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HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit WP - Women's Review

Hoka One One Tor Summit WP - Women's NEW
Top Pick Award
Price:   $160 List | $149.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Lightweight, plush midsole, waterproof
Cons:  Not the best traction, rough terrain can shred exposed midsole
Bottom line:  Perfect shoe for those who want or need exceptional cushion and comfort in their footwear.
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Manufacturer:   Hoka One One

Our Verdict

It seems like whenever fashion swings to one extreme it invariably goes the opposite way soon after, so the natural antidote to years of minimalist running and hiking shoes is one with a super thick sole. Lo and behold, now we have the Hoka One One phenomenon, which has won either a Top Pick or Editors' Choice award designation in almost every category that we've tested them in, from hiking boots to trail running shoes and even regular running shoes. What do all of these pairs have in common? Supreme comfort and cushioning in a stable ride. Sure, they might look a little funny, but when you're gripping about your bruised heel or wishing you'd bought a plush aftermarket insole, we'll be five miles further down the trail smiling all the way. The Hoka One One Tor Summit WP is a great addition to the hiking shoe lineup and perfect for anyone who's tired of sore feet or has already trashed their knees after years in the backcountry. They're waterproof, work well even with a full pack, and still provide decent support even with the extra leverage of height. The main downsides to this shoe are the traction, which is good but not great, as there is some reduced sensitivity due to the extra thick sole, and its durability. There's not a lot of extra rubber on the sides of the shoe or the toe, and there's over an inch of exposed soft EVA midsole in some sections, which won't hold up in the long run if you are hiking in rough terrain. We preferred the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry - Women's for all-around hiking, but this one is a close second and as such we've given it our Top Pick for Comfort award.

In need of some support?
HOKA ONE ONE TOR ULTRA HI WP
Similar to the Tor Summit WP of this review is our Editor's Choice winner for best overall hiking boot, the HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra HI - Women's. For $230, hikers can expect superb comfort in a lightweight package, including a more support high-top design. Additionally, check out the HOKA ONE ONE Women's Tor Summit Mid WP, the mid-height version of this shoe complete with the same suede and leather upper with eVent waterproof lining for a nice $180.


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87
$140
Editors' Choice Award
A great shoe for long or short hikes, with or without a pack.
83
$160
Top Pick Award
Perfect shoe for those who want or need exceptional cushion and comfort in their footwear.
75
$120
Great shoe for people who like to move fast in the mountains without a heavy pack.
73
$100
Best Buy Award
An affordable option for warm and dry climates.
72
$120
A great shoe for fast and light hiking.
72
$140
A good shoe for someone who likes to day and overnight hike and only wants one pair of shoes.
70
$136
A great shoe for shorter hikes or less rugged terrain.
70
$210
A stiff shoe for those who prefer minimal cushion but lots of durability.
60
$115
Great shoe for those with wide feet who need a hiker for arid areas.
60
$140
This low-cut hiker fell to the bottom of our list due to a slippery insole and lack of support.

Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Cam McKenzie Ring
Senior Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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May 6, 2017

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The Hoka One One Tor Summit WP has a nubuck and suede leather upper with an eVent waterproof liner. It has a unique over-sized EVA midsole and a Vibram rubber sole.

Whether you're going for a quick hike with a day pack or a long excursion with a lot of gear  these shoes provide great cushion and a comfortable mile after mile.
Whether you're going for a quick hike with a day pack or a long excursion with a lot of gear, these shoes provide great cushion and a comfortable mile after mile.

Performance Comparison


The Tor Summit was the second highest rated shoe in our test group. See the results below.


Comfort


We've counted the comfort score of each pair in our hiking shoe review as 25% of the overall score. Why? Because when it comes to footwear, comfort is king, our in our case, queen. Sure, we need good traction and stability, weather resistance and so on, but if your shoes aren't comfortable to wear then that will immediately impact your experience on the trail. The Hoka One One Tor Summit WP delivers all the comfort you could ask for and then some, without being too soft or lacking structure. The Ahnu Sugarpine WP - Women's actually has a softer midsole than the Tor, but it's almost too soft, and we felt every pebble and sharp rock on our feet.


What this model provides is a well-cushioned ride that is neither too soft nor too firm. Shoes can be a little like beds, so if you prefer your sole to be rock hard, then check out something like the Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo - Women's, which uses a stiff polyurethane midsole instead of the softer EVA ones found in all of the other models that we tested. We hiked both with and without a pack with this shoe, and even with 25-30 pounds on our back we didn't feel like the midsole was overly compressed.

The oversized midsole gives these shoes a distinct look and provide a lot of cushioning for feet and joints.
The oversized midsole gives these shoes a distinct look and provide a lot of cushioning for feet and joints.

Support


We initially worried that the thicker sole on these shoes would make them unstable on rough terrain, and while they don't have the best lateral stability, there is sufficient arch support and your foot actually sits down in the midsole (like a bucket seat) which helps in that area.


If you're looking for a stiffer shoe for traversing granite slabs or other rough terrain, then the Lowa Renegade or Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry are good options.

Rock hopping in the Hokas. While not as stable as a stiffer and thinner soled shoe  we were still able to scramble around on uneven terrain without worrying about twisting an ankle.
Rock hopping in the Hokas. While not as stable as a stiffer and thinner soled shoe, we were still able to scramble around on uneven terrain without worrying about twisting an ankle.

Traction


The traction on these shoes wasn't our favorite. While there are some multi-directional lugs around the outside  the inner strip is mostly comprised of thin flat lugs that don't provide much grip on slippery surfaces. Combined with the lack of responsiveness underfoot due to the thick sole  we felt a little insecure taking on slabs and steep terrain in this pair.
The traction on these shoes wasn't our favorite. While there are some multi-directional lugs around the outside, the inner strip is mostly comprised of thin flat lugs that don't provide much grip on slippery surfaces. Combined with the lack of responsiveness underfoot due to the thick sole, we felt a little insecure taking on slabs and steep terrain in this pair.

The traction on the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP did leave a little to be desired. While the 5 mm multi-directional lugs on the Vibram sole seem comparable to some other shoes, we didn't feel as secure scrambling on rock slabs in them.


It might help if there were more directional lugs in the middle of the foot, but even if we put the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator - Women's sole on this shoe (which was really sticky) it might not perform as well, as we often felt like the thickness of the sole interfered with the flexion needed for scrambling. However, for regular and even loose dirt trails we had no issues with this pair slipping out from under us.

These shoes can flex a bit to help create friction  but not as much as some other shoes  and the thick sole made it difficult to feel the terrain and ascertain whether our footing was secure.
These shoes can flex a bit to help create friction, but not as much as some other shoes, and the thick sole made it difficult to feel the terrain and ascertain whether our footing was secure.

Weight


For such a thick shoe this pair is actually lightweight and won't weigh you down.
For such a thick shoe this pair is actually lightweight and won't weigh you down.

We worried that such a thick shoe would be heavy, but it rings in at only 1 lb 12 oz for a women's size 10, which is only 3 ounces heavier overall than the Ahnu Sugarpine.


Water Resistance


The thick soles help bring the ankle opening up to 4 inches off the ground  increasing your clearance when crossing streams.
The thick soles help bring the ankle opening up to 4 inches off the ground, increasing your clearance when crossing streams.

The Tor Summit WP (as in "waterproof), really is that. The nubuck/suede upper and eVent bootie liner keeps the water out, and the taller height of the ankle (4 inches), also aids in its waterproofness. You have a little more clearance in this shoe when crossing a stream as you do in the Asolo Outlaw GV - Women's, which could mean the difference between topping your shoes, or not.


The upper didn't seem to absorb much water either during our bucket test, unlike the Vasque Talus Trek Low UltraDry - Women's, which makes the shoe heavier and more likely to soak through quicker.

Water testing the Hokas. We had no leaks through the upper or the tongue  and the suede leather was slow to saturate  making this a highly water resistant pair.
Water testing the Hokas. We had no leaks through the upper or the tongue, and the suede leather was slow to saturate, making this a highly water resistant pair.

Durability


While we didn't experience any durability issues during our testing period, we know from experience that the first places to wear out on a pair of hiking shoe are the toe box and the sides. The Hoka One One Tor Summit WP doesn't have much protection in either area.


In fact, this pair has the biggest area of exposed, softer EVA midsole than any other model in this review. If you're constantly scrambling, scrapping, and scootching your way around the backcountry, you might be better off with a more protective pair like the Lowa Renegade II. But for soft forest trails and wide-open spaces these will probably hold up well to several seasons of use.

There were a few areas on this shoe that gave us some concerns for its long-term durability  such as the lightly protected toe cap and the exposed soft midsole.
There were a few areas on this shoe that gave us some concerns for its long-term durability, such as the lightly protected toe cap and the exposed soft midsole.

Best Applications


The Hoka brand gets recommended all the time to people with plantar fasciitis, knee issues, or those on their feet for long periods of time, and we can totally see why. The thicker midsole provides more cushion and support than any other model out there, as long as it fits your foot. If you have very narrow feet this model might not work for you, and you might experience some heel lift or forefoot movement. But if it fits and you're looking for something that is plush and comfortable for miles and miles of hiking and don't mind the look, then these shoes are a great choice.

If you've been hiking for years and your joints are starting to protest (like us)  or you just prefer to be comfortable no matter what  then these are the shoes for you.
If you've been hiking for years and your joints are starting to protest (like us), or you just prefer to be comfortable no matter what, then these are the shoes for you.

Value


This pair retails for $160. That's certainly more than the $100 Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator, our Best Buy winner, but still $50 less than the exorbitantly priced Lowa Renegade IIs

Conclusion


If you're looking for maximum comfort in your hiking shoes, the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP are hard to beat. The extra thick mid-sole provides exceptional comfort without being too squishy, making them a great choice for people with foot and knee issues, or for anyone who logs a lot of miles on the trail and wants to do it in comfort.
Cam McKenzie Ring

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