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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$130
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many applauded the lightweight and comfortable construction of the Hoka One One Tracer.
  • Most of the testers liked the design and color schemes of the shoe.
  • Because of the lightweight construction, many noticed how fast the shoe is.
  • The shoe features an innovative midsole that delivers a great combination of springy feel and underfoot protection.
  • The shoe comes with a no-sew construction, providing a seamless interior to avoid blisters and irritation.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Limited color options.
  • Few testers complain that the forefoot is too narrow and there is no room for toe splay.
  • A few runners with higher weight profiles noticed that the sole wore off quickly; according to Hoka, this shoe is recommended for those who weigh less than 85kg.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Tracer is a neutral running shoe that delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage for a comfortable run. This shoe is ideal for endurance training and also ideal for long distance and short distance runs.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 46 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 by RunRepeat • Josef Schuster • Level 3 expert

    The Hoka One One Tracer is a lightweight neutral trainer that has incredible versatility from being a racing shoe all the way up to a long run day shoe.

  • 79 / 100 by RunRepeat • Koh Ancheng • Level 3 expert

    For runners looking for a quick snappy racer that has more than enough cushioning the Hoka One One Tracer is a good shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    This guy would be more than enough for the Marathon. I wouldn't worry about distance with this shoe. Even with the lower stack height, there's plenty of cushioning there. These shoes look great.

  • 83 / 100 by TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • Level 3 expert

    The combination of cushion, light weight, and responsiveness makes it a great 10K-to-Marathon racing flat.

  • 90 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 5 expert

    The Hoka Tracer might be just as easily justified as a trainer with its stack height and extra rubber over the Carbon Rocket, but at 7 oz and on the same racing oriented last that the CR is on, I’m going to put it in with the other racers.

  • 87 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    While firm, cushioning is very adequate with a snappy toe spring. I have not had sore legs after any of my runs in them,  fresh legs after a Hoka trademark, even at speed,

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Jonathan Beverly • Level 4 expert

    The shoe weighs almost nothing but doesn’t feel flimsy when you’re running in it.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    Since the Tracer has a lower stack height than other Hoka shoes, it was not necessary to incorporate the stability features of a wide base and Active Foot Frame.

  • 79 / 100 by Runner's World • Jonathan Beverly • Level 4 expert

    Even as a racer, it has a solid, protective feel underfoot.

  • 100 / 100 by Athletics Weekly • Athletics Weekly • Level 3 expert

    It’s got great cushioning but still feels like an out-and-out racer. They are great, I’d race any distance in them.

  • 81 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David • Level 3 expert

    Very light, efficient. The upper's nice.

  • 80 / 100 by John Daniels • John Daniels • Level 3 expert

    It's kinda cool because when you run it does kinda land right there and roll off. So, a good shoe. Get it and try it.

  • 85 / 100 by Vo2max Productions • Sage Canaday • Level 2 expert

    Again, great for 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, on the roads, maybe on ultra 50K on the roads. 'Cause it does have the support that feels good on the pavement. Kind of what Hoka's known for.

  • 81 / 100 by Amber Nixon • Amber Nixon • Level 2 expert

    There's cushioning in the heel and in the toe box area and along the side of the shoe. This will ensure that no matter what kind of run you're on your feet are not going to get fatigued.

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's Corner • Genevieve • Level 1 expert

    I can wear them for hard, long efforts up to a couple hours and they still feel great! Short tempo's and fartleks? You got it.

  • 80 / 100 by Portland Runnng Company • Larry Julson • Level 1 expert

    It’s going to make a really good tempo/up-tempo training shoe for some and a good first step for those looking to try a “racing flat.”

  • 80 / 100 by Running Product Reviews • RPR • Level 1 expert

    Fit nice and snug, races well, but with enough underfoot for any time I want a fast feel.

  • 77 / 100 by Rock Star Runner • Rock Star Runner • Level 1 expert

    Something to try out. Very light, new shoe from Hoka. A lot more traditional race shoe-looking… It seems like a good shoe. Just not sure about that tongue.

  • 70 / 100 by Rory Campbell • Rory Campbell • Level 1 expert

    If you're looking for a racing shoe with a bit more cushion, yeah, I'd give this a go. It's very lightweight. You'll compete with most racing shoes and it gives that extra bit of cushion to really support you on some more longer runs. But I would not recommend for a training shoe to go out and just do some longer runs on.

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Updates to Hoka One One Tracer

  • The Hoka One One Tracer features the dual density Pro2Lite midsole that delivers a good combination of propulsion and protection. This helps runners experience a more responsive ride while having enough underfoot protection when necessary.
  • The shoe also features the breathable forefoot mesh that allows air flow. It reduces water retention, keeping the foot moisture-free and odor-free.

Hoka One One Tracer size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the Tracer runs small and purchasing a half size larger is advisable to get the right and comfortable fit. The heel and midfoot delivers a snug fit and the forefoot is a bit narrow, making it ideal for those narrow-footed runners. Hoka One One is offering this shoe in standard D width for men’s and B width for women’s version.


Outsole

The outer sole of the shoe uses the RMAT outsole material that gives reliable traction while running on the road. It also gives added cushioning that provides high energy return for a more responsive ride. High Abrasion Rubber is also used in the sole unit. It is strategically placed in high wear areas to provide added durability.


Midsole

The midsole uses the dual density Pro2Lite +10 midsole material that provides enough amount of cushioning when needed. The heel area has a soft cushioning and the forefoot has a firmer cushioning, delivering a great combination of protection and propulsion. With the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry, runners can experience efficiency in their running mechanisms.


Upper

The Hoka One One Tracer features a lightweight and breathable upper coverage. The structural overlays deliver the needed structure in the midfoot. The no-sew construction delivers a seamless environment for the foot. It helps reduce blistering and irritation. The seamless TPU overlay construction provides added support and comfortable fit. Lastly, the shoe comes with an ultra breathable forefoot mesh that allows efficient airflow. It keeps the foot drier all throughout the run.