Hoka One One Women’s Challenger ATR Review
Are you looking for your next pair of running shoes? Do you need something that is versatile and can be a workhorse the trails and on the road too? Hoka One One has the perfect answer for your upcoming running adventures in the New Year. Hoka One One’s Women’s Challenger ATR is an all-terrain running shoe (kind of like a hybrid bikeI that is great for rugged trails with roots and rocks as well as for smooth roadways. When I received my shoes I was so excited to wear them and promptly took them for a run!
These shoes do not have the look of the original Hoka One One’s that I first spied when I was pacing a friend at the Vermont 100 Trail Race. The original Hoka’s that I saw at that race were reminiscent of Moon Boots and lacked in style. This shoe is exactly the opposite and while truly a maximalist shoe (with Early-Stage Meta-Rocker) it has a more sleek look while still being a rugged trail ready shoe. The shoe comes in Dresden Blue/Neon Coral, Fuschia/Plum, and Astral Aura Flame. The Challenger ATR comes with standard laces and extra insoles.
The Hoka One One Challenger ATR despite its maximalist looks are lightweight on the road and the trails. If you are not used to a more maximal shoes be prepared to the feeling of being “up high.” These shoes feel flexible through the mid-foot as your foot strikes the ground. The soles featuring 4mm Lugs provide grip and traction on the road as well as rocky and root covered trails. I like the grippy feeling on the wet leaves and pine needle cover on the trails. This shoe runs a little wider than I am used to so have to pull the laces tight. However the wide toe-box is awesome for longer distance giving your foot room. I love the feel of the heel of this shoe because it is high and keeps my narrow heel from sliding around or feeling as though I might step out of the shoe. As I get older I also appreciate the feel of the cushioning of this running shoe because it feels less jarring to my joints when I tackle a long run.
The Dirty Details
- This shoe is considered to be a neutral shoe but I have discovered that I love the stability that maximalist shoes proved.
- Shoe Geometry:
- Offset: 4 mm
- Forefoot: 24 mm
- Heel: 28 mm
- This shoe has Hoka One One’s signature “Early-Stage Meta-Rocker” that, “creates a unique fulcrum effect, like a rocking chair for your foot, encouraging a guided gait cycle (SOURCE).”
- It has a Full EVA Midsole which provides better shock absorption as well as making this one of the more comfortable running shoes that I have worn.
- 4mm Lugs Provide All-Terrain Traction
- Rubber Pods Provide Stability on Uneven Terrain (The one thing that I would mention is that the higher platform of this shoe can take some time to get used too.
The Hoka One One Challenger ATR is now in heavy rotation in my shoe line-up! I wore this shoe on my last trail run on Saturday for a meandering hour and a half run with a friend along the Connecticut River. This trail is not only gorgeous but is technical with lots of stream crossings, slippery rocks, and roots. This running shoe provides my foot with stability and comfort. I love the aggressive tread that gives great traction especially on wet surfaces. I also enjoy the feel of this shoe on the road. The lightweight feel allows me to find speed and I love the way my feet don’t absorb as much shock from the hard surface of the road.
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