By pdr-n-pdx (pdx, or) on (Apr 12, 2013)
Comments: I have to start out by stating that I love Altra's fit and philosophy. I have have had three pair and love two of them; however the upper mesh on the instinct 1.5 becomes brittle and cracks at flex points. I suspect that the plastic oxidizes lead to the remarkably short life of the shoe. I have had very positive results with my Instinct. 1.0 and my pros, but I am waiting for a redesign before moving back to this model. I also have to admit that I expected better response from Altra. My local shop has all but given up on manufactures support citing very slow (months) response times. Here's to hoping things turn around.
An upgrade from the original award-winning shoe, The Instinct™ is the first shoe to truly marry the form-improving benefits of a minimalist shoe with the comfort, cushioning and support of a traditional running shoe. The Zero Drop™ platform and innovative foot-shaped design work together to help runners maintain proper running technique and reduce joint impact while freeing their toes to help alleviate foot pain. Trust your instincts and experience the world’s first fully cushioned, foot-shaped, Zero Drop™ running shoe.