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WeightMen: 9ozWomen: 7.4oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 5mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 24mmWomen: 24mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Release dateJun 2018
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Hoka One One Torrent – Inspiring my journey from roads to trailsMore photos
After primarily being a road runner for years, I finally gave in to the allure of hitting the trails. It only took a few runs for me to realize why they make shoes specifically designed for rougher terrains.
Through research and recommendations from trail runners, I settled on the Hoka One One Torrent as my first pair.
Usage & durability
The Torrent can handle moderate to slightly technical terrain with ease. Due to the lack of a rock plate, extremely rocky surfaces may not be ideal for the Torrent.
Additionally, due to the lugs on the bottom of the shoe, they would not hold up well on pavement.
The trails that I primarily run on tend to hold water for a while after it rains and can get pretty muddy. Fortunately, the few times I’ve run into this issue, the Torrents have had no problems holding up.
They may require some cleaning afterwards, but they tear right through mud and puddles. While they aren’t waterproof, they do tend to dry out quickly.
I did not test them in the rain, but puddles and streams were no issue.
Due to the combination of being lightweight, yet sturdy, the Torrent opens itself up to a variety of workouts. They feel great during long runs or at slower paces.
At the same time, they are light enough to really open it up and get in some speedwork. The Torrent is definitely a race-worthy shoe.
The ProFly midsole of the Torrent provides a softer, more cushioned feel in the heel and a firmer feel towards the front.
This makes for a good combination of cushion and responsiveness with a very efficient transition.
It gives the ability to feel the trails, almost like a minimalist shoe, but with enough cushion to where rocks, sticks, or any other obstacles won’t hurt your feet.
Since there isn’t a rock plate, the added cushion is a big plus.
The Torrents have a mesh upper with TPU overlays for added support and trail debris protection.
This is an ideal combination for a trail shoe as it allows for breathability while at the same time providing the needed support to hold your foot in place while navigating technical terrain.
While not waterproof, the upper is quick-drying.
The Hoka Torrent outsole is made of a high traction rubber and has multidirectional lugs.
The outsole is a highlight of the shoe and capable of providing traction and a grippy ride across almost any terrain or trail conditions—muddy, rocky, technical trails, hard-packed, and loose trails.
Fit & comfort
The Torrent runs true to size and is a neutral shoe. While typically the Hoka brand is synonymous with cushion, I found the Torrent to be surprisingly firm, however not uncomfortably so.
This was a positive for me in a trail shoe as it allowed for better grip and balance over rougher terrain.
At $120, the Torrent is a great value. After putting significant mileage on my pair over rough terrain and muddy conditions, they are still going strong with little wear and tear.
They appear to be very well made and capable of lasting many miles.
The Hoka Torrent is a solid shoe. Specifically for me, it was a great transition shoe to get into trail running.
I tend to favor a lightweight shoe, which I wasn’t sure would hold up on technical terrain. The Torrent met this and more, going well beyond my expectations.
+ Outsole provides excellent grip for technical terrain
+ Lightweight and fast
+ Sufficiently supportive
● While I do not have any issues and don’t anticipate most will, the lack of a rock plate could be an issue on extremely rocky terrain. Also, the lugs on the outsole are not ideal for those looking for a trail/road hybrid.
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Hoka One One Torrent: Aggressive and durable trail partnerMore photos
I was inclined to try the Torrent after I read some positive reviews about it. So, here’s my review of the shoe:
The design of the Hoka One One Torrent
The upper of the Hoka One One Torrent features a durable engineered mesh which aims to deliver breathability and comfort. The mesh is stretchable which gives the foot a nice wrap, and it has a quick-drying feature, keeping the foot dry and cool.
For added support and foot protection, seamless overlays are added to the shoe. The overlays are light, and since it is seamless, it does not create blister or irritation.
To secure the foot while running, the shoe utilizes a traditional lace-up closure. The laces are flat and stretchable; they stay in place throughout the run.
In the midsole is the dual-density PROFLY technology. It is a lightweight midsole foam designed for responsiveness and flexibility. Durable underfoot protection is also another characteristic of the PROFLY midsole.
For durability and traction, the Hoka One One Torrent makes use of a high-abrasion rubber material. The durable material covers the entire outer sole, and it features multi-directional lugs strategically placed for reliable traction on varied trail surfaces.
Comfort and Breathability
The Torrent is average when it comes to comfort. I have been wearing the shoe with thin socks, and so far, I found it comfortable (but not exceptionally comfortable). I’m just happy that the cushioning is not too firm and that I develop no blister or hot spot.
The upper mesh is not breathable too, making the shoe not ideal for hot weather. It wraps the foot smoothly, but after an hour of wearing the shoe, my feet were sweating a bit. I haven’t experienced this with my other trail shoes.
Performance of the Torrent
I’ve been using the shoes for a couple of months, and I think the Torrent is a well-rounded trail shoe. The shoe does not disappoint when used use on rocky trails and muddy surfaces. The lugs are consistent and aggressive.
The cushioning of the Hoka One One Torrent is responsive. I love the extra cushioning in the heel and the firmer feel in the forefoot area; this is exactly what I am looking for in a trail shoe.
The major problem I experienced with the Hoka One One Torrent is the fit. It is true to size, but I find the fit too tight for my liking. The heel is stiffer, and it is narrower than expected.
It gave a slight pressure while running. The forefoot is also narrow but not too tight to cause discomfort. The toe box gives no room for toe splay. As a trail runner, I prefer a roomy toe box.
Just like the other Hoka One One models, the Torrent is a durable trail shoe. The outsole features a high-abrasion rubber material. Impressively, after running 100 miles, the outsole looks the same - no sign of wear and tear. The upper mesh material is also mighty durable.
- Aggressive lugs
- Durable design
- Responsive cushioning
- Lighter compared to other trail running shoes
- Tight heel fit
- Not breathable
- Narrow toe box
Performance-wise, the Hoka One One Torrent is truly a game changer. However, the overall fit needs improvement. It is durable, responsive, and the traction is remarkable.
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This is a great new versatile trail shoe from Hoka One One. Lightweight, fast, responsive ride. Still, I love the cushion and support that the midsole offers.
...the all around performance of this shoe really caught me off guard. It is one of the quickest, most all around competent, versatile race ready trails shoes I have run in
- Hoka One One boasts of a running shoe that is formed through a collaboration with world-class athletes – the Torrent. Just like the popular Hoka One One trail shoe, the Speedgoat 3, this shoe is designed for race day, as it offers a unique combination of agility and cushioning. The versatile and sleek design of the Torrent enables neutral runners to achieve a speedy ride and more miles.
- The open-engineered mesh upper provides optimal breathability and delivers a quick-dry and comfortable foot environment. It displays a minimal layout yet gives a secure fit.
- Through the PROFLY™ midsole, the shoe is made user-friendly as heel strikes are more natural and toe-offs are bouncier. The midsole unit is coupled with an outsole that produces high-level traction, making the Hoka One One Torrent a nimble and adaptable running shoe.
- In the outsole of the Hoka One One Torrent is the hi-abrasion rubber zones which gives the shoe durability without adding too much weight. Incorporated into the outer sole are the multidirectional lugs which are designed for excepetional grip on varied surfaces.
The Hoka One One Torrent is constructed with a standard running shoe width and length. However, runners who have a high foot volume might find the shoe to be a little narrow in the forefoot. Wearers who are accustomed to Hoka One One shoes will discover the Torrent to have a similar fit. The Torrent is available in D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.
The aggressive rubber outsole of the Torrent enables gripping and digging into various outdoor surfaces with ease. The heel and forefoot areas are reinforced with a high-abrasion sticky rubber for durability. It can survive even the toughest route.
The Torrent has deep, prominent lugs that work capably in supplying multidirectional traction. These lugs help the runner undertake soft, messy trails with no problem. The lugs also give added flexibility to the shoe.
Hoka One One presents the PROFLY™ midsole technology in the Torrent, which is a dual-density foam compound that is formed soft in the heel and firm at the forefoot. This layout reduces pressure when landing on hard, rocky terrains, but, at the same time, produces light and bouncy toe-offs. As a smooth transition is generated, the runner is able to log more miles, thus completing the PROFLY™’s concept of balance between protection and propulsion.
The PROFLY™ compound comes in the form of an oversized ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) unit that delivers an adequate underfoot cushioning but without the additional bulk.
The upper of the Hoka One One Torrent is a breathable mesh with a stripped-down design. This material offers lightweight comfort that promotes a comfortable running experience. The mesh also has a quick-drying capability, encouraging a healthy foot environment as it eliminates moisture buildup.
A set of overlays surrounds the upper in strategic locations. These synthetic elements protect the forefoot and toes from debris while supporting the rest of the shoe by providing a structural framework. The overlays are in seamless design, it gives the foot a smooth and irritation-free environment.
The tongue and heel collar of the Torrent is moderately padded. The foam padding remains to be smooth for added comfort. The heel collar and tongue also enhances the overall fit and foot lockdown.
To secure the foot while running, the shoe has a lace-up closure. The laces are durable and they stay tied while running. There are extra eyelets to further secure the ankle and heel area.