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. 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 for all-around hiking, but this one is a close second and as such we've given it our Top Pick for Comfort award.
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.