The Hoka Challenger ATR is an excellent shoe to have in the arsenal, and a significant improvement that many shoe companies will have to reckon with. At just 8.6 oz, the Challenger is barely noticeable on your feet, aside from the obvious stack height of 24 mm. This burley, and yet featherweight shoe, was readily accepted by our testers. They each loved the aesthetics of the shoe’s upper and were greatly impressed with the turnover capacity of the Challenger ATR. One of our testers scored an uphill Strava CR while testing the Challenger ATRs.
Pros – The ATR has a typical rocker profile and just 5 mm of drop from heel to toe. The shoes lugs were extremely grippy and yet did not detract from the necessary road to trail sections testers had. Unlike a lot of soft and plush shoes, the Challenger ATR did not feel dead and squishy. The shoe felt very fast and liked to absorb the trail while pushing downhills. The shoe allowed confident users to fly unhindered down the trail.
Cons – Fit is slightly large. Some of the testers just used both included inserts. As always, we would highly recommend that you try this shoe on before purchasing. Other testers still struggled with the stack height of the Clifton like shoe on trails. Our warning for TAUR readers – this shoe is not for those more prone to frequent ankle injuries, folks who are afraid of the occasional twist or fall, or those afraid to face a new paradigm in trail running.
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