Facts

  • 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

    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

    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
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 9oz
    Women: 7.4oz
  • 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
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Release date
    Jun 2018
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Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Some runners commented that the underfoot cushioning of the Hoka One One Torrent felt suitably comfortable.
  • The spacious toe box allowed natural toe-splay, according to several user reviews.
  • Most wearers welcomed the reliable traction of the Torrent.
  • Several purchasers noticed that the shoe drains quickly.
  • The sizing scheme conformed most user’s expectations.
  • Many admired the shoe’s durable construction; one user said that after running 100 miles it still performed well.
  • A couple of reviewers commended the lightweight nature of this running shoe

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users experienced heel slippage with the Hoka One One Torrent.
  • Because of the missing rock plate, a few felt the sharp rocks while running on trails.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Torrent is a neutral trail running shoe with responsive cushioning. The shoe was mostly well-received by its purchasers because of its comfort, lightweight construction, traction, and overall performance. The minor issues on heel slippage and missing rock plate are not enough to overshadow the positive feedback. Overall, the Torrent is indeed a successful release.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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97 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Jones Hamilton

    Hoka One One Torrent: Aggressive and durable trail partner

    The Torrent is my second running shoe from Hoka One One. The first pair I had was given to me by a friend, and I was not impressed by the shoe’s performance.

    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.

    Fit

    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.

    Durability

    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.

    Good points

    • Aggressive lugs
    • Durable design
    • Responsive cushioning
    • Reasonably-priced
    • Lighter compared to other trail running shoes

    Bad points

    • Tight heel fit
    • Not breathable
    • Narrow toe box

    Conclusion

     

     

    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.

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

  • 100 / 100 | Vo2max Productions

    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.

  • 99 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    ...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

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    Kudos to Hoka One One for making a trail shoe that is going to be one of the best this year and definitely one of the best I have ever put on my foot in almost 25+ years of running.

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Updates to Hoka One One Torrent

  • Hoka One One boasts of a running shoe that is formed through a collaboration with world-class athletes – the Torrent. This trail 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.

Hoka One One Torrent size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

The upper of the Hoka One One Torrent is a breathable mesh with a stripped-down design. This material offers a 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.