|Hoka OneOne Challnger ATR 2 (2016 model).|
Hoka OneOne's new Challenger ATR 2 for 2016 is pretty much the same as the 2015 model we all loved so much (my review here). But there are some differences that are worth pointing out.
- The shoe has wisely been kept mostly the same as last year's successful model
- It's still in the same price category (about 130)
- Early Stage Meta Rocker for that fast smooth ride is still there
- 29mm heel and 24mm forefoot = the same 5mm drop remains unchanged
- Similar 4mm lugs for traction in the outsole
- The same size as before works for me (US10.5 - but please note the differences below and the fact that I buy my shoes one full US size bigger than my foot, which is actually US9.5 only).
- New Closed Air Mesh upper for added protection
- Slightly more padded tongue for more comfort
- "More supportive fit through the midfoot", ie. tighter fit around your foot - possibly helps prevent blisters
- Stronger front tip (this was the point that broke first last year after kicking a few rocks)
- Thicker Ortholite insole (I already had changed a thicker one into last year's model as it didn't work)
- Slightly heavier (284g per shoe in my size US 10.5, a 6g increase from 278g - this 2% weight increase is not noticeable when running)
- The laces are slick and will loosen up in no time if you are not careful - better make sure to tie them well before starting to save lots of time later)
- Hopefully more long-lasting (my last year's Challenger ATRs are already in the trash after getting 1100 km out of them, which is more than I get out of most other shoe brands - but I've ran about 2000 km from my 2015 Stinson ATRs and they are still being used occasionally)
- New crazy 'Astral Aura/Neon Green' color combo - doesn't make any sense to me, but the shoe actually looks pretty cool.
|It's fun flying aboard Hoka Challenger ATR 2!|
THE BOTTOM LINE
- Last year's model was already a great success, but this is new model fits my foot just perfectly
- In my opinion, Challenger ATR 2 is the best trailrunning shoe by Hoka
- After testing the shoe in steep muddy uphill and downhill, I was surprised how well it performed
- The shoe feels very safe and stable even when sliding down in mud on one foot
- Just the right amount of cushioning - these shoes are definitely not too soft
- Even when you are getting tired, the shoe makes you feel like you could keep on running forever
- Makes running so much fun it's really hard to stop
- Good for all distances, but in longer ultra races you might need more than one pair of them
- Challenger ATR got me through the super tough Swiss Irontrail 2015 in 55 hours, and I expect this new model to perform even better this year.
|Hoka Challenger ATR running in Swiss Irontrail 2015.|