Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Trail Runner Review

Challenger ATR 3

Upper design and construction on the Challenger ATR 3

Bottom Line:

The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 is a light, cushy trail runner that can easily do double duty on roads as well as other hard packed surfaces. It feels like you are literally floating on the trails.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Observations:

Recently I┬áhad the opportunity to test out the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 on the trails around Southwest BC. The terrain here is mostly coastal rainforest, so it’s rocky, rooty and muddy.

I was interested to test out the Challenger ATR 3 due to the amount of cushioning it offers through the midsole. There are pros and cons to more cushioning but I believe the Challenger ATR 3 has hit a sweet spot in regards to still allowing for a tactile response from the trail and a feel of the terrain underfoot while also protecting your joints from the impacts of running, especially on steep downhill sections.

The Upper on the Challenger ATR 3 is snug and held my foot in place. The toebox has a technical feel to it, it tapers at the front, slightly pushing the toes together. I found this worked well for creating a platform out of my foot to push off with and hop between rocks and roots through sections of the trail that had washed out. If you are used to a wide toebox then this will be something to consider.

For the outsole I found the traction provided by the 4mm lugs to be really good. It grips onto the wet rock in the forests while also digging in to limit any slippage while climbing steeper, muddy inclines. I would feel confident using this outsole for a short 20km race up to long ultramarathon.

Overall I found the stability of this shoe really good and the cushioning underfoot made these a pleasure to run in. I appreciated the 5mm drop from heel to toe also.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Outsole lugs on the Challenger ATR 3

Pros:

  • Stable: The upper feels just right in regards to holding the foot in place. I appreciated the tapered toebox
  • Light: At only 9.5oz/269g’s (US Size 9) these shoes feel light to wear
  • Cushioning: With the light weight of this shoe, coupled with the minimalist upper and the maximal cushioning in the midsole these shoes really feel like floating on air.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Cons:

  • Toebox: People who love a wide toebox will feel slightly cramped in these. I appreciated this tapering though and loved it on technical downhill sections of trail.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Buy it if:

You are looking for the perfect all rounder from road runs to technical trail to ultra distances. This shoe will be hard to beat for having features for almost any kind of runner.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Rear reflective patches on the Challenger ATR 3

Links:

Altitude-Sports: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Price (at time of writing): CA$169.99

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Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Upper design and construction on the Challenger ATR 3

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Squamish trail running with the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

Outer upper and midsole on the Challenger ATR 3

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

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Author: Leigh McClurg

I grew up in County Dublin, Ireland and moved to British Columbia, Canada with my wife in 2010. I fell in love with being in the Backcountry and Mountains that are all around me here and try to spend all of my free time exploring those wild places. My main goals are to chase happiness, see as much of this planet and its cultures as possible and grow every day through knowledge and experiences.

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