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When Altra went about creating the Torin, the goal was to create a natural-running neutral shoe with a soft, smooth ride. It succeeded with the first edition, but it has continued to add to its “plushness” in subsequent updates. The secret sauce of this shoe is the three-layer foam midsole, made up of a thin layer of responsive A-Bound compound sandwiched between the footbed and a thick, two-layer undercarriage of softer EVA foams. The Torin 2.0 has a very comfortable interior (padded tongue, softly padded sockliner, seamless interior, etc.) and Altra’s foot-shaped forefoot that allows toes room to splay. Those are all factors that contribute to it being an ideal high-mileage trainer, no matter if you’re training for a 10K, half marathon, marathon or ultra-distance race. In addition to a slightly thicker midsole, the new version is a tad lighter and more flexible in the forefoot—which allows it to feel faster and more agile for tempo runs, progression runs and fartleks.
Like all Altra shoes, the Torin 2.0 has a “zero-drop” profile, which means the foot sits on a level platform from the heel to the forefoot. As we’ve said before, that might take some getting used to for some runners who are used to running in shoes with steeper heel-toe offsets from 8-12mm. But aside from that, this shoe is as plushly cushioned as any shoe on the market, comparing favorably to other neutral-oriented maximalist shoes and offering a smooth heel-toe transition.
This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a shoe for a variety of training and racing applications for runners seeking a soft, cushy ride.
Weights: 9.1 oz. (men’s), 7.5 oz. (women’s)
Heel-toe offset: 0mm; 27mm (heel), 27mm (forefoot)
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