Available January 2018 – MSRP $130.00
Positive reviews of the previous edition allowed designers at HOKA to focus on the details when creating the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 4. The ever-popular “Clifton of the trail” is back with many of the same features that make it the versatile all-terrain shoe we know and love.
Much like the previous model, the Challenger ATR 4 has an oversized EVA midsole to generate lightweight cushioning and an early stage Meta-Rocker design for a smooth heel-toe transition. Small tweaks to the midsole should result in slight improvements to the ride, but as both shoes have identical stack heights, the underfoot feel of the Challenger ATR 4 is likely to be very similar to that of the Challenger ATR 3.
The outsole of the Challenger ATR 4 is also identical to the Challenger ATR 3 with a 4 mm lug design that delivers traction in a variety of terrains without creating an uncomfortable ride on the roads. Additionally, the podular design of the outsole should continue to provide increased stability on uneven footing.
The primary updates to the Challenger ATR 4 are included in the upper, which has a much simpler look than its predecessor while incorporating more advanced features. The dual-layer mesh should provide structured support as well as optimal durability and breathability. Adding to that durability is the extended toe-cap, which offers increased protection as well. Finally, an internal heel counter provides a supportive hold while the new heel loop makes pulling the shoe on even easier.
Because of these updates, the weight of the men’s Challenger ATR 4 is 0.5 ounces lighter than the previous edition, and the women’s is a whole 0.7 ounces lighter.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 31 mm heel, 26 mm forefoot, 5 mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.0 oz (men’s size 9), 7.8 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.
Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.