Often called the 'Clifton for the trail', the Challenger ATR 4 looks even more like a Clifton with its cleaner, less busy look and more breathable upper. And like the Clifton 4, Challenger ATR 4 is fast and light, offering a smooth, smooth ride.
Where it diverges from the Clifton and takes the path less travelled is in its multi-lugged outsole. Arranged closer together towards the heel for a smoother more consistent ride, its lugs have a wider spread in the forefoot to help with grip on the trail and in wet conditions. Still as versatile and supportive no matter the running surface, the Challenger ATR 4 has improved upper durability in the areas you need it (like a larger toe guard area).
Heel offset - 5mm
Weight - 254g (M), 209g (W)
These are the best trail shoes on the market. I've been using Hokas for years now and never wear any other brand because they are so good. A lot of folk often ask how many miles they will get out of a pair of running shoes. I regularly get over 1,000 miles out of my Hokas. The ATR 4 are an improvement over the older version. Great cushioning in shoe but surprisingly lightweight. The uppers material also appear to have been improved with no wear issues. I really like the addition of the extended toe guard as I usually have issues with my big toes eventually bursting through the uppers. The shoe is as good as the Hoka Clifton road shoe but with more grip for the trails. The sizing is spot on (used to always have to go up half a size with Hokas). The only downside - I wish they would would make the lugs on the sole a bit deeper so that the shoes would be suitable for extremely muddy trails.