Facts

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
Weight
Men: 9.5oz
Women: 7.9oz
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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 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Many runners found the shoe to be comfortable and breathable.
  • A significant number of runners mentioned that they liked the cushioning of the Hoka One One Challenger 3 ATR.
  • It provides decent grip on varied terrains, noted in some reviews.
  • A couple of runners noticed that the shoe provides more stability than the previous model.
  • According to some runners, they liked the improved and more secure fit of the shoe.
  • The shoe has a roomy toe box.
  • A lightweight shoe.
  • There were those with knee and back issues that really welcomed the cushioning of this shoe.
  • The upper dries quickly, based on the assessment of some runners.
  • A handful of runners reported that no break in period is required for this shoe.
  • It works as a road/trail hybrid for several runners.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Slightly expensive.
  • The shoe is not durable, as mentioned by few runners.
  • Although Hoka added more room in the toe box, there were still a handful who felt that it still lacked the usual space required for natural splay and for swelling during ultra marathons.
  • It runs a little too narrow for some runners.

Bottom line

Designed for both road and off-road running, the Hoka One One Challenger 3 ATR delivers a great combination of responsive cushioning, reliable grip, and impressive comfort. The new iteration comes with minimal updates, but continues to deliver impressive features an all-terrain running shoe should have.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 87 ratings

5 star
49%
4 star
14%
3 star
11%
2 star
9%
1 star
5%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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86 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    It's a great bang for your buck if you're looking for something that's not only cushioned, but also has a good outsole and grip in various conditions. It drains well, it's comfortable.

  • 74 / 100 by Mile Long Legs • Kim • Level 2 expert

    While the Challenger ATR 3 has many outstanding qualities about it that I really love, including the outsole, the cushioning, the toe box, the weight, it's really, really difficult for me to look past the fact that for $130 there's a chance that your shoe, like mine, will bust open in less than 100 miles.

  • 88 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 expert

    Though this shoe will make an excellent race shoe for any distance, it also performs double duty as a well cushioned, supportive all day high mileage trainer that is just as much at home at slower paces as it is going fast.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • Level 4 expert

    The majority of the issues with the 2 have been remedied and for me it harkens back to everything that is right with HOKA.

  • 83 / 100 by iRunFar • Tom Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    This is a trail shoe that can definitely handle 100 miles and with the slightly wider profile it should accommodate more runners’ feet. I still wouldn’t recommend this shoe for runners needing wide toeboxes, and it does not come in multiple widths at this time.

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

    This updated redesign truly confirms the Hoka Challenger ATR in the classic lineage of great trail shoes that must be tried.

  • 95 / 100 by Real Runner Reviews • Brian Goldman • Level 3 expert

    I do have to mention that I have not had any issues and the tongue feels great. In fact, the overall feel of the shoe was amazing.

  • 92 / 100 by Finish Line Fever • Ferdinand Batatan • Level 3 expert

    Hoka nails it! Don’t be surprise if you see these shoes on most ultras this year. I will definitely be using this on my next ultra, hopefully the 50 miles.

  • 87 / 100 by Columbus Running Company • Evan Schwartz • Level 2 expert

    The Challenger offers the well-known cushion that Hoka embraces, but also gives a bit more firm feeling than other models

  • 99 / 100 by Tim Robel • Tim Robel • Level 1 expert

    If this shoe was the only shoe that I had to wear for the rest of my life, that's how impressed I am with them. I think they're amazing.

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World • Daniel Talhelm • Level 1 expert

    For a lightweight trail shoe, it feels surprisingly solid, comfortable, stable, and supportive.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Tom • Level 1 expert

    If you haven't tried a maximal-style cushioning shoe, this would be a great entry-level because it's light enough that you're not gonna feel like it.

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Updates to Hoka One One Challenger 3 ATR

  • The Hoka One One Challenger 3 ATR features a new upper. The 3D Puff Print upper offers a more breathable and comfortable environment for the foot. It also offers detailed support without adding weight.
  • The fit of the shoe was also improved to address the issues of the previous model. The Challenger 3 ATR provides a more secure fit in the midfoot and have enough room in the toe box.

Hoka One One Challenger 3 ATR size and fit

The Hoka One One Challenger 3 ATR offers a comfortable and secure fit in the heel and midfoot area. The toe box has enough room for the toes to wiggle. The shoe has a standard running shoe length and is available in 5 to 10.5 sizes for women’s and 7 to 12.5 for the men’s version.


Outsole

The outsole of the Challenger 3 ATR remains the same. It still features the 4mm lugs that deliver reliable all-terrain traction. The shoe will not disappoint when use on loose and rocky terrain. The rubber material also provides durability, especially in high-abrasion areas.


Midsole

The midsole of the Challenger 3 ATR still utilizes the brand’s notable oversized EVA midsole that delivers lightweight and reliable cushioning. The oversized midsole is designed to provide an impressive, well-cushioned, and responsive ride.

The shoe also features the Early Stage Meta-Rocker that is specifically designed for a smoother ride and improved propulsion.


Upper

The Hoka One One Challenger 3 ATR comes with all new upper. It features the 3D Puff Print Frame that offers breathability and comfort. The shoe was also redesigned to deliver a more secure fit.

The seamless construction helps reduced irritation and blistering while the padded tongue gives added comfort.