The CHALLENGER ATR builds on the devastating success of the Clifton. Superlight, smartly shaped, ridiculously comfortable and efficient running for everything from 5km to ultramarathon. Adding shallow lugs for remarkable trail and all-terrain grip, the Challenger feels incredibly comfortable, light, responsive, and beautifully cushioned across all terrain. For runners looking to encounter rubble, rock, gravel, wet grass, sandy slopes, mud, scree, and road, pavement, sandstone stairs and forest floors at pace, the Challenger is a revelation. Sure to be one of the most highly acclaimed trail shoe releases of 2015.
With lightweight, smooth-riding characteristics, an aggressive outsole and sturdy support, the women’s Challenger ATR Trail-Running Shoes help you cruise over the varied surfaces of your trail runs.
- Meta-Rocker geometry provides a fluid, efficient ride; independent rubber pods provide stability on uneven terrain for runners who value versatility in their running shoes
- 5mm heel-to-toe drop encourages a natural midfoot or forefoot strike to promote forward momentum and reduce the impact of heel striking
- Speedframe upper
- 4mm lugs for all-terrain traction
Hoka One One Challenger ATR Sole Info:
This shoe uses EVA foam material for the midsole that is similar to what is used in the Clifton and other Hoka shoes. The material is a little bit firmer than the previously used CMEVA foam used in many previous Hoka models.
This foam is more durable and holds up better than the material used in the Clifton. The shoe needs to be able to not bend or move all over the place when going over uneven terrain but it also needs to provide a cushioned and smooth ride. The EVA in this midsole does that. It is firm enough to maintain some structure while still providing a softer than usual ride for your foot. It also does a fantastic job of absorbing all of the little tiny rocks you step on while trail running. It allows you to smoothly glide over sections of terrain in a way that you may not have been able to before. It does all of this while maintaining the responsiveness that the trails demand.
This shoe also has a high quality rubber outsole. The very center of the outsole is made up of exposed EVA. The rest is surrounded by harder rubber material with 4mm lugs everywhere. The lugging pattern is aggressive, and it really shows when you get this shoe out on the trail. They have outstanding grip in every condition.
Hoka One One Challenger ATR Upper Info:
You get an upper that is very comfortable with a wider toe box. The shoe provides a lot of room for your foot. It is wider than a standard running shoes upper. It’s not a huge difference but it is noticeable, and if you are someone with a more narrow foot a suggestion is to downsize half a shoe size in these.
The material used is thin and breathable but durable enough to take a good pounding while also keeping your foot protected. They also drain very well. This upper just looks and feels high quality. They’ve also added a toe guard across the front of the upper to provide some protection from the occasional misstep. The high quality thicker laces are also a nice touch. Those familiar with the Clifton will see the challenger as a more refined version of that with some extra protection.
Best use: Trail running
Running shoe type: Trail
Footwear height: Ankle
Footwear closure: Lace-up
Upper: Synthetic leather/synthetic textile/polyester
Heel-to-toe drop: 5mm drop
Average footwear weight (pair): 420 grams