I was given this product from Backcountry, and this review is my personal option. To be honest, I didnât think the Hoka One Challenger ATR 4 would work for me. But after hammering 50 miles of off-road, medium to highly technical terrain, this shoe changed my mind. I ran on gravel, loose shake, roots, rocks, boulders, mud and bog and the traction was amazing.
The reason I thought this wouldnât work for me is because I run NC Appalachia rocky, technical tracks. I typically purchase shoes with rock shields, tough treads and minimal drop. Instead of the shield this shoe has cushion. Instead of a solid rubber sole, this shoe has podular rubber/foam. Instead of a minimalist rise, it was puffy. But once I got out there, none of this mattered. The cushioning worked in even the most aggressive downhills. The soles survived tremendous beatings on the downhill. And I never tripped once.
The Hoka One Challenger ATR 4 maintained its integrity when wet. It survived repeated lateral rolling, both inversion and eversion, without have to reposition the foot. It planted well in mud and bog. It is lightweight and dries quickly. I am impressed the soles have no tears or perforations (see photo). And the toe guard survived very well.
The only improvement I would make to this shoe are laces, stability and width. I would have put crinkly laces; while I like a more structure shoe, the stability is true to advertised; and I believe the shoe is a little too wide. But again, I run highly technical trails and feel more comfortable in a laterally tight shoe.
I highly recommend the Hoka One Challenger ATR 4 shoe.