This is the second in a series of shoe profiles, in which we call-out a particular HOKA ONE ONE model deserving of a closer look.
Today we put the spotlight on the HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR - Winner of the Competitor Magazine Trail Shoe of the Year 2015
The HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR integrates the best design elements of the Clifton into an all-terrain trail shoe. It is light, responsive, smooth, and perfect for everything from casual training to long racing. The toebox fits generously and the outsole grip is ideal for the vast majority of challenging trail terrain, while the cushioning means a comfortable and quick ride even on road.
The upper of the HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR employs the same lightweight material as the CLIFTON and will provide some give and stretch over time. Welded overlays provide a decent amount of structure throughout the upper, covering a fairly beefy mesh. HOKA uses a rubberized toe cap which provides a decent amount of protection, and a very thin tongue that stays in place and provides just enough comfort over the top of the foot. The upper material is thin and breathable but durable enough to take a good pounding while also keeping your foot protected. They also drain very well.
With 33 millimeters of stack height, the CHALLENGER ATR appears to be very much a traditional HOKA shoe, however, at 243 grams (Men's model) they feel nimble and responsive. As with most HOKA shoes, the foot sits down in the EVA midsole alleviating the fears of rolled ankles or instability. The EVA foam is a durable material that is firm enough to maintain some structure whilst still providing a smooth and cushioned ride. It also does a fantastic job of absorbing all of the little tiny rocks you step on when trail running, allowing you to glide smoothly over sections of terrain in a way that you may not have been able to do before. It does all of this whilst maintaining the responsiveness that the trails demand. The CHALLENGER ATR also has a high quality rubber outsole, which at its very centre is made up of exposed EVA. The surrounding area consists of hard rubber material with an aggressive 4mm lugging pattern which offers outstanding grip in every condition.
Watch what David Torrence - Current American Indoor in the 1000m Record Holder Hoka has to say about the Stinson ATR's below:
The HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR is available at the follower retailers nationwide:
Outside Sports Ltd : Outside Sports Ltd - Te Anau
Outside Sports Ltd : Outside Sports Ltd - Wanaka
Podium Podiatry And Footwear - Tauranga
Podium Podiatry and Footwear - Whakatane
Shoe Clinic - Masterton
Shoe Clinic - Riccarton
Shoe Clinic - Wellington
Shoe Science Limited - Mt Eden Store
Frontrunner - Ashburton
Frontrunner - Northlands
Frontrunner - Dunedin
Frontrunner - Queenstown
Frontrunner - Timaru
Frontrunner - Christchurch
Trek and Travel - Hamilton
Sportsworld - Whakatane
When I first won Ironman New Zealand in 2001 I finished in a time of 8:24:25hr 19yrs later I finish 6th in 8:14:36 as a 47yr old! At least I'm going faster and faster!
I know I can go so much better after such a limited build up in my running preparation so I'm looking forward to when we can race again, and full of motivation to race to my potential and keep pushing the boundaries as a nearly 48yr old!!
Part of the beauty of trail running is that even when the run doesn’t feel so good, being in nature can have its own positive impact on our sense of wellbeing and inner peace – even with no races on the calendar for the next few months.
Whether you’re an experienced trail runner, or a runner looking for the right shoes to start running trail, we hope this guide helps.