Hoka One One Chal­lenger ATR 4

Women’s 210 g (7.4 oz.) Men’s 255 g (9 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 5 mm $175

Canadian Running - - TRAIL SHOE GUIDE -

The Chal­lenger is one of Hoka’s most suc­cess­ful and core trail shoes. Many an ul­tra­run­ner has re­lied on the Chal­lenger to get them through a long day (and night) on the trails. It pro­vides am­ple cush­ion­ing, re­li­able trac­tion in an over­all light­weight and durable pack­age.

The last ver­sion of this shoe got away from why trail run­ners loved the Chal­lenger. And it ap­pears that Hoka has been lis­ten­ing to run­ner feed­back. There are many pos­i­tive changes to ver­sion four. There’s a whole new up­per, which in­cludes sur­pris­ingly durable mesh and a new lac­ing sys­tem. The up­per is also mer­ci­fully wider, which was a big crit­i­cism of the last Chal­lenger. It feels roomy enough for your foot to swell safely over the course of sev­eral kilo­me­tres out on the trail with­out that ride start­ing off too sloppy. It’s also a touch lighter, and a slightly firmer, stiffer shoe, mak­ing this the most re­spon­sive, wisely up­dated Chal­lenger ATR yet.

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