Hoka Challenger ATR 5

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Hoka Challenger ATR 5
266g (men's UK 8) £115

It’s probably fair to say most of us need grip that works superbly in the middle ground. The road-friendly, soft ride Challenger is good for just that. The lug pattern – wider at the front and closer together at the rear – provides a smoother, more consistent feel than the previous model, while the wider spread means more grip. This light shoe copes well with muddy paths and long sections of road. The ATR 5 works off a low drop 5mm, but such is the cushioning and elevated platform, you don’t really notice that low profile. Hoka can come up a little narrow in the toe box for some runners, but a wider option is available. 

Verdict: Great for mixing and matching road and mud.

Hoka Torrent

255g  (Men's UK 9)

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An interesting shoe given Hoka’s well-known high rise feel. This, while sitting on Hoka’s usual superbly cushioned base, actually feels quite solid and low to the ground. It’s the kind of shoe that creates a feel for the surface, while offering good protection thanks to that Profly midsole, high-traction rubber and aggressive lugs. The resulting good traction means the shoe provides a nice feel at pace, so you could easily use them for racing as well as training. Hoka’s extreme cushioning means the 5mm heel drop is very easy to get along with and if you’re keen on moving to lower numbers, they’re a great starting point. 

Verdict: Fast paced, well cushioned, easy to get on with.