Altra Torin 3.0

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Altra’s highly cushioned neutral road shoe is back! The new version of the zero-drop running shoe comes brings a few changes to the already popular design. The changes highlight Altra’s dedication to listening to user feedback. While breathability was a bit of an issue with the 2.5, the 3 delivers improved ventilation and a better drying mesh upper. Stiffness plagued the 2.5, and the 3 replaces the rigid sole with a more flexible design. These are the main changes, and it’s clear that Altra has paid close attention to detail when re-designing the newest edition of the Torin.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Excellent midsole cushion
  • True to size fit
  • Wide toe box
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Great value
Cons
  • Toe box is shallow 
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Positive
  • I do not know where to begin with my foot issues. If its a foot issue I have it. I do not run but I o do lifting and numerous other crosstrain type workouts and these shoes have held up great and felt great s soon as I put them on. These shoes were stiff enough so that my toes didn't bend too much while still being soft on the inside. They were really light and still were great for the lateral type movements I do. My feet just love the zero drop feel but the shoe, although deep, does not look like it. It is so well made and impressive. It honestly feels like a natural extension of my messed up feet. They also do good with my back trauma. I’m a case and these have just done great.
  • I wasn't able to run any more after I was diagnosed with sesamoiditis. However, these shoes, Atras in general, have saved my running life. I thank the zero drop technology. These allow a natural spread of my toes and they relieved the pressure that other higher elevated shoes create on my toes. These also absorb the heel strike magically. These shoes are really incredible and I am super thankful I found them.
  • I use these with Altras heel lock lacing technique, which you can find on their website. Well, it is magical. I have some really horrible feet. And need a shoe that can support and yet give me room to move around without being swimmy. I really love the colors the mens shoes come in, they are more neutral than any of the women’s shoes. These shoes are amazing and i recommend them to everybody that asks me about them.
  • These have great toe splay and are so nice and cushy. I am addicted to the zero drop, any other shoe design just doesn't feel right. They aren't all bulky by design but have lots of cushion and are surprisingly light.
  • I really liked these shoes. THey had great cushion and the colors were nice. However, I had to return them because my inserts did not work with them and my feet.
  • I had really bad joint issues: hips, knees, ankles. But after I found these, I was hooked. The zero drop has eliminated all that pain and the toe box is super nice. I am a big guy and these take all the pressure without flattening out, great cushioning. Great running shoe and I highly recommend them. Make sure to get sized, I had to get a half size up.
  • These are a really great impact shoe. They haven't given me any pain in my arches and I’ve been bouncing all over the gm in these. I am really in love with these. Altra really makes great shoes.
  • I usually get really horrible pain after doing any type of cardio from my osteochondral defect with hallux rigidus. These shoes have given me faith in myself again and in shoes. I am able to do more than I have ever before because of these shoes.
  • Turf toe recommended! These have eliminated my need for inserts. I had to adjust myself with the zero drop and the mean cushioning they have but I am really happy with them. No more pain! The to box is great and roomy. I got a whole size larger.
  • Oof, I am so freaking happy i found a shoe compatible with my neuroma! These do not cause any inflammation. They hug my heel while being wide in the does and they are so light. I am also able to use these with my cross training, they are so stable.
  • These are really supportive all over especially in the arches, which i need due to my tendonitis. They are also really light. Rally great shoe design.
  • These shoes were really expensive and for good reason. They are heavy duty machines. I sent them back only because they were way too much for me. They were such a well designed shoe. The zero drop technology is so good. And, they have mega cushioning. They have a weird clown shoe shape to them though but that is all aesthetic.
  • Great responsiveness and super firm with tons of cushion. Great flexibility in the top area and they hold up really well under pressure. They are great for short and long runs.
  • These are a pure upgrade from the last. They are more cushioned yet more airy. They have a better flexibility than before. The basic features have not changed: foot design, zero drop, etc. These fit me perfect, no need to reorder or adjust.
  • The front of these shoes are so cushioned yet roomy and they have a great response to them. They are snug and supportive in the arches and hold in the heels really well. Altra makes the best shoes on the market in my opinion.
  • I need to keep my joints moving because of my OA and these shoes are so darn god. They are so cushy and absorb all the pressure from my walks. I actually ordered a 3.5 to replace these and returned and paid the extra for a 3.0, You can tell these are made for real athletes.
  • I am pretty sure that Altra made theere toe box bigger, I can feel the difference in my old ones. Other than that, these are great, comfortable shoes and they fit really good.
  • The zero drop and toe cushioning are a match made in shoe heaven. They are really durable and really have no pressure on the instep while still being master supportive. They are really light but not as natural feeling as some. I felt a bit wonky on rocks and laterals. But, they are a great shoe.
  • I need a large toe box with lots of cushion without feeling cramped. Thes have a great space but could use a little more padding. They probably would be perfect for a normal person though. I ordered a half size up so that might be why. All in all, these are really darn good shoes. I love the foot shape.
  • These had a great wide toe box area and they needed no break in time. I use these for my everyday runners and they really support and cushion my feet. I bought a second pair.
  • I upgraded to the Torin from the Instinct and these are blowing my mind. They are so much more comfortable and they have so much cushion but are light. I have no pain in these at all. They started to peel a bit on the bottom but I really use the crap out of my shoes.
  • I cannot bend my big toes so I have a bit of a tough time finding shoes. But these, holy cow! The toe box is so big and wide, I love it. Works great for my toe problem. I do not slide around in these and have had no blistering or pan. They breath well and I can run for miles in these. I love the sturdiness of the sole. I am just a huge fan of this shoe and highly recommend it for all runners.
  • I replaced the 2.0 with these and I am so happy with them. They are roomy and comfortable. They have great padding and support my high arches really well, really nice instep. I like that the tongue does not move around at all. Great shoe Altra!
Negative
  • I wanted to really enjoy these shoes and after reading reviews, had really high expectations. I was sad to find out the material is so cheap and the design is awful. They wear out really fast for the price. They were comfortable but just do not last. I am an avid runner and these are just not gonna cut it.
  • These look really good but even at a larger size, were way too narrow and too short.
  • I wore these a few times and they were great, no issues and really comfortable. Now they are broken in and are rubbing my toes like crazy causing a lot of discomfort. I even tried to go up a size after this started happening and it did the same thing. I am huge fan of Altras and will be using my old ones until I can find a new pair that don't hurt my feet.
  • What happened? All the others were great. It is like you all downshifted to 1st. The toe box is so narrow and they were o short. I loved the Torins because of the wide toe. Uhg. So unhappy about this.
  • I thought these were going to be perfect for my orthotics. Boy, was the advertising off. These are WAY too narrow and so uncomfortable for me. Too short as well.
  • My bunions were dying in these. They were way too narrow and too long for my liking. I am not sure what happened but they used to fit differently.
  • I loved these shoes when I first got them. I have knee pain and work on my feet alot. After only two weeks of wear the toe box has collapsed and the cushioning is gone. They are really flat and hard on the inside. I am not impressed and feel that they were way overpriced for this kind of crap.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole features the same FootPod design as before but is now much more flexible, which greatly improves ride feel. Reviewers appreciated the smoother ride and characterized the Torin 3.0 as much more durable than its predecessor. Reviewers also found the outsole suitable for handling light trail running and training on the roads.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Like the 2.5, the 3.0 features a generous amount of midsole material. The Torin delivers the perfect mix of soft cushioning and responsiveness. The EVA midsole features a layer of energy-filled A-Bound cushioning. Interior midsole grooves encourage natural flexion, too. The Torin is a great long-distance running shoe thanks to its highly cushioned midsole. The padding is comfortable but lightweight. The Torin rides smooth with a nice amount of responsiveness. Some reviewers did find the 3.0 slightly less responsive than the 2.5, however. A few also pointed out the midsole felt firmer than before. Overall, though, most wearers cited an improved ride feel.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper has probably been tweaked the most compared to the rest of the Torin. A new Quick-Dry Air Mesh covers the shoe for improved breathability over the 2.5. The same roomy foot-shaped toe box graces the 3.0 and women can expect a customized Fit4Her fit. Fit4Her caters to women’s unique foot anatomy for an improved fit. Reviewers found the Torin true to size and particularly loved the anatomically correct forefoot. Wearers also agreed that the upper was much improved in terms of breathability. A few users noted the shallowness of the toe box was a problem, so those with a high instep may find the height of the forefoot a bit short. Users also noted the thicker, more resistant upper design increased durability but somehow also improved air circulation. An impressive feat. A few reviewers found the fit of the 3.0 a bit larger than the previous version but not oversized.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The third edition of the Altra Torin is slightly lighter than the previous model. The weight of the shoe has decreased by about 0.7 ounces. Overall, reviewers found the shoe nice and lightweight, and many noticed and appreciated the weight decreased. The women’s version of the 3.0 weighs about 6.5 ounces, and for men, the weight is about 8.4 ounces. The shaved off weight, however, doesn’t affect the cushioning at all. The midsole is nice and thick at 28mm, so expect the same ultra-comfy protective midsole as before.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Poor ventilation was one of the leading complaints users had about the Torin 2.5. In the 3.0, Altra has used an air mesh construction for the upper. The mesh is quick-drying, too, and provides all-around better breathability than before. The fit helps with ventilation, also. The foot shape design better accommodates a runner’s foot compared to almond-shaped sneakers. For women, Altra incorporates a Fit4Her design, which is better suited to a woman’s unique foot shape and helps encourage better air circulation.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Reviewers raved about comfort for all versions of the Altra Torin. The 3.0 is no exception. The improved breathability helps a great deal to improve comfort during the hotter months of training, and the 3.0’s more flexible sole enhances ride feel a great deal. The anatomical foot shape returns in the updated version, so wearers have room for natural splay. There’s also plenty of EVA and A-Bound cushioning in the midsole for impact protection and comfort. Overall, the shoe is lightweight, which contributes to a smooth ride feel. Reviewers noticed that the 3.0 delivered a slightly firmer ride but still featured the same soft padding underfoot.
Style
Style

Style

The look of the Torin 3.0 hasn’t changed significantly since the previous model. The design is available in beautiful colorways for both men and women. Women can choose from a blue, pink & dark blue model, a pink choice with grey accents, or a grey version with pink accents. Men have their pick of a grey & yellow colorway, a blue & grey option, blue & yellow shoe, or a tough-looking black & red model. The design is sporty but sleek, and reviewers liked the various color options available.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Reviewers noted that the 3.0 seemed just as durable as its predecessor and commented on the durable nature of the shoe’s highly cushioned midsole. The A-Bound cushioning has a great capacity for bouncing back even after a serious pounding. Reviewers also felt the new quick-dry mesh upper seemed more resistant. Some described the upper as being thicker than before. Impressively, even with a more robust construction, the shoe is lighter and more breathable. The outsole, with the same FootPod design, also felt just as tough as the previous models’.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Lots of cushioning means generous impact protection. The Torin’s midsole is filled with both A-Bound and EVA for a dual-layered design that absorbs shock and delivers a soft, comfortable ride. It makes the shoe a great choice for road runners who like to occasionally grace the trails with their presence. Maximum cushioning isn’t quite the same as having a rock plate, but it does the trick for well-groomed trails with minimal debris. The FootPod design of the outsole ensures a slip-free run and the new quick-dry mesh upper keeps water from ruining your run. Improved breathability offers better heat protection in the summer months, as well.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Torin’s A-Bound midsole is incredibly responsive and its apparent from reading reviews that runners loved the energy-filled midsole. Combined with EVA the well-cushioned midsole is soft but bouncy. With a more flexible outsole design, the ride in the 3.0 is a whole lot smoother than ever before. A few runners felt the midsole was a tad less snappy than previous versions, but the consensus seems to be that the Torin offers better than average responsiveness. The shoe’s combination of responsiveness and super cushioned midsole make it a versatile footwear option. It features durable enough cushioning for longer efforts but is light and responsive enough for tackling speedy track workouts.
Support
Support

Support

All that soft midsole cushioning doesn’t hamper support. The 28mm stack height delivers a supportive platform for wearers. For long or short efforts, the Torin delivers the perfect combination of softness and firmness underfoot. A little firmer than the 2.5s, according to reviewers, the 3.0 is just as supportive as its preceding model. The upper, too, delivers a just-right fit that holds and secures the foot. Reviewers agreed that the shoe is supportive enough for a little light trail running.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

While Altra offers an array of trail-ready shoes in its lineup, the Torin 3.0 is a road-specific shoe. The FootPod outsole is resistant but doesn’t feature the aggressive tread pattern seen in Altra trail-specific models. Still, for light trail running, the Torin 3.0 will do just fine. A quick-drying upper works well for waterlogged trails and water crossings. Generous cushioning - with a stack height of 28mm that keeps your body protected as you bound downhill. Without a rock-plate, the Torin isn’t a good choice for gnarly terrain, but otherwise, on well-groomed packed dirt trails, it’s a reliable option.
Price
Price

Price

The Torin 3.0 has obvious value. It’s a versatile trainer best suited for road running but adequate for light trail outings. The cushioning is ultra-comfortable but supportive and protective. Sizing is just right, with few complaints from users. Overall, there’s little doubt that the Torin is a great buy. Reviewers seemed to agree that their purchase was very much worthwhile.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The FootPod outsole of the Torin is unchanged since the previous model and is fairly standard. Reviewers found the outsole perfect for road running, and while there’s nothing particularly notable about the outsole, the grip is good enough for light trail running. Just keep off highly technical trails and avoid wet rocks.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Torin 3.0 offers a more flexible outsole. In addition, the shoe features inner midsole flex grooves. Overall, the shoe provides a smoother ride feel than the 2.5 and feels much more natural as one moves from heel to toe. Overall, reviewers felt the 3.0 had a much better feel thanks to its softer outsole.
Stability
Stability

Stability

For navigation the roads, neutral runners don’t require that much stability. Still, the Torin offers a soft yet firm and stable ride. The cushion is comfy but generously piled on. The 28mm stack height delivers a stable platform. The new air mesh upper fits quite well, too, offering a firm hold. The upper is thicker than before, with a nice snug fit. Reviewers found the Torin 3.0 offered an exceptionally stable ride, even for moderately rough trails.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Altra Torin features a zero-drop design. Even with a 28mm stack height, the shoe feels close to the ground. Added feedback means better stability. A lower drop height paired with improved flexibility also translates to increased responsiveness and a smoother ride.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features


    - Zero-drop design
    - Highly cushioned neutral trainer
    - Road shoe
    - NEW Quick-dry Air Mesh upper construction for improved breathability
    - NEW More flexible FootPod outsole
    - Foot shape toe box offers more room to breathe
    - EVA midsole for impact protection
    - A-Bound layer for an ultra-responsive ride
    - Interior Flex Grooves in midsole for a smoother ride
    - 28mm stack height
    - Fit4Her women’s styles available



Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Altra Torin 3.0 delivers smart but minimal changes to the already well-designed Torin lineup. The upper, with its Quick-dry Air Mesh, is much improved and greatly increases overall breathability. The outsole, previously characterized as stiff, now feels flexible delivering a much smoother ride.

Reviewers continue to love the things that make the Torin popular. The well-padded midsole, comfortably soft yet supportive cushioning, and very responsive A-Bound material, all make up the 3.0. The 3.0 revises what needed fixing and keeps everything else that worked so flawlessly. For road runners - especially those who need a bit of extra space width-wise - the Torin is an excellent choice.

If you’re seeking a highly-cushioned neutral shoe, consider the Torin 3.0. There’s little to improve upon with this shoe. Lighter, more flexible, and more breathable than its predecessor it’s easy to see why it’s so well-loved.