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Mountain Kicks 2015: Hoka One One Challenger ATR

 Hoka One One Challenger ATR trail running shoe review

Mountain Running

Here’s the best tool for injury rehab, recovery runs, body-destroying ultras, and lapsed runners making a comeback. Like all Hokas, the Challenger stacks 2.5 times more EVA foam underfoot than standard running shoes. That cushioning mitigates impact. “I still feel fresh after every Hoka run,” writes a tester. We’re also fans of the rockered sole, which speeds turnover and forward movement no matter where the foot strikes. To cut weight and play down the clown shoe look and feel, the Challenger ATR features a narrower platform and a feathery light seamless upper. We found that the shallow lugs favor loose-on-hard trails (skiers would call it dust on crust), loamy dirt, and rolling singletrack. Swami gripe: The excessive stack height can make you roll an ankle in big terrain. Swami like: Great call for occasional runners. 8.6 oz; $130; hokaoneone.com

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Back to the 2015 Trail Test. From the Early Summer 2015 issue. 

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