Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Some runners commented that the underfoot cushioning of the Hoka One One Torrent felt suitably comfortable.
  • The spacious toe box allowed natural toe-splay, according to several user reviews.
  • Most wearers welcomed the reliable traction of the Torrent.
  • Several purchasers noticed that the shoe drains quickly.
  • The sizing scheme conformed most user’s expectations.
  • Many admired the shoe’s durable construction; one user said that after running 100 miles it still performed well.
  • A couple of reviewers commended the lightweight nature of this running shoe

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users experienced heel slippage with the Hoka One One Torrent.
  • Because of the missing rock plate, a few felt the sharp rocks while running on trails.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Torrent is a neutral trail running shoe with responsive cushioning. The shoe was mostly well-received by its purchasers because of its comfort, lightweight construction, traction, and overall performance. The minor issues on heel slippage and missing rock plate are not enough to overshadow the positive feedback. Overall, the Torrent is indeed a successful release.

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A top 7% best Trail running shoe
Top 5% most popular running shoes
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  • Hoka One One boasts of a running shoe that is formed through a collaboration with world-class athletes – the Torrent. Just like the popular Hoka One One trail shoe, the Speedgoat 3, this shoe is designed for race day, as it offers a unique combination of agility and cushioning. The versatile and sleek design of the Torrent enables neutral runners to achieve a speedy ride and more miles.
  • The open-engineered mesh upper provides optimal breathability and delivers a quick-dry and comfortable foot environment. It displays a minimal layout yet gives a secure fit.
  • Through the PROFLY™ midsole, the shoe is made user-friendly as heel strikes are more natural and toe-offs are bouncier. The midsole unit is coupled with an outsole that produces high-level traction, making the Hoka One One Torrent a nimble and adaptable running shoe.
  • In the outsole of the Hoka One One Torrent is the hi-abrasion rubber zones which gives the shoe durability without adding too much weight. Incorporated into the outer sole are the multidirectional lugs which are designed for excepetional grip on varied surfaces.

The Hoka One One Torrent is constructed with a standard running shoe width and length. However, runners who have a high foot volume might find the shoe to be a little narrow in the forefoot. Wearers who are accustomed to Hoka One One shoes will discover the Torrent to have a similar fit. The Torrent is available in D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.

The aggressive rubber outsole of the Torrent enables gripping and digging into various outdoor surfaces with ease. The heel and forefoot areas are reinforced with a high-abrasion sticky rubber for durability. It can survive even the toughest route.

The Torrent has deep, prominent lugs that work capably in supplying multidirectional traction. These lugs help the runner undertake soft, messy trails with no problem. The lugs also give added flexibility to the shoe.

Hoka One One presents the PROFLY™ midsole technology in the Torrent, which is a dual-density foam compound that is formed soft in the heel and firm at the forefoot. This layout reduces pressure when landing on hard, rocky terrains, but, at the same time, produces light and bouncy toe-offs. As a smooth transition is generated, the runner is able to log more miles, thus completing the PROFLY™’s concept of balance between protection and propulsion.

The PROFLY™ compound comes in the form of an oversized ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) unit that delivers an adequate underfoot cushioning but without the additional bulk.

The upper of the Hoka One One Torrent is a breathable mesh with a stripped-down design. This material offers lightweight comfort that promotes a comfortable running experience. The mesh also has a quick-drying capability, encouraging a healthy foot environment as it eliminates moisture buildup.

A set of overlays surrounds the upper in strategic locations. These synthetic elements protect the forefoot and toes from debris while supporting the rest of the shoe by providing a structural framework. The overlays are in seamless design, it gives the foot a smooth and irritation-free environment.

The tongue and heel collar of the Torrent is moderately padded. The foam padding remains to be smooth for added comfort. The heel collar and tongue also enhances the overall fit and foot lockdown.

To secure the foot while running, the shoe has a lace-up closure. The laces are durable and they stay tied while running. There are extra eyelets to further secure the ankle and heel area.

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.

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