I spent the last month plus getting in a fair number of miles on the new Altra Torin 2.5 and I am back to report in my findings. Altra to me really represents one of those brands that eschews the traditional running shoe stereotype in terms of what you “ think” a running shoe looks like, all in an effort to remain more committed to technique and runners themselves. The new Torin 2.5 represents an update to what is one of their mainstay made high cushion neutral running shoes and I was excited to test it out and even more excited to report back.
We’ve had some time lately with a number of Altra’s newer models and I am definitely enjoying the visual updates on the as I definitely felt like it was an area where they suffered. The new color palettes and tones along with gradients and overlays show they are more committed than ever to an overall consumer experience and not just about performance. Before we break this shoe down into its components, let me be very clear in that I think the Torin 2.5 might be one of the strongest road shoes Altra has put out to date. Now that’s out there, so moving on…
Construction: The Upper
In addition to sporting an all new mesh upper that is visually new, the have fully updated the tech around it. It’s still mesh of course, but the gradient dots actual act as overlays providing structure while allowing for breathability. They are also designed to be quick drying as well. The heel cup got an update becoming more angular and the heel is padded well, but still holds you nicely. As always, the Torin has Altra’s trademark FootShape toe box encouraging maximum toe splay and the lacing system on this holds you really well.
The mid provides a solid platform for this 27mm stack height shoe. The mid starts with a layer of EVA, then goes into Altra’s Abound response foam tech which is designed to maximize energy return, and then a layer of Inner Flex which helps increase flexibility despite the stack height and high cushion level. The offset is 0mm (Zero Drop) as always and while I am not sure how much the Abound does, I can say that the Inner Flex definitely helps with flexibility especially for mid to fore or feel to fore transitions.
The outsole features strips of long wearing rubber (in black) coupled with what looks like exposed EVA midsole (white). I did notice this wearing fairly quickly after about 70 or 80 miles on the shoe, but it appears to more of a slight peel than a crack or break off. The off color yellow strip is softer than the rest of the shoe and I believe this is the Inner Flex technology encouraging flexibility in this spot. It will be interesting to see how this wears differently from the rest of the sole. The sole also features Altra’s FootPod technology which basically maps your foot to the sole pattern, so the flex should be natural as it is designed to follow the natural movement of the bones in your foot.
Style and Aesthetics
As I mentioned above, I am very happy with everything that Altra has been doing from a visual perspective and honestly this new Torin and the colorway I tested in particular is one of my favorites. I tested the back, white, blue, and yellow model and I found it to be both fun, subtle, and yet they still maintain a nice run vibe. The use of the dot gradient overlays really adds to the visual experience and even now I think its one of their better looking shoes. That being said, they do have three distinct colorways available, so truly something for everyone. As always, they have female specific versions of the Torin in three color options and it’s worth pointing out that these are made for a woman’s foot anatomy.
My first few runs with the Torins were solid right out of the gate, with my first impressions of the redesigned heel cup and lacing system being definitely positive. It felt very familiar in that it hit all my typical Altra high points including the nice roomy toe box and then layered in a solid amount of cushioning which left it feeling very plush. I quickly found a really nice sock/shoe mix that worked well for most distances and left my feet feeling super comfortable. I even found myself marveling at it during several runs which is not something I ever do, just thinking “wow my feet feel comfy”.
After several days of lower mileage (sub 10 miles) runs just to get a solid feel for them, I then took them for distance logging numerous 15+ milers. My legs and feet were super happy throughout and at the end of the run, I found that my feet were actually still pretty happy. Much of the time I find when I hit the end of a run I just want to get the shoes off and relax my feet, but in this case my feet still felt comfortable. The legs were just as tired as usual of course and as always I do warn people that they need to get accustomed to Altras. The zero drop nature of the shoe will definitely feel differently. Your calves and really the entire lower leg do a lot more work which manifests itself as people not enjoying them. To them I say to give it some time, alternate with your regular shoe and note, you will get used to it. It’s basically forcing you to run a bit differently, so as they say… it’s a good pain.
This one is simple, the Altra Torin 2.5 is seriously the best road Altra I have used in quite a while. I was a fan of the Lone Peak 3, but the Torin is a little more special for me. The cushioning level hits me at exactly the right spot, the heel cup holds me really well, and that coupled with the roomy toe box really just make for a solid experience. My only callout is how well the EVA on the outsole will hold up over time. I definitely noticed some fraying in the white areas, but no major cracking or issues that affect the run itself. If you love Altras and have been debating these, then do yourself a favor and check the Torin 2.5 out.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 9.1oz (size 9)
- Drop: 0mm heel/toe (27mm)
- MSRP: $125.00
- Available: Now