Hoka shoes are renowned for comfort and cushioning, and the Challenger is no different. Supported by Hoka’s Active Foot Frame, the foot is cradled comfortably and firmly in the shoe. Padding around the heel helps stop movement, and the toe box doesn’t gape – despite being bulky, they fit like a glove, raising confidence in tackling single-track trails, but their bulk is felt on the foot when wet or in mud. Designed to cover pavement, too, they sacrifice some grip and I’d hesitate to use them over technical mountainous ground. They fall down on breathability, and were hot after several miles. But, despite that, no blisters formed.
Extremely comfortable over long miles, but very heavy when muddy and wet.