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 a 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 a few runners.
  • Although Hoka added more room in the toe box, there was still a handful who felt that it still lacked the usual space required for natural splay and for swelling during ultramarathons.
  • 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.

Facts

Update: Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.5oz | Women: 7.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 24mm | Women: 23mm
Release date: Feb 2017
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Pink, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 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 | Mile Long Legs | | 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 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 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 | Running Northwest | | 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 | iRunFar | | 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 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

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

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  • 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 for neutral pronators 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 has enough room in the toe box.

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.


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 used on loose and rocky terrain. The rubber material also provides durability, especially in high-abrasion areas.


The midsole of the Challenger 3 ATR still utilizes the brand’s notable oversized EVA midsole that delivers a 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.


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 Clifton 5, a Hoka One One road running shoe, also features the 3D Puff Print Frame.

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

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