Hoka Torrent 2 - Women's Review
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|Pros||Well-cushioned midsole, excellent traction, good stability, excellent at everything including long distances, high value||Light, very protective, excellent mud shed, superior traction, surprisingly stable||Great traction, streamlined profile, encourages speed||Ultra-comfortable, lightweight, stable, protective, plenty of toebox space||Affordable, comfortable, good crossover shoe, great for beginning trail runners|
|Cons||Stack height takes some getting used to, less customizable lacebed||Narrow fit, runs small, rigid construction, takes time to break-in||Less protective, runs narrow||Packs out more quickly than others, zero-drop isn't for everyone, less arch support||Not rugged enough for technical trails, less sensitive|
|Bottom Line||With a comfortable and responsive midsole and enough room in the forefoot for toe wiggle, you'll be happy running mile after mile||Stable and deliciously sticky, this contender is just a crusher all the way around, built for training runs and long distances alike||When you are looking to ratchet up the speed on technical trails, this is the lightweight and snug-fitting shoe you'll reach for||While not necessarily built for speed, you'll get a plush ride with all of the space your toes need to spread on long-distance days||If you are looking for an affordable shoe to run light trails and fire roads, look no further because this is the perfect shoe for you|
|Rating Categories||Hoka Torrent 2 - Wo...||Dynafit Feline SL -...||Saucony Peregrine 12||Altra Lone Peak 6 -...||Brooks Divide 2 - W...|
|Foot Protection (25%)|
|Comfort and Fit (15%)|
|Specs||Hoka Torrent 2 - Wo...||Dynafit Feline SL -...||Saucony Peregrine 12||Altra Lone Peak 6 -...||Brooks Divide 2 - W...|
|Measured Weight (per shoe)||7.41 oz (size 7)
8.6 oz (size 9)
|9.45 oz (size 7)
9.8 oz (size 9)
|7.76 oz (size 7)||7.62 oz(size 7)||8.0 oz (size 7)|
|Heel-to-Toe Drop||5 mm||8 mm||4 mm||0 mm||8 mm|
|Stack Height (Heel, Forefoot)||31 mm||Not disclosed||26.5 mm, 22.5 mm||25 mm, 25 mm||20 mm, 12 mm|
|Upper||Engineered mesh||Mesh, continuous nylon||Recycled polyester Air-mesh||Quick-Dry Air Mesh||Synthetic mesh|
|Midsole||EVA||Feline SL midsole||PWRRUN||Altra EGO||EVA|
|Outsole||Rubber||Sticky Pomoco Outer||PWRTRAC rubber||MaxTrac rubber||Rubber|
|Rock Plate?||None||Not disclosed||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wide Version Available?||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Sizes Available||6 - 11||5 - 11||5 - 12||5.5 - 12||5 - 12|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Torrent 2 is a cushioned and lightweight trail runner that easily flows over technical terrain with a responsive ride. It has 31mm of stack height, and a women's size 7 US tips the scale at a scant 7.41 ounces. It's a favorite for long-distance runs, boasting superior comfort. Over time it molds to your foot for a solid fit that feels wider than most Hoka shoes we've tested. While this is a quality that we love about the Torrent, if your gait is imperfect based on muscular imbalances, your shoes might not wear down evenly, potentially leading to further gait issues. But overall, for the price, the Torrent 2 does it all and provides epic value for long distances.
This trail runner boasts superior protection scoring high in this metric. It keeps out pesky particulates while protecting you from underfoot hazards. We tested it over deep sand, dusty trails, and high ridgelines, and we ran ultra distances and even took them out for a few beach runs. We felt more protected in this shoe than most others in this review.
The Torrent 2 allows you to log miles with excellent underfoot cushioning that is responsive, pushing you forward with each step. We wore the Torrent while taking on rocky, root-saturated trails without feeling much. The thick underfoot cushion and powerful base help to dissipate pressure, which came in handy during coastal runs on rocky sea cliffs. The cushioning is soft and responsive, wrapping itself over any hazard without translating the underfoot architecture of the trail to your foot.
The toe cap isn't very hard and certainly isn't the biggest in our lineup of contenders, but it does a good enough job protecting from unexpected stubs. We didn't have to stop once during our double-digit mileage runs to empty our shoes, even when testing in deep sand.
That said, when it comes to water, the Torrent 2 isn't waterproof or even water-resistant. That said, the upper does dry quickly, taking about 15 minutes while running to feel dry again in warmish weather in our experience. It also takes a bit longer for the shoe to get saturated in comparison to other shoes. We found that if we sprinted through our favorite coastal creek without a pause, we often wouldn't feel the freshwater soak in. If we hesitated and tiptoed through, though, our socks became damp. If you're seeking a protective shoe for long distances on technical terrain, this is a good one to consider.
We've tested all over, from steep trails littered with gravel to flat dirt roads. We've run over wet rocks, muddy terrain, through rivers, and into sandpits. While playing out in the wild, we assess all aspects of performance. So far, traction scores for this shoe have been high, sticking to some of the hardest to grip surfaces. Overall, we're impressed.
The ultra sticky outsole, composed of soft yet sticky rubber, seems to grab across all the surfaces. We were impressed when running in both wet and dry conditions. The rubber is soft enough to mold around underfoot hazards, sticking to most surfaces. Even though we tested shoes with much more aggressive lugs, the Torrent performed incredibly well with its lower profile lugs.
The only area the Torrent 2 didn't perform particularly well was over super wet and slippery quartzite rocks, but let's face it — no shoe can stick to these surfaces (that we've tested so far). We give it two big thumbs up for everything else — including technical scrambles. Don't be afraid to wear these kicks over technical and varied terrain. Oh, and they cross over to roads beautifully as well, which is a massive bonus in our book.
While the Torrent 2 gets an only-slightly-above average score in this category, it's one of the more sensitive shoes we've tested from Hoka. In fact, we found that as the shoes got broken in based on our wear patterns and gait, they became slightly more sensitive. While there is ample cushioning underfoot for forefoot strikers, we were surprised at how well we could feel the ground underfoot. Without a built-in rock plate, you can still feel undulations in the trail without any pain or consequence. This shoe balances sensitivity with protection, offering an optimal ride.
We tested on over 300 miles of terrain in Southwest Colorado, western Washington, and California. Here, we met flat narrow slot canyons, rocky stream beds, high mountain trails littered with scree, rambly ridgelines, dank forested singletracks, and oh-so-much sand. Through it all, our testers appreciated the balance between cushioning and information about what was underfoot. No matter where we were testing, we found that we could truly feel the features of the trail we were on.
This shoe earned an above-average score for stability, and we were surprised at how confident we felt on uneven terrain for how tall it is. In the past, when testing highly cushioned contenders, we have taken extra care on uneven and rocky terrain out of fear of rolling an ankle. The Torrent 2 does a great job balancing shoe elements to offer a stable and flat ride over most terrain. That said, it is still a shoe that sits taller than most, which can take some getting used to.
So what makes this shoe stable? Firstly, it has a wider forefoot than other Hoka shoes we've tested. After 15+ miles, the interior packs out a little to give you even more toe spread, equating to more stability. The platform is also wide on the heel, which is an excellent addition for heel strikers. You can cinch down the laces for a more specific fit, adding more stability overall. Unlike a few others, though, the lace eyelets all sit in straight lines surrounding the lacebed, which means that cinching to create a perfect fit is your only option. If it works on your anatomy, you'll love the way this shoe adheres to your foot.
One of the other reasons why the Torrent 2 is so stable is because it only has a 5mm differential between the heel and the toe. While trail running shoes often have a flatter base than traditional running shoes, allowing your heel to rest only slightly above the toe leads to strong anatomical stability. Finally, the sidewalls of the outsole aren't steeply angled, making a potential ankle roll a little less catastrophic. When running, we could take our mind off of the potential of a rolled ankle and cruise along confidently. That said, it earns a lower score simply because of its taller height relative to other contenders in this review.
Comfort and Fit
With extra underfoot cushioning in each step, any runner will appreciate the ride of the Torrent 2 for miles upon miles. This is one of the reasons why so many ultrarunners proclaim the Torrent as their go-to trail sidekick. It offers a nice fit for those with regular to wide feet, and it is wide enough to wiggle your toes and accommodate foot swelling on super long runs. Overall, it earns top points in this category, primarily thanks to its cushioned outsole that we find incredibly comfortable.
When we first wore this shoe on the trail, the forefoot did feel a little narrow to one of our testers, but with daily wear and more miles, the shoe's interior began to pack out, opening up space for a more wiggle room. Those with a narrow foot might find the fit a bit too wide. Our other tester found that the midfoot fit like a glove upon unboxing but grew to love how the toe box opened up after a few short runs.
Unlike other Hoka shoes that constrict laterally at the arch to offer a little more support and a more fitted feel, that constriction doesn't exist on the Torrent 2. The heel cup offers a nice cushioned fit, but it's slightly wider than most. When testing on steeper terrain, we needed to cinch down the laces so our foot wouldn't slide forward, hitting the top of the shoe on a fast downhill. It does not have much arch support, with extra cushioning in the heel compared to the forefoot. Overall, this is a well-cushioned shoe that feels exceptionally comfortable to wear, mile after mile.
The Torrent 2 is super lightweight and has an airy feeling on the trail for such a cushioned shoe. The springiness had us feeling like we could set new personal records.
This shoe's elements are well distributed without any clunky components to weigh you down. The clunkiest part is the maiden voyage, especially if you are unaccustomed to a full 31mm of stack beneath your feet. For a size 7 US women's shoe, it weighs in at just 7.41 ounces (per shoe), making it one of the lightest in this review.
Should You Buy the Hoka Torrent 2?
If you're devoted to finding a comfortable trail runner, the Hoka Torrent 2 is the shoe to buy. It's no wonder you see it on the feet of ultra runners everywhere as they toe the starting line. With ample underfoot cushioning, a responsive ride, and enough wiggle room in the forefoot, it's built for comfort and long days on the trail. It's one of our all-time favorite shoes that we'll be wearing while training for our next 50-mile race for sure. The comfort of this shoe has us dreaming of what competing in a 100-miler might be like too…
What Other Trail Running Shoes Should You Consider?
When we saw the price, our jaws dropped just a little. The Torrent 2 is a super affordable and high-value trail shoe destined to take you over hundreds of miles of trail. Aside from normal wear and tear, this shoe is holding up well after beating it against the ground for hundreds of miles. Overall, we think it's a fantastic choice for any runner — whether you're new to the trails or taking on your next ultra. But we also understand that ultradistance cushion is not everyone's cup of tea, especially if you prefer quick jaunts before strapping on your climbing shoes. If you tend to like more of a minimalist shoe, the Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3 offers a more tapered and glove-like feel. Conversely, if you love an out-of-this-world stack height with a less rigid upper, the HOKA Speedgoat 5 might be more your bag. We love how the HOKA Tecton X feels about as comfortable as the Torrent, but utilizes a carbon plate for added energy return.
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