Thursday, August 6, 2015

Altra Torin 2.0

*DISCLAIMER: I look at running shoes a lot like ski boots. Because we all have different foot types, running forms and terrain choices, we all seek different comfortfeatures and performance from our footwear. Like choosing a ski boot, it is important to visit a retailer who will take the time to analyze your foot and running style to allow you to select a shoe that might be the right choice. But, only after running a few times in the selected shoe can you determine if it is the right one.

*I love getting new shoes. I love opening the box, the smell, how clean they are and their seemingly perfect fit when you first slip them on. And, more often than not, the first run (or even first few runs) in a new pair of shoes your mind is in a state of euphoria, which is why I wait until I have at least 25 miles run in pair of shoes before determining how right they are for me and then reviewing for others.

PRODUCT: Altra Torin 2.0

MSRP: $125

"The Torin 2.0 builds upon the cushioned and form-improving benefits of its predecessor with a smoother ride and a more cushioned midsole. We've improved the plush, slip-on feel that runners love and upgraded the durability of the upper and outsole. The FootShape™ toe box allows your toes to spread out naturally for more comfort, stability and speed. Responsive A-Bound™ returns energy into each step. The fully cushioned Zero Drop platform runs evenly from heel to forefoot to naturally align your body and encourage a natural, low-impact landing. Innerflex™ midsole technology makes its Torin debut, bringing extra flexibility inside the midsole. Experience the next degree of comfort and cushioning with the new Torin 2.0."

Sometimes you really want to like a shoe, but it was just not meant to be. I was excited to try this shoe as a possible replacement to the, rumored, to be discontinued Hoka One One Huaka that I love so much.

Unfortunately, this shoe did not agree with my fit, style of running and performance expectations. This one moves to bing a walk around, weekend knock around shoe.

Extremely comfortable. Almost too comfortable as you don't feel any support or connection to the shoe in the forefoot. The toe box is so wide and roomy that it feels like a slipper and not a running shoe. Solid heal cup and no pinch in the lacing of the uppers.

The toe box is the most notable feature that people could really love or hate. I felt no connection to the shoe and therefore had a problem feeling the road and using the shoe to my advantage. The sole started to wear significantly after only 30 miles of running and the channel grooves in the sole were magnets for rocks to get lodged into when venturing off the pavement to the trails.

I felt slow and unresponsive in these shoes. I think it would be like a boxer who doesn't tape up before putting gloves on. I felt sloppy and searching for proper foot strike with the amount of room and movement inside the shoe.

Not a winner. Time to keep looking and trying shoes...

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