Altra Viho review

The Altra Viho is a great everyday road running shoe. If you´re a runner who´s looking for a simple yet stylish running shoe that gives you all that Altra has to offer, the Viho is one to check out.

Who should buy the Viho

The Altra Viho is a running shoe best suited for runners who want a:

  • daily runner that is comfortable
  • shoe with soft-spoken, versatile style
  • budget-friendly running shoe

Who should NOT buy it

Look away if you:

True to size fit

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.

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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.

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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.

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Great lockdown

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. 

Not overly-cushioned

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.

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Reasonably lightweight

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. 

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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.

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Rankings

How Altra Viho ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 31% road running shoes
All road running shoes
Top 46% Altra running shoes
All Altra running shoes
Top 41% zero drop running shoes
All zero drop running shoes

Popularity

The current trend of Altra Viho.
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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.