Verdict: The Altra Viho is a solid running shoe. It is not too heavy, has a quick feel, and is very comfortable. It's priced affordably and is stylish to boot. If you already love Altra or just looked to get your toes wet in the zero drop world, the Altra Viho is a great shoe to add to your arsenal.
The Altra Viho fits true to size. I am a men’s U.S. 9.5 in most brands and the Viho fit me perfectly.
Not as wide as other Altra shoes
The Altra Viho fits a little slimmer than the normal Altra. While the toe box is still plenty roomy, the runner will notice an overall snugger fit. If the wide, spacious, roomy fit of the typical Altra has been a deterrent for you in the past, give this Altra a shot. Personally, I felt that it was kind of nice, given that this is a road shoe.
The Altra Viho feels quick
The Viho has a nice quick energy return about it. It feels zippier than itś intended to be and I liked that. The solid lockdown of the lace cage allowed me to corner nice and quickly. I wouldn't hesitate to use this shoe in a 5K fun run or something similar.
The comfort of the Viho is exceptional
The Viho is the kind of shoe that you run a few miles in and forget that you're wearing afterward. The Viho´s cushioned tongue helps to keep the top of your foot feeling comfortable all day.
As stated earlier, the lace cage and padded tongue provide great comfort but they also lock down your foot very securely. The Viho creates a secure but non-restrictive cocoon around the foot.
If you´re looking for a plush cushion look away. The Viho has a responsive footbed that provides some cushion but definitely not a ton.
At 10.2oz/288g the Viho is pretty light. It's not super slim racing flat but it is far from heavy. On average, running shoes weigh 9.6oz/273g.
I felt light on my feet in the first couple of runs that I did in the Viho. I also churned out a few treadmill miles and the weight felt very appropriate.
Unassuming style of the Viho
I always admire shoes with a soft-spoken sense of style. For neighborhood runs, days at the gym, or everyday wear the Viho will compliment your style, but won´t be too loud.
Great price at $100
Not only is the Viho comfortable, stylish, and great for short-distance runs, it's also priced right. Given that you can score a pair of these for $100, they are hard to pass up. If you are looking to cut your teeth on zero drop shoes, the Altra Viho is a great place to start.
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.