Altra Torin 2.0Review Facts
Not many novice runners have heard of Altra running shoes, but just take a look around when you’re at your next marathon and you might just be surprised by how many you might see. The Torin 2.0 is unique when it comes to their zero drop platform. It runs the full length of the shoe and is nicely cushioned. Runners enjoy the way they naturally align their bodies and how they encourage a softer and more natural landing. Which is why you may see them, and after you read this review, may use them yourself as a marathon running shoe. Runners enjoy how they are very forgiving on the feet and the Torin name has been known to provide great comfort. New to the Torin 2.0 is the Innerflex midsole, this technology brings extra flexibility while keeping the cushioning that runners have come to expect from Altra. Let’s find out what runners have to say about the new Torin 2.0!
The outsole of the Altra Torin 2.0 is constructed with their new FootPod Technology. Runners found that the energy return was greater with this new compound and felt a reduction in ground impact, almost acting as a buffer. Altra claims that the FootPod allows the shoe to “map the bones and tendons” giving it a more natural and free foot movement. If you take a look underneath the shoe, your eye immediately catches how the layout is formed in the natural shape of your foot, which runners really felt made a difference. They also found that durability was increased with the rubber material used in the outsole of this shoe. Additionally, testers that were familiar with the Torin 1 noticed improved grip and traction.
Altra continues its tradition of a plush and comfortable ride with the all new midsole of the Torin 2.0. The newly enhanced cushioning system simply adds to the levels of comfort by utilizing the dual layer EVA A-Bound midsole material. This technology is combined with the Innerflex construction to go above and beyond what was found in the Torin 1. Innerflex is basically grooves that are placed in a grid-like pattern, and it’s found throughout the entire midsole. Runners found that it helped signifigantly with speed and performance. Altra once again used its heralded Zero Drop
cushioning that marathon and daily trainers alike seemed to enjoy so much from their previous iteration. Overall, runners agreed that the new Torin 2.0 provides more balance and flexibility with all the softness and comfort that the previous version is known for.
The upper of the Torin 2.0 received the biggest overhaul of all other components found in this shoe. The redesigned upper remains their very comfortable and soft feel in the interior with a newly composed padded tongue and a soft sock liner. Both long and short distance runners appreciated the new seamless interior and the breathable upper mesh materials that Altra utilized this time around. The new Quick Dry Air Mesh material found in the upper is breathable and runners reported a comfortable roomy toe box that allowed their toes to spread naturally as they ran. In fact, some runners found that their bog toe remained straight throughout their runs, which allowed their foot to move naturally when running and provided them more energy returns and stability.
The Altra Torin 2.0 weights 9.1 ounces (US Men’s 10). It’s a feather light powerhouse and runners have come to appreciate the weight of this daily runner that can be counted on to be their marathon go to sneaker. Materials like the dual layer EVA is used with restraint to keep the overall weight down and techniques found in the construction methods bring everything together. Keep in mind that the Altra Torin is known for being an extremely comfortable shoe and typically this adds to the weight of the shoe significantly. However, this is not a problem for the new Torin 2.0.
Breathability has been improved with the new redesigned upper. The mono mesh and simple no-sew overlays let you know by just looking at them, that this shoe is not just breathable, but light on the foot. Runners have found a direct link between a running shoe’s materials and their ability to dissipate heat and moisture. Altra used light materials in every aspect of the construction of the new Torin 2.0, which translates to a very breathable shoe. Runners did not report any issues with hot spots or moisture collection while putting the shoes through their paces in even the hottest of conditions
. If you run on “hot” like some runners do, the Torin 2.0 might just be exactly what you’re looking for.
Comfort is where this shoe shines! This is what keeps runners coming back time and time again to Altra shoes. Let’s start with the star of the show: the zero drop platform. According to Altra, by placing your forefoot and heel at the same distance from the ground, the Torin 2.0 encourages a natural, low impact proper running form throughout your run. Runner’s that are not aware of the science behind it report that these running shoes are the most comfortable they have ever tried. They love the slip-on feel that they provide and the smoother ride and extra cushion come in handy when running longer distances. When this unique design feature is paired with Altra’s FootPod outsole technology that maps the tendons and bones of your feet and gives flexibility where required, what you have is a supremely comfortable product.
The Torin 2.0 does not look like every other running shoe that you come across. With color scheme names like Pina Colada, Altra takes pride in separating themselves from the rest of the pack when it comes to running shoe appearance. Runners like the obsidian blue and their pops of color on the sole and heel. Additionally, the reflective material is used in such a s way that looks pleasing to the eye while providing the runner with additional visibility in low lighting conditions. There is no question that which ever color way you choose, you will stand out with vibrant colored laces and accents.
The Altra Torin 2.0 is made from high quality materials, and the sole of the shoes are going to provide you with long-term durability and wear resistance. These shoes are intended as a road runner, and some runners that took them out on the trail found that the upper can be damaged by sharp, jagged rocks and sticky weeds. Runners that stick primarily to the open road will be more than satisfied by the quick drying air mesh and its ability to give you protection from the elements. Long distance runners
also commented on the Torin’s ability to wear very slowly, even after they have used them for several months. Expect them to last quite a long time.
The zero drop design on the shoe provided most runners with a “barefoot” feeling that optimized responsiveness. Runner’s reported that their feet sit naturally in these shoes and splay as they would if they were not wearing shoes at all. There is no feeling of a minimalist shoe here; even though the Torin 2.0 is extremely lightweight. Runners enjoyed the response that two inches of cushy sole provided them. The Altra Torin sole, while being significantly cushioned, is slightly firmer than it’s predecessor. Testers noted that the sole is not rigid and they preferred the cushy ride. However, runners that are used to a firmer, harder hitting sole also expect more responsiveness. If this is your personal preference, it’s important to remember that this is a cushioned runner.
The InnerFlex midsole provided most runners with the flexibility and support that they expected. Once again, the Torin 2.0 sports a 27 mm sole, which typically doesn’t allow for an overwhelming amount of support. Long distance runners were happy to support no chaffing or skin irritation while running in these shoes and felt the benefits of the zero drop. Runners can expect a low impact landing with more than adequate support for their step. The use of a dual layer EVA that Altra chose to implement with an A-bound top layer makes a difference support-wise when it came to giving testers a combination of a natural feel and stability when they needed it. If you are used to a neutral training shoe, you will more than enjoy the support the Torin 2.0 will provide you with.
This is a road running shoe. Perfect for any open road and whatever you may come across in that environment. The upper is waterproof and runners that took them out on rainy days and put them through the paces found them to keep their feet nice and dry. The reported no loss of traction on wet pavement and support and response levels maintained their consistency quite nicely. These shoes also have great durability, so you can feel comfortable wearing them as you daily trainers and gym shoes. However, they are not constructed to go on rocky terrain. Although some testers took them out on technical terrain
with nothing more than cosmetic wear, keep in mind that there isn’t’ any rock guard of sole plates for protection against sharp rocks.
The Altra Torin 2.0 is a smart buy; especially if you are not an early adopter. The shoe company is known for lowering the MSRP once they have been released for some time. So if you are in the market for a very cushiony running shoe, now is the time to buy, as they have been recently lowered and popular sizes in popular colorways may start to become harder to find. The Torin already has a strong following despite being a relatively new model from Altra. This is a perfect shoe if you’re looking for a great price on a marathon worthy shoe.
•Dual Layer EVA with A-Bound Top Layer gives runners greater energy returns with each step
•InnerFlex midsole provides a lightweight flexibility and overall construction
•Midsole is weight balanced from front to back to encourages a low-impact landing
•Quick Dry Air Mesh upper, gave runners waterproofing and improved upper durability
•FootShape (TM) toe box promotes stability through toe spread
•New FootPod outsole technology takes into consideration the bones and tendons in runner’s feet for a natural feel.
First and foremost, there are countless testimonials from runners all across the Internet claiming that they now have a pain free run thanks to the Altra Torin 2.0. If you or someone that you know is passionate about running yet experiences frequent discomfort or fear over a past running injury, it’s more than worth it to give them a try. Furthermore, several runners that bought the previous models reported that they were now a lifetime customer.
The Altra Torin 2.0 offered runners a smoother ride with a more cushioned midsole, something that is difficult to pull off. Their plush feel has been improved and their use of the responsive A-Bound technology provided runners more energy returns than their predecessors. Additionally, if you are curious about what a running shoe with a zero drop would feel like, these are the shoes to test out. Runners enjoyed the balance provided from the front to the back of their feet and how it strengthened their Achilles. It’s a very “caring” running shoe. With Altra’s new Footshape toe box technology, the natural feel of this shoe goes above and beyond what most runners are used to. We are excited to see what the Altra Torin 2.0 can do for runners everywhere!