The world's most in-depth and scientific reviews of outdoor gear

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit WP - Women's Review

An exceptionally cushioned shoe that is also lightweight and waterproof.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:  $160 List | $159.95 at Backcountry
Compare prices at 2 resellers
Pros:  Very comfortable, lightweight, waterproof
Cons:  Not the best traction, questionable durability
Manufacturer:   Hoka One One
By Laurel Hunter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 14, 2019
  • Share this article:
84
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#3 of 13
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Support - 20% 9
  • Traction - 15% 7
  • Weight - 15% 8
  • Water Resistance - 15% 9
  • Durability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Hoka One One is known for making super plush running shoes that are both cushioned and comfortable, and they are also making inroads to the hiking market. Turns out that people like supreme comfort and cushioning in a stable ride. They have oversized soles and may look a little funny until you get used to them, but clearly, our testers are fans, as their shoes are often tapped for Top Pick or Editors' Choice awards in many categories that we've tested them in, from hiking boots to running shoes. The Hoka One One Tor Summit WP is an excellent hiking shoe that is perfect for anyone who likes to be comfortable first and foremost, or anyone who benefits from extra cushion. They're waterproof and work well with a heavy pack.

The main issues with this shoe are traction, which is good but not great, and its durability. We prefer the Oboz Sawtooth II Low BDry for all-around hiking, but this is a great option when traction is not critical and comfort is.


Compare to Similar Products

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Tor Summit has a nubuck and suede leather upper with an eVent waterproof liner. The midsole is oversized EVA and rubberized foam, and the sole is Vibram rubber.

Performance Comparison


Super comfortable  lightweight and waterproof! We love the Tor Summit.
Super comfortable, lightweight and waterproof! We love the Tor Summit.

Comfort


We value comfort in a hiking shoe, which is why this metric accounts for 25% of the total score. The Tor Summit WP delivers comfort all day long, even with a heavy pack. It got nudged out of the top spot for comfort by the newer, flashier Sky Arkali, also from Hoka, which has a few extra details that push comfort off the scale, as well as a more responsive cushion. However, this shoe is still one of our faves and one of the most comfortable shoes in the test.

The Tor Summit provides a well-cushioned ride that is balanced and supportive. We hiked both with and without a pack with this shoe, and even carrying a 20-pound pack we never felt like the shoe was being overpowered.

The Tor Summit is comfortable with weight  especially on consolidated trails.
The Tor Summit is comfortable with weight, especially on consolidated trails.

Support


These shoes have a relatively thin insole, but they also have built-in arch support. The thick and wide soles may appear to be unstable, but we never experienced any instability. Indeed, the foot is cradled in the midsole for added stability. The standard laces are adequate for securing a good fit, though if you have very narrow feet you may have trouble adjusting them for a perfectly snug fit. The foam midsoles held up perfectly over long days, and these could work well for multi-day trips.

If you're looking for a stiffer shoe for traversing rock slabs or other rugged terrains, then the Oboz Sawtooth II Low BDry is a great option.

Traction


The traction on the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP did leave a little to be desired. The Sky Arkali uses the same rubber on the soles with a different lug pattern and we felt more secure scrambling in those, which reminds us that lug shape matters, too. However, for compacted and even loose dirt trails that are not particularly technical, these shoes never let us down.

The Sky Arkali's multi-directional lugs (right) had noticeably better traction than the Tor Summit (left) even though they are made of the same material.
The Sky Arkali's multi-directional lugs (right) had noticeably better traction than the Tor Summit (left) even though they are made of the same material.

If you do a lot of scrambling on technical trails and rock slabs, the Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof has a very sticky sole and provides excellent traction on all kinds of terrain.

Weight


This shoe is big but not heavy! Hoka has perfected lightweight cushion in running shoes, and now they are sharing the love with their hiking shoes. It weighs in just over 1 lb 8 oz for a pair of women's size 7. That is about the same as our top pick for Fast and Light Hiking, the Salomon X Ultra 3. And it considerably lighter than the Oboz Sawtooth II.

Water Resistance


The Tor Summit WP is waterproof. It also has the tallest upper of all of the shoes we tested (3 3/4"), which aids in keeping water out when splashing through streams and puddles. We were also pleased that the nubuck and suede leather upper absorbed very little water in our bucket test, unlike the Moab 2 Waterproof, which absorbed a full ounce per shoe.

The Tor Summit (foreground) absorbed very little water in the bucket test.
The Tor Summit (foreground) absorbed very little water in the bucket test.

Durability


We know from experience that hiking shoes wear out on the toe box and the sides first, where they come into contact with rocks and vegetation. We didn't see any durability issues with the Tor Summit WP while we tested, but they are not built to be super rugged, with minimal protective rubber on the upper, and we wonder how they will hold up over time.

If you spend a lot of time in rocky, technical terrain, all of that exposed EVA could also be vulnerable to dinging, snagging, scratching. If you are dedicated to rugged terrain, you may want to check out the Oboz Sawtooth II which is a more durable shoe.

So much exposed EVA midsole gives us pause as to the durability of the Tor Summit.
So much exposed EVA midsole gives us pause as to the durability of the Tor Summit.

Best Applications


The Hoka brand if often recommended to people with foot and knee issues and we totally understand why — the thick midsoles provide more cushion and support than any other brand. For hikers with very narrow feet, the Tor Summit might not work for you, as the lacing system might not offer enough adjustment. For the rest of us, this is a plush and comfortable shoe for miles and miles of hiking.

The Tor Summit is supportive enough for long excursions  but it is great for short hikes  too.
The Tor Summit is supportive enough for long excursions, but it is great for short hikes, too.

Value


This pair retails for $160, much more than the $120 Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof, our Best Buy winner. However, it is still $40 less than the rather expensive Sky Arkali, and it is waterproof! If you think comfort is queen, then these are a great value.

Conclusion


For maximum comfort in your hiking shoes, the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP are one of the best. The Hoka Sky Arkali offers a little more responsiveness and better traction but lacks waterproofness. Either way, these are a great choice for anyone that prefers or needs extra cushion, for short or long hikes.


Laurel Hunter