Good to know
- 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.