ALTRA TORIN 1.5 SHOE REVIEW

featured image June 4, 2014

The Altra Torin 1.5 is classified as “high cushioning” in a neutral platform.

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

The Torin 1.5 comes in at 10.9 oz (309 grams). The stack height is listed as 27 mm. I believe this includes the insole.  Running warehouse measures the stack height at 20 mm (without the insole).  As with Altra shoes, they recommend sizing up ½ size.  The 9 ½ size fit great out of the box with lots of room in the toebox.  My initial thought for a “high cushioned” shoe is that it would feel more soft.  I would say the Torin 1.5 is similar to the first version is stiffness – between a Hoka and Instinct.

sides&top

sides

front&back

inside   insole

There is minimal treading, good enough on roads and needing some extra traction on the trails.

outsole

ROAD & TRAIL TESTING

The Torin 1.5 performed well on the roads – long, easy, faster/tempo.  I did not have any heel slippage.     When wet, they did feel heavy.  They have a thick upper that retains water.

On trails, they worked well on non-technical trails.  Watch out for the minimal outsole treading.

I still run in the Torin 1.5 and like what Altra has developed in this update.

Tech Specs

  • Stack: 27 mm
  • Offset: 0 mm
  • Non-gusseted tongue
  • Neutral  Shoe
  • No Rock Plate (well cushioned)
  • Midsole – EVA
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China
  • Women’ Version    

Weight Table

weight table

CONCLUSION

The Altra Torin 1.5 are for runners looking for a zero drop shoe in a “high” cushioned form factor.  It is not too soft, but a right amount of stiffness for road and non-technical trails.  I highly recommend trying the Torin 1.5 on your next run – a great update from Altra.