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WeightMen: 9.1ozWomen: 7.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 26mmWomen: 26mm
Forefoot heightMen: 26mmWomen: 26mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Release dateMay 2019
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Altra Torin 4: Miles of “spirited” roads ahead with this shoe
The Altra brand was born on the trail and for years I've relied on their shoes for a lot of my running, which is consequently mostly on trails.
It being that my sister usually cons me into running a fall road ½ Marathon or Marathon I thought I might try a pair of Altra’s road shoes. The Altra Torin was my choice and these shoes did not disappoint.
The Torin 4 sold me in the store initially with how comfortable they felt. Altra’s textbook wide toe box and zero-drop technology just make your foot feel right at home.
The natural feel and ease of fit is a big selling point in my opinion. Of the three brands of road shoes, I tried on these were the clear winner.
First off, I went a half-size up in this shoe. My normal 9.5 just felt a touch too snug.
Altra is using a new Altra Quantic™ midsole that sheds 2mm worth of extra material that the Torin Plush uses. This results in a lighter weight.
When I first put on the Torin 4 it did have a light and airy feel to it and at 9.1 oz it is quite light for how durable it seems to be.
While it’s not as light as some of the racing flats on the market, the Torin 4’s construction is built to last for much longer than the 150-250 miles you would get out of a racing flat. The fabric of the upper is soft and pliable but smooth and abrasion-resistant.
The upper lacing system at first seemed overly complex but that feeling passed.
The reinforced eyelets are a nice touch and the lacing guides on the top of the tongue help keep things in place. The functionality of the lacing system creates a comfortable girdle around your foot.
The harder, inner green bands on each side of the foot connect to the base of the shoe creating direct lines of support from the lace itself, to the foundation of your shoe. The gusseted tongue helps it to stay put and keep debris out.
The tongue is appropriately cushioned. I like that Altra doesn't waste a bunch of stuffing in places that the shoe really doesn't need it or benefit from it.
The upper construction is light yet tough. With an excellent well thought out ventilation the shoe never made my feet feel hot.
While I didn't have a chance to test it in the rain, I suspect that the upper will drain nicely in wet weather. The shoe is not bogged down with excessive masses of bulky upper cushioning. It’s soft and pliable where it needs to be and strictly business in the other areas. I like that.
The responsive feel of this shoe is what I like the best. When I run in the Torin 4 I feel more agile (and maybe faster) than I actually am. Altra describes the shoe as “ready for spirited miles” and I couldn't agree more.
The lacing system which belts your mid-foot snuggly in place combined with the wider toe-shaped forefoot create unique stability that is very welcomed on corners. The Quantic™ midsole offers a solid amount of cushioning.
Not so much that it detracts from the responsive, lightweight feel of the Torin 4 but just enough to forgive those unlucky heel strikes and normal road hazards.
The sole of the Altra Torin 4 has a nice flex to it. It's not so liberal as to feel sloppy but not so rigid as to be uncomfortable. The tread is simple, with ample channels to act as conduits for water and plenty of traction points for the road surface.
The Footpod™ technology is touted as following the natural bone and tendon structure of the human foot to mimic the natural been of the foot.
While I can attest to the shoes comfort and well-designed flex, I can't see whether or not it is due to this technology. I will say that the skeletal look of the sole is a pretty rad design and looks super cool!
I really liked this shoe. I am, as always, a big fan of the zero-drop and wide foot-shaped toe box. The Torin 4 feels light and responsive. It is cushioned appropriately and has great aeration. The shoe seems durable and has held up nicely after 70 miles of roads.
At an MSRP of $120.00 the Torin 4 is a good value for someone looking for an all-around road running shoe that can hold its own on a racecourse as well. As I plan for a few ½ marathons on roads this fall the Altra Torin 4 will be my go-to shoe.
PROS CONS Light and responsive Not really a con but you need to size up by a half Great aeration Good flex and decent cushion
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If you have not tried the new Torins, whether it's the 3.5 or the 4, this new 4 regular is the way to go.
I put this shoe on and I immediately was impressed. I can say it was probably one of the best Altra step-ins that I've had.
The Altra Torin 4 is newly constructed as a racer, yet still an ideal entry shoe for runners interested in zero-drop platforms.
- The Altra Torin 4 has been configured to have a more responsive midsole than the previous iteration, the Torin 3.0, though the underfoot cushioning unit is also lower to the ground to shave off weight and to heighten natural movement and proprioception.
- This Altra running shoe has a mesh upper that is lighter than what was previously used. A cloth-like structure with stretchy fibers and prominent breathing holes bring a hug that is akin to a sock.
- A thin lasting board is used to connect the upper to the midsole. Such a design aims to bring a lightweight and flexible ride, and it is the distinguishing factor that separates the Torin 4 from its counterpart, the 2-millimeter-Strobel-board-laden Torin 4 Plush.
The Altra Torin 4 was designed to be true to size. Those who wish to get a pair are encouraged to use their typical sizing expectations to achieve an agreeable in-shoe feel. It is worth noting that there have been reports of a smaller-than-usual sizing scheme which prompted decisions to go half-a-size up.
When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. This neutral running shoe can accommodate those with low or medium foot dimensions.
A thin lasting board is used for the foundations of the midsole and upper. This sheet is thin yet flexible, and it’s shaped to follow the natural curvature of the human foot.
The FootPod™ technology involves a rubber layer that covers the contact points of the foot and grooves that heighten the natural capacity of the joints and tendons to move. These elements fundamentally transform the exterior of the sole unit, allowing it to act as the actual foot-pad.
A tread pattern that is comprised of shallow cuts and square nodes is responsible for improving the gripping capacity of the outsole.
The midsole unit of the Altra Torin 4 is primarily made up of the Quantic™ foam, a responsive yet luxurious foam that carries the foot throughout the running session. Though this full-length piece is meant to last long, it has a lightweight profile to ease any strain and encourage rapid transitions.
The Inner Flex is a network of grooves inside the midsole unit. These trenches encourage tendon and joint flexibility and the uplifting of the performance.
The Natural Ride System (NRS) is a platform design that bolsters the natural shape, motion, and anatomical position of the foot. A zero-drop midsole and the FootPod™ outsole construction embody this system.
Air can quickly enter the interior compartment via the engineered mesh upper. This cloth-like material has visible breathing holes for airflow. It also stretches with the foot as it moves, allowing the wearer to experience a secure yet unrestrictive wrap.
Printed overlays grace the sides, the front and the back of the Altra Torin 4. These thin prints are meant to push out the aesthetic quality of the façade. But they’re also designed to reinforce the structure of the fabrics and help the lacing system in keeping the foot in place.
A traditional lacing system is used for this product. Flat laces snake through discrete and print-reinforced eyelets, covering the majority of the instep. When the strings are adjusted, the rest of the upper follow their movements. This adjustment method is familiar and trusted by many.
The lightly padded tongue and collar are tasked with cushioning the Achilles tendon, the ankles and the bridge of the foot. These parts of the silhouette also have the job of preventing in-shoe wobbling and unintentional shoe removals.
A pull tab is placed on the back of the collar. This stitched-on fabric loop helps the runner in widening the opening and assisting the foot into or out of the interior chamber.