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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.

Price: $219.95 AUD at Hoka Australia.  $199.95 at Running Warehouse Australia.


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 Challenger 275grams 5mm 24mm/29mm
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.


Aggressive outsole lugs of the Hoka One One Torrent 2


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.