HOKA ONE ONE TRACER 2
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.