Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Cushy: "The most comfortable GTX shoe I have ever worn!" - trail runners are in awe with the step-in comfort and plush cushioning of the Challenger 6 ATR GTX.
  • Waterproof: The shoe does an excellent job keeping the foot dry even during 10K+ runs with "plenty of mud and rain" and "large puddles of water."
  • Trail-to-road: It hits the mark as an all-terrain hybrid that can handle the trails, feels responsive on harder surfaces, and "just right" on paved town roads.
  • Warm: The shoe is recommended for colder temperatures as it keeps the feet nice and warm.
  • Grippy: This trail shoe from Hoka grips well on wet and slick roads and trails, including wet rocks and light mud.
  • Roomy toebox: The forefoot is wide enough to spread the toes and accommodate bunions.
  • No heel slip: The foot stays securely locked-down inside the shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Not for rocky surfaces: With the soft, max-cushioned platform some feel "a bit unstable" on the more technical terrain.
  • Not for narrow feet: The fit of the Challenger may feel loose on slimmer feet and the laces will have to be cinched very tightly.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Challenger 6 ATR GTX is a sweet spot for someone who needs a warm, cozy, waterproof shoe for chilly and rainy winter runs. As a hybrid trainer, it is best suited for a mix of pavement, moderate dirt, snow, and slush with some icy spots.

Apart from long-distance runs, it is also a great companion for hikes and casual walks. 

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.


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