Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3: Worn, Dirty, and Loved
I would just like to preface with I am not being paid by Hoka to write this. I just really, really like Hokas.
The Hoka ATR 3 is technically for the trail, but because it is light weight, it can easily be worn for both the road and trail. I have been running 70-90 km (44-56 miles) a week for over two months in mine now on both road and trail. My one complaint with the Challenger is that for extreme conditions, like lots of slippery mud or snow, there isn’t enough grip. However, for a standard trail in good weather conditions, there is plenty of traction.
As for the fit and comfort, it is pretty perfect for me. The toe box offers plenty of room, which from what I have read, is an improvement from previous models. It feels stable one rocky terrain. The arch support is really good, but I put in an insole for added support. I have tried a few different insoles but the one below seem to work best for me.
I have struggled with plantar fasciitis since my last pregnancy, but running in Hokas has completely fixed it for me. For a year, I had to tape my foot a special way before each run or I would be in excruciating pain. I had tried everything to fix it, down to acupuncture, but nothing worked. I read somewhere on the depths of the internet about Hokas being good for plantar fasciitis. I bought a pair, started running in them, and within a week, I was nearly pain free. I didn’t need to tape my foot any more. After a couple of weeks, it was 99% gone, and that is where I am now.
I just ran my first 50k Ultra in the Hoka Challenger ATR 3, and I only lost one toenail (not bad for an ultra!), had one blister, and my plantar fasciitis didn’t bother me at all. They are good for the long run.