Altra Torin 3.0 Review Facts
The Altra Torin 3.0 provides wearers with a variety of the things that are necessary for multiple activities. The design of the sole unit is one that allows the wearer to feel as if he/she were running barefoot (except this isn’t a barefoot shoe) The material used throughout the design allow for comfort and functionality regardless of the activity that the shoe is worn during; the cushioning in the sole unit provides the wearer with ample support in both strenuous activities such as marathons and during high-speed races. Besides that, the design of these shoes hasn’t changed much; the sole unit looks much the same and the upper still has a design that provides the wearer with a decent level of air flow during use.
The outsole on these shoes are designed to ensure that the wearer receives a decent level of traction on any run.
The Altra Torin 3.0 has an outsole designed from Torin’s Foot pod patterning; this ensures that the shoe moves with the movements of the wearer's foot and allows the material that makes up the outsole to achieve optimal grip. The material itself is primarily a hardened rubber that is raised on the outer edges; this also aids the shoe in its efforts to achieve the high level of grip that it does.
The midsole of the shoe is the one thing that gives the shoe the notoriety that it has. The Altra Torin 3.0 also has Torin’s specially designed A-Bound midsole allowing the shoe to achieve the rebound that it has. The cushioning in the midsole allows the conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot and provides the wearer with a decent level of support and comfort
. Another thing to mention about the midsole of the shoe is the fact that the cushioning doesn’t compress fully; this allows the material to hold up relatively well over time and also aids its shock absorbing quality.
The upper of the shoe, much like the majority of the Torin shoes, is designed from the quick-dry mesh. This material, like the name of the material insinuates, dries relatively quickly. This is a plus for those who would like to wear the shoe in moist, damp areas. This boosts the shoes inherent breathability as well; something to consider though is that the material does get wet very easily meaning that the wearer’s foot is very likely to get wet during wear. The mesh on the upper of the shoe is also relatively resilient allowing the shoe to hold up rather well with extended wear of the shoe.
Despite the high level of cushioning that is present throughout this shoe, the Torin 3.0 still manages to weigh relatively little. Weighing in at 8.4 oz for a men’s size 10,
the Torin 3 can be considered a lightweight shoe. This is primarily due to the porous materials that were used throughout the entire design of the shoe such as the Quick Dry mesh and the minimal outsole that is featured. The EVA foam that makes up the sole unit of the shoe also takes away from some of the weight that is placed on the shoe, primarily because of the way that the material is spread throughout the sole unit.
In terms of breathability, the mesh that makes up the upper of the shoe places great emphasis on it. The upper of the Torin 3 is designed form Altra’s Quick dry mesh material
; this mesh is extremely porous and as the name suggests aids the shoe in the drying process; as mentioned earlier in the post is the fact that the use of the material also means that the wearer’s foot is more apt to get wet when running in moist areas. The upper of the shoe also has relatively few coverings that could possibly take away from the air circulation that is felt by the wearer of the shoe.
The Torin 3 was designed to provide the wearer of the shoe with extreme levels of comfort while worn on foot.
The sole unit of the shoe is one that blends directly with the movements of the wearer’s foot; this is due to the use of Altra’s Foot Pod technology throughout. The upper of the shoe is designed primarily from the quick-dry material allowing the wearer to experience an extremely high level of breathability during use. The shoe features a no-drop sole unit that allows the shoe to provide the wearer with an extremely natural feeling ride during use; another source of comfort for the wearer.
One thing that may not be so good about this shoe is the aesthetic appeal of the design itself. While the shoe may be perfect for running and everything else that it was designed to be used for, it doesn’t really make one want to wear it outside of these intended uses.
The shoe is somewhat bulky and the design of the shoe itself is simply not visually appealing. The color that the shoe was designed with does allow for a decent level of variety in one’s wardrobe; the colors used also blend well with one another preventing the shoe from being gaudy. Other than that, in terms of style, these shoes are simply a hit or miss.
These shoes hold up relatively well after repeated use.
The Torin 3’s mesh upper is relatively thick and prevents the shoe from ripping during use on the more strenuous terrains. The sole unit of the shoe and the blown rubber that was used throughout the outsole part of it holds up rather well as well. The best thing about the shoe is the material that provides the cushioning for the midsole; as is customary for most shoes, the EVA that makes up the midsole of the shoe
In terms of protection, while the shoe is relatively thin the design does provide a covert sense of protection
to the wearer of the shoe. The sole unit of the shoe is extremely responsive and provides the wearer with a high level of cushioning which in turn allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a high level of support for the arches of the wearer’s foot. The fit of the shoe is also snug, preventing the shoe from coming off during the fast-paced movement that they are generally worn for.
The Torin 3 was designed to provide the wearer with a decent level of responsiveness during wear. The sole unit of the shoe allows for a high level of responsiveness due to both the design of the sole unit and the materials used throughout. The shoe unit has flex grooves that are specifically designed to provide the wearer with a natural feel during use; the flex grooves allow the shoe to bend in much the same way that the foot would naturally. The material in the midsole of the shoe responds to the wearer’s foot and conforms without much resistance. This also results in a high level of responsiveness to be achieved by the wearer of the shoe during use; this effect pales in comparison to the impact absorption that takes place in the midsole of the shoe.
The midsole of the shoe and the upper work together to ensure that the wearer receives an overall supportive ride during use. The midsole of the shoe is designed using Torin’s A-Bound technology; this material keeps the shoe from compressing fully during use and allows the shoe to provide an extreme level of support for the heel and the outer curves of the wearer's foot. While the upper may not extend very far up along the wearer’s foot, it does do a decent job of preventing the wearer’s foot from moving and provides the wearer’s foot with a fair level of support in the heel area as well.
The Torin 3 is and can be worn as a cross-trainer. The sole unit of the shoe works relatively well on various surfaces. The outsole of the shoe and the blown rubber that it is designed from works on the more strenuous terrains and does its job in terms of providing the wearer with a certain level of functionality
during use. The design of the sole unit also aids in this endeavor mainly because of its ability to conform to the movements of the wearer’s feet. The quick dry material on the upper of the shoe gets wet on easily on damp surfaces as well.
The price of these Torin 3 is totally insignificant when considered in tandem with the technology included. The shoes feature a relatively low-price tag which allows the shoes to have a decent amount of value especially when all things are considered. The functionality present in the sole unit and the length of time that these shoes last (longevity) mean that the wearer wouldn’t have to worry about constant replacements and would also be able to enjoy the shoes while they have them.
The sole unit of the shoe allows for a decent level of traction to be attained while the shoes are in use. The Torin 3 features an outsole designed primarily from blown rubber. The use of this material along with the patterning that it was given allows the shoe to fit along with the movements of the wearer’s foot; this allows the wearer to get decent footing while the shoe is in use resulting in an even higher level of traction for the wearer of the shoe.
The sole unit of the shoe allows the wearer to experience a high level of flex while the shoes are on foot. The materials that make up the sole unit of the shoe inherently have a significant range of motion; technology such as the A-Bound material and the foot pod technology allows the shoe to move rather easily. The foot pod technology definitely works to this effect by allowing the shoe to move to the movements of the wearer’s foot much in the same way that the wearer’s foot would move naturally. The mesh on the upper of the shoe is naturally flexible and moves along with the movements of the wearer’s foot.
The fit of the shoe is a snug one that allows the wearer to get a sense of security while the shoe is on foot. The mesh upper of the shoe fits snugly around the wearer’s foot and allows them to have surety in their footing. The sole unit of the shoe and the Foot Pod technology present also work to this effect by moving rather easily to the will of the wearer’s foot also allowing them to have surety in their movements. The fact that the material in the midsole doesn’t compress as easily as others also prevent the wearer from experiencing rollover during a run.
Like most Altra running shoes, the Torin 3 features Zero-drop technology
. The lack of drop in the shoe allows the shoe to provide the wearer with an extreme level of comfort and a natural all-around feel during use. When the heel-to-toe ratio of these shoes are considered and compared to the likes of various other running shoes of Torin’s class, these shoes are simply superior; the lack of drop on these shoes, in tandem with the upper materials allows the shoe to provide the wearer with smooth transitions during use.
• A-Bound technology
• Foot pod
• Quick dry mesh
Overall, the Torin 3 is an amazingly designed shoe. The shoe features a variety of technology that allows it to provide the wearer with a natural feeling ride and boost the feel of the material overall during use. The upper of the shoe is one that promotes the overall natural feel of the shoe as a whole and allows the wearer to feel the effects in entirety. For the price of the shoe, it is almost a steal, especially when all things are considered.