Verdict from 6 experts and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfy: Professional testers find the Hoka One One TenNine Hike GTX immensely comfortable.
  • Light: According to bloggers, this hiker dispels the notion—"The bigger the boot, the heavier the boot."
  • Grippy: It provides fantastic sticking power on virtually all sorts of outdoor surfaces, say critics.
  • Plush: Gear pundits are united about the TenNine Hike GTX’s chunky sole being mighty springy, making every stride very efficient.
  • Supportive: To experts, this Hoka One One hiker has a remarkable support system, particularly around the heel.
  • Stable: The boot offers “rock-solid stability,” a gear specialist says.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Pricey: The TenNine Hike GTX falls under the super-expensive category, and professional reviewers very much agree.
  • Dirt digger: An expert says that its bulging heel is inclined to dig up dirt on descents, which then gets hurled at the back of your legs.

Bottom line

“Fascinatingly powerful down under” just might be the perfect marketing slogan for the TenNine Hike GTX. Hoke One One and their selection of compelling hikers just got more appealing with this entry. Indeed, this premium-priced piece takes comfort, cushioning, and protection to an elevated level minus the bulk, which many expect from its compadres under the same category.

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Things the box might not tell you about the TenNine Hike GTX

At a glance, it is hard to miss the imposing-yet-charming build of the Hoka One One TenNine Hike GTX. Overlooking its muscly heel is next to impossible after all. That said, there are other things about this stunner that can amaze you even more. Such are the following:

  • It inherited its highly stabilizing heel (a.k.a. Hubble Heel) straight from its trail running sibling—the original TenNine.
  • The sole unit’s segmented rear end, also called Swallow Tail, provides independent ground balance. With it, your heel will not tip over to either side on moderately rocky terrain.
  • The generous rear flare of the Hubble Heel and the forefoot’s rockered toe deliver smooth transitions, whether the terrain is level or rugged.
  • Secure and comfortable descents are yours in this boot, thanks to its notched backrest and highly fanned-out heel.
  • As it comes with a gusseted tongue, debris will have a hard time getting inside its GTX-lined confines.

Additional info

  • This waterproof Hoka One One boot is also available in a unisex variant called All Gender TenNine Hike GTX.
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.