Altra Torin 2.0 Zero Drop Running Shoe Review
Altra Torin 2.0 Running Shoe Review
Altra produces three natural running neutral training shoes in its range of zero drop shoes. In terms of midsole thickness the Torin 2.0 sits in the middle between the Altra Instinct 3 and the Altra Paradigm 1.5 with a stack height of 27mm. It was created to offer a more cushioned, softer and smoother ride than the responsive Instinct but, be less controlling than the Paradigm.
“..the initial impact feels very soft thanks to the Eva foam but, the A-Bound then gives you a little ‘push’.”
The original Torin and Torin 1.5 were both luxuriously well cushioned but the Torin 2.0 has taken it to a new level. The midsole of the Torin 2.0 has three layers. There is a thin layer of Altra’s A-Bound compound sandwiched between the foot bed and a softer EVA foam. What this means is that the initial impact feels very soft thanks to the Eva foam but, the A-Bound then gives you a little ‘push’. So, the shoe doesn’t feel too soft or ‘wallowy’ and has some responsiveness. This makes the shoe more than just a plodder’s mileage shoe. Tempo runs, fartlek or intervals could all be done in these shoes.
“The Torin 2.0 is also noticeably more light and flexible than previous models.”
The updated version of the Torin running shoe has an improved fit and a slightly more spacious fore-foot than the previous model. A very comfortable, seamless interior with a well-padded tongue. The fit around the heel has also been improved to give the Torin 2.0 a snugger, fitted feel, despite the very broad foot shaped toe box.
The Torin 2.0 is also noticeably more light and flexible than previous models. It is the ideal high mileage training shoe for the runner wanting a softer ride. Whether you are training for a 10km or an Ultra-Marathon the Torin 2.0 will do the job.
All Altra running shoes are zero drop. This means that the shoe is essentially ‘flat’, which promotes better posture whilst allowing your foot to work more naturally with a more mid-foot landing. Most shoes have an elevated heel of 12mm so, contact us or read up on the transition tips, as going from this to a zero drop shoe will take a bit of getting used too. Although, it is easier to make the transition with a highly cushioned shoe like the Torin 2.0 than it is with a more minimal Altra running shoe.
“Whether you are training for a 10km or an Ultra-Marathon the Torin 2.0 will do the job.”
Essentially the Torin 2.0 is a luxuriously well cushioned shoe. Ideal for the neutral runner wanting a soft feeling, well cushioned shoe with a smooth ride.