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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $125
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.1oz
    Women: 7.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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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.

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Updates to Altra Torin 2.5

  • 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 Torin 2.5 size and fit

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.


Outsole

The outsole 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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.