Canadian Running

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4

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


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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