Hands-on Gear Review

HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR - Women's Review

By: Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 9, 2015
Price:  $160 List
Pros:  Uber comfort, lightweight, quick-fit lacing system, breathable
Cons:  Unstable, narrow fit, mesh does not keep the trail out, not fashionable
Manufacturer:   Hoka One One
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SCORE
  • Foot Protection - 25% 9
  • Traction - 20% 7
  • Stability - 20% 5
  • Comfort - 15% 9
  • Weight - 10% 8
  • Sensitivity - 10% 5
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Our Verdict

December, 2015: The Stinson ATR is Discontinued
Built as a crossover shoe, the HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR is super comfortable, breathable, and makes you feel like you're running on a cloud. It features an external monomesh debris screen and air base mesh that is lightweight and offers comparable breathability to the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger. This maximalist shoe has the tallest stack height of all the maximalist shoes tested (making it a little less stable) with a fit best for narrow feet. While the breathable mesh is perfect for warm days, it doesn't do so well in the sand and cold, and we didn't like the $160 price tag. In comparison to the New HOKA ONE ONE Challenger it is a little heavier (but still super light when comparing to other shoes), more durable, and features a less aggressive tread pattern, making it perfect for the runner that goes from the pavement to the trail. If you're an ankle roller we would recommend a lower profile shoe like the Altra Lone Peak 2.0 - Women's. If you're looking for something with a wide toe box with a maximalist construct, check out the Altra Olympus 1.5 - Women's.

Our Analysis and Test Results

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Hands-On Review


A maximalist women's trail running shoe, the HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR provides ample cushioning to give you tone of the most comfortable ride of any shoe in this review! It is built as a crossover shoe, feeling just as at home on the roads as it is on the trail.

Performance Comparison


The HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATRs are a fantastically comfortable shoe that does just as well on the pavement as it does on the trail. With ultra-breathable uppers and a surprising lightweight design  these were given the Top Pick Award for Comfort. We really loved the midsole that as 50% thicker then your traditional midsole.
The HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATRs are a fantastically comfortable shoe that does just as well on the pavement as it does on the trail. With ultra-breathable uppers and a surprising lightweight design, these were given the Top Pick Award for Comfort. We really loved the midsole that as 50% thicker then your traditional midsole.

Foot Protection


The Stinson ATR, like the Challenger ATR, has superior foot protection primarily because of its oversized CMEVA midsole. It absorbs the trail, making every step that you take seem flat and stable. The sole is pretty rigid dissipating unexpected shocks and impacts. The protective toe cap is hard and strong, similar to that of the Salomon Speedcross 4 - Women's, so you don't have to worry about stubbing your toes unexpectedly.

This quick fit system provides a precise fit. After the shoe is tightened  you can tuck the quick lace system underneath the bungee loops so you don't have to worry about it bouncing around. If you prefer a regular lacing system  cut the quick lace system out and re-lace with the other laces that come with the shoes.
This quick fit system provides a precise fit. After the shoe is tightened, you can tuck the quick lace system underneath the bungee loops so you don't have to worry about it bouncing around. If you prefer a regular lacing system, cut the quick lace system out and re-lace with the other laces that come with the shoes.

The upper, in combination with the quick lacing system, provide a precise and snug fit that will keep your foot from moving around, adding a little more protection in the way of stability. As a trade-off for great breathability, the ATR lost points on our sand hill tests. The featured air-flow mesh used on the upper did not keep out pesky little particles like sand and fine silt matter, losing it a point in the protection department. It did keep out the bigger stuff like pine needles, and regular dirt particles, though. In comparison, the Challenger performed similarly, but did a better job keeping the sand out.

A look at the midsole differences between the ASICS Kahana 7 (left) and HOKA  Stinson ATR (right). The HOKAs are a maximalist shoe featuring almost 50% more cushioning then the regular traditional shoe. They offer far more foot protection in the way of cushioning.
A look at the midsole differences between the ASICS Kahana 7 (left) and HOKA Stinson ATR (right). The HOKAs are a maximalist shoe featuring almost 50% more cushioning then the regular traditional shoe. They offer far more foot protection in the way of cushioning.

Traction


The outsole is constructed with a hi-abrasion-resistant lightweight rubber that grips over most surfaces. The cool thing about its traction is that the lugs and tread in combination with the depth of the midsole assist to keep you in place. When moving over rocks or other small obstacles, the sole is moldable to fill in the cracks and absorb the trail around it. As a result, it performs well on rocky and rooted trails. However, if you add water to the equation, the rubber becomes slippery and unstable. Comparatively speaking, we would put the traction on par with the Altra Olympus 1.5. The lugs for both shoes aren't as deep, making them great crossover options.
A look at the ample lug depth that offers traction in all directions.
A look at the ample lug depth that offers traction in all directions.

Stability


The HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR is not a very stable trail running shoe - but it tries to be. We found that the platform was not wide enough (built to fit a narrow foot best) to support the added height. Furthermore, some of our reviewers experienced ankle rolling during runs and walking. The stability factors that aim to balance out the height include the shoe's low heel-toe drop of 6 mm, which gives it a flatter feel.

The three-layered weld support frame and the rigid uppers also provide a precise fit, and thus more stability. Even though these are great additions that do provide some support, we found that it didn't really balance out the extra height. This made this the least stable shoe tested. That said, we did find it was easier to run in these once you got used to them. If you're looking for a more stable maximalist shoe, check out the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger that hosts a lower stack height and better stability.
The welded foxings extend to the eyelets to ensure a precise fit when lacing. One of the added stability features.
The welded foxings extend to the eyelets to ensure a precise fit when lacing. One of the added stability features.

Comfort & Fit


Can you say that you've ever run on a cloud? We can say that we have! With the oversized CMEVA midsole, offering 50% more cushioning than a traditional shoe, this shoe deserves a perfect 10 for comfort.
HOKA Stinson showcasing its uber-sized midsole that provides impeccable cushioning and protection on the trail.
HOKA Stinson showcasing its uber-sized midsole that provides impeccable cushioning and protection on the trail.
The impact that you normally feel with any other shoe, whether you are a midfoot or heel striker, seems to be totally alleviated. Some trail runners have said this is their form of "health insurance" for their joints.
The upper air-flow mesh is so breathable you can see through it! As the most breathable mesh of all the shoes tested  we urge you to take the Stinsons for a spin on hot days.
The upper air-flow mesh is so breathable you can see through it! As the most breathable mesh of all the shoes tested, we urge you to take the Stinsons for a spin on hot days.
To top it off, not only is this one of the most comfortable shoes, but we also found that it was one of the most breathable of all the shoes tested. When holding them up to the sun, we can see through the mesh. This particular HOKA ONE ONE model is meant for crossing over to roads, which makes sense why the uppers are so breathable and thin.
A closer look at the two different OrthoLite sock liners that come with the Stinson ATRs. These are breathable and offer you the option to go with a more or less supportive liner for a better fit.
A closer look at the two different OrthoLite sock liners that come with the Stinson ATRs. These are breathable and offer you the option to go with a more or less supportive liner for a better fit.
You want to know something else? They also come with two different sock liners - one thick, one thin. This provides a more personalized fit that you can switch out at any time. Also, if you don't like the one-pull quick fit lacing system, there is a set of traditional laces provided.

Weight


Given the amount of materials in this trail running shoe, HOKA ONE ONE did an amazing job at keeping it lightweight. With a dry weight of 20.10 oz, they are comparable to the traditional lightweight Saucony Excursion TR8 - Women's. If you want an even lighter maximalist shoe, check out the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger.

A look at the inside of the shoe with the insole removed. The holes pictured here increase breathability and the opportunity for water to drain if you dunk your foot in the river. One of the reasons why this shoe holds so little water.
A look at the inside of the shoe with the insole removed. The holes pictured here increase breathability and the opportunity for water to drain if you dunk your foot in the river. One of the reasons why this shoe holds so little water.

Sensitivity


An intrinsic trade-off for superior comfort is a loss of sensitivity. The oversized midsole is squishy enough to feel rocks and roots underfoot, but we never felt all the small ins and outs of the trail. This shoe was built with this intention in mind, but it earned the lowest sensitivity rating as a result. You will not be getting an intimate trail experience like you would get with the Altra Lone Peak 2.0, Saucony Peregrine 5 - Women's, Salomon Speedcross, or La Sportiva Bushido - Women's.

Designed without sensitivity in mind  running on terrain like this makes everything feel flat with the Stinson ATR.
Designed without sensitivity in mind, running on terrain like this makes everything feel flat with the Stinson ATR.

Best Applications


The HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR is incredibly versatile. Built as a crossover shoe, it feels at home on the trail and road. The outsole and midsole provide enough traction for flat to moderately technical trail terrain too. Unlike the Salomon Speedcross 3, the lugs are not deep enough to accommodate nasty terrain like super slippery mud. Wear the Stinson ATRs on hot days, but avoid them on the blustery winter days.

The best use for the Stinson is ultra distance, marathon running, and normal wear around town. The cushion protects from impact, leaving some runners pain-free after distances of 20+ miles! This makes a huge difference as you're racking up the miles.

Amy Kerker is super happy! She can run on both her pavement loop trail in Wenatchee AND opt to get on all sorts of trail spurs whenever she wants. Furthermore  she is super comfortable doing it!
Amy Kerker is super happy! She can run on both her pavement loop trail in Wenatchee AND opt to get on all sorts of trail spurs whenever she wants. Furthermore, she is super comfortable doing it!

Value


With a hefty price tag of $160, we thought that these shoes were extremely expensive, and not quite worth the money. We did like it's durability when comparing to other HOKAs. But If you're looking for a better value, check out the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ($130), or you can take a look at the ultra wide and ridiculously durable Altra Olympus 1.5 ($135).

Conclusion


This is by far one of the most comfortable shoe tested! The HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR is breathable, protective, and versatile. We would recommend this model for hot to cool weather conditions and all sorts of trail conditions from flat and easy to steep and moderately technical. We like them for all distances, but especially long distance running. Not only that, but they work great on the road.
Amy jumping with joy! She really loves the Stinson ATR. They make her feel like she can jump really high with the oversized midsoles.
Amy jumping with joy! She really loves the Stinson ATR. They make her feel like she can jump really high with the oversized midsoles.

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