Since moving out to California, I’ve gotten more into trail running, which is why I went with the Hoka Torrent 2. It isn’t because suddenly I love trails but because the trails are close by and I can run trails whenever I want. In New Jersey, I had to drive anywhere between 1-2 hours to get a long run on trails. Now I can drive 10 minutes or even run from my house.
With that, I needed a trail shoe. I’ve heard the Hoka Torrent 2 is a good option, so I decided to try that out. It’s a lot more firm than many trails shoes. Many people have suggested the best use of the Hoka Torrent 2 is for racing.
I appreciated the Hoka Torrent 2 is lighter weight, responsive, and has plenty of cushions.
Hoka One One Torrent 2 Quick Facts
Weight: 7.6 oz
Heel to Toe Drop: 5mm drop
Hoka One One Torrent 2 Fit:
The Hoka Torrent 2 has a generous fit. There is plenty of space in the toebox, but it doesn’t feel like you are swimming either. While I didn’t run in the original Hoka Torrent, one of the major updates is the upper. The upper of the Hoka Torrent 2 is now much softer.
The upper of the Torrent 2 is designed with recycled fibers and post-consumer plastics. The engineered mesh with recycled polyester fibers might make this the coolest running shoe ever. Hoka is leading the way on shoes made from recycled materials, which makes me want to purchase more from them.
The Torrent 2 also has reinforced overlays to protect against trail debris. So the material is thicker as well. One thing to note, and it doesn’t sway my opinion, but the Hoka Torrent 2 does get slightly hotter than many running shoes. My feet were able to breathe, but it’s not the airiest running shoe out there.
The Torrent 2 also has a toe bumper and integrated 360-degree rand. What does that do? Both add to the stability and protection and keep dust and dirt out.
Hoka One One Torrent 2 Ride:
While running, trail shoes grip the ground more. If there is inclement weather or the trails are sloppy, you are less likely to slide or fall. Plus, if you’re climbing hills, it’s easier.
The Hoka Torrent 2 uses ProFly midsole. ProFly midsole is firmer and allows you to feel the ground more. According to Hoka, the ProFly Midsole construction delivers a cushioned landing and propulsive toe-off. That means the forefoot is firm while the heel is much softer. It allows a lot of protection, especially when running downhill. The Hoka Carbon X also used ProFly technology.
Compared to the orginal Torrent, the Torrent 2 has now has a marbled, sticky rubber outsole and updated multi-directional lugs to deliver grip on uneven terrain. So whatever direction you’re going, it will help grab the trails.
One thing the Hoka Torrent 2 lacks is a rock plate. So if you are climbing technical and rocky trails like the Appalachian or East Coast, you might look for something that has a rock plate. There is plenty of protection, and the lack of a rock plate hasn’t been an issue for me at all.
So far, I’ve used it on smooth and easy trails as well as grueling climbs and had no issues with it. My feet feel comfortable from start to finish.
Hoka One One Torrent 2 Conclusion:
I’ve run just over 50 miles in the Hoka Torrent 2, and I like them a lot. They have been great for each type of trail run I’ve done. They are firmer than what I’m used too but not in a bad way. I can’t get over; they are partially made from recycled fibers, which makes me feel good about wearing them. If I run another trail race, these will probably be my first choice. The Hoka Torrent 2 is light and firm but has plenty of cushioning and traction. While I don’t have a lot of experience in the trail shoe world (yet!), these are a good option.
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Questions for you:
Do you have a favorite trail shoe?
Are you running more mileage on roads or trails? Or track or treadmill?