The recent release of the Altra Torin (view Women’s colors) has many minimal and elemental runners buzzing, including Nate Sanel on his Dirty Runner column over at Runblogger. He wanted Altra Shoes with extra cushioning so much that in 2011 he glued a Hoka midsole/outsole to an Altra Instinct. Severe blisters ensued.
Now, he’s got the Torin as a better long-distance shoe. And according to him, it’s “a home run.” Read about his shoe-making adventures and his take on the Altra Torin on Runblogger.
Zero drop shoes with a little extra cush in the platform are making their way onto the scene in full force to start 2013. The Altra Torin is a leading example, offering the characteristic Altra toe box shape, which allows plenty of room for natural toe splay. No cramped pinkies here.
Keep an eye out in the next month for a foot-to-foot comparo from us of all the new “cushioned zero drop” shoes that are making their way to market, including the Saucony Virrata, Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris, and Brooks PureDrift.
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For several years now, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS has been a category leader in the maximum support category. Shoes in this category offer support just beyond moderate over-pronation but not so much that they become motion control shoes. This niche is filled by other shoes like the Mizuno Alchemy and Saucony Omni (Ultimate now 8), but the Adrenaline has been the sales leader and is one of the most popular shoes in the industry. Thus any update to this shoe is always critical.
1. The heel design has greater decoupling and a beveled angle to slow the rate and degree of pronation while also providing a smoother ground impact and transition.
2. The medial TPU support has been removed, as it is no longer needed as a result of the heel redesign.
3. Asymmetrical midfoot wrap has been added to provide a better fit.
4. Profile Sockliner replaces standard sockliner for greater cushioning and enhanced arch contour.
Does this version run better than last years?
No longer just about good pronation control and a reliable fit, The Adrenaline GTS provides a noticeably smoother ride compared to past models. Our wear testers were all in agreement that the ride of the shoe was fairly smooth and, in comparison, the ride of the Adrenaline GTS 9 was a bit abrupt. Jonathan and Phil felt the shoe was a bit softer than average, whereas Bonnie noted the shoe was a bit firmer than average. All wear testers assessed the energy return as good but felt there was a slight delay in the energy return. Another consistent evaluation was the flexibility of the shoe was a tad toward the stiffer side. Read more…