Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.7oz
    Women: 6.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jul 2017
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Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many runners commented that the Hoka One One Tracer 2 was suitably lightweight.
  • Most testers stated that the upper unit hugged the foot like a glove, giving a secure yet agreeable coverage.
  • The underfoot foam unit was lauded for offering responsive cushioning.
  • Several purchasers noted that the sole unit didn’t have an excessive thickness, which apparently caused this shoe to look more appealing.
  • According to a few people, the toe-box was noticeably spacious compared to the tight one in the previous model.
  • The overall performance and versatility of the Tracer 2 were appreciated by
  • ‘Comfortable’ was a word that was frequently used to describe the experience with this shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The cushioning felt stiff, according to a tester. He thought that it didn’t accommodate the natural bending of his foot.
  • It was uncomfortably tight, a runner complained. It caused him to return the shoe.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Tracer 2 received positive feedback from most of those who have tested it. They liked this road running shoe’s performance, its versatility, and the effectiveness of its components. But there were those who had opposite experiences. For them, it did not live up to their expectation. Despite the complaints, the Tracer 2 was still a terrific neutral running companion for the majority.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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93 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 | Mark Clements

    A speedy racing shoe: The Hoka One One Tracer 2

    I am a 41-year-old neutral runner with a mid-foot strike, about 165 pounds and 6’ 1” tall. I race all distances, from 5ks to Marathons, and spend at least half of my year training for an upcoming marathon.

    Cushioned for the Older Runners...

    My older brother is a firm believer and promoter of “Hoka Nation” and has been after me to give them a try.

    He swears that as we get older (he’s in his mid-40’s) we need a more cushioned shoe if we plan to run marathons, especially in our struggle to race a Boston Qualifying standard. His theory is that, as we put in more and more miles on the road, we wear our bodies down, which makes it necessary to run with more cushioning under our feet.

    I could not disagree with him, so, as I approached the peak of my marathon training, I purchased a pair of the Hoka One One Tracer 2.

    My intention for this shoe was to use it for 2 runs per week: my Monday track workouts, and my Thursday interval workouts. I also intended to run a half marathon race in them, in order to test their performance abilities.

    Here, you can see a screenshot of my training log for the Hoka Tracer 2: 

     

    Out of the Box

    The Tracer 2s were pretty stiff out of the box, not very plush around the foot, and definitely not very flexible.

    They did appear to have extreme cushioning underfoot, but less toward the forefoot.

     

     

    The softness of the foam is somewhere between the New Balance Fresh Foam and Altra Escalante; that is, there is a little give to the touch, but not much.

    The shoelaces were clownish yellow and extremely long! I ended up removing the long yellow laces and replaced them with shorter black laces.

    Other than that, they felt comfortable enough. The shoe is very lightweight, so I knew I would be reaping some benefits in speed where I lost some benefits of added plushness in the upper.

    The toe box was spacious enough for me, though narrower than I was accustomed to in Altra shoes.

     

     

     

    On the Road

    I ran a few easy runs at first to try and break them in a bit before I tested them out on speed workouts. Immediately I noticed that the Tracer 2 really encourages a mid-foot landing and fore-foot push off.

    The design of the outsole, namely, a thicker cushion on the heel and mid-foot, and thinning cushioning as the shoe goes forward to the toes, urged me to push off with explosive power in the faster intervals.

    Another note on the road: Since the shoe is so lightweight, I noticed that it felt as if it became part of my foot, which allowed me to run with greater assurance on uneven surfaces.

    I did not have one instance of a twisted ankle or foot while running in these shoes.

     

    On the Track

    Everything that is great about the Tracer 2 on the road is exponentially amplified on the track.

    Aside from a racing flat, this is an absolutely perfect shoe for Track Mondays. I found the Tracer 2 to be extremely responsive on the track. The contour of the outsole is perfectly designed for speed.

    The upper is lightweight and breathable, almost unnoticeable.

    In The Race

    As part of my training for the upcoming Dallas Marathon, I ran the McKinney Half Marathon in the Hoka Tracer 2.

    I am considering running the full Marathon in these shoes, so I wanted to get a good idea of how they would perform. The race was hot and humid, and though I did not set a personal record, I did win my division with a time of 1:30:45.

    I was moderately pleased with the performance of the shoes. The breathable upper allowed all the moisture in the wet and humid race to escape unnoticed.

    While they are great at faster paces, I found myself fatigued during the latter half of the race, the thick heel seemed to get in my way. While I understand it was related to my failing running form as I became exhausted, the shoe felt a bit cumbersome.

    Again, I would prefer less of an obtrusive cushion in the heel, less of a heel-to-toe drop, and an overall smaller shoe, at least during races.

     

    Pros

    • Great outsole shape for better running form 
    • Lightweight and breathable for top performance
    • Supreme cushioning compared to other racing shoes
    • Great color option in red

    Cons

    • Gigantically long clown shoelaces
    • Too much cushioning foam for slower paces

    Conclusion

    I have not decided whether or not I will race the full marathon in the Hoka One One Tracer 2. I’m not sure I will be happy with the feeling during the later miles of the marathon as my legs fatigue.

    The cushioning is definitely supreme, especially in correlation with its overall weight. I am definitely pleased with the shoe’s performance in speed. The toe-off is powerful due to the contour of the outsole.

    That being said, I am afraid the shoe would become cumbersome in the latter miles of a full marathon.

    I am not fully persuaded to jump on the Hoka bandwagon.

    Nonetheless, I gave the Tracer 2 a high score for it's supreme cushioning in a lightweight racing shoe & for its exceptional design meant to enhance toe-off speed.

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

    Mark Clements

    Level 3 expert (6-14 reviews)

    My name is Mark Clements. I’m an avid runner in my 40’s and I run races from 5Ks to Marathons. I’m always training for a race and run at least 40 miles/week, rotating up to 5 pairs of shoes through my runs. My long term goal is to run into old age, remaining injury-free, which comes in part by being equipped with the best shoes out there!

    13 reviews - average score 89/100

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Updates to Hoka One One Tracer 2

  • The basic design of the Hoka One One Tracer 2 is mostly similar to its predecessor, the first of the series. The changes are subtle, but they were possible thanks to the feedback given by the consumers for the original Tracer model. Now, the toe box is expanded to accommodate sure toe-splay; the collar is much thicker to hold the heel more securely, and a heel tab has been added to facilitate easy on-and-off.
  • The midsole unit of this shoe still has the same technologies as its antecedent. The purpose of these features is to provide a comfortable underfoot experience throughout the running session. Rubber shields the rest of the foam platform from wear and tear.

Hoka One One Tracer 2 size and fit

The Hoka One One Tracer 2 has a standard running shoe length. It accommodates the regular sizing preferences of runners. Regarding width, the choices are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. Its semi-curved shape mimics the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

High-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber is strategically placed in the high-wear areas of the outsole to protect the foam platform from the potentially abrasive nature of the roads. It also delivers traction.

The RMAT component is made using a blend of rubber and EVA. Placed just before the anti-abrasion rubber, it serves to add a bit more cushioning and surface grip.

Midsole

The Pro2Lite +10 is a foam unit that has a unique construction. It’s firmer in the forefoot section so that it could facilitate a more propelled toe-off and softer in the back area to enable a spongy and springy ride.

The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry is a design that principally arcs the underside of the midsole. Its purpose is to make the transitions from the heel to the toe more agreeable and much speedier.

A Molded Ortholite Sockliner is placed right above the primary foam system. It adds a bit more cushioning. It also cushions the curves of the underfoot, thereby giving support to areas that aren’t usually given notice.

Upper

Engineered Mesh is the main fabric of the Hoka One One Tracer 2. It looks like cloth and its properties are like cloth: it’s soft, flexible and lightweight. Ventilation pores allow air to enter the foot-chamber, cooling the foot and keeping it dry.

The 3D Puff Print Frame is an overlay system that adds structure to the upper and provides secure lockdown for the foot. It’s made out of a thin material that doesn’t affect the weight of the shoe. It even has patterns that make it look more contemporary and appealing.