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Hoka One One Challenger ATR Shoe Review

Hoka One One Challenger ATR Review

If you have read my Hoka One One Clifton review, than you you know that I absolutely the lightweight and supportive feel that this shoe provides.

When I heard that Hoka One One was coming out with a Clifton like trail shoe called the Challenger ATR, I had to give it a try. Below are pictures of the shoe along with a detailed review.

Pros Cons
  • Lightweight feel
  • Aggressive trail sole
  • Supportive sole
  • True sizing
  • Color options
  • Price (retail $130)

Hoka One One Challenger ATR Verdict

The Hoka One One Challenger is my favorite trail shoe. The lightweight, supportive feel along with the aggressive sole make this my favorite shoe to run trails with. These shoes are lightweight and flexibility enough to be used on any surface or in any race.

About the Hoka One One Challenger ATR

The Hoka One One Challenger ATR may be the best trail running shoe I have ever worn. This shoe weighs in at just over 9 ounces. The shoe would be lighter if it weren’t for the aggressive trail sole.

I’m not a huge fan of the colors, but the shoe is available in 4 different colors. My favorite color is the black model.

The Challenger ATR offers incredible cushioning in a lightweight and aggressive shoe. The early stage Meta-Rocker geometry provides a fluid and efficient ride. The stripped down SpeedFrame upper is lightweight and allows you to run on any surface with ease.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR Shoe SpecificationsHoka One One Challenger ATR

  • Weight : 9.1 Ounces (size 9)
  • How It Fits: True to Size (based on width D)
  • Ultra-Lightweight No Sew SpeedFrame Construction
  • Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
  • Full Length HIP CMEVA Midsole
  • Full Ground Contact Design
  • 4mm lugs provide All-Terrain Traction
  • Offset : 5mm heel to toe offset
  • Forefoot Height : 28mm forefoot height
  • Heel Height : 33mm heel height

Hoka One One Challenger ATR Initial Thoughts

Having worn the Cliftons before and knowing that these were pretty much the trail version, I had very high expectations.

When I received the shoes, they looked better than expected and the aggressive trail sole looked like it could handle any type of surface. The lightweight feel and exceptional cushion made for an amazing first run.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR Sole

The Hoka One One Challenger ATR sole provides the perfect amount of support and cushion. The Meta-Rocker technology supports a natural motion and encourages running mechanics. Hoka One One describes the Meta-Rocker as being “specifically engineered with a low heel-toe differential and a sculpted outsole radius in the heel and toe, creates a unique fulcrum effect and encourages a guided foot gait cycle.”

Besides the Meta Rocker technology, the Hoka One One Challenger ATR has 4mm lugs that provide all-terrain traction on all surfaces.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR Upper

The Hoka One One Challenger ATR upper is a lightweight closed mesh material that is ideal for trail running. The closed mesh not only keeps your feet cool, but keeps debris, rocks, and dirt. The shoe tends to run wider than the other brands I have worn so I had to tighten the laces more than I usually do.

I have read about some people who have had issues with the sole and upper falling apart with this shoe, but I am glad to say that the shoes I have worn are still in great shape and are holding up great.

Where to Buy the Hoka One One Challenger ATR

The Active Guy Conclusion and Rating

The Hoka One One Challenger ATR running shoe is my 2015 trail running shoe of the year. I have tried a number of different trail shoes and the combination of support and aggressive sole allowed me to easily run on any trail with. I always felt in control whether it was wet, dry, on loose gravel.

If you are looking for a lightweight and comfortable trail shoe, I highly recommend trying this shoe. Order from Road Runner Sports if you want to try them out as they have a 60 day guarantee and excellent customer service.

Let me know if you have any comments, questions, or feedback!