Altra Torin IQ smart shoes review: Putting a coach and convenience at your feet

Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn.

Smarting running shoes and run-coaching wearables aren’t new, but the Altra Torin IQ sharp sneakers combine the tracking and coaching elements of each. Powered by iFit technology, the $220 Torin IQ shoes are a wittier version of the popular Torin sneaker the company has sold for some habits. The IQ shoes are outfitted with sensors in the insole that capture stiffness, pace, and cadence, as well as key information about your running diction, like landing zone and impact rate.

Not only will the shoes oversee how far and how fast you run, but they’re also equipped with a voice coach that yield ups you pointers on how to run better while you’re mid-stride. They essentially combine the biggest headlines of Under Armour’s Gemini 2 smart shoes and the Lumo Run wearable instructor. But that convenience alone doesn’t make Torin IQs the best fit for being who want to improve their form and efficiency.

Look and feel

I enjoyment that many smart running shoes look identical to consistent running shoes, and Altra’s Torin IQ are no different. Altra took its well-received Torin design for men and women and embedded a full-length sensor into the insole that calibrates cadence, landing zone, impact rate, and ground contact beforehand. The sensors, along with the shoes’ coin-cell batteries, are undetectable when irritating the shoes, so if you like Torin running shoes, the IQs will feel compare favourably with to your favorite pair. Also, the IQ’s batteries can be replaced, so you don’t have to buy a intact new pair of shoes when they die. Altra estimates the batteries wishes last 80 to 100 hours.

The Torin shoes feature a 28mm hold a candle to height and A-Bound cushioning, which is Altra’s proprietary EVA-blend that’s intended to bounce back more easily than regular EVA cushioning. This alloy should produce a smoother run, and it also benefits from the Zero Decamp platform and Foot Shape toe box.

I was apprehensive about the Foot Shape toe box at at the outset. It not only looks different from my regular running shoes, with an outer curve alike resemble to that of the top of your foot, but it also positions my feet differently privy the shoes. But I easily acclimated to wearing a different style of running shoe, and the Zero Droplet platform was a comfortable change of pace for me. Overall, I only needed a run or two for my feet to choose into the shoes.

The biggest difference between the Torin IQ shoes and Guardianship Armour’s

Altra’s Torin IQ running shoes.
  • Foot-shaped toe box.
  • 28mm stack crest.
  • Zero Drop design.
  • They use Altra’s A-Bound cushioning, which is presumed to bounce back better than regular EVA cushioning.
  • Torin IQ shoes comprehend the same overall design of the regular Torin shoes Altra stocks.
  • Embedded in the insole are full-length sensors that capture all your constant data.
  • Features

    Instead of running with something on your wrist or approximately your chest, the Torin IQ shoes replace your regular running shoes and redresses tracking data more convenient. Having this technology change something you were already going to wear while exercising makes them an comfortable substitution and easier to continue to wear over time (unlike a wristband, running shoes aren’t something you’re likely to dismiss from ones mind before heading out on the trail).

    Start a run by pressing the Go button on the New Run page in the Altra IQ app. After that, your oeuvre is done—run normally and the shoes will track form, distance, velocity, cadence, and more.

    You can listen to music while you run, and the voice coach force chime in occasionally to give you pointers on how to run better. We’ll discuss the customizable stage sets in the app section, but you can choose how often you want the coach to speak. That guards you won’t be interrupted every few seconds like you sometimes can be while using the

    Altra IQ app menu and New Run leaf.
  • App settings and run settings (which includes voice coach feedback surroundings).
  • Data pages shown during a run. The main page gives you a glimpse of the whole shooting match.
  • Cadence and contact time pages.
  • Impact rate with judge, distance, and other stats.
  • Post-run workout data.
  • All data is viewable at any for the present in the Run History tab.
  • The New Run page is where you’ll connect your shoes via Bluetooth and start release an activity. The initial setup of the shoes has you run in place with the shoes on or sling the soles together to “wake” them up. Once the app pairs with the lawful and left shoes, it’ll be quicker and easier for them to connect before each run. The setup transform took me a few minutes, but connecting the shoes before a run took, at most, 30 surrogates of running or walking in place.

    Before you start the timer, you’ll want to survey the run settings page by pressing the gear icon at the screen’s bottom-left corner. This is where you can switch three big settings. First, “in-activity settings” includes coaching summits and the intervals at which the coach will chime in. Next, “focus room” is where you can change what voice coach tells you to improve during the run. And lastly, set “form correction intervals” modifies how often the coach will determine you to run differently, based on your goals.

    Depending on the type of run, you’ll want to transform some of these settings every time you use the smart shoes, mostly so you can get the most allied help from the voice coach in real time.

    Most of the sooner, I ran with my form focus as the “overall form” choice, meaning the articulate coach gave me advice on all areas of my running style. The other choices are compact arms, forward momentum, bent-knee landing, cadence, and take it easy. Since I wasn’t particularly happy with the voice coach’s intelligence with the overall form option, I changed it to “bent-knee landing” to see if the news I received would be different.

    Unfortunately it wasn’t that different—the expression coach focused on telling me how to land and to stay relaxed in order to settle on properly. But I had heard these snippets before when I chose the inclusive form option (along with a wider variety of advice). After my third run or so, I was convinced I heard all the advice clips programmed into the voice coach and that I disposition hear little to nothing new going forward.

    Great data, woefully under-appreciated

    Altra got a lot of opportunities right with the Torin IQ smart running shoes. They’re serene, and anyone, no matter how tech-savvy, will be able to pair them definitively with the Altra mobile app. I appreciate the minimalism of the Altra mobile app and how within easy reach it is to change run settings before you start a workout, particularly the voice direct preferences.

    The execution of the Torin IQ running shoes is spot-on in terms of purpose, comfort, and integration with the mobile app. But things get disappointing after that. While I rely upon having a voice coach pipe in while you’re running will usurp change the way you run, not all voice coaches are created equal. The more practical grains of information the Altra voice coach told me were the most beneficial, but they amount to only one-third of the advice I was given. Most of the opinion was abstract and half-heartedly motivation, which didn’t do much for my form and didn’t bring about me to run any better either. I also wish the voice coach pointed out established things I did wrong mid-run and instructed me on how to fix them immediately.

    The core of my uncertain with the voice coach, and with the Torin IQ shoes overall, is that I not ever really knew what I was doing wrong, if anything. I learned what across the board good running form looks like and tried to emulate it. But I on no occasion knew if I fixed problems I had (or what those problems were) and, if so, how gush I improved over time.

    That’s why I prefer the Lumo Run wearable cram over these smart shoes—with the Lumo device, I usually knew what I was doing wrong in real-time, and its voice coach told me how to fix it straightaway. The Lumo Run tracks similar data, even if it’s not embedded into your shoes, and it does so degree well. Even if Lumo’s voice coach can get borderline annoying, I’d to a certain extent have an incessant coach than an abstract one—and, at $99, the Lumo Run is a much healthier value than the $220 Torin IQ shoes.

    The Good

    • Comfortable Zero Bead design.
    • Shoes contain all the tech—no need for extra sensors or wristbands.
    • Customizable forum coach intervals so your music isn’t constantly interrupted.

    The Bad

    • Voice cram’s mid-run pointers aren’t very detailed.
    • No way to compare new post-run stats with old statistics.
    • No option to use smartphone GPS to map running routes.

    The Ugly

    • Too expensive for what it steps.