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.
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WeightMen: 9.3ozWomen: 7.3oz
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: 28mmWomen: 28mm
Forefoot heightMen: 28mmWomen: 28mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateApr 2018
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91 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
At this point, the app is decent, and it gives good feedback. I’ve noticed my running form change slightly through the voice cues, and I expect it will continue to get better, one step at a time.
Altra certainly succeeded in making a smart running shoe that not only tracks movement but makes useful suggestions on how to improve form. This makes it easy to recommend them to serious runners looking to improve their speed and efficiency on the road.
While they were surprisingly comfortable to wear and some of the nicest road running shoes I've tried out in some time, it's ultimately the coaching and the additional running metrics you are going to want to buy them for and those elements just didn't cut it.
The execution of the Torin IQ running shoes is spot-on in terms of design, comfort, and integration with the mobile app. But things get disappointing after that. While I believe having a voice coach pipe in while you're running will help change the way you run, not all voice coaches are created equal.
Updates to Altra Torin IQ
- One of the notable technologies incorporated into the Torin IQ is the Altra IQ. It is inserted into each shoe to provide every runner more elaborate running data and real-time coaching.
- Aside from the IQ Technology, the shoe is also packed with other Altra technologies, including the FootShape™ Toe Box, FootPod, and InnerFlex technology. These elements are meant to give every runner an improved running experience.
- Lastly, the newest Torin shoe has a modified upper. It now has an updated reflected upper which increases low-light visibility and asymmetrical lacing for a more comfortable and secure run.
Altra Torin IQ size and fit
The Altra Torin IQ has a standard running shoe length. It has a medium fit in the heel and forefoot area, and the toe-box is a bit wide, making it ideal for runners with medium and slightly wide foot shapes. The shoe is available in standard medium widths for both men’s and women’s versions.
The FootPod technology is placed on the outer sole of the Altra Torin IQ. The purpose of the FootPod is to allow the foot to move naturally. Since it maps the tendons and bones of the foot, the foot can bend naturally without feeling any pain or fatigue.
The rubber material in the outsole aims to deliver durability and traction on a wide variety of running surfaces.
In the midsole of this Altra running footwear is the ultralight EVA foam with A-Bound compound. These midsole technologies worked together for a more durable underfoot cushioning. The high amount of cushioning delivers enough responsiveness for both long and short-distance runs.
To collect the running data, a FlexSensor is placed in the foam bed. This thin sensor is built to track the performance of the runner and record the date based on his running technique.
The gathered data will be interpreted by the Quad Accelerometers, which is also placed in the midsole. The statistics will then be sent to the Altra App installed on the runner’s smartphone.
Another feature in the midsole is the Natural Ride System (NRS) which aids the foot to move more naturally. It lessens fatigue and further enhances the overall gait cycle.
The Altra Torin IQ uses an engineered mesh in its upper. Aside from the breathable coverage, the reflective surface gives added visibility, especially on low-light running conditions. The breathable mesh also offers the foot a comfortable wrap all throughout the run.
Integrated into the shoe is the FootShape™ Toe Box which gives the big toe better stability. It aids the foot to relax and splay naturally while running. By keeping the big toe in a straight position, a more powerful take-off can be expected.
Lastly, the asymmetrical lacing system allows runners to run more comfortably by reducing the pressure points.