abilities
- People who stand on their feet all day for work
WHAT’S IN THESE SHOES:
Rocker shape geometry – Curved outsole shape helps with efficient transitions from heel to toe.
Standard FootShape fit – Altra’s medium-width last provides plenty of room in the toe box.
4 mm drop – Low drop for a more natural running experience.
Compression-molded EVA – Provides a soft ride with responsive toe-offs.
- Engineered mesh – breathable upper that contributes to the sleek design of the shoe.
HOW THEY FIT:
SIZE: True to size
HEEL: Moderate (cradled heel provides a secure fit)
MIDFOOT: Moderate (engineered mesh upper hugs the foot for a supportive fit)
- FOREFOOT: Roomy (Altra’s standard-size toe box allows for natural toe splay)
HOW THEY COMPARE TO OTHER SHOES:
CUSHION: The AltraFWD Experience contains a high level of soft cushioning, for a less cushioned option, we recommend the Altra Escalante 3.
PRONATION: The AltraFWD Experience is a neutral running shoe without any stability features to correct overpronation. For a stability running shoe, we recommend the Altra Paradigm 7.
SPEED: The AltraFWD Experience is too soft to really go fast. For tempo runs and races, we recommend the Altra Vanish Carbon.
- OTHER BRANDS: Shoes from other brands similar to the AltraFWD Experience are the Hoka Clifton 9, On Cloudsurfer, and Saucony Endorphin Shift.
Weight: Women’s 7.1 oz.| Men’s 8.5 oz.
- Offset: Women’s 4 mm | Men’s 4 mm