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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 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
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 7oz
    Women: 6.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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: 22mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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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

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 | Josef Schuster

    My Thoughts on the Hoka One One Tracer

    I am here to review 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.

    For its retail price of $130, I would say that it might be a tad too much for your weekend warriors. The release of the Tracer 2 has brought its price down from $130 to $105 on the Hoka website, but you can surely find deals where you can get them for $70-$90.

    I recommend anyone reading this to test them out since I really like them and they will probably become an all around workhorse for me in the future.

    They offer the speed of a racing shoe. They offer the cushion that is associated with the Hoka One One brand.

    Try them and I hope that this has helped you out!

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

  • 79 / 100 | Koh Ancheng

    Hoka One One Tracer: The Clifton's faster cousin

    Nike Streak 6.

    Although being much plusher than a racing flat, the Tracer does not fail to give the same snappy feel I get from my other racers.

     

    Overall performance

    Being a racer, the Hoka One One Tracer really performs both on the track and on the road as I would expect of such a shoe.

    The place where this shoe really stands out, in my opinion, would be during longer workouts such as tempo runs.

    The added cushioning this shoe has made running in it for extended periods feel comfortable. Similar to the Clifton 2, the Tracer has an amazing heel to toe transition thanks to its design.

    Laces & Tongue

    One thing I really like about this shoe would be the laces.

    It may seem like a very trivial thing, however, the stretchy laces on the traverse allow me to get in and out of the shoe quickly. It secures my feet, stopping it from rocking around in the shoe.

     

     

    One other aspect of the shoe that I appreciate would be the tongue.

    The tongue of the shoe although not being padded still has the ability to be very comfortable. There is no stitching on the inside, reducing the chances of me getting hotspots when I do my long runs in the shoe.

    Upper

    The upper of the Hoka Tracer has no stitching, making it very comfortable to run in, giving an almost sock-like feel.

    Also, the welded overlays on the upper are less prominent in the Tracer. Compared to the Clifton 2, the welded overlays restricted my foot movement and resulted in me developing hotspots at the forefoot area.

    In addition, the upper is nice and breathable allowing me to run comfortably in hot weather.

    This is not to say that the upper does not have its own set of problems. One major problem I have encountered is that the fit is still quite narrow in the Tracer although not as bad as Clifton’s fit.

    The lack of room in the forefoot area has made my feet feel cramped at the front of the shoe. This is why I feel that the tracers would suit a runner with a more narrow foot.

    Ride

    The Tracers has a responsive ride. Heel to toe transitions in the shoe is extremely smooth.

    The Pro2lite+10 midsole material used on the Tracer is one of the things that make running in the Tracer an absolute joy.

    The midsole both has the ability to remain springy and responsive. This makes the experience running in the shoe very unique and enjoyable during quicker workouts.

    Another thing that contributed to such an enjoyable ride is the low heel drop at only 4mm on the shoe. The low heel drop has made running in this shoe more enjoyable. 

    The midsole of the Tracer is thicker than most racers with a stack height of 22mm.

     

    Removable Insole

    For runners who require special insoles for a range of foot conditions, the Tracer would be a suitable shoe as it has a removable insole.

    The insole on the Tracer is similar to the one found on the Clifton which is really comfortable.

    Heel Counter 

    The heel counter of the Tracer fits me very well as it does not dig into my Achilles tendon, reducing pain.

    Besides, the heel counter is padded which makes running in the shoe very comfortable as compared to racing flats such as the Nike Streak 6.

     

    Outsole wear

    The outsole on the Tracer is definitely grippy enough to be used on a variety of surfaces such as the road and the track. It also has no problem tackling a wet track.

    One thing to take note of is that although I have only used the Tracers for around a month, areas of the outsole that has no rubber covering has seen visible wear.

     

    Conclusion

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

    Although the fit of the shoe is a bit too narrow for my liking, it has not stopped me from loving it.

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

  • 84 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    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 | TF XC Running Shoe Reviews

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

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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.