Altra Escalante 3
This lightweight running shoe delivers a responsive, yet soft ride perfect for logging some miles.
Get ready to run in the Altra Escalante 3.
The much anticipated update to this lightweight running shoe, the Altra Escalante 3 delivers with a bouncy, fun ride. The Escalante 3 has an Altra EGO™ midsole for a responsive, yet soft run. It sports Altra’s signature Balanced Cushioning where the stack height of the forefoot and heel are the same—also called zero-drop—for a smooth, natural running stride.
Altra redefined the shape of the shoe a bit, widening it in the midfoot to make it feel a bit more stable. This increases the versatility of the shoe and allows it to be used for running and the occasional gym workout. The Escalante 3 is built on Altra’s original last with its signature FootShaped toe box, making it the widest and most roomy Altra option.
The sock-like upper of the Escalante 3 conforms to your foot, giving you a ton of comfort and breathability. Altra tweaked this upper to provide the best fit possible, giving it a more padded tongue, adding the extra eyelet for heel-lock lacing technique and making it more secure in the midfoot.
The outsole has a bit more rubber on the bottom to increase the durability and make it work in the gym, too. The Altra Escalante 3 provides a smooth, bouncy ride for those long runs, but is lightweight enough to pick up the pace for your tempo runs and speedwork.
Altra Escalante 3
7.7oz (W), 9.3oz (M)
4.5/5 on 2 total reviews
I bought some Vihos on sale as my introduction to Altra and love how they feel. Sort of like walking on an inch of latex, kind of bouncy and yet really flexible. I'm not really a runner, I walk about 3 miles a day, and the Viho was great and held up well. I asked Altra what they would recommend to replace the Viho that they stopped making and they recommended these. The uppers are softer and don't seem to have the tongue problem that the Viho had that could kind of dig into your foot. They also seem to have a low volume at the base of the tongue, it is snug over my foot there, which I like, actually. Only 20 or 30 miles on these but the tread seems to be holding up well so far. I'd say they are a decent replacement for the Viho.
These are at least my 6th pair of Altra Escalante, and, even though the first 3.0 pair, they feel like old friends. The tie box has narrowed slightly but nothing that bothers me too much (if the toe box had stayed the same it would have gotten an 5-stat rating) and the new lace arrangement fills good. Overall, great running shoes with zero heel-to-toe drop.