220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE - hokao­neone.eu

£105 We’re fans of Hoka’s Speed­goat trail shoes, but the Tor­rent knock these – and most trail shoes – out of the park. Hoka bill them as a trail racer and they boast the light­est weight here (231g), a stag­ger­ingly-re­spon­sive ride from the PROFLY mid­sole and a min­i­mal 5mm drop aid­ing the for­ward propul­sion (down­hills are a blast). But the ap­peal isn’t lim­ited to rac­ing, and we’d use the Tor­rent as long-dis­tance train­ing shoes due to the cush­ion­ing pro­vided by the 23mm stack height. They’re also bet­ter look­ing and cheaper than stan­dard Hokas. The toe bumper pro­tec­tion is lim­ited, how­ever.

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