Overview the Hoka One One Challenger ATR5
The Hoka One One Challenger ATR5 is the fifth version of this highly cushioned trail shoe. It shares many of the features of the previous versions, however this shoe is revamped with an improved cushioning and traction in the outsole and a newly redesigned upper.
The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 excels in smooth, non-technical trails. It’s a really great hybrid shoe where you can run smoothly on the road to a trail head.
This trail shoe weighs about 8.5 oz (size W 8). Its stack height is 31mm (heel), 26 mm (forefoot), a 5 mm drop. It retails for $130 and one of the big things for the Hoka One One line is that it is available in medium and wide width.
The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 has a Soft EVA Midsole that runs the full length of the shoe and is 30% softer than traditional EVA foam. This offers an enhanced cushioning and support. It really feels nice on the feet!
The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry is a rockered midsole design engineered to deliver a smooth ride and increased propulsion. This is consistent with most Hoka One One trail and road shoes.
The outsole was one of the major updates in this version.
In the outsole, Hoka One One realigned the lugs in order to provide a full ground contact, increased traction and a smooth heel-to-toe transition. They placed the lugs further apart in the forefoot for added grip and closer together in the heel for a smooth ride. The 4mm lugs are consistent with previous versions.
This new update provides much better traction and a smoother more consistent ride.
However, I tested these shoes in wet, muddy terrain and it lacked traction and mud clearance. It’s a shoe that excels in dry terrain.
Hoka One One also did some improvements on the upper trying to improve the midfoot hold. A Dual-layer mesh was added to support the foot while allowing for ample air-flow.
The Textured TPU toe-cap was added to increase impact protection from underfoot hazards.
The Internal heel counter increases the security of the hold to minimize slipping when going downhill. It does a nice job at keeping the heel in place while running.
Despite these changes I still felt that my midfoot is not fully locked especially when running technical terrain which will make this shoe not my first choice for this kind of terrain.
- Great cushioning, this shoe feels really soft.
- Hybrid shoe: you can take it to the trails and the roads
- Excellent for dry, smooth trails
- Improved traction and durability from previous versions
- Light in weight
- Foot hold, lacks midfoot hold which make it not desirable for technical terrain
- Traction in wet and muddy terrain
Great for: smooth, dry, non-technical trails and roads.
Not so great: for technical, rocky, wet & muddy terrain
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Review written by Lizi Bolanos, Go Far Ambassador