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The Challenger 6 ATR was too plush, the Speedgoat 4 was too harsh, and the Torrent 2 is just right! It’s not like a lot of other Hoka shoes; it’s not a maximalist shoe. 

The Torrent 2 is responsive, nimble, fast, low-profile, grippy, and with all these, I feel like I’m no longer describing a Hoka. It’s perfect for race day, speed days, and crushing trail days. 

There’s not a lot of change from the original Torrent. This version just has an upgraded upper and lug design, and it lost some weight too. 

 

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Pros

Upper

A multi-layered engineered mesh made of recycled waste plastic comprises the Torrent 2’s upper. 

A lightweight ring of welded overlay runs around the whole shoe for added durability and moisture protection around the bottom of the upper. This construction makes this iteration more sturdy than the original. The downside is the Torrent 2 is slightly less breathable than the first version.

Tongue

It’s padded but breathable. It’s also semi-gusseted which is common among the Hoka releases of 2020. 

Lacing system 

The running shoe has flat Hoka trail laces. They are a bit stiff but certainly gave a nice lockdown. They’re also durable; they’re like climbing rope on the Hokas this year. 

Heel counter

It’s medium stiff, but not overly stiff. Meanwhile, the ankle collar is plush, smooth, and comfy. 

 

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Midsole

The midsole is comprised of CMEVA Profly which is responsive, low-to-the-ground, and stable. It’s also softer in the heel and firmer in the forefoot. I really love this because it keeps the landings feeling soft and makes the push-off feeling nimble. 

Although this is touted as a firmer midsole than the Speedgoat’s but for me, it felt way better. Not so sure as to what my issue was with the Speedgoat. Maybe it was the flex that was too stiff and not the firmness of the foam. 

Outsole

It’s insanely grippy! You can literally haul down steep, gnarly terrain. 

It also makes your ride fast. It’s even better than the Speedgoat, in my opinion, which was already super confidence-inspiring in the grip department.

 

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Cons

There’s not much here, I almost don’t want to give any cons. I feel that strongly about this shoe, but I must at least mention three things. The two are really just things that the Torrent should have stole from the Speedgoat. 

Tongue

The gussets could’ve been the more flexible neoprene fabric like the Speedgoat, just to give a touch more flex in the midfoot. However, this would mean even lesser breathability. 

Heel counter

There’s no heel loop, and also no elf tab, but I guess the reason for this is because both add weight. 

Lacing system

The laces are a bit too long. It seems like Hoka is really inconsistent with their lace length. 

Specifics

Fit

With all the issues I had with the Speedgoat 4, I am so glad this shoe hit it out of the park on fit. This is what I wanted the Speedgoat 4 to feel like. It’s snug; there’s no slip or slop. 

I didn’t have to get super fancy with the laces, although I do have them laced through the last eyelet, but not a full lockdown lacing technique. 

The D fits my foot well, and the upper flexes enough without being sloppy. 

Comfort

It’s not like the Clifton or the Challenger’s plush feeling, but it does it for me. It’s considerably more comfortable than the Speedgoat. I think Hoka created the perfect trail shoe, which is ironic because it’s not the usual Hoka mold. 

What I love the most is it feels fast, reactive, nimble, and it’s pretty sweet to your feet. There’s a little ground feel, but you can charge downhill with abandon. 

Weight

It’s 9.2 ounces or 260 grams. Compared to the Inov-8, which has double the stack, the Hoka Torrent 2 is 10 grams lighter.

Drop/stack 

  • 5 mm 
  • 23 mm heel stack

It’s very stable. I liked being a bit lower to the ground than in other Hokas I’ve tested. 

 

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Durability

I think this can go the distance. Hoka fixed the main durability issue from the original, which was the thinner upper. 

Looks

It’s sexy! That’s not right, I can’t be physically attracted to a shoe, can I? Look at this, this is what a shoe should look like. 

 

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Price

It retails for $120, which is a great value in my book for a shoe that performs well. 

Overall conclusion

This shoe is amazing, it checks all the boxes for me. I had more gripes about the Terraultra G260 and that was my favorite shoe last year. 

I don’t know what else to say, I just love this shoe! If you need a quick, nimble, grippy trail racer, look no further. If you think you want the Speedgoat 4. Check out the Torrent 2. It’s what I had hoped for in the Speedgoat, to be honest. 

I’m so psyched about this shoe! As of now, it’s my daily trainer until someone else can knock it off this pedestal. 

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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.

Updates

The Hoka One One Torrent 2 is a trail running shoe intended for those who want to take their activities to the next level. This lightweight running shoe utilizes a new improve upper. With the use of the engineered mesh, added breathability and protective support are offered. This is essential in keeping a healthier foot environment.

Along with the engineered mesh is multidirectional lugs. This neutral running shoe provides aggressive traction. This is vital in letting the user tackle a wide variety of challenging terrains.

Size and fit

The Hoka One One Torrent 2 uses the standard running shoe measurements for both men and women's versions. 

The technical factor that affects the fit of this lightweight running shoe is the engineered mesh. With the use of this material, a snug fit is offered. With its breathable feature, a more comfortable ride can be experienced by the user as well.

Outsole

Integrated into the shoe is the Marbled Sticky Rubber. This material is strategically placed in the outsole area to deliver increased traction, especially on slippery surfaces. When compared to the Altra Torin 3.0, which uses the FootPod outsole, both material provides the right amount of grip needed for the running session.

Together with the Marbled Sticky Rubber are Multidirectional Lugs. This component of the shoe enables the user to transverse tough and tight trails with ease and confidence. As a result, possible slippage is prevented and decreased.

Midsole

The Hoka One One Torrent 2 uses the PROFLY midsole. This feature of the running shoe is meant to deliver a more enjoyable ride. With the utilization of a softer heel, extra cushioning is offered. On the other hand, the use of a firmer forefoot is focused on adding propulsion. As a result, a more efficient running experience is promoted.

Upper

The engineered mesh is used in crafting the shoe. This material is described to be made from recycled polyester fibers that offer support and quick-drying comfort. This feature of the running footwear aims to provide optimal breathability. This is significant in keeping the foot cool and dry at all times. Similar material is used in the making of the Brooks Transcend 6 and Hoka One One Speedgoat 3.

Surrounding the toe box and forefoot are the reinforcing overlays. Hoka One One added this feature to deliver added support and protection against debris that can be found on the trails.

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Top 33% trail running shoes
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Top 32% neutral running shoes
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.