Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A few users mentioned that the Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR is a lightweight trail running shoe.
  • Some runners admired the roomy toe box of the Challenger ATR 5; they said it gave their toes more freedom to move.
  • One user with plantar fasciitis expressed his satisfaction because the shoe helped with the pain.
  • A couple of wearers admired the shoe’s arch support; they said the arch support is as great as the previous version.
  • The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 fits well, said one review.
  • Several runners liked the shoe’s cushioning; it gave them a well-cushioned running experience.
  • According to a few reviews, feels good on concrete even if it is advertised as a trail running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users were unhappy with the Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR because it feels too stiff.
  • One disappointed user mentioned that the tongue for the shoe causes discomfort.
  • One runner developed blisters after a few long runs.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR gained positive reviews from various trail runners who were impressed with its lightweight design, great arch support, and roomy toe box. Many users also enjoyed the shoe’s not-so-firm cushioning. Although some have issues with the tongue, and for it being too stiff, the Challenger ATR 5 is a running shoe most buyers considered to be worth the purchase.

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Facts

Rankings

A top rated Trail running shoe
Top 5% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August
Better rated than the previous version Hoka One One Challenger 4 ATR

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  • The 5th iteration of the Hoka One One Challenger ATR offers a light design and fast performance on a wide variety of surfaces. A few updates have been made to the new version to give runners smoother and more consistent ride.
  • One of the few updates is the new oversized EVA midsole. It provides the signature cushioning of the brand for a more satisfying running experience. It is lightweight and it aims to deliver smooth underfoot protection.
  • The CMEVA foam midsole is also new to this version. It aims to provide impact protection and stability to the foot.
  • The Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR uses the same rubber placement used by the previous version but it has a new outsole lug pattern for a reliable grip even on wet running conditions.
  • The Challenger ATR model is usually available in standard medium sizing, but the 5th version is the first version that is available in wide sizing.

The Challenger 5 ATR is available in standard sizing and the overall fit is very similar to the older version. The upper mesh hugs the foot comfortably and the wider toe-box allows the foot to splay. The women’s and men’s versions of the Challenger 5 ATR is available in both wide and medium width options.

In the outsole of the Hoka Challenger ATR 5 is the exposed midsole foam for better ground contact.  The rest of the outer unit features rubber compound materials that are strategically placed in high-wear areas for durability.

Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR features a podular design outsole which is meant to provide stability on uneven surfaces. Along with the podular design are the 4mm lugs that provide reliable grip on wet, soft, and hard surfaces.

Unlike the Asics Gel Venture 6, the Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR has a maximalist design. It gives maximum cushioning to a wide range of runners.

The shoe features an oversized EVA midsole foam which is designed to provide reliable underfoot cushioning. It delivers the notable Hoka One One cushioning without adding too much weight to the overall design of the shoe.

Along with the oversized EVA is the Compression Molder EVA foam or CMEVA foam. The primary purpose of the midsole foam is to absorb landing impact and provide the foot stability while running.

The Challenger ATR 5 is also equipped with an Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry. The rocker shape of the platform aims to provide runners a smoother transition through the gait cycle. This element is also present in the older version of the ATR 5.

The upper of the Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR uses a dual-mesh material. The same material is used in the older version, but the upper of the new Challenger ATR has been modified to give it a fresher look. The dual-mesh aims to deliver breathability, support, and durability.

A textured TPU toe reinforcement is also visible. It is designed to give added toe protection against sharp trail elements. It also offers durability to the upper unit.

The running shoe also features an internal heel counter. It holds the foot securely while running and it also offers support on all terrains.

The overlays in the midfoot of the Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR provides midfoot security and further enhances overall foot lockdown.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

jens@runrepeat.com