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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$130
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most testers applauded the reliable cushioning and the good arch support of the Hoka One One Challenger 2 ATR.
  • Many mentioned that the shoe feels light and fast.
  • The shoe is comfortable enough to be used on long runs, as mentioned in some reviews.
  • Most users gave positive feedback of the shoe’s outsole that delivers reliable grip on varied surfaces.
  • The reinforced heel of the Challenger 2 ATR provides a secure locked down feel.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners found the Challenger 2 ATR too narrow and tight for their liking.
  • Hoka recommends the shoe for runners below 85kg as the sole may wear off quickly than expected.

Bottom line

The Challenger 2 ATR is a trail running shoe designed for long distance runs. It works perfectly well on dirt, grass and technical terrain. Due to high stack height, this shoe is not best for overpronators.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 233 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 25 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 by RunRepeat • Ivan Rojnica • Level 3 expert

    Hoka Challenger ATR2 are designed to be versatile and I must say that this shoe is a 100% success in my eyes. They are so good that I got one pair extra for the future and I know few people who have 2-3 spare pairs of them.

  • 96 / 100 by RunRepeat • Ivan Rojnica • Level 3 expert

    So right here, we have a face off of two of some of the best maximalist trail shoes in the market.
    On one side Hoka Challenger ATR2, on the other side Altra Olympus 2.0. Both of these shoes are very versatile, usable on asphalt and not really suited for hardcore terrain, so I have decided to compare them as direct competitors in my eyes.

  • 80 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    I don't think it's necessarily a different ride overall. There's just some issues I wish they would've improved upon, but didn't necessarily. It's still a solid shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Rob Andro • Rob Andro • Level 4 expert

    It feels great, it runs great. This is now my favorite Hoka One One shoe to date.

  • 84 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    They performed well on road, grass, dirt, technical trail, rocks and just about every terrain you can think of. 

  • 84 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 4 expert

    The ATR 2 is an upper update that adds more security and durability in the overlays, and might help with what is generally a somewhat sloppy fit in my opinion for a shoe with that much stack/cushion.

  • 80 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

    Specifically, the toe bumper is beefed up, the mesh closed up, and TPU overlays as well as an external heel counter added.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Thomas Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    While this update is a slight improvement on the first version, Hoka still has some fit and durability issues to remedy to justify the $130 price tag.

  • 83 / 100 by Runssel Blogspot Com • RUNssel • Level 3 expert

     Again, I replied in a pretty positive way as the Challenger ATR 2 acted spotless and provided just what Hoka One One is good at - Constructing a well cushioned but still agile and fast shoe. 

  • 81 / 100 by Run 247 • Run 247 • Level 3 expert

    It’s designed to be hard-wearing on trails and this new version has 4mm lugs for even more grip.

  • 80 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Dave • Level 3 expert

    The fit is a lot more secure. It's a much better fitting shoe than the previous Challenger. I think that those that are able to get into this shoe and get it to fit right are gonna like this shoe even better than the Challenger ATR.

  • 78 / 100 by Running Monkey • Running Monkey • Level 3 expert

    Beyond that point the ATR 2 proved to be everything we had really hoped for: a comfortable, light, and responsive shoe.

  • 100 / 100 by The Running Bug • The Running Bug • Level 2 expert

    Ignorance led me to assume I didn’t like them, then experience showed me they are capable shoes for proper running, and not a gimmick

  • 81 / 100 by Midpack Gear • Webman • Level 2 expert

    They did nice on multiple surfaces -- ice, mud, rocks, roots and road.

  • 80 / 100 by Epic-Run • Jeremy • Level 2 expert

    These have been a great all-terrain shoe so far and I look forward to seeing where they take me!

  • 80 / 100 by Obstacle Racing Media • Matt Davis • Level 2 expert

    Despite the cloud like feeling you can still feel the details in the surface you are running on.

  • 80 / 100 by Outdoor Gear Lab • Outdoor Gear Lab • Level 2 expert

    The HOKA Challenger ATR 2 performs well over all types to terrain. Wear them for your nightly run, or at your next race. For only $130, this is one of the cheapest maximalist options you'll find on the market.

  • 78 / 100 by Women's Running • Kristin Lassen • Level 2 expert

    I’m still puzzled as to why these wider-based shoes have an upper that pinch at my feet if I’m not careful to avoid normal-tightening the laces, which I’ve never experienced in a running shoe before. 

  • 74 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Pete Stoughton • Level 2 expert

    When looking for a good all terrain running shoe, the Hoka Challenger ATR 2 will keep you logging those miles with a smile.

  • 92 / 100 by Trailplodder • Trailplodder • Level 1 expert

    In my opinion, Challenger ATR 2 is the best trailrunning shoe by Hoka.

  • 88 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • The Ultra Running Company • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is just a great shoe to have just in case, if you're hiking, if you are, you know, throughout the day, running on the roads, running on the trails. This is definitely a go-to shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Switchback Travel • Switchback Travel • Level 1 expert

    What sets this shoe apart is its ability to feel so feathery while retaining its performance chops. - See more at: http://www.switchbacktravel.com/best-trail-running-shoes

  • 85 / 100 by Ffencino's Channel • Ffencino's Channel • Level 1 expert

    It has a very aggressive lugged bottom to help you also maintain traction while you're going up and down the hills.

  • 81 / 100 by Relentless Forward Commotion • Heather • Level 1 expert

     I’m still not in the “these are the greatest shoes EVER” camp, as many of my friends are, but they seem to provide the right amount of cushion for much longer distances, and I appreciate that.

  • 81 / 100 by Sloan! Magazine • Sloan Magazine • Level 1 expert

    The seamless interior reduces irritation and blistering, as well as the number of potential weak points throughout the shoe that would otherwise be prone to tearing or breakage. 

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Updates to Hoka One One Challenger 2 ATR

  • The midsole of the Hoka One One Challenger 2 ATR used an oversized EVA foam that is designed to provide reliable cushioning and added support without adding too much weight on the shoe.
  • The upper of the shoe also used a closed air mesh upper that was designed to give protection to the foot while running on the trail while maintaining its comfort and breathability features. The shoe also comes with a reinforced heel and more padded tongue.
  • The podular outsole design of the Challenger 2 ATR provides stability while running on uneven terrains and the 4-mm lugs delivers a reliable traction on varied terrains.

Hoka One One Challenger 2 ATR size and fit

The Challenger 2 ATR is true to its size. When it comes to fit, the 2nd version of the shoe was slightly improved. It has a more supportive fit throughout the midfoot area. It has a snug fit in the heel and a narrow toe box. It is available in medium D and B widths for both men’s and women’s versions respectively.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the Hoka One One Challenger 2 ATR comes in a podular design that is specifically made to deliver an enhanced stability while running on uneven terrain. The 4mm rugged lugs are designed to deliver all-terrain traction.


Midsole

The midsole make use of the oversized EVA foam that is designed to deliver an enhanced and softer cushioning and added support. The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry is designed for a smoother ride and enhanced propulsion.


Upper

The upper of the Hoka One One Challenger 2 ATR uses a closed mesh material that is designed to prevent debris from entering the shoe while running. It still remains breathable, keeping the feel well-ventilated even on hot conditions.

The no-sew speedframe design delivers a seamless environment for the foot to reduce the possibility of blistering and irritation.

The reinforced heel provides a secure locked down feel while the padded tongue gives added comfort. The synthetic support strapping is created to hold the foot in place while giving added support.