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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 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.

    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: 9oz
    Women: 7.4oz
  • 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
    Men: 31mm
    Women: 31mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 26mm
    Women: 26mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jan 2018
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81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Mark Holbert

    Hoka One One Challenger 4 ATR: An excellent light trail shoe

    If you believe that runners were not made to be restricted to pavement and treadmills, read on. This may just be the shoe that will help you enjoy more off-road miles this season.

     

     

    This is a neutral stability shoe built for the trail (All Terrain) with average cushion level for Hoka.

    Details

    • Weight: 9.0oz for a US Men’s Size 9
    • Heel-toe drop: 5.0mm
    • 4mm lugs for all-terrain traction
    • Meta-Rocker for smooth ride and Oversize EVA midsole for Lightweight cushioning
    • Dual-layer mesh upper for better breathability and protection

     

    Performance

    Most trail shoes are unforgivingly stiff and feel bulky/heavy compared to standard running shoes. Because of these, the runners needing more support avoid trail shoes.

    Some even limit themselves to predictable routes with their trusted shoes. This is not the case with the Hoka One One Challenger 4 ATR, Hoka's fourth ATR.

    With this version, Hoka has nailed it with a stable and supportive trail shoe. It is responsive and not overly-bulky yet provides the needed arch support.

    It also has the patented Hoka rocket for smoother transitions, feeling the responsiveness of the terrain. 

    The Challenger ATR 4 is a step up in both the design and breathability from the ATR 3. I especially enjoyed the feel of the extended toe cap when hitting rocks, branches or ruts on the trail.

    Traditional New Balance, Nike, or Asics trail runners will immediately notice the additional support underneath without the expected weight and still feeling the terrain.

    I have also found the dual-layer mesh upper on the ATR 4s and 5s to be extremely breathable and durable for Florida running, which is both hot and humid.

    The internal heel and the podular outsole combine to form a more stable feeling. The well-built heel hugged my foot, providing more support on varied trail terrains as well.

    Lastly, the signature Hoka EVA midsole was a good balance of cushioning and responsiveness.

    Combined with the Meta-rocker provided, I laced up the shoe well and was striking correctly in the middle of my foot instead of my heel.

    Sizing

    If you are familiar with Clifton or Bondi, the ATR 4 will have similar sizing and feel for you. In this sense, it was also true to size for me.

    However, it is important to note that if you are used to the sizing of the previous ATR 3, you’ll find the shoe much roomier with bigger toe box.

    The overall width is a smidge bigger, too. If you have a very narrow foot, you may need to adjust accordingly.

    On a side note, I also really enjoy using the pull tab on the back for putting on shoes. It is one of my big “likes” with Hoka in getting a good fit quicker for a run.

    Durability

    For both the ATR 4 and ATR 5 versions, a big plus is the well treaded 4mm lugs on the sole. You can use these in rainy, muddy and snowy/slippery conditions.

     

     

    My runs have proven that the tread material holds up 200 miles+ and is more than sufficient. This material gives you more traction stability on odd surfaces than your typical running shoe.

    After putting on over 200 miles, I have yet to lose any of these lugs. The rubber is wearing evenly. The upper was extremely durable for being so light, with no rips.

    At first, I was worried about not having any stitching to connect the toe cap to the upper. But, this has also held up and had no issues.

    Cool Stuff

    While it is not waterproof, Hoka has added extra toe protection that works its way up the front of the shoe. This addition protects your toes from splashing and mud.

     

     

    With a good pair of wool blend socks, they would be perfect for outdoor winter running. They have also used a material that was super quick drying for me.

    This material also kept the mud out of the sock area, which is a pet peeve of mine.  It has a “minimalist tongue” that helps prevent extra debris from coming into your foot and socks.

    Bottom Line

    This was a great trail shoe and provided good support and stability on varied terrain over 200+ miles.

    The lugs did wear down over time, as expected. But, it wore out evenly for the most while one fell off.

    Overall, it is a solid choice for off-road runs, maybe with some gravelly roads and rocky sidewalks thrown in there.

    It is definitely worth a try to start getting into new territory and exploring on your runs!

    Pros

    • Good ground-contact feel along with a good cushion
    • Grip against rock and slippery terrain
    • Flexibility during dynamic movements
    • Weight: very light for a trail shoe at 9.0oz
    • Excellent all-around trail shoe, lugs do not feel awkward on pavement either
    • Durability & extended toe-cap

    Cons

    • Slightly wider fit than the Clifton or Bondi
    • Less stability control than some trail shoes

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    Well, it's awesome first and foremost pretty much an entirely new upper a different mesh material, a ddifferent lacing system that comproses the mesh material.

  • 89 / 100 | Road Runner Sports | | Level 4 expert

    I was just running with these out in the rain and I didn't slide at all when I was out there in the trail. It was amazing and you're gpnna love it just for that alone.

  • 80 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 3 expert

    The HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 4 is a maximalist shoe featuring stacks of cushioning and comfort for miles on miles. This is our Top Pick for Comfort.

  • First look | Runners Need | Level 1 expert

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  • The Hoka One One Challenger 4 ATR is a trail running shoe that’s designed for the neutral pronator. It features a smooth upper façade that moves away from the design-laden surface of its immediate predecessor, the Challenger ATR 3. The newer model still has printed overlays, but they’re spaced out more evenly, thereby preventing the obstruction of airflow into the foot-chamber.
  • A full-length EVA foam is used for the midsole unit of this trail shoe. It’s touted to be 30% lighter in construction than most standard foam compounds.  A rocker shape allows the platform to lead the foot towards a smooth and enabled transition through the gait cycle.
  • A trail-optimized outsole permits the Hoka One One Challenger 4 ATR to be more agreeable on unpredictable terrains. Its full ground contact design makes sure to heighten traction whenever it is needed. There are gripping lugs, but they are not too aggressive as to limit activity to only the trails.

The Hoka One One Challenger 4 ATR is true to size. The regular measurements were used to accommodate the usual preferences of runners when it comes to length. The available widths are B – Medium for the women’s version and D – Medium for the men’s version. It has a roomy toe box which accommodates the spreading of the toes during the liftoff phase of the gait cycle.

The outsole unit of the Hoka One One Challenger 4 ATR makes use of a Full Ground Contact construction to ensure more traction and more surface control. It also makes sure to facilitate a smooth and confident transition from the heel to the toe.

Gripping pods pockmark the surface of the outer sole. They make sure to provide grip whenever it is needed.

Flex grooves allow the wearer to bend the foot more naturally throughout the running session.

4mm lugs that face different directions help the runner when it comes to traversing tricky paths. The clamp-like disposition of these protrusions eases uphill climbs and downward treks.

A soft ethylene vinyl acetate foam, or EVA, is used for the midsole unit of the Hoka One One Challenger 4 ATR. It’s formulated to be 30% softer than most foam compounds on the market. Its purpose is to carry the foot throughout the running session and protect it from impact during the striking phase.

The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry involves the platform taking on a rocker shape. This curved disposition allows it to transition through the gait cycle with sureness and ease. It even aims to propel the foot with energy. The Early Stage Meta-Rocker technology is also utilized in the Clifton 5, one of Hoka One One's most popular shoes.

A dual-layer mesh makes sure to cover the foot, protect it from debris and give it ample ventilation. It’s also constructed to withstand scratches and other forms of abrasion that’s typical of trail running.

The fused toe cap has been extended to protect a larger area of the foot from bumps against surfaces and trail debris.

While minimal printed overlays reinforce the instep and the eyelets, most of the midfoot security is provided by fabric strings on the lateral and medial sides. They connect directly to the lacing system, so whenever the shoelaces are adjusted, they follow suit. This structure ensures a secure yet customizable coverage.

An internal heel counter keeps the foot in place and prevents it from exiting the interior chamber unintentionally.

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