From their first moments out of the box, we could tell that the HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultras were a revolutionary boot. They do not look like an ordinary hiking boot whatsoever. They are HUGE, brightly colored, and could even be confused with clown shoes. Lets just say we were skeptical. Until we put these boots on and realized that they were different than any other hiking boot we have tried.
These boots have taken six years of HOKA's running shoe technological developments and implemented them to create the most comfortable hiking boot out there. They are the only boot that scored a 10 in comfort on our metrics ratings — no boot compared to them in that category. A hike in Grand Teton National Park proved that the HOKAs are making their way into the minds of local outdoor enthusiasts. Many of the mountain guides that work in the Tetons swear by these boots — their job entails a 14-mile round trip commute from the valley floor at 6,800 ft to a base camp at 10,500 ft. On the trail, we were surprised to see HOKAs on the feet of nearly every one of the guides. Their prevalence spurred us to try them out…we were not disappointed.
The HOKAs didn't slack in other departments either, scoring highest overall in our metrics ratings. For these reasons, the HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra receives our Editors' Choice Award this year. They are exceptional in comfort and support while still managing to hold up well on uneven, wet, difficult terrain with the best of the more traditional hiking boots we tested.