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Time Tested Gear: Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP

hokaThe Claim: By now we’ve all seen people running on the road or trail outfitted in thick-soled rockered sneakers. Branded as a “category-defining outdoor boot,” Hoka One One claims the shoes provide support, traction, and cushioning, as well as full waterproofing, and a smooth, guided ride thanks to Meta-Rocker. 

Field Test: I received a pair of Tor Ultras just in time for my biggest annual challenge: elk archery season in Northern New Mexico. My hunting days consist of scouring the hardest of scrabble, traversing ankle-deep muck, navigating a labyrinth of wind fallen trees, or scrambling over rock and scree well above tree line—if you stay on a hiking trail, you probably aren’t going to see any elk. My Hokas performed throughout, with the MetaRocker mid-sole rolling easily over the toughest terrain, while the Vibram lugged outsole had plenty of bite in wet or dry conditions. And then there’s load bearing. At 2 a.m., I was stumbling down a pathless mountain with an extra 100 pounds of Elk on my back and a fading headlamp.

Why It’s Timeless: My feet sink into the boot’s cushy, hollowed-out footbed like my sore, tired body into a bathtub. But stability is where these kicks really shine. I thought all the towering EVA height would make for much ankle turning, but I was surprised by the steadiness of these high tops, especially on those long, bedraggling days when the terrain was rough and my footfalls heavy. As for descending—You know that feeling, when your toes are jamming into the shoe’s toe box and you start dreaming of Moleskin, the trailhead, and a pair of flip flops? Gone.
$230; hokaoneone.com  —Words and photo Dave Cox

2 Responses to “Time Tested Gear: Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP”

  1. slim

    What blue pants(zippers on outside cuff) are those in the picture with the Hoka Tor Ultra Hi WP?

  2. Kiran Herbert

    Hey Slim,

    Those pants are actually part of one of our favorite bibs, the 3L Tech Bib from a partnership between 686 and Specialized: http://bit.ly/1LK45nk. Best,

    Kiran Herbert
    Assistant Editor


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