The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4 continues in the footsteps of its predecessors to provide superior comfort and underfoot protection while still offering the same level of midsole cushioning that ultra runners have come to love and depend on. HOKA invented and has long defined the Maximalist category, and this slightly tweaked shoe continues to be the go-to choice for trail runners who desire a heavily cushioned landing platform. Defined by its 31mm of under-the-heel protection, the Challenger ATR 4 lives and dies according to which attributes you most value as a runner.
To wit, it provides the most foot protection of any shoe in this review while ranking near the top in comfort and weight as well. On the other hand, it garnered very low scores for stability and sensitivity. Depending on the type of runner you are, this shoe could be a gift from the gods or an immediate candidate for the scrap heap. As one would hope and expect, the Challenger ATR 4 builds on the strengths of its predecessor, the Challenger ATR 3, with a completely redesigned upper. Read on below for more details.