Altra Torin Running Zero Drop Show Review

Altra Torin is a zero drop shoe I purchased when the Lake Martin 100 Ultra Trail race ended.  I had the idea that getting into a zero drop shoe would be a good idea because of the varying drop I currently have in my shoe rotation.  I am running in Hoka One One Stinson, Bondi B and Mafate as well as the Brooks Launch.  All of these shoes have different heel to toe drops thus allowing different muscles in my feet and legs to get a workout and thus build a stronger lower body. I chose the Altra Torin because it was on sale and figured it would be a good shoe to test out at the cost I was purchasing it at.  When the box arrived I was excited and ready to run but knew that I would not be giving the shoe a fair shot if I wore it immediately after the LM100.  I needed to recover and so I did for nearly a month before putting the Altra Torin on my feet.  When I did I witnessed and felt something I had never felt before and so the first reaction was one of amazement and excitement. The Altra Torin, like all the other Altra Running shoes, has a very wide toe box.  My foot did not feel cramped one bit inside of the shoe.  It felt unbelievable and I thought that I would really love the shoe.  The maiden voyage was nice and steady without too much stress on my body.  Let's just say that this was our first run in which we were just getting acquainted, similar to a first date.  We were both hesitant to really give too much of ourselves to the other because if it did not work out we had not invested too much into it. I have taken the Altra Torin out for about 50 miles at this point and while the wide open spaces of the toe box are always welcome the lack of cushioning on this model gives me an uneasy feeling as I run.  I noticed, a few times, where my knee would feel the stress of the landing.  I focused on form tremendously when I wore the Altra Torin and that transferred over to the Hoka models but unlike the Altra, the Hoka never caused me any issues with my knees and I attest that to the amount of cushioning that the Hoka offers. [caption id="attachment_9608" align="alignright" width="275"]altra torin - altra olympus - product review - running Altra Olympus Zero Drop With Maximum Cushioning
Source: Altra Running[/caption] Altra does make a shoe, the Olympus, that is a maximum cushion shoe with the zero drop and I believe that will be a better fit for me.  I loved the amount of room my toes were given but I could not get past the soreness in my knee from running in them.  By the way, this soreness is not something that lasted for days, but more like a couple of hours.  It was not excruciating pain but it was noticeable and when I am running I do not want anything to bother me especially my feet or legs.  The Olympus could be the perfect marriage of cushioning and comfort. Besides the wide open toe box, the Altra Torin, has helped me improve my running form.  The shoes come with a pictures showing running form from the proper angle of the body and because I wanted to removed the ache in my knee I paid extreme attention to that form.  When I switched back to the Hoka I carried that form over and I could tell the difference in my ability to run.  I was capable of running more efficiently and in the long-game of endurance sports efficiency is the key to success. While the Altra Torin is not the end all be all running shoe for me it has given the insight into what I truly want out of a shoe.  As a matter of fact I have noticed that the Stinson has less room in the toe box than the Bondi B although I love the Stinson more than the Bondi B.  I believe that when I purchase the Altra Olympus I will be on very happy to have that shoe in my rotation and be able to get back to strengthening muscles in my feet and in my legs.

Do You Run In The Altra Torin?  Your Thoughts?

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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.