That’s a running shoe? Yes.
Are you sure? No.
The Hoka One One Ultra Tor Hi WP breaks new ground in the world of trail running and really strange looking shoe names. As ultra running has become more mainstream and ultra races have become more and more difficult to enter, endurance runners are looking beyond organized events to find new challenges.
As a result of this quest, a relatively new measure of record is becoming more widespread: Fastest Known Time (FKT). FKTs are the measured time for completion of a route chosen by a runner, not a race director. Accordingly, there is a message board where runners can post times and view times of other runners. As such, you have runners posting times for known routes like the Grand Canyon’s Rim to Rim route or lesser known routes close to their homes or hearts. Some FKTs are for single-day efforts, while others are multi-day efforts, blurring the lines between running and trekking.
As exploration continues, Hoka One One saw a need to develop a shoe that could be used for running very long distances, while having support for tackling the unknown. The Hoka Ultra Tor Hi has a 4mm heel-toe offset, an Event waterproof bootie upper construction, built-in flex points in the upper, an ultra-sized midsole and a Vibram outsole to offer a dynamic running shoe (boot) option for adventure enthusiasts and trail distance runners alike.
Available July 2015 – MSRP $230.00
Stack height: 35mm heel, 31mm forefoot, 4mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 17.0 oz (men’s size 9), 14.7 oz (women’s size 7) *Provided by manufacturer