Canadian Running - - FALL SHOE GUIDE -

Men’s 215 g (7.6 oz.); Women’s 190 g (6.7 oz.); Drop ra­tio: 4 mm; $170 The first Tracer was what could be called the black sheep of the Hoka fam­ily. It was a de­cid­edly dif­fer­ent look­ing shoe (i.e. it looked a lot like a shoe from any other brand but Hoka), and was de­signed for fast road rac­ing. It still main­tained some of the core fit and feel prop­er­ties of the Hoka ecosys­tem.

The Tracer 2 is like a home­com­ing for the model. Es­thet­i­cally, it’s much more in line with the rest of the brand’s vis­ual ideas. And in terms of per­for­mance, it also feels closer to a true Hoka-style racer than ver­sion one. The up­per was an­other big fo­cal point for the de­sign team, as the first it­er­a­tion wasn’t an ideal de­sign for run­ning hard and fast for long pe­ri­ods of time. The Tracer 2 should have no prob­lems on a wet, hu­mid sum­mer day, by con­trast. A fab­u­lous up­date for an ex­cel­lent, if un­der­rated, trainer/racer.

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