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  • Terrain


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


    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

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


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 9.5oz
    Women: 7.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
    Women: 5mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.