Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners noticed that the 3rd version of the Stinson ATR is more cushioned than the previous versions.
  • The Active Foot Frame lets the foot relax in the mid-sole, essentially giving a customized underfoot platform for each runner.
  • The traction and support of this shoe is impressive as it is good for technical surfaces.
  • The Stinson 3 ATR features a lightweight, no-sew upper construction that provides breathability and added support.
  • This shoe has longitudinal flex grooves for added stability.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Its price is expensive.
  • Most runners didn’t like the bulky looks of this shoe, which apparently made their feet look awkwardly big.
  • According to some reviews, this upper unit wore out quickly than expected.
  • Some observed that the heel cup caused blistering, especially when wearing it for longer periods of time.

Bottom line

The Stinson 3 ATR from Hoka One One offers a balance of cushioning, stability and support. It is a neutral running shoe that works well both on the trails and on the roads. This shoe won’t disappoint when it comes to high-intensity performance contests and long-distance runs.

Facts

Update: Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.4oz | Women: 10.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 36mm | Women: 36mm
Forefoot height: Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $160
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Pink
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes

Expert Reviews

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78 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Rob Andro | Level 4 expert

    Really, all they've done is change the upper. The midsole/outsole is basically the same. It's awesome, but it's the same.

  • 82 / 100 | Spiguyver Backpacking | | Level 1 expert

    They are amazing, the amount of cushion in the sole makes them perfect for long distance hiking.

  • 79 / 100 | 220 Triathlon | | Level 3 expert

    That heel stack definitely made us lose some nimbleness on tight turns and rocky descents, though, and grip was only adequate and quick to clog up.

  • 65 / 100 | Dad Sherpa | Level 1 expert

    It's got some nice structure in the heel, nice support. They've got some nice padding around the heel, as well a nice padded tongue. Really like… the upper part of the shoe, but just found that it ran a little short and narrow for me…

  • First look | Spiguyver Backpacking | | Level 1 expert

  • First look | Ultra Running Magazine |

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  • The Hoka One One Stinson 3 ATR comes with an enhanced and more balanced late-stage Meta-Rocker. The updated technology was designed to give additional forefoot support. The underfoot geometry was tuned for an improved ride and stability on trails.
  • The 3rd update of the Stinson ATR features an improved fit in the heel and midfoot area. It also gives additional longevity through its durable technology.
  • The tongue of the Stinson 3 ATR was also updated. It comes with a light padding for increased comfort without adding significant weight.

The sizing of the Hoka One One Stinson 3 ATR is of standard measurement. However, the overall fit of this version was improved as compared to its predecessor. The heel, midfoot and forefoot area of the shoe have standard measurements. This shoe is available in standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.


The sticky rubber compound together with the 3mm ATR Lugs increases the traction attributes of the shoe, keeping the runners upright even on wet surfaces. It is highly reliable and durable due to its high-abrasion resistant capacity. The durability also allows a problem-free everyday run.

The full ground contact construction of the Stinson ATR 3 provides a smoother heel-to-toe transition while giving increased traction on trickiest terrain.

Found in the outsole unit of the shoe are the Longitudinal Flex Grooves. The flex grooves are designed to allow the foot to move freely without causing any pain. It also gives added stability.


The full-length Compression-Molded EVA was placed in the midsole, giving an impressive cushioning. It gives added stability and increases impact protection which is also needed for long runs. For a similar running experience, users could also give the Salomon Sense Ride 2 a try.

The midsole of this shoe also uses the Active Foot Frame technology. It increases responsiveness and feedback by allowing the foot to sit into the midsole. It made the shoe highly adaptable to a wide range of running styles and foot shape.

The brand’s Late Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry technology was also found in this shoe. It was engineered to provide a more stable forefoot base and support.


The upper unit of the Stinson 3 ATR gives maximum breathability through its air mesh upper. The lightweight air mesh material allows optimal airflow, keeping the foot cool and dry.

The no-sew design Lycra ComfortFrame in the upper gives a sock-like and more secure fit. It was designed to enhance the fit in the heel and midfoot area, wrapping around the foot for a snug and comfortable fit. The no-sew construction reduces the possibilities of having irritation and blisters. It also gives added durability to the shoe’s upper.

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