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The Hoka One One Torrent 2 is a neutral, lightweight trail shoe with aggressive outsole lugs. It is designed for trail runners who want to run fast on varied terrain. It’s a shoe with a modest amount of underfoot cushion, no where near as much as say the Hoka Speedgoat or EVO Mafate shoes. The Torrent 2 is much more like a ‘traditional’ shoe that one of the ‘old school’ brands would release, but with the unique Hoka touches like a 5mm drop, soft foam, and a rocker bottom.
Runner’s Tribe took these shoes through 200km of trails, and below is our analysis.
- Km’s run during testing process: 200
- Testers: One female trail runner.
- Surface: Varied trails, a little bit of road.
- Purpose: Trail shoe with modest cushion. Designed for trail runners looking for a fast shoe.
- Pronation: Neutral.
- Stack Height: Men: 23mm heel. 18mm forefoot. Women: 21 heel, 16mm forefoot. These stack heights were verified by Hoka Australia. See the table below to compare different Hoka trail shoes.
- Heel-to-toe-drop/pitch: 5mm
- Weight: Very light
- Men: 9 US: 264g
- Women: 7 US: 215g.
- Midsole: ProFly midsole foam. Soft lightweight EVA foam.
- Upper: Engineered mesh upper. It’s very nice and stretchy.
- Outsole: Full length rubber outsole with aggressive lugs.
- Flexibility: Stiffish.
- Toe Box: Standard for Hoka.
- Durability: Only ran 200km, but so far so good.
- Density of midsole: Soft.
- Heel cushioning: Soft.
- Forefoot cushioning: Soft.
- Heel counter: Hard/rigid, doesn’t collapse easily.
- Fits: Runs true to size.
- Marketing Hype: Low.
- Does it live up to the hype: Yes.
Hoka trail shoe comparison
|Shoe (all size US 9 Men)||Weight (grams)||Drop(MM)||Stack Heights (forefoot/heel cushioning)|
|Hoka Torrent 2||266grams||5mm||18mm/23mm|
|Hoka Speedgoat 4||306grams||4mm||28mm/32mm|
|Hoka Stinson ATR 5||343grams||5mm||32mm/37mm|
|Hoka EVO Mafate 2||291grams||4mm||29mm/33mm|
As seen above, the Hoka Torrent 2 is Hoka’s lightest trail shoe, with the least amount of cushion. Built for runners who love to be able to feel the ground. A lightweight, nimble trail shoe.
Cool things about this shoe
- Weight: Running up those long climbs, having a lighter shoe sure feels nice. Of course, the trade off is less cushioning underfoot. The Torrent 2 is a Hoka shoe that feels less bulky than a traditional Hoka shoe.
- Soft midsole: It’s what you expect from a Hoka shoe. The Hoka EVA is never going to be as bouncy as say the Nike Vaporfly pebax midsole foams, but if it’s a soft feeling you want, Hoka are leaders.
- Tough upper: The upper is soft and comfortable, yet tough. It feels high-end and durable.
- A faster trail shoe: If you are used to say the Hoka Speedgoat, the Torrent 2 feels so much faster. An ideal shoe for those shorter trail races, where speed is key.
- Aggressive outsole lugs: The aggressive outsole lugs provide ample traction on the trails.
Uncool things about this shoe
- Laces quite long: Yeah but who really cares.
- Not as cushioned: If you dig a lot of underfoot cushion, stick with one of Hoka’s other trail shoes (see earlier table).
- Toe Box a tiny bit narrow: In reality for 95% of runners, it is fine. But for those Altra lovers out there, this isn’t a competitor.
To buy or not to buy?
The Hoka Torrent 2 is an awesome lightweight trail shoe. It is designed for those who want a less cushioned shoe than most of Hoka’s other options. For those in need of a trail shoe built for speed, with ample outsole grip and a fast platform, the Hoka Torrent 2 is a legit contender.
Disclaimer: We were not paid for this article.
Written by Sam Burke for Runner’s Tribe. Reviewed by Chelsea Geddes.