One of the newest shoes in the 605 Running Co stable is the Hoka Challenger ATR. Everyone at the store loved the Hoka Clifton so much that we just had to bring in the shoe that was touted as the trail version of the Clifton. The shoes arrived at the store a few weeks ago and they are selling like mad. The best part about these shoes is that they seem to have been made for running in Sioux Falls. They have great traction underfoot that makes running at local favorites like Good Earth and Great Bear a breeze while still having a very smooth ride on harder surfaces like the bike path.
Most people loved the Clifton but those who didn’t often felt that it was too soft. The Challenger has more dense foam that still provides Hoka’s signature cushion but adds stability and responsiveness. The density of the foam also adds to the durability of the shoe. Some were worried about that in the Clifton. The Clifton lasted 550 miles for me and I think the Challengers will be able to surpass that mark with ease. The uppers are also reinforced for all of the extra force that turning and going downhill can put on a shoe.
With all of the cushion and traction in the Hoka Challenger, one would think that they would be heavy and cumbersome. That is not the case, they are incredibly light at only 9.1 ounces for the men’s size 9. The Challenger is an ideal shoe for many people. If you like the feel of the Clifton but want a more firm and responsive feel, look no further than the Challenger. If you want a versatile trail shoe for local hiking and running trails, this is your go to shoe. It has the cushion for long runs and the lightweight for tempo runs. The Challenger is up for all tasks.
Come on down to 605 Running to try on the new Hoka Challenger ATR. If you want to find out what this trail running thing is all about, join us and the Sioux Falls Area Running Club at Good Earth State Park on Thursdays at 6 PM.