Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Torin 2.5 secures the shoe in the right places and includes a roomy toe box for fantastic wiggle room to provide runners with a very comfortable run, as observed by most reviewers.
  • Several runners mentioned the bang for the buck value of this shoe.
  • The max cushioning does not compromise the stability or responsiveness, according to a handful of reviews.
  • The glossier upper greatly enhances the aesthetic appeal of the Torin 2.5, as noted by a good number of runners.
  • Some runners noticed how smooth the transition was from landing to take-off.
  • Quite a number appreciate the lightness of the run despite the max cushioning.
  • Many of the comments valued the shoe’s versatility as a high-mileage trainer or as an up-tempo option.
  • Moderate to long runs on varied surfaces is where this beast shines, according to several testers.
  • More than a handful of heavy-framed runners welcomed the midsole’s ability to take a pounding without losing the cushioning or responsiveness.
  • Gender specific variations of the Altra Torin 2.5 for better fit, performance, and style.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A large part of the midsole is exposed underneath, which lessens the Torin 2.5’s durability.
  • Some needed a break-in period to get their most comfortable runs.
  • It is ½ smaller than standard.
  • The breathability is not as good as before, as noticed by some of those who have tried the earlier version of the Torin.
  • Some runners still find the shape as funny and they often get strange looks from other runners.

Bottom line

Only a few shoes can approach the claim to have maximum cushioning, but light enough to be squarely in the sights of those looking for a lightweight trainer. The Altra Torin 2.5 is one such shoe and more. It has very nice arch support, smooth and effortless transitions, and delivers enough ground feedback despite the significant amount of rubber and cushioning.

Facts

Expert Reviews

85 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Sofruita | Level 1 expert

    It has a less narrow toe box.

  • 97 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The Torin 2.5 was a big and pleasant surprise for me, as was the Impulse last year, absolutely one of the top trainers I have run this year if not the best as I keep reaching for it

  • 85 / 100 | Running Northwest | | Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 87 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 4 expert

    On one hand, it’s all about pillowy comfort, but the high cushioning doesn’t entirely mute the foot-to-ground proprioceptive feel like it does in some maximalist models.

  • 82 / 100 | Northern Runner | Level 4 expert

    The upper of the Torin 2.5 also feels a little stiffer, so it won’t feel quite as soft when you first put it on. However, it has a much firmer and more supportive feel when the shoe is laced up.

  • 81 / 100 | New England Running Company | Level 4 expert

    Some felt that the Torin 2.0's upper wasn't stable enough, so we see a change in materials to something a bit lighter and more of a soft hug than a gappy build.

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  • Torin fans will notice that the new engineered mesh easily jumps out as a very nice upgrade of the 2.5. It gives the shoe a more sophisticated look and delivers just the right amount of support in the right places. The new mesh is not as loose as before, which greatly enhances the foothold, particularly in the heel and midfoot.
  • Another improvement in the upper is more support in the eyelets. There is a welded material in the eyelet for better durability. Part of this welded material extends to connect to the substantial toe bumper for durability and upper support.
  • The laces are new as well. This version uses the same flat laces, but with more texture to ensure that the cinching stays from the first to the last step. Finally, the mesh used in the tongue has larger holes to at least make breathability as good as before.

Altra largely brings back the fit of the earlier versions in the Torin 2.5, but for a snugger fit courtesy of the more structured and slightly thicker mesh. There is a much better locked down feel in the heel and the midfoot with this enhancement. The forefoot continues to provide full space for the toes to splay because of the Foot-Shaped Toe Box. Sizing runs a bit smaller in this shoe than standard.


The outsole of this Altra running shoe is fairly standard with deep flex grooves for flexibility and mostly carbon rubber for durability. What is most significant in the outsole is a large part of the midsole is exposed on the lateral side of the outsole. While this may not lessen traction, durability could be an issue, particularly those who tend to slightly overpronate. Altra still emphasizes the Foot Pod Technology in the outsole or the rubber configuration that helps with the responsiveness and smooth transitions.


The soft cushioning of the Torin 2.5 is mainly because of the A-bound foam that sits on top of a dual-layered EVA. Altra uses a series of midsole Inner Flex panels in the midsole to give the shoe much needed flexibility as it is thickly-cushioned.


A new one-piece mesh takes up a good portion of the upper. It offers more structure for better support and locked down feel without letting go of excellent breathability. A 3D printing of dots all over the upper helps with the structure and support. Inside the shoe is a well-cushioned 6mm of removable insole for those who are not yet comfortable with the zero drop platform of Altra shoes. The new textured laces adds convenience as they hold the fit from all the way to the end of a run.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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