This is the second Altra shoe that I have reviewed (previously, I reviewed the Altra Superior 1.5). I must say, I continue to love the very wide toe boxes in Altra shoes! In general, these felt well-made. They were very comfortable and it was the type of shoe that would not require any breaking in.
This shoe felt similar to the Hoka Bondi 3s that I tried. They are both very cushioned and both offer lots of protection. However, there are a few differences. The Paradigms are much roomier, especially in the toe box. The Paradigms are a zero drop shoe, whereas the Bondi 3s have a 5mm drop. Finally, in my opinion, the Bondi 3s are a little better looking (however, the Paradigms do come in other colors besides red and white).
The Paradigm has a 25mm heel and a 25mm forefoot – zero drop! The size 10 weighed in at 10.4 ounces on my scale – that definitely seemed light for so much shoe! I think these are best suited for roads. However, Jason Schlarb ran in them at UTMB and placed an amazing fourth overall.
– zero drop
– good quality
– lots of cushioning
– a realistic competitor to Hoka
– a decent sole for running on roads
– zero drop
– a little “clunky” but not too bad
– there may be too much cushioning
– the price – these retail for $130