Verdict from 5 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Pampering: Gear pundits are united about the extreme comfiness of the Hoka One One Toa GTX. One among them even calls it his “top pick for comfort.”
  • Light: Despite its stout sole, this imposing hiker will not weigh you down, critics say.
  • Supportive: The Toa GTX, according to professional reviewers, is amazing when it comes to keeping your arch afloat.
  • Sticky on rocks: Bloggers find its Vibram outsole mighty effective on slabby rocks, including wet ones.
  • Waterproof: It provides complete water protection. This is coming from a critic who conducted a five-minute underwater test on it.
  • Stable: Much like many of Hoka One One’s hiking kicks, the Toa GTX is a stability wonder.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Worrying on scree: While experts love its sticking prowess over rocky terrain, they despise its poor performance on very loose soil.
  • Too wide (women’s version): To a very few, this offering could be snugger, especially around the toe zone.

Bottom line

Dubbed by Hoke One One as among the lightest in its class, the Toa GTX puts a strong emphasis on speedy traversals, all while securing your footing on solid ground. You might have a love-hate relationship with its beefy outsole, but if you can stick to its strengths, you will be hiking with great advantage. Give it a whirl—it just might be what you need.

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Hoka One One Toa GTX: Who is it for?

With its spring-in-your-step construction and three-season protection, the Hoka One One Toa GTX is by and large for those who are always on the go. That said, if we dig into it a little deeper, this brawny-yet-nimble piece has facets that make it a highly viable shoe for the following adventurers:

For those needing extra support. The cratered design of the hiker’s midsole and the raised borders of its nappy footbed translate to steadier strides over uneven terrain. In other words, messing up your gait and posture just might be a thing of the past in this bad boy.

For the maneuver creative. With its outsole sporting multi-directional lugs, freedom of movement with fewer risks of slipping is yours in the Toa GTX. There are also lugs jutting out slightly on its sides, making lateral (sideways) traversals relatively easier.

For peeps desperate for longevity underfoot. While most hiking shoes come with EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) midsoles, the Hoka One One Toa GTX has a rubberized one. Both kinds provide sufficient cushioning and support; however, the featured shoe’s midsole may last longer, for the sole reason that it is rubber.

Additional info

  • This piece is also known as the Sky Toa GTX.
  • Its eVent counterpart is simply called the Hoka One One Toa. eVent is an alternative waterproofing technology to Gore-Tex.


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