85
Good!
1 experts: 85 / 100
Terrain: Road , Trail
Weight: Men 9.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 5mm / Women 5mm
Arch support: Neutral

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85
/100 by Paul Ronto, posted on .

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The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6 is a running shoe that’s designed to handle the roads and trails. A max-cushioned model, it’s an excellent choice for runners who want a pair that’s at home on both surfaces. 

Upper 

The upper is very comfortable and accommodating. I have a slightly wider foot and the shoe just wraps around my foot securely. It also made of a dual-layered mesh that is not so breathable but still works well. 

Tongue

The tongue is nicely padded and semi-gusseted. While running, I did notice the mesh material that attaches the tongue to the strobel board. Although not a cause of discomfort, it was just a bit annoying. 

Heel

 

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The heel counter is very stiff and also generously padded, but I think it did the job—I had zero heel slippage. Typically, I prefer less rigidity and less padding, but this still worked well for me. A bonus is the heel loop which I really liked! 

Lacing system 

From what I can see, the only update made to this shoe is its revamped eyelet chain. I had pretty good lockdown in this shoe, but for some reason, I can’t really tighten the laces to the max. Might be that the laces were just a bit stiff. 

Midsole

 

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Comprised of CMEVA foam with a rocker shape, this Hoka shoe runs smoothly. This midsole construction is insanely soft and comfortable, it’s like running on pillows. The downside, however, is its lack of pop—it felt really sluggish on flats and climbs. One thing to add about the midsole is that when going downhill, you can’t really feel the rocks underfoot which is great! 

Durability 

Because the midsole foam is too plush, I think it’s not going to last that long. Just after three runs, I have already seen some wrinkles on the midsole foam. 

Outsole

 

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The lugs of these shoes are about 3-5mm, but I didn’t feel like they had an aggressive grip—a little too much for the road, and a little less for the technical terrain. It might be because the shoe tries to do everything, it’s not really doing extremely well on both. 

Conclusion

 

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The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6 is great for the dirt paths and gravel roads. I’m a bit skeptical about its ability to handle steep and technical terrains. It might also be a little grippy for pure road running. Ultimately it’s probably best for those who like to run to the trails and are forced to do 3-5 miles on tarmac before or after hitting dirt, or those that enjoy being on the breeze gravel next to a cement bike path, on long training runs, but not really those attacking vertical rocky trails.

Paul Ronto | Level 3 expert Verified
Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 6: Solid choice for the trail and road? 

The Challenger ATR 6 from Hoka One One upholds the signature of the series — versatility. Designed to tackle the road and trails, this max-cushioned runner highlights a smooth cruise, regardless of terrain, with its midsole construction. Don’t worry about the harsh ground elements as well, this running shoe lodges your comfortably and securely while maximizing comfort. 

Hoka Challenger ATR 6: What it is/isn’t for? 

What it is for:

  • Dirt paths/ gravel roads
  • Ultramarathon on rugged trails (e.g. Leadville 100) 

What it isn't for:

  • Not for straight road running
  • Steep vertical, rocky trails

Challenger ATR 6 vs. 5

The ATR 6 does not feature drastic changes from its predecessor. The only obvious update is its changed eyelet structure.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as Hoka One One Challenger 5 ATR.

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How Challenger 6 ATR compares

This shoe: 85
All shoes average: 85
58 99
This shoe: $130
All shoes average: $130
$60 $250
This shoe: 9.8oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
5oz 24oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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