Altra Torin 2.5 ReviewSeptember 22, 2016
- Anatomic foot shape and toe box
- Durable upper
- Comfortable cushioning underfoot
- Last may be too wide for some users
- Uppers are warm
The Altra Torin 2.5 is a tweak rather than a revision of the 2.0, so this model will continue to satisfy the legions of Altra fans who love the combination of zero drop and high cushioning. Comparable shoes are Saucony Zealot ISO 2, Topo Ultrafly, and Nike Lunarepic Flyknit; but the Altra has a firmer feel and better energy return than either of those models.
The Torin 2.5 is true to size. Altra’s anatomic last is wider and more box-like than most brands, and may feel sloppy in the midfoot for some users. A padded tongue and traditional lace mechanism lock down the midsole well in the midfoot, although some testers had difficulty with the laces losing their tension mid-run.
The fully rounded toe box of the Torin 2.5 allows complete toe splay and prevents any rubbing or chafing of the toes; it also has nice vertical clearance to prevent friction on the top side. Padding is extensive around the ankle collar and tongue, and cradles the rearfoot comfortably. The quick mesh upper has extensive PU overlays throughout the forefoot and midfoot; this creates excellent durability from abrasions and tearing, but diminishes the surface area for ventilation and cooling.
Midsole construction is a combination of low-compressive, high energy A-Bound material in the top layer, with higher cushioning EVA below. The underfoot feel is initially fairly firm; this softens a bit after breaking in, but you won’t have a pillowy feel with the Torin 2.5. Rather, impact energy gets converted into forward momentum rather nicely.
Overall ride quality of the Torin 2.5 is more firm than plush. The heel and midfoot regions are rather stiff, but the midsole EVA has FootPod orientation which positions flex grooves in both the longitudinal and horizontal directions; the horizontal ones provide forefoot flexibility and smooth transfer from heel to toe, while the longitudinal ones correspond to bones and tendons of the foot to allow separate movement of each if necessary. Surface contact area on the road is quite wide for stability, and the outsole tread gripped surprisingly well during brief off-road excursions.
The Torin 2.5 is too heavy for race day, but it’s certainly light enough to do some speed sessions on the road or track. The energetic midsole return helps you maintain a quick turnover, and the comfortable cushioning allows you to hammer the pace without feeling the pain afterward.
Donald Buraglio- Minimalist Running shoes
Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports.