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Jun
4
james wilie
ALTRA TORIN 1.5 SHOE REVIEW
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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.

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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.

 

Apr
2
Scott Warr
Bliz Eyewear – Pace
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Pace

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One of the most technically advanced designs ever created for smaller faces. Pace comes with a number accessories including; cool read case, extra lens, cleaning cloth and extra strap.  The bows actually snap off the frame allowing you to install the wide and functional elastic strap.  This is extremely handy if participate in water activity or traveling at the speed of sound down the side of a mountain on skis, bike or maybe riding bulls.

Lens quality – great.  You will not find these glasses at your discount store.  They are the real deal. I like.

Click here to find out more about the Bliz Eyewear – Pace

Apr
2
Scott Warr
Patagonia Tsali 3.0
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  • 10.4 oz
  • 10 mm drop
  • Suggested Retail: $110

Good

  • Fit well out of the box
  • Traditional shoe feel and look
  • Drains well after stream crossing
  • Snug in midfoot with good toe room
  • Good protection against technical trails

 

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Bad

  • A little stiff
  • Heal seams to move a little – but that is my weird shaped foot

Check out the Patagonia Tsali 3.0 HERE

Apr
2
Scott Warr
It’s Goo for your feet: FootKinetics RunGoo
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rungoo

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FootKinetics has developed what I may consider the best invention next to handheld water bottles.  They have a protective foot cream that claims to prevent blisters.

I’M GAME!

  • Contains a high percentige of specialty hard waxes that make the stuff lasts all day!
  • Unique dimpled applicator that helps massage the cream onto your foot
  • runngoo2

 

 

 

  • Lasted the entire run, but wasn’t a mess to clean up on my socks
  • Available in 5.5 oz ($16.99) and 3 oz ($9.99)

I am looking forward to continued testing as my runs get longer throughout the summer.

Check out their full product offering too

Apr
2
Scott Warr
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
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altra

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Inspired by Lone Peak, one of the rockiest, toughest mountains in the Wasatch Range, The Lone Peak™ was designed to conquer the Wasatch 100. While the foot-shaped design allows athletes to stay relaxed and comfortable for hours, this do-everything mountain shoe promotes happy feet, increases ankle stabilization and improves form with the Zero DropTM platform.

I have tested this shoe on the Western States Trail, through canyons, water crossings and through the local parking lot.  2 thumbs up.  We hit the details on this audio review.

Check out the Altra Lone Peak 1.5 HERE

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Apr
2
Scott Warr
Asics Gel-Fuji Racer 3
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asics

Listen to our review of the Asics Gel-Fuji Racer 3

  • less than 9 oz!
  • 8mm drop
  • Rock plate for protection
  • Suggested retail: $110

Good:

  • Aggresive lug pattern for good traction
  • Very good drainage
  • Lightweight, almast minimalist feel – similar to the Kinvara
  • Cool Color
  • Lace Pocket!

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Bad:

  • Seemed tight around the midfoot

Check it out at Asics