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Altra Interviews

RYAN MONTGOMERY: TAKE UP YOUR SPACE

Take Up Your Space by Laura Cortez

We sat down with Altra Ultra-Runner Ryan Montgomery, who holds many titles. We talked all things running, finding who you are and how to balance everyday life while still making time for yourself.

WHO IS RYAN MONTGOMERY

A 26-year-old full-time worker at Accenture, a 100-mile winner, 200-miler 2nd place finisher, Badwater 135 finisher, Wonderland Trail Fastest Known Time record holder. These accolades are just some of the things that fill up Ryan’s running extensive running resume. More than a decorated runner, Ryan is also taking up his space as one of the few openly gay athletes in the trail running world with a goal in 2021 being to continue creating more visibility and space for other LGTBQIA+ athletes to feel comfortable and ultimately, themselves.

YOUR SPACE

“I want to create space and a feeling of belonging for other gay athletes in the community. I’ve gotten messages before from other gay runners who thought they were the only one, or where I’m one of the only other gay runners they know of.”

Reiterating his identity in not just the running world, but life as a whole as an openly gay man is a critical step toward continued diversification of the sport. Ryan knows this. One thing in particular he talked about is to take up your space and not to be afraid to do so. 

After growing up in a more conservative environment and culture, being 26 today, Ryan said, “it’s still uncomfortable sometimes to say I’m a gay person in public, it should be a normal thing. A lot of these feelings still exist with me today.”

“Take up your space you know, emotionally, physically, know your value.”

It can be scary, the concept of taking up space. Holding an identity that has historically not been truly accepted is exhausting. This is one of the many reasons Ryan wants to be upfront and visible through his continued action in sport and those he works with to support him. By creating space and room for a conversation to be had, he hopes to give others the support they need to feel comfortable being who they are. He’s been vocal, for example, to brands who he represents about who he is, the value he brings and even the value he wants to bring. 

“We do these sports because we want community we want ti find people who are like ourselves. So that’s why I think it’s important for me to continue to be visible, to be an advocate for other people like myself.”

It’s important to sit with yourself every once in a while and think about your value outside of a job or running environment. Jotting down on paper your values, the things you value about yourself the most and the things you stand for can actually be a very empowering exercise to find yourself.

RUNNING SPACE

From his first 100-mile race at the Wasatch 100 in Kaysville, Utah in 2017, learning how to navigate the emotional highs and lows ultrarunning brings you, to more confidently running 100 miles through the Alaskan wilderness in the middle of winter in 2018 to setting FKTs on some of the hardest routes, Ryan has certainly learned one thing “my body is so much more capable than I think it is,” he said. “All my experiences have allowed me to epxplore that state of being and to develop the confidence to compete.”

“You really need to have a lot of experiences, diverse experiences in various settings to really understand your body and your mind to see how deep you can go.”

So this brings us back to the “more miles means better performance” argument. When Ryan talks about ‘diverse experience,’ he means it. Living in the mountains of California at 7,000ft with the nearest trail being a half-mile from his door and plenty of snow in the winter, he is able to take advantage of the elements with skiing and snowshoeing. Embracing new elements is one of the many things that helps to contribute to athletic diversity. “Through a lot of diverse experience, you can really learn how to adjust the body and mindset to see how deep you can go.”

Though, knowing that not everyone has the ideal lifestyle to go ski for lunch every day, he still recommends that others find more ways to be active instead of just running. “The more you diversify your athleticism, the more you can push your limits.”

Much like life, trail running takes a lot of time and experience to learn how to do things better, rather than chasing perfection. You take learnings from training runs, racing, the way training load makes you feel and how it changes as you get older. Understanding that no day, no race, no week will be the same, but knowing how you can adjust to your ever-changing self.

RYAN MONTGOMERY’S SPACE

“I’ve learned that communication is key, both with yourself and others. Knowing when to pull back training and work.”

We went on to talk about his balance between holding down a full-time job and a being professional athlete and all the moving parts those things encompass.

However, this all circled back to the concept of unapologetically taking up your space – not just when you need it, but all the time. Knowing your value and worth can help you stay on track to being your most authentic self. 

RAPID FIRE – I say, you say

  • Shoe – Altra
  • Nutrition – Pizza
  • Book – Humans
  • Season – Spring
  • Show – Schitt’s Creek
  • Dessert – Dark Chocolate

WHAT’S RYAN RUNNING IN?

“I love the Torin Plush for the road, the Lone Peak for all-terrain running and the Olympus for trail…I actually wore the OG Olympus way back when I started competing!”

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Altra Training

RUNNING MEDITATIONS

We’re bringing together the narrative of running and wellness this month. Meet Kriste Peoples, a runner, meditation guide and Altra Elite Trail Running Ambassador.

Kriste narrates two five-minute running mediations to put you in the mindset for the run ahead and day behind.

RUN WARMUP MEDITATION

Take a few minutes before your run to get into the mindset of what is to come.

Runners are not immune to the stresses of life and these five minutes from Kriste will help clear the mind so you can step into your run with a clearer vision.

Kriste starts you with deep breathing, filling the lungs and getting them ready and ending with the mindset for a strong run ahead.

RUN WARMUP MEDITATION

5 MINUTE GUIDED MEDITATION

This is a guided mediation for rest to be done seated or lying down in a comfortable, quiet place.

These quiet minutes allow you to identify any areas of stress and slowly unwind at the end of day, or to start the morning with a clear head. Say goodbye to discomfort with deep breathing and intention.

5 MINUTE GUIDED MEDITATION
Kriste Peoples

ABOUT THE GUIDE

Kriste Peoples is a Denver-based writer, producer, speaker, and Altra Elite trail running ambassador.

She writes Running Starts, a bi-weekly beginner-friendly column for Trail Runner Magazine, and is a women’s trail running coach with Lifes2ShortFitness.

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Altra Trail Running

ALTRA TRAIL RUNNING USA

Ditch the roads and the hit the trails in 2021 with the help of our friends over at Altra Running! The Altra Red Team athletes have compiled a list of their favorite trails to run on throughout the United States. 

If you are predominately a road or treadmill runner, trails are a great way to mix up your training and can offer a breathtaking escape from the every day pounding of the pavement. 

Check out the recommendations from the Altra Red Team as they highlight their favorite trails from each region across the United States.

TRAIL RUNNING: NORTHEAST

Great Blue Hill Trail

  • Location: Milton, MA
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 820 ft
  • Trail Map

“There are over 100 miles of trails with lots of great hills and plenty of space to explore. The Skyline trail is a favorite—it leads you to an outlook with impressive views of Boston and the Atlantic.” -Katie Kloss

Great Blue Hill Trail

Devil’s Path (East to West)

  • Location: Caskill Park (New York)
  • Distance: 21.8
  • Elevation Gain: 8,172 ft
  • Trail Map

“Devil’s Path in the Catskill Mountains is not for the faint of heart—it lives up to its name! Just over 24 miles point-to-point with close to 9,000 feet of climbing, it’s considered one of the toughest hiking trails in the Eastern US due to the rugged terrain over multiple peaks.” -Laura Kline

Devil's Path East To West Trail

TRAIL RUNNING: MIDWEST

Ice Age Trail – Holy Hill Segment

  • Location: Hartford, WI
  • Distance: 6.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 603 ft
  • Trail Map

“You’ll experience rolling hills as you climb through a mature forest on rocky single track. Keep your eyes up as you climb for a glimpse of the majestic Holy Hill basilica, which sits on a hill perched high above the surrounding area.” -Annie Weiss 

Ice Age Trail Holy Hill Segment

Mines of Spain 100 Loop

  • Location: Dubuque, IA
  • Distance: 20.4
  • Elevation Gain: 2,388 ft

“This route has everything from fast, flat, dirt single track, to steep, technical climbs, prairie, dense forest, creek crossings, and everything in between. The route offers stunning views of the Mississippi River, a tour through the iconic Horseshoe Bluff, an old farmstead, and the Julien Dubuque monument.” -Christine Burns 

Mines of Spain 100 Loop Trail

TRAIL RUNNING: NORTHWEST

Phelps Lake Trail

  • Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Distance: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 725 ft
  • Trail Map

“The trail is shaped like a lollypop, going up, around and back, and is about 6.5 to 7 miles long. The trail looks up to Death Canyon and you have a decent chance of seeing bears while you’re out.” -Pam Reed

Phelps Lake Trail

Mount Roothaan Trail

  • Location: Nordman, ID
  • Distance: 3.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,177 ft
  • Trail Map

“Along the route, you will find brilliantly colored glacier lilies, wind-blown subalpine firs, and some vociferous marmots. Once you’ve reached the top of the mountain, you’re greeted with a breathtaking view of Chimney Rock, Hunt Lake, Priest Lake, and the surrounding mountains. It’s spectacular.” -Steph Rodgers

Mount Roothaan Trail

TRAIL RUNNING: SOUTHWEST

Old Mount Baldy & Devil’s Backbone Trail

  • Location: Mount Baldy, CA
  • Distance: 13.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,269 ft
  • Trail Map

“You’ll have big sections of the trail to yourself and climb more than 6,000 feet from Mount Baldy village to the summit. You’ll enjoy wildflowers, stunning panoramic views of the Angeles National Forest, and you might even see a mountain goat or two.” -Sarah McMahon

Old Mount Baldy Trail California

Green Mountain Trail

  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Distance: 8.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,063 ft
  • Trail Map

“You can see the view of downtown Denver in one direction, and a view of Red Rocks in another. There are lots of wildflowers in the spring and summer and you may run into some deer if you are lucky.” -Junko Kazukawa

Green Mountain Trail Colorado

TRAIL RUNNING: SOUTH CENTRAL

Dana Peak Park Trail

  • Location: Peak Park, TX
  • Distance: 6.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 314 ft
  • Trail Map

“It’s a great trail for short runs, hikes, rides, or 50k-plus long runs or rides. You can stick to fast flats or take on more technical hills and climbs by hitting the various peaks. It’s really a fun place to play. In the summer you can even take a swim in the lake after your run.” -Marc Henn

Dana Peak Park Trail

Mount Kessler Loop

  • Location: Fayetteville, AK
  • Distance: 8.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 839 ft
  • Trail Map

“The Mount Kessler Trail System is a great representation of the Ozarks. I love the rocks, boulders, roots, the views of the Boston Mountains to the south, and downtown Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas campus to the northeast.” -Cliff Pittman

Mount Kessler Loop Trail

TRAIL RUNNING: SOUTHEAST

Sweetwater Creek Red, White and Yellow Trail

  • Location: Lithia Springs, GA
  • Distance: 7.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 807 ft
  • Trail Map

“Just a short drive west of Atlanta, you will be transported to stunning views over approximately 8 miles of whitewater-filled creeks, boulders, and remote forest. Additionally, this route passes the ruins of the New Manchester Mill, which was used as a filming location for The Hunger Games. This route combines the Red, White, and Yellow trails in the park and provides a pleasant change in scenery every few miles, which keeps my mind and legs engaged.” -Amanda Yu-Nguyen

Lake to Spanish Moss to Longleaf Loop

  • Location: Seven Springs, NC
  • Distance: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 223 ft
  • Trail Map

“It has roots, sandy trails, and even some rocks. It also offers a little bit of climbing which is hard to find in this region. This 4-mile loop which combines a few different trails within the park offers some scenic views of the Neuse River and combines singletrack and doubletrack trails. While not overly technical, the Park is great for all ages and is perfect for running those short to mid-range distance runs.” -Justin McLamb

Sweetwater Creek Red White and Yellow Trail

Special thanks to Altra Running and the Altra Red Team for sharing their trail recommendations!

Do you have a favorite trail or hidden gem? Share it with us on social media on Facebook or Instagram

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Altra Reviews

ALTRA LONE PEAK 5 REVIEW

If you only want one trail running shoe in your quiver of running shoes, the Altra Lone Peak 5 is an ideal do-it-all candidate. It’s a comfortably appointed and very reliable jack-of-all-trails without any major shortfalls.

Read on to learn more about the latest updates to the Lone Peak 5 from reviewer Brian Metzler.

THE BUZZ

Now in its 10th year, the Lone Peak is Altra’s most popular and versatile trail running shoe. It excels wherever the pavement ends.

The newest edition is lightweight and has a low-to-the-trail sensation like its predecessors. But, some dramatic updates have make this the best version yet.

The new edition on the Lone Peak serves up comfort, protection and performance on all types of terrain. It’s perfect from gravel roads, to dirt single-track trails to rocky, technical mountain routes.

Altra Lone Peak 5 - What's New

WHAT’S NEW

The Altra Lone Peak has undergone a major overhaul since last season. The midsole has been updated with a new layer of resilient AltraEGO foam. This new layer results in a considerably more responsive ride. The low-profile outsole is less aggressive than in the past and has been tweaked to provide better grip and durability. The upper has been upgraded with a more pliable feel, drainage holes and a better overall fit.

The internal rock plate embedded in the midsole has been upgraded to be provide better push-through protection and to be more pliable. This contributes to the smoother, springier and more flexible ride. The new stone guard was developed based on a pressure map of the foot with open perforations (almost like a mesh material), resulting in less material and a lighter weight without sacrificing protection.

Altra’s MaxTrac Outsoleuses direction sticky rubber lugs that prioritize grip and durability on uneven terrain. The outsole lugs are still toothy and grippy, but they don’t seem quite as aggressive and overbearing. This makes the new Lone Peak more versatile for a wider range of trails without sacrificing the reliable traction for which this shoe has always been known. The outsole rubber extends to the toe bumper, which is now stitched to the upper for greater durability.

Altra Lone Peak 5 - Fit, Feel, Ride

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The refinements to the upper have upgraded the mid-foot fit of the Lone Peak 5, but it still has a high-volume interior. It has a medium/narrow heel and a wide forefoot. This allows the toes to splay as the foot rolls forward through the toe-off phase. (The Lone Peak 5 is available in two widths for men’s and women’s.)

This new edition has a bit of a softer feel when you step in and lace it up. This is thanks to the soft footbed and new midsole foam configuration. The ride is decidedly soft, flexible, lively and smooth — much more so than the previous edition — and that makes it conducive both slow and fast-paced running over a wide range of trails.

One of the keys to the great ride is the more flexible stone guard that offers protection from sharp rocks, roots and other objects on the trail without inhibiting the natural flex of your foot.

The Lone Peak 5 is much more nimble and agile than previous versions. In part, this is because the protection and outsole traction have been taken down a notch.

Additionally, Altra’s women’s models are built with Fit4Her Technology. This is a design system that caters to the specific anatomical differences of female feet. They feature specifically a narrower heel and mid-foot, a higher instep, a longer arch and unique metatarsal spacing.

Of note is all Altra shoes are built with a “Footshape” toe box that is wider and more rounded than most other shoes. This allows a runner’s toes and the transverse arch to splay and flatten to allow for more effective muscular output when a foot lifts off the ground at the toe-off phase of a new stride. It also helps alleviate your toes getting smashed

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

A wide range of trail runners will appreciate the Lone Peak 5, including those who are new to trail running and seasoned ultra-runners who log copious amounts of miles in the mountains.

The Altra Lone Peak 5 is soft and flexible enough to run on smooth dirt trails and has more than enough traction and protection to tackle gnarly terrain. It’s light and fast enough for racing any distance and durable and comfortable enough for training runs of any distance.

Altra Lone Peak - Pros

PROS: Altra Lone Peak 5

The new layer of bouncy and durable AltraEGO foam is a significant upgrade to the Lone Peak, and it puts a noticeable spring in every step. Even though the 25mm stack height and 0mm offset remain the same, the revamped midsole adds to the overall cushioning of the shoe and helps supply the comfort and flow similar to your favorite road running shoes. 

The reason Altra makes its shoes with a balanced, level platform is to allow the heels and forefoot of a runner’s foot to always be an equal distance from the ground. Unlike shoes with lifted heels and sloping profiles, Altra’s shoes create what the brand calls an optimal alignment and that cultivates better running form and encourages a low-impact foot strikes.

Altra Lone Peak - Cons

CONS: Altra Lone Peak 5

There’s no inherent stability mechanism contained within the structure of the Lone Peak 5.

It’s not a clunky or tippy shoe, but runners who are prone to wobbly ankles or off-center foot strike patterns might find the soft, squishy midsole to be less stable as some other models.

TECH SPECS

Altra Lone Peak - Tech Specs

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher. He occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times. He was and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine.

As an author, he has penned “Kicksology“, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

Brian Metzler - Les Alpes
Brian Metzler - Trail racing
Brian Metzler - trail running
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Altra Reviews

ALTRA PARADIGM 5 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Altra Paradigm 5 is the ultimate long-haul road runner when it comes to cozy comfort, smart cushioning and moderate control.

The new edition is a soft, smooth-riding max cushioned high-mileage stability shoe with extraordinary shock absorption and energy return attributes.

Tester’s Take:This shoe soft, poppy and fun! It feels like a cushy neutral shoe, but it provides subtle support of a stability shoe.”

Altra Paradigm 5 - What's New

WHAT’S NEW

Altra redesigned and rebuilt the Paradigm and came up with a much better performing shoe this time around. A new upper and integrated Guiderail system is integrated into the springier AlterEgo midsole/outsole chassis. This creates a better fit, feel, ride and look.

The Paradigm provides subtle stability from its medial GuideRail system and the slightly firmer SabiliPods. These pods define three zones of balance for a runner’s foot as it rolls through the gait cycle.

This shoe has an internal heel counter and stabilization unit that integrates with the rear part of the midsole. This helps to reduce awkward movements or inward rolling after impact with the ground.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The new Paradigm fits true to size to slightly wider from heel to arch to toe box. However, like all Altra shoes, it has a roomy forefoot that allows your toes to flex and splay.

The step-in feel is exorbitantly plush but not mushy, and the smoothly lined interior gently cusps the rearfoot and midfoot.

On the run, the Paradigm has cushioning for days, but it also serves up precise handling that keeps your foot moving forward without overbearing control.

This new edition is energetic and moderately bouncy, soft but not definitely not sloppy.

Altra Paradigm 5 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who tend to run a lot of miles and need or want a bit of structural guidance will rave about this shoe. And committed Altra customers, especially those who have run in previous editions of the Paradigm, will absolutely love this shoe.

The Paradigm is the ultimate tool for medium to long runs, well-appointed for recovery runs and light and energetic enough for racing from 10K to beyond the marathon.

Note: The reason Altra builds its shoes on a level platform is to allow the heel and forefoot of a runner’s foot to always be an equal distance from the ground. Unlike shoes with elevated heels and sloping profiles, Altra’s shoes create what the brand calls an optimal foot alignment. This cultivates better running form and encourages a low-impact foot strikes.

Altra Paradigm 5 - Pros

The refinements to the Paradigm have made it slightly lighter and more lively, which helped make it more versatile for a wider range of running. It won’t be your first choice for faster, interval-based workouts, but it’s a shoe that runs lighter than it feels and can hold its own on longer up-tempo efforts.

All Altra shoes are built with a “Footshape” toe box that is wider and more rounded than most other shoes, thus allowing a runner’s toes and the transverse arch to splay and flex to allow for more effective muscular output for natural stability and optimal propulsion at the toe-off phase of a stride.

Altra Paradigm 5 - Cons

One thing to consider about the new Paradgim is that it’s built on a level or “zero-drop” platform and it might take some time to adjust.

Ultimately, we think it’s a great setup for a lot of runners to help their feet move and flex naturally. But if you’ve been running in shoes with a high to moderate heel-toe offset, consider make a gradual transition into Altra shoes built on a level platform.

ALTRA PARADIGM 5:
TECH SPECS

Altra Paradigm 5 - Tech Specs

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher. He occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times. He was and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine.

As an author, he has penned “Kicksology“, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

Brian Metzler - Les Alpes
Brian Metzler - trail running
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Altra Reviews

ALTRA TORIN 4 REVIEW

Running journalist Brian Metzler reviews the new Altra Torin 4. As one of the best-selling shoes in the Altra line up there is plenty to offer in this latest edition.

THE BUZZ

The Torin is one of Altra’s best-selling road shoes. It’s a well-cushioned and very responsive everyday trainer that promotes a natural running stride.

The Torin 4 has a brand new midsole foam, making it quicker and more responsive than ever before.

Altra Torin 4 What's New

WHAT’S NEW

The updated version of the Torin is slightly lower to the ground, more energetic and flexible. Also featured in 202o is a new upper. The Stroebel layer under the sockliner has been removed. The result is lowering the overall stack height by 2mm and creating a faster, more flexible shoe with greater proprioceptive “feel” for the ground.

The midsole is primarily comprised of a resilient material called Quantic. This is an energetic compound that provides exceptional impact cushioning and energy return. It feels great late in a long run and has enough bouncy “pop” to run up-tempo workouts and shorter races.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The reason Altra builds its shoes on a level platform is to allow the heel and forefoot of a runner’s foot to always be an equal distance from the ground. Unlike shoes with elevated heels and sloping profiles, Altra’s shoes create what the brand calls an optimal foot alignment. This cultivates better running form and encourages a low-impact foot strikes.

Like all Altra shoes, the Torin 4 fits snug in the heel and arch/saddle area but is roomy in the forefoot.

Although there are no heel counters or unnecessary overlays, the moderately reinforced upper and softly cushioned tongue provide a bit of structure that works with the natural movements of the foot.

The step-in feel is comfortable but not extravagant or overbearing. This allows the shoe to serve up a soft, cozy feeling that translates to a supple, smooth and energetic ride.

Although it is well-cushioned from heel to toe, it offers a dynamic sense of proprioceptive feel for the ground. That allows a runner’s feet to engage naturally and uninhibitedly from touchdown to toe-off. The responsive midsole foam puts a noticeable spring in every step, both at slower and faster speeds. 

Altra Torin 4 Mid

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate soft, lightweight and responsive shoes will love the Altra Torin 4. It has an ideal mix of cushioning and responsiveness for long runs, tempo runs, long intervals and recovery runs.

If you’re a runner who has adapted to shoes built on a level platform, it could be an ideal racing shoe for any distance from 5K to the marathon.

TECH SPECS

Altra Torin 4 Tech Specs

Altra Torin 4 Pros

All Altra shoes are built with a “Footshape” toe box that is wider and more rounded than most other shoes, thus allowing a runner’s toes and the transverse arch in the forefoot to splay and flatten, allowing for more effective muscular output when the foot lifts off the ground at the toe-off phase of a new stride.

Our wear-testers love this shoe for how it fits, how it feels, how it rides and how it looks. If you’ve never run in Altra shoes before, this is the perfect one to start your natural running journey.

Altra Torin 4 Cons

The only caveat to the Torin 4.5 is that it’s a shoe built on a level or zero-drop platform and it might take some getting used to.

Ultimately, we think it’s a great setup for a lot of runners. But if you’ve been running with a high to moderate heel-toe offsets, make a gradual transition into Altra shoes built on a level platform.

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Altra Torin Plush 4.5

ALTRA TORIN 4.5 PLUSH

The Torin 4.5 Plush is a similar but slightly different version of the original Torin. Lightweight, cushy and stylish, the Torin 4.5 Plush is a sweet ride. It’s one of those rare shoes that can go the distance and also double as a sporty casual shoe.

The Torin 4.5 Plush has a slightly higher stack height and a softer ride than the standard Torin 4. It has a more luxurious step-in feel and features a new, mod-looking adaptable knit upper that looks good with jeans or a pair of casual shorts.

It looks cool and feels dreamy, making it a great option to kick around in when you’re not running. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher. He occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times. He was and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine.

As an author, he has penned “Kicksology“, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

Brian Metzler - Les Alpes
Brian Metzler - trail running