Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $160
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 11.8oz
    Women: 9.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 39mm
    Women: 39mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 34mm
    Women: 34mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jul 2017
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Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Most buyers commended the wider toe box of the Stinson ATR 4.
  • Some runners liked that the latest version of the Stinson ATR is more cushioned, therefore softer and much more comfortable than its predecessors.
  • One user said that the durability has improved in the Stinson ATR with the fourth version’s new tread pattern.
  • Another user was impressed with the superior quality lugs that provide great traction.
  • Several wearers were satisfied with the performance of the Stinson ATR 4 on long-distance running: the underfoot foam provided enough comfort, and the rocker-shaped midsole delivered progressive transition and impact absorption.
  • It required almost no time to break-in and there is no experience of pain, according to some users.
  • A runner said that wearing this shoe helped alleviate the pain from their plantar fasciitis.
  • A couple of users felt that the Stinson ATR 4 is true-to-size.
  • According to a lot of consumers, the Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 is a well-balanced and stable shoe that also provides adequate grip and level steadiness.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One user felt that the heel counter of the Stinson ATR 4 was too high and rigid.
  • Despite a wide toe box, many runners felt uncomfortable and bothered by the overlay on top of the toes; they said that it felt too stiff and that it rubbed against the sides of the toes.
  • Some runners felt that this shoe was lacking in responsiveness.
  • Several users commented that it was difficult to feel a secure fit with the Stinson ATR 4 because of its apparently loose upper construction.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 is an all-terrain running shoe that is suitable for neutral runners. This latest version boasts a more accommodating fit that guarantees comfort and protection no matter the surface of the trail.  A shoe with a completely new structure yet the same experience of comfort and stability, the Stinson ATR 4 is guaranteed to catch the attention of runners who are after a maximal cushioned shoe for long-distance trails and ultramarathons.

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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Sean Kiffe

    Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4- Long Haul Trucker…

    The Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 is the latest version of the popular Stinson model.

    The All Terrain name implies that the shoe is a good fit for a variety of terrain. After 190 miles in these shoes, this reviewer feels as if the shoe lives up to its name.

     

    Performance

    The majority of the time, I’ve spent in these shoes has been on mountainous terrain in western Montana. The trails have ranged from winding single track to old forest service roads. I’ll sometimes connect these with sections of paved roads and pedestrian paths.

    The Stinson ATR 4 has performed well on all of these surfaces. The sole and its 4mm lugs are aggressive enough to handle tough, rocky talus, yet subtle enough to ride on gentle trail surfaces without feeling overkill. On wet, muddy trail I rarely felt a lack of traction.

     

     

    The MetaRocker technology helps to facilitate a more natural running feel and footfall. As a runner who has struggled for years to fix my sometimes heel-striking tendency, the Stinson ATR 4 works to help correct this issue and encourage smooth mechanics with a comfortable foot turnover.

    The mesh upper has a soft feel on the foot. Unlike other maximal shoes that I’ve run in, the Stinson ATR 4 seems to hold on to less water than other brands which help to keep it from feeling heavy, even on trails with creek crossings and in the pouring rain.

    Comfort/Fit

    The Stinson ATR 4 has the classic Hoka plush cushioning. The “big” look of the shoe can be off-putting at first but once you get past the aesthetics the extra cushion is very welcome on longer runs and big descents.

    Having done four trail runs of over 20 miles each in this shoe, I’ve come to enjoy the maximal cushioning and it’s forgiving presence on my joints.

    This shoe fits like a glove and was comfortable right out of the box. The Ortholite sockliner keeps debris out nicely and helps keep the tongue in place. The wide toe-box is a nice feature for those with wide feet or who simply like not feeling cramped.

    I particularly liked this on runs that have extensive one to three mile downhill stretches. It allows for your toes to splay out rather than to be slammed into the front of the shoes.

    While the shoe is on the heavier side (11.8 oz) next to other comparable brands and models, the extra ounces seemed a negligible difference to this reviewer and was unnoticed even after hours of running. 

    Durability/Value

    The upper portion of the shoe has held up very well. The Speedframe technology wraps the foot nicely and after almost 200 miles of use shows little in the way of wear.

     

     

    While I am always partial to a Vibram sole, like on the Mafate Speed 2, the sole of the Stinson ATR 4 holds up nicely, even after some abuse. The heel portion of the sole of the shoe is starting to reveal some breakdown but it is minimal at best.

    The inside of the heel box is wearing away, but temper that with the fact that my bony heels do this prematurely to all of my shoes. I anticipate getting a lot more miles out of this shoe.

    At $160.00 MSRP this shoe is a bit spendy compared to other brands. However, I think the combination of comfort, function, and durability justify the price tag.

     

    Conclusion

    Overall, the Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 is a very solid choice for a runner looking for a cushioned ride with a roomy toe box. It is extremely comfortable after the miles add up and your legs get tired.

    The Stinson ATR 4 is built for long, rugged runs and will definitely hold up for the long haul. It will be my primary “go-to” shoe this season for long off-road runs as I prepare for my first trail 100K. 

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

    Sean Kiffe

    Level 2 expert (3-5 reviews)

    My name is Sean Kiffe. I live with my wife and three daughters in Missoula, MT where I teach middle school science. I am primarily a trail runner but also dabble in road events occasionally. Currently, I am working my way into ultra distances and will be doing my first 50K and 100K trail races this season.

    3 reviews - average score 90/100

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    So, I really like this shoe.

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Updates to Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4

  • The Stinson ATR 4 is the latest all-terrain running shoe from the Hoka One One. The most noticeable feature is its wide toe box, which many users have looked for in previous releases of Hoka One One, but have never found.
  • The shoe has maximalist cushioning using compression molded EVA and a late-stage Meta-Rocker midsole that helps in impact absorption – it’s designed to look enormous, but it offers the same traditional Hoka One One cushioning that’s sought after by many.
  • The breathable mesh of the upper unit is made with Hoka One One’s unique Speedframe Technology to deliver a soft and seamless wrap. Added overlays ensure durability and protection for a total running experience.

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 size and fit

The Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 comes in width profiles of D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. With more room in the toe box, this shoe aims to accommodate those with high-volume or low-volume feet.

Outsole

The outsole design of the Stinson ATR 4 was designed to protect the foot from rocks and debris. It has 4 mm sticky lugs that are positioned closely together to provide a great grip in all conditions. This version has an updated stack height, heel-to-toe drop, and weight, to ensure a comfortable experience on long-distance runs.

The rubber outsole also features a high-abrasion, full-ground pod-like design to provide stability on uneven terrain. Most wearers have observed that the shoe can handle a lot of shocks, and its tread provides extra traction that is just right for brutal trails.

Midsole

The high-volume midsole and the late-stage MetaRocker design provide maximal cushioning and a smooth ride for the foot. This rocker feature encourages an efficient stride and an easy foot turnover.

The shoe also includes a removable molded Ortholite insole, for added cushioning and comfort. The thickness of the shoe offers protection from side impacts and small rocks. Compared to a standard running shoe, the Stinson ATR 4’s midsole has a thicker platform, so it aims to deliver excellent shock absorption and a stable ride without sacrificing flexibility.

There are flex grooves patterned in the midsole to keep the shoe from being stiff.

Upper

Made with reinforced open mesh using Speedframe technology, the Stinson ATR 4’s upper is rugged and durable, yet soft enough to remain comfortable.

It also has added overlays to secure the foot and protect it from impact and stress, allowing the wearer to go on longer runs.

The upper also has a wider last for a more accommodating fit, especially in the forefoot and the toes. This feature allows for an enhanced performance on technical terrains.

The padded tongue and collar add protection and cushioning to the top sections of the foot. They also prevent accidental shoe-removals.