Altra Torin 5 review

The Torin 5 delivers a great package of performance and comfort in a shoe that is both cushioned and responsive.

Who should buy the Torin 5

The Altra Torin 5 is a shoe best suited for runners who want a:

  • light daily runner that responds well
  • shoe with just enough cushion but not too much

Who should NOT buy the Torin 5

Look away if you:

  • are looking for a racing flat (the Escalante Race 19 is a lightweight and fast shoe)
  • prefers a more balanced cushioning (in this case, consider the Escalante 2.5 )
  • need some stability (the Altra Paradigm series is worth checking out)

Comfort beyond my expectations

I have to begin by saying that the Torin 5 was so comfortable that I sometimes forgot that I was wearing a running shoe. The supple sidewall construction really needs no adaptation period. The wonderful aeration of the upper material and the great cushion of the sole only adds to that comfort. 

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Responsive and quick

The Torin 5, despite the generous cushion, is far from a recovery shoe. This shoe feels quick and nimble from the onset. Being relatively light (9 oz) the Torin 5 feels fast, with a really good recovery and energy return. The Torin 5 is responsive and corners well. The ample cushion does not detract from the way the shoe responds, which is pretty remarkable. 

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True to size

The Torin 5 fits true to size. I wear a US men’s 9.5 and the Torin hit the mark exactly.

Some extra cushion… Just for you!

Alright, I have to be honest. I have a soft spot for a little extra cushion in my running shoes. Don´t get me wrong, I love my slimmed down, 7oz, no-nonsense racing flats, but when it comes to pounding the pavement to get my daily miles in, I really enjoy the cushion. The Torin 5 strikes a nice balance between soft and responsive in their Altra EGO MAX sole.

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The Torin 5 is nice and light

Tipping the scales at 9 oz the Torin 5 is nice and light. While not as lean as a racing shoe, the Torin 5 is perfectly in league with shoes within its intended use genre. The Torin 5 is the perfect weight for those everyday runs. Altra even achieves this weight while offering a slightly more cushioned platform.  

Enhanced heel collar is a nice touch

I loved the re-designed heel collar. It has a little more padding than the Torin 4.5 and that adds to the comfort and security you get from the Torin 5. The locked-in feel you get from the heel collar is exceptional, yet the material it is made from is not rigid plastic.

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Love the style of the Torin 5

The Torin 5 has a great look about it. The Torin has great lines and cool contours on the heel box. With four colors to choose from, the Torin will fit most runners' styles. 

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Priced competitively and worth it

The Torin 5 has an MSRP of $150, which is right where I would expect it to be. The Torin 5 is not cheap, don´t get me wrong, but it is right in the ballpark for what you'd expect to pay for a performance-level running shoe. The Torin 5 is a great choice for any runner who is a fan of the zero-drop, foot-shaped style and who likes to turn on quick inspired daily miles with the brutality that gravity can deliver to our joints.

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Rankings

How Altra Torin 5 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 4% road running shoes
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Bottom 8% Altra running shoes
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Bottom 8% zero drop running shoes
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Author
Sean Kiffe
Sean Kiffe

My name is Sean Kiffe. I live with my wife and three daughters in Missoula, MT where I teach middle school science. I am primarily a trail runner but also dabble in road events occasionally. Currently, I am working my way into ultra distances and will be doing my first 50K and 100K trail races this season.