Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe

Men's Altra Instinct 2

Item #ALT106
MSRP:$104.95
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Men's ALTRA® INSTINCT 2™ :: The first ever cushioned, zero-drop shoe now features a better than ever look, fit and feel, with the updated Men's Altra® Instinct 2™. You're sure to love this newest upgrade of an award-winning shoe that was first to truly marry the form-improving benefits of a minimalist shoe with the comfort, cushioning and support of a traditional runner. You'll get a snugger, more comfortable fit with the new HeelClaw™ feature, while enjoying a more streamlined look and feel. Plus, you'll be striding strong and comfy in the Instinct 2™'s foot-shaped design that promotes proper running technique while also freeing your toes to help alleviate foot pain. 8.9 ounces

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If you're a runner with high arches and you love to race or train fast, Performance Neutral shoes are right for you. Enjoy a lightweight, low-to-the-ground design that's perfect for picking up speed. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Zero Drop Platform with Full Cushioning: Provides extra cushioning where you need it most
  • Marries the comfort, cushioning and support of a traditional running shoe with the benefits of a minimalist shoe
  • Innovative Foot-Shaped Toe Box
  • Designed to reduce Shin Splints, Knee Pain, Forefoot Pain and Bunions
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Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (7)
  • Cushions impact (6)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road running (6)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        63% 

        (5 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        88% 

        (7 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Arch Type:
      • Average arch (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

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    3.0

    Disappointing

    By Ray

    from Arlington, VA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • wide toe box

    Cons

    • Excessive Volume
    • Non Responsive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe:

      I wore the Instinct 1.5 for total 400 miles and really like them after adjusting to the zero drop. With Instinct 2, I am disappointed by the spongey feel of the cushioning. It really drains my legs. That is, I feel like I am expending more energy to lift my legs and I really feel it in my quads. I have run four, eight mile runs in them. Eight miles is standard for me. I am giving up on them. I don't like the greater stack height either. It makes it difficult to corner and to balance. Tounge migrates down in shoe and I have to adjust during run. This is another example of a shoe company fixing something that wasn't broke. I had hope Altra was going to be an alternative to that practice. Too bad.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      zero drop is it

      By Freddie

      from Burke, VA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Fast
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe:

        use them all the time, sprints, short runs, long runs.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Cruisin' 1977 Pontiac Bonneville

        By bro. dave

        from La Costa, CA

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact

        Cons

        • Laces
        • Sloppy

        Best Uses

        • Pavement

        Comments about Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe:

        This is my first endeavor into the Herman Munster ridiculous levels of cushioning in road shoes. I primarily run in very minimal shoes, but found I needed something to take the shock out of my Chewbacca sized body pounding the pavement for longer distances.
        I've previously run in the Instinct 1.5. Very pleased with this prior model, with the exception that it runs small. The new Instinct 2.0 runs about like a 1977 Blue Pontiac Bonneville. These things are BOAT shoes!! They got a good laugh when I pulled the size 14 land-yacht out of the box.
        The toe box is nice and roomy for toe splay! Too roomy, and leaves excess fabric bulk that can't be tightened down. But hey, I don't care, because I'm rollin the roads in my Bonneville with a squishy ride!
        They're kinda heavy, but hey, I don't care, because I'm rollin in my Bonnie with a fat squishy ride!
        The ankle is tough to tighten down, but who cares when you can stuff so much cargo in the trunk of my fat Bonnie ride.
        Stray strings and poor stitching quality - who cares, check out the plush bulky interior on my fresh ride. I'm runnin' in luxury!
        Whoa Hey!!?! What is that Stench ?!?! (That's right, they stink, and bad! Worst reek of any running shoe owned! Check out the web for similar reviews!) But hey, you must love the funk while rollin in a 70's Bonnie.

        I am not a fan of these type of maximal runners, but I will admit, it does work for the longer hauls. So far, I've put in 3 runs of 5 miles, 14, and 23 miles, and my feet and legs hardly felt the beating of my body weight pounding the Pacific Coast Highway. The zero-drop allows for a good mid-foot strike. The added girth in stack height led to a bit of shoe shuffling as I'm not use to being so distanced from the ground.

        Also, the shoe laces are useless. They are about 4-6 inches too short and you will invariably need to replace them. Barely enough lace to tie a square knot. No chance of tying down a heel lock. I couldn't even evaluate the shoe before getting a longer set of laces. ( Picture riding in a Bonneville with a bench seat and no seatbelt.) After being able to lock the heel down, the ride became quite pleasant and I didn't notice the ridiculous amounts of slop in the ride.

        This shoe would be pretty ideal if they tapered it up a 1/3 size in the width and dropped the excess bulk in material.

        If you've got a lot of cargo to haul, don't care much about fuel efficiency, and just want to disengage from the road and enjoy the ride, this Altra version of the '77 Bonneville is a good road hooptie.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels too wide
        • Arch Type:
        • Low Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Can't wait for the next update

        By semi75

        from Lexington, KY

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Altra Toebox
        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Durable

        Cons

        • A Little Too Much Materia
        • Shoelaces are too short
        • Too Many Eyelets

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe:

        The Instinct seems to be Altra's everyday road trainer that is also suitable for well groomed trails. I'm a big Altra fan and added the Instinct for just that purpose. The shoe has a soft ride that works well on the long runs on pavement with the generous toe box that only Altra has. I will preface the cons I'm about to add by saying I've liked every Altra I have ran in. The wide toe box and zero drop with just enough cushion really works for me.

        There are a few downsides to the Instinct though:
        -There seems to be too many eyelets and the laces are too short.
        -The first 50 miles were a little tough on the top of my right foot due to the lacing system and seemingly excess material on the upper.
        -Let's face it, the Instinct is an ugly shoe and a hair on the heavy side. Altra seems to be fixing this with their new models.

        I would love to see the upper of the One2 on the Instinct sole. The One2 is probably the best lightweight road shoe I have ever worn. The upper is amazing and the slightly off centered or skewed lacing alleviates pressure on top of the foot, something the Instinct sorely needs. I would love to see the instinct take on a few of these features for my bulk mileage trainer.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Love these shoes

        By Iowa Marathoner

        from Central Iowa

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe:

          I run 40-60 miles/wk and these are just what I've been looking for. They have a little less cushion than the Torins but a little more than the Instinct 1.5 - just the right amount for me. My only complaint is the shoe string they come with are too short. Obviously an easy fix.

          As with all Altras, order at least a half-size bigger. For me it was a size and a half bigger than Asics.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels full size too small
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Low Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great so far

          By Jo

          from Gloucester, VA

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe:

            My wife talked me into these and I do like them so far. They are extremely comfortable and my feet feel great. Doesn't seem to matter if I run on pavement or dirt, the cushioning is great.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too small
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Even better than the 1.0 and 1.5.

            By usatriguy

            from San Antonio, TX

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Running

              Comments about Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe:

              Altra won me over with the Instinct 1.0. The 1.5 was an okay successor but never quite matched my love for the 1.0. This new version (2.0) is the best yet, offering the wonderful fit of the 1.0, but with even more cushioning in the sole and more padding in the heel for an improved secure feel. The new sole is a tad thicker than previous versions and feels absolutely incredible. It also has longer wearing rubber in key wear places to keep down the weight while making a very responsive comfortable shoe. I like these so much I'm buying a second pair to add into my rotation as I start ramping up on miles getting ready for two half IMs with a full IM in-between. No doubt I'll be racing all three IM events in these. One fault though, the supplied laces are thin and short, but I took them off and replaced them with my usual Lock Laces.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Same wide toe box, more cushy

              By tortuga

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens Altra Instinct 2 Running Shoe:

                Altra Instinct 2.0 first impressions:
                So I received my new 2.0s today and was very excited to give a quick assessment. The midsole seems more cushiony than the 1.0 & 1.5s; probably in response to complaints of the previous versions being too stiff. I really noticed it the first mile, but it didn't bother me after that. I had some initial heal slippage, but locked it down with alternative lacing. The insole (only one provided compare to 2 for previous versions) was much more contoured than previous ones. Those were minor issues that dissipated by the end of my run. The one major flaw is the laces (thin, flat and too short if you need to lock down the heal). I'll definitely be replacing the laces, but the 2.0 is a keeper that will see several hundred miles of happy running. These are not MINIMALIST shoes as some have mistaken them for. They are zero drop, but the beauty of Altra shoes lies in the wide toe box. Once you run in Altras, it is very difficult to run in 'normal' shoes.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels half size too big
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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