Friday, September 12, 2014

Hoka ONE ONE Stinson ATR Review

*DISCLAIMER: I look at running shoes a lot like ski boots. Because we all have different foot types, running forms and terrain choices, we all seek different comfortfeatures and performance from our footwear. Like choosing a ski boot, it is important to visit a retailer who will take the time to analyze your foot and running style to allow you to select a shoe that might be the right choice. But, only after running a few times in the selected shoe can you determine if it is the right one.

*I love getting new shoes. I love opening the box, the smell, how clean they are and their seemingly perfect fit when you first slip them on. And, more often than not, the first run (or even first few runs) in a new pair of shoes your mind is in a state of euphoria, which is why I wait until I have at least 25 miles run in pair of shoes before determining how right they are for me and then reviewing for others.

MSRP: $160
"An update to the much-loved Stinson Trail, the STINSON ATR features the same full oversize CMEVA midsole that provides the industry-leading cushioning and protection you have come to expect from HOKA ONE ONE. With a late-stage Meta-Rocker sculpted geometry for a precise, nimble foot-roll and stable ride, and a seamless SpeedFrame upper, the Stinson ATR is a great option for runners looking for a versatile shoe for both the road and the trail."

Plush! A great update to the upper in the Stinson line with the seamless upper. I no longer have the chafe and discomfort in my little toes that I had in my previous pair of Stinsons. These babies are pillow soft. Plenty of room in the toe box and a fair heal cup, maybe a bit large for me, but I have a narrow heal.

No seam uppers are a huge improvement. The lacing system still annoys me and I immediately switch to the regular laces. The tread pattern is meaty but not overpowering that you can feel the lugs while running on pavement. The only drawback I have is there is a bit too much material in the upper and over the first 25 miles of use the break in and stretch have left me having to pull and cinch a lot of material together with the laces creating bunching.

Soft and sluggish. For some reason I really like the pillow softness on recovery and longer runs. I guess my age and mileage on my legs dictate that preference. The treads performed well on all types of trail and road conditions.

I love this shoe for recovery and long runs. The new upper is a hit and having the additional tread is nice when changing up the trail/road conditions. 

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