Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Hoka One One Torrent - A Breakthrough, Versatile, Light, Great Fitting Trail Race and Training Shoe

by Jeff Valliere, Dominick Layfield, Dave Ames, and Shannon Payne

Editor's Note: Our testers ran the Torrent on a wide variety of trails and surfaces in Upstate New York, Colorado, and California.

Hoka One One Torrent
Estimated Weight: 9.2 oz/261g US M9, 8 oz./227g US W8
  Sample Weights:
  9.74 oz/276 g US M10 (Jeff)
  9.84 oz/279 gUS M10 (Dom)
  8.9 oz/252 g US M8.5
Stack Height: 24mm heel/19mm forefoot. 5mm drop
$120 Available June 2018

Introduction/Initial Impressions:

Jeff:  Light and on the minimal side (for a Hoka), the Torrent looks sleek and fast, has a great feel to it in the hand and especially on the foot.  Tread is substantial, but not overly done, looking to be versatile on a variety of surfaces and still work in rough terrain.  The upper is minimal yet secure and the yellow color is classy and not overly bright.  I have long been a fan of Hoka and there have been a handful of top hits for me (Huaka and Speedgoat 2 come to mind), but I have often found minor nitpicks with just about any of the shoes.  
The Torrent seems to have solved most of the minor quibbles I have had in the past and let's just say I am quite impressed, this is a legit contender for shoe of the year, certainly at or near the top of all time hits.


Dave:  I’ve had the opportunity to test a ton of Hoka One One over the past 6 months.  I think I’ve said this a bunch of times, but in my mind Hoka is a brand that either works with you or it doesn’t.  I’ve struggled with a few of their shoes such as the Clifton 5 or Cavu, because for me they are way too soft and lack a quick heel to toe transition. The Napali, I absolutely loved though. So, with that said, I was not expecting much out of the trail line from Hoka. Well, boy was I wrong! Why do I like the Torrent?  It doesn’t feel like a Hoka. My size 9 is spot on and I have had the ability to put this baby to the test on both the West and East coasts.

Dom:  This is a striking shoe.  I loved the lime-green color, which reminded me of the original Montrail Rogue Racer.   Overall, shoe is fast and fairly light, consistent with Hoka positioning it as successor to the Speed Instinct 2.  The forefoot has a nice balance between ground feel and rock protection.  The rear is slightly overbuilt for my taste, but obligate heel-strikers may like this.  Traction from the new outsole is amazing.

Shannon: I was intrigued by this shoe ever since I saw it at The Running Event. Despite being a tremendous Hoka fan, I've been a wee bit let down by some of their less Hoka-ish Hokas, and I was curious as to how this one would stand up. Out of the box, the Torrent was light, with a nice, airy upper, an aggressive outsole, and nothing unnecessary to its construction.

Upper

Jeff:  The open mesh upper with seamless overlays is minimal and airy, with a reasonably substantial toe bumper that blends seamlessly with a rubberized band that wraps the perimeter of the shoe, just above where it meets the midsole forming a sort of "bathtub".


Dom:  I agree with Jeff that upper breathability is excellent.  The rubbery overlay around the perimeter should help with durability, and minimises water ingress if splashing through puddles.  It’s possible that this may make the shoe slow to dry after full immersion, but I haven’t had a chance to test this.
Shannon: Agreeing with both Dom and Jeff, the upper on this guy is super light and breathable, but didn't feel flimsy and doesn't sacrifice durability or protection. I'd feel confident traipsing through any manner of mud, muck, brush and bramble in the Torrent.

Fit


Jeff:  The Torrent has a fit that is overall true to size.  
I find that the toe box is a little more rounded and more forgiving, providing more room for splay and swelling than most of the Hokas I have used previously.  Foothold is excellent, in the heel, midfoot and this despite the added room in the forefoot, I don't have any problems with my foot sliding, even when running fast on steep, technical descents or off camber terrain.
Top: Hoka One One Torrent  Bottom: Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2
Dom:  The Speed Instinct 2 had a tapering toe box that was almost pointy.  This helped avoid ‘toe bang’ on steep descents, replacing it with ‘toe squeeze’ instead.  The Torrent, on the other hand, has a more conventional, rounded toe box. Toe bang is less of an issue because the upper fabric is no longer stretchy.  I did find that I needed to tighten the laces a little more during steep descents. Whereas the SI2 upper arguably had too much stretch (I switched out the stretchy laces), I think the Torrent might benefit from a little more give to it.

Dom:  Like Jeff, I found the Torrent fit true to size.  If you have wide feet, or are used to Altra/Topo forefoot roominess, you might find the Torrent slightly narrow.  But fit is consistent with the rest of the Hoka line-up.

Shannon: Echoing Dom and Jeff once more, the fit is spot on in terms of sizing. Having slightly more of a narrow foot, but still favoring a wider toebox, I really loved the overall fit of the Torrent and found it to be perfect. The heel was narrow enough to feel super secure and have zero slippage right out of the gate, but the forefoot had plenty of room to allow the foot to move around freely with no constriction at all, yet did so without feeling the slightest bit sloppy.

Dave:  Jeff is absolutely right….it’s like having your feet protected by a “bathtub.”  The open air mesh upper does an outstanding job molding well to my foot, the way I like a trail shoe to be.  The “bathtub” support makes every footfall very confident, yet smooth, not feeling bulky or sensing plastic overlays or support guards as some trail shoes have.  Where the Torrent upper really shined is on the East Coast. I ran for almost 4 hours in my hometown on trails that have a ton of elevation gain, river beds, dashes to summit and repeat, and rocky rooty single track as the East Coast is known for.  If that wasn’t bad enough to test the Torrent, there was 4 to 5 inches of packed snow on the trails, with drifts of a foot or more in some spots. It was a 30 degree day, with sun, but cold in the shadows. The upper never once got wet when I hit the slop and mud.  The snow was also in a melting stage so it was sticky and wet. My feet were warm the entire 4 hours! To me, that is huge!

Jeff:  The heel cup has structure to it for a bit of protection and security, but is on the thin side and semi malleable.


Dom:  The heel counter is where I thought the Torrent was imbalanced.  It is notably higher and stiffer than the counter in the outgoing Speed Instinct 2.  In my opinion the Torrent’s heel is overbuilt and not consistent with the lightweight philosophy of the rest of the shoe.

Jeff:  The tongue is on the thin side of medium padding, which is sewn into an inner mesh layer that holds the tongue in place in a bootie like fashion.
Dom:  Hooray!  A recurrent problem I’ve experienced with Hoka shoes (and particularly the Speed Instinct 2) is that the tongue tends to migrate off to the outside.  In the Torrent, the tongue is now held in place by lightweight mesh connecting to rear liner and directly to footbed. so this problem is solved.
Jeff:  The heel collar is a good height for me, somewhat on the thin side of medium padding, but is quite comfortable, just enough for no blisters/rubbing.  I found heel hold to be just slightly loose at first, but once I employed the extra eyelet, I have had no issues or movement whatsoever.

Dom:  Agree with Jeff that heel is slightly loose, although I didn’t try lock-lacing to remedy this.  I also felt the heel collar was slightly higher than it should be for a fast shoe. This construction seems more appropriate for a 100-mile enduro shoe.
Midsole

Jeff:  The dual densityProFly midsole, softer at the heel firmer up front provides a remarkable combination of response, ground feel, protection and all day cushioned comfort.  It is amazing how well the Torrent protects from hard landings in rocky terrain without any rock plate and without tiring my feet or feeling too harsh. Yet at the same time it contours remarkably well over the tops of rocks, undulations and with good ground feedback.  Though not as maximal as many other Hokas, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the Torrent for racing or training at any distance.  Response is excellent at toe off, uphills, flats and downhills.


Dave:  The ProFly midsole is freaking nice!  I was skeptical thinking this shoe would feel like to much cush on the trail.  I like a ton of stuff coming from Altra for the trails, and as of late, I like the Superior 3.5.  But whoa, Torrent doesn’t feel maximal to me at all. To mimic what Jeff said, the ground contact is stellar.  The Torrent has the feel of a minimal trail shoe, but boasts the protection needed for longer runs in the dirt.  I covered rocks and roots quite well, never once feeling the impact of a sharp rock or root. The ProFly allows an uber smooth heel to toe transition that is real quick, just the way I like it.  I spent a great deal of time landing perfectly midfoot forefoot, with each stride feeling powerful, yet effortless. The ProFly has left my legs feeling mega fresh after every single run, no matter the distance.  I’m going to race a 15 mile Trail Race next weekend in the Santa Monica Mountains because it is just that good!

Shannon: The midsole provided a ride that was outstanding, so far the Torrent is really crushing it in my opinion. I loved the low-to-the-ground feeling of the shoe, which gave a wonderfully nimble feel resulting from that sense of enhanced proprioception, but there was enough underfoot that I'd feel absolutely confident in doing everything from something short to grinding out longer miles.


Dom:  Four for four here.  I really liked the balance of cushioning and ground feel in the Torrent.
The footbed is substantial and adds a nice bit of added cushion and is supportive.
Outsole
Jeff:  The outsole comprises of an aggressive array of deep 4-5 mm lugs that provide incredible bite and adhesion to just about any surface.  I have run everything in the Torrent, from steep rocky technical trails, mud, snow, ice, slush, wet rock, dry rock, desert slickrock, steep off trail, dirt roads, paved roads and the Torrent handles it all remarkably well.  Durability of the outsole so far is very good, with around 40 rough and rocky miles on them.  I only see very minor signs of wear where I toe off.
Dave:  These deep lugs are the real deal. They seriously grip!!  As mentioned above, when I was in the trails with a ton of snow last month, the Torrent gripped like a god damn snowshoe!  On dryer West Coast stuff with some steep vert, I have had no issues just bombing up hills and coming back down the other side with complete confidence that the Torrent would grip.  Hoka did a great job with this outsole.


Dom:  I can’t think of a shoe that I’ve worn that matches the traction of the Torrent.  Grip is tremendous, even on wet rock. This is a substantial upgrade from the Speed Instinct 2, which seemed optimized for dry conditions and struggled outside its comfort zone.   My only concern is that there may be a trade-off with durability, as with most outsoles that have such prominent lugs. Some shoes with very prominent lugs can also cause hot spots or pressure points underfoot on top of the lugs: I haven’t experienced this in the Torrent.

Shannon: To me, the outsole of this shoe is reminiscent to the Salomon Speedcross. In other words, it's aggressive. What I like about it though is that it felt great on everything from mud to snow to hard-packed trails. Most of my time in the Torrent was spent on harder packed dirt trails typical of Colorado, and I saw no issue with unusual wear or signs that the lugs were on their way to being ground off as though by a cheese-grater, which often proves to be the case for more aggressive Trail shoes on harder, dryer surfaces. At least in the mileage I have put on them thus far, I don't see an issue with durability.


Outsole


Jeff:  The outsole comprises of an aggressive array of deep 4-5mm lugs that provide incredible bite and adhesion to just about any surface.  I have run on everything in the Torrent, from steep rocky technical trails, mud, snow, ice, slush, wet rock, dry rock, desert slickrock, steep off trail, dirt roads, paved roads and the Torrent handles it all remarkably well.  Durability of the outsole so far is very good, with around 40 rough and rocky miles on them, I only see very minor signs of wear where I toe off.




Dave:  These deep lugs are the real deal.  They seriously grip!!  As mentioned above, when I was on the trails with a ton of snow last month, the Torrent gripped like a god damn snowshoe!  On dryer West Coast stuff with some steep vert, I have had no issues just bombing up hills and coming back down the other side with complete confidence that the Torrent will grip.  Hoka did a great job with this outsole.


Dom:  I can’t think of a shoe that I’ve worn that matches the traction of the Torrent.  Grip is tremendous, even on wet rock. This is a substantial upgrade from the Speed Instinct 2, which seemed optimized for dry conditions and struggled outside its comfort zone.   My only concern is that there may be a trade-off with durability, as with most outsoles that have such prominent lugs. Some shoes with very prominent lugs can also cause hot spots or pressure points underfoot on top of the lugs: I haven’t experienced this in the Torrent.

Shannon: To me, the outsole of this shoe is reminiscent to the Salomon Speedcross. In other words, it's aggressive. What I like about it though is that it felt great on everything from mud to snow to hard-packed trails. Most of my time in the Torrent was spent on harder packed dirt trails typical of Colorado, and I saw no issue with unusual wear or signs that the lugs were on their way to being ground off as though by a cheese-grater, which often proves to be the case for more aggressive Trail shoes on harder, dryer surfaces. At least in the mileage I have put on them thus far, I don't see an issue with durability.




Ride
Dave:  The Torrent may be labeled a trail racer, but to me it’s an overall well rounded shoe for the trails. It definitely doesn’t just need to be a shoe you race in. It’s so smooth and so subtle on the trails, boasting that quick heel to toe transition that it makes me want to pull it almost every time I head for the dirt.  The forefoot pops oh so well, which makes miles feel effortless. It rewards your stride on the trails, that’s for sure.

Shannon: Absolutely agree with Dave. I most definitely would not hesitate to race in this shoe as it feels light, fast, and nimble. But I would no doubt use it as an everyday trainer so long as the terrain was appropriate. I loved the quick, snappy ride that I just didn't feel like the Torrent’s predecessor, The Speed Instinct, really had. There is an absence of “mushiness” to the shoe and a feeling of great inherent stability that makes it feel sprightly, energetic, and induces confidence in every step.

Overall Impressions/Recommendations:
Jeff:  The Torrent has been on my radar, but I will have to say that the all around performance of this shoe really caught me off guard.  It is one of the quickest, most all around competent, versatile race ready trails shoes I have run in, as if Hoka threw a Speedgoat 2, Huaka and a Speed Instinct into a blender and this was the result.  The Torrent runs very well on mellow terrain and even OK for short stretches of road, but really shines in rough, technical terrain, off trail and all around fast trail running.  The upper has a great fit, forgiving and comfortable, but secure and breathable.  The midsole provides a remarkable blend of cushion, comfort, response and protection, while the outsole puts out confidence inspiring grip on just about any surface.  I would not hesitate to reach for the Torrent as a racer or high performance trainer for just about any distance on about any terrain (the more technical the better).  This is a top tier shoe, all for $120 and will give anything out there on the market a run for it's money.
Jeff's Score:  9.9/10
- .1 foothold in forefoot.  Though not much of an issue for me and I don't experience any loss of control (I am nitpicking here), I do find there is slight movement when pushing really hard technical downhills, but I guess that comes with having a little extra wiggle room, a reasonable trade off for me and suspect most people most of the time.

Dave:  Kudos to Hoka One One for making a trail shoe that is going to be one of the best this year and definitely one of the best I have ever put on my foot in almost 25+ years of running.  Yes, they call it a racer, but those looking for a righteously solid trail shoe, the Torrent is it! I am planning on racing my first Ultra, the Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile in Texas next February and I’m thinking this may be the go to for that (Hoka EVO Mafate in the running too...review soon) - - Recommended for the runner looking for a versatile trail shoe, whether an elite looking to race in it, or just the casual cruiser shoe for those trail miles, no matter the terrain.   Also recommended as a great light hiking shoe, with the awesome reduced weight. Don’t like a clunky hiking boot? Grab the Torrent. I would personally say the Torrent is runnable up to a 50 miler, depending on gait and the runner.
Dave’s Score:  9.75 / 10
-.25 for the forefoot foothold as Jeff states.  The first few runs I had to stop a few times to tighten up to make sure I was secure.  I think I have it figured out now, but this area could be improved,


Dom:   A very solid well-rounded shoe from Hoka.  Highs: Excellent ride. Nice balance of trail feel and rock protection.  Looks beautiful. Outstanding traction. Lows: vulnerable to a little toe-bang on steep descents, heel felt a little high and stiff for a nimble trail trail shoe.
Dom’s Score: 9.8 / 10 -0.1 for overbuilt heel. Slightly too high and stiff compared to the rest of the shoe. -0.05 for lack of stretch in upper or laces. A little give would make shoe more forgiving, and enlarge the sweet spot of lace tension. -0.05 for small susceptibility to toe bang on steep descents
Shannon: Previously, my go-to Trail shoes have been the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra and the Sense Ride. I definitely plan to throw this one into the wheelhouse with those guys. While the tread may be slightly more terrain-specific than the aforementioned shoes, the ride and fit are very similar, and there is the perfect mix of lightness, snappiness, cushion, and protection that would make me not hesitate to bring it out for nearly anything excluding asphalt and/or concrete.
Shannon’s Score: Here goes…. 10/10.
I loved this shoe and I hope it sticks around in Hoka’s line for a while. I was tremendously surprised as, again, while I have loved many a Hoka, I hadn't been overly impressed with their more traditional shoes, or the Speed Instinct, which this replaced -- and for the better! The Torrent has restored my belief that Hoka can make a less Hoka-like shoe, and do it well. There isn't much I would change about this shoe. To me, it has all the versatility of an everyday trainer, the lightness of a racer, and a really fantastic fit. I'm tempted to continue to use it as a road shoe after I wear off the lugs.

Comparisons (RTR reviews at links)
Hoka One One Torrent vs. Hoka One One Speed Instinct / Speed Instinct 2
Jeff: The Torrent is lighter, has better protection while still maintaining good ground feel.  The Torrent is also more stable, breathable, better foothold, better fit, is more responsive, has better traction and the tread is more durable.
Dom:  The Torrent is lighter, grippier, better looking, and a better shoe.  I preferred the heel on the SI2, though.

Hoka One One Torrent vs. Saucony Peregrine 8 
Jeff: The Torrent is lighter, faster and more stable, but the Peregrine has comparable or even better traction with a more aggressive tread and slightly better protection, though with a weight penalty, more slim fit and is less responsive.

Hoka One One Torrent vs. Brooks Mazama 2 
Jeff: The Mazama 2 is close in weight and is more responsive, likely a better shoe for faster paces on smoother terrain or primarily uphill, but the Torrent offers more cushion, more durable and versatile traction, better stability, security and costs $20 less.
Dom: Mazama 2 is almost exactly the same weight as the outgoing Hoka Speed Instinct 2, but is heavier than the Torrent (by 27 g / 0.96 oz per US M10 pair).  The comparison is somewhat apples to oranges: the Mazama 2 is a specialized tool, snug-fitting, low to the ground, with a very stiff sole. The Mazama seems designed to race shorter distances on trail, but the ride is too unforgiving for ultradistance use.  The Torrent could be used for racing ultras and daily training.

Hoka One One Torrent vs. Salomon S/Lab Ultra
Jeff:  The Torrent is lighter, faster, has better traction and a more accommodating fit and would save you $60.

Hoka One One Torrent vs. Salomon S/Lab Sense Ultra 
Jeff: The Sense Ultra has a superior upper, more precise secure performance fit and the rubber compound more sticky and will adhere better to rock and wet rock.  The Torrent is stiffer with more protection and cushion and is probably a better choice for longer distances.

Hoka One One Torrent vs. New Balance Summit Unknown
Jeff: The Summit Unknown is a bit lighter and costs $10 less, but cushioning is not as plush and the Torrent has a more accommodating fit, while still retaining security.

Hoka One One Torrent vs. La Sportiva Lycan 
Jeff: Close in stats and both with a great fitting upper, the Torrent provides better cushion, protection and traction, though the Lycan would be a more appropriate choice for more moderate terrain or door to trail.

Reviewers
Jeff Valliere is a former pro cyclist and competitive masters trail runner with some top 5 masters results at the Pikes Peak Marathon, two wins at the Aspen Backcountry Half Marathon, and an 8:15 Rim to Rim to Rim.  He is also the father of 7 year old twin daughters who love to make fun of his obsession with shoes and will soon be outpacing him on the trails.  Jeff runs rough trails and off trail above Boulder, Colorado on a near daily basis and all over the highest peaks of the Colorado Rockies as time and conditions permit and has been testing and reviewing gear officially since 2005, but a critical aficionado of running, mountaineering and cycling gear since the mid 80's.
Dom Layfield is an accomplished trail runner with a background and PhD in bio mechanical engineering from MIT.  His 2017 achievements include first place in the dead of winter 2017 108-mile Spine Challenger race in the UK, breaking the course record by an hour, first place in the Quicksilver 100K in California, and 14th at the Western States Endurance Run. 
Shannon Payne is a two time winner of the Mt Washington Road Race, was 3d in the World Mountain Running Championships and a 7x All American at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She currently works in the running industry.
Dave Ames is the Founder and Head Coach of Ame For It Run Coaching, a nationwide run coaching business, training athletes of all ability levels from 5K to Marathon.
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34 comments:

Chris said...

How does it compare to the Nike Kiger 4?

Anonymous said...

Exactly what I was looking for...Kiger 4 comps. Seems to be close to a Kiger 4.

rianne said...

I would like to try that running shoe.

Jeff Valliere said...

I have not run in the Kiger 4, but I think Sam has run in both, so will ask him to answer.

Dom Layfield said...

Hoka Torrent vs Nike Terra Kiger 4

Stack heights are (according to official stats) very similar. Torrent is 24/19 mm; Kiger is 24/20 mm. But TK4 feels closer to the ground, and offers better ground feel.

Weights are in the same ballpark, but Torrent is slightly lighter (558 g vs 574 g per pair in US M10) by about 1/4 oz per shoe.

Kiger fit is snugger. I've found that I like to move up 1/2 size in Kiger series, whereas Torrent runs true to size. Torrent upper is less accommodating than mesh in TK4, which seems to have a little more give to it, without sacrificing any foot hold.

Outsole grip is far superior in Torrent. If you regularly run in mud or wet, there's no comparison. On dry trails, Torrent is slightly grippier, but difference is less overwhelming.

Personally, I prefer the heel of the TK4, which is slightly less stiff than the heel of the Torrent. I also found that the toe box of the TK4 was unusually shallow and rubbed on the tops of my toes. No such problems with Torrent.

sam winebaum said...

Regarding Kiger 4. I agree with all of Dom Layfield's comparisons. While shallow I did not have toe box rubbing with Kiger 4 on runs up to 13 miles including in very steep terrain both wet and dry
Sam, Editor

Dom Layfield said...

I might add that I've owned the original Terra Kiger, Terra Kiger 2, TK3 (three pairs!), and the TK4. The TK4 is the only version with which I had a toe rubbing issue, and that was likely because I purchased the TK4 in a size 10.0, and all the others were size 10.5.

Anonymous said...

How is flexibility compared to montrail fluidflex ii?

Tobit said...

Great review, many thanks. The comparison I’m interested in is with the Scott Supertrac RC...

Dom Layfield said...

Compared to Montrail Fluidflex II? Really? I loved that shoe! I think I bought three pairs and was very sad when Montrail killed it.

Anyway, I'm afraid the Torrent is much stiffer. Not that it's a stiff shoe, just that the FluidFlex was marvellously simple and unstructured. The Torrent is very different. It offers much more rock protection, and less squishiness in the midsole. Torrent is also about 100g per pair heavier that the FF, which is still a benchmark of lightness for a trail shoe.

If you want something close to the FF in character, the most similar current shoe I've tried is the Topo MT-2.

Anonymous said...

Toebox looks very narrow, almost identical to the Speed Instinct 2.

Jeff Valliere said...

Tobit, the Supertrac RC is a little more agile, with a more snug, secure race ready upper. The RC has a more grippy rubber compound, so sticks a little better on rocks, slabs, in the wet, but the rubber also wears faster and the lugs are smaller, so not quite as versatile as the tread on the Torrent. Torrent would be my pick for longer outings where I might encounter anything, but for shorter outings (a few hours) in more technical terrain where I want the ultimate grip and foothold, the RC for sure.

Tobit said...

thanks Jeff - really helpful - I have a 50KM mountain run in mid June - across Snowdonia (the route is called the Welsh 3000s if you wanted to look it up). so, I'm trying to make the right shoe choice for that!

Jeff Valliere said...

Tobit, man, that looks like an amazing run! I think either shoe would work great for that. Have you considered the XA Elevate? That would be another great option, with amazing traction and protection (though not quite as light as the other two, I wouldn't hesitate to pick for this either). http://www.roadtrailrun.com/2017/11/salomon-xa-elevate-review-handles-all.html

Tobit said...

thanks Jeff - the choices are getting narrowed down!

BRIAN VANZANTEN said...

Thank you for this great review. I always value your analysis and opinions. Excellent work. I have been hoping for a RTR review of Hoka's Challenger ATR 4. Is it possible that there is a review of this shoe in the works?
Thanks again for your thoughtful work.

sassafras!! said...

Sounds like this would be a good pick for the Mogollon 100? Recently I tried the XA Elevate in a very rocky/ technical 26 mile race and I think that shoe is good enough only up to a 50k distance for me. I like the Peregrine 7 but it just keeps gaining weight, and the Inov8 Roclite 305 I find are flat & uninspiring.

Stefan Store said...

Great review - Interested to see how this stacks up against the Mafate Evo!

Anonymous said...

Cushion-wise, Hoka Torrent or Salomon Sense Ride ? The Sense Ride is my Go-to shoe at the moment for nearly everything...

Jeff Valliere said...

The Torrent has more substantial cushion and better protection than the Sense Ride.

Chris Lord said...

How do they compare fitwise to the Speed Goats 2?

Jeff Valliere said...

Chris, the Torrent is a bit more forgiving and accommodating in the forefoot.

Chris Lord said...

Thanks Jeff. Hows the midfoot...that's where I tended to feel the squeeze?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comparison with the Salomon Sense Ride.
You already made a comparison with the Saucony Peregrine 8, I wonder how you would see the main differences to the Peregrine 7 (apart from the Rockplate), which sound after all more than a similar shoe to compare to, so usage for longer runs ?

John Kinnee said...

How would you compare the sizing to the Speedgoat 2? Sounds like the Torrent fits slightly bigger. I have a 10 in SP2, 10 in Terra Kiger 4.

Thanks

Jeff Valliere said...

I would still go with 10, as sizing is the same, just a little bit of a more accommodating upper and not quite as tapered.

Rachel said...

How does the Torrent sizing compare with the Challenger 4 and Mach? I’m 7.5 in both of those, plus 7.5 in the Altra Lone Peak 3, though I’m an 8 in the SG2 and Nike TK4.

I’m actually about to return the SG2 after several runs in them. I just can’t get comfy in the toe box (toe squeeze is causing numbness and “burning” in my toes and I’m getting weird hotspots on the balls of my feet), even though it’s a definite improvement on the SG1. I’ve a normal-to-narrow heel/midfoot, but need a fairly accommodating toe box to avoid blisters and toenail bang during ultras.

Jeff Valliere said...

Hello Rachel, the Torrent runs true to size, so you should be good with a 7.5. The toe box is a bit more accommodating than the SG2, good luck!

stephane said...

Hello,
Could one imagine to take those to do hiking? Or is it a stupid idea...

Jeff Valliere said...

Hiking, no problem!

St├ęphane said...

Thank you very much, Jeff. Will buy them then.

Chris Lord said...

So I got mine yesterday from RW and I have to say that unless I got a size defect, they are not the same size as the SG2. Absolutely they have a wider more accommodating fit, BUT my size 10.5 was noticeably longer than my size 10.5 in the SG2. I would also say the fit seemed almost “sloppy”. I would say closer to an 11, so I would recommend trying them on. Ive ordered another 10.5 and a 10 to compare.

Dusty Sandals said...

"This construction seems more appropriate for a 100-mile enduro shoe."
I bought these cause my Salomon's were killing my feet on longer stuff like 50k+ distances. I've put 50 miles on these shoes around Boulder, CO and they are a perfect balance between squish and responsiveness. Hoping to wear these on a 12 hour run I'm training for, so far I haven't been disappointed. Great shoe!

Rachel said...

Hi Jeff, I went with the 7.5 as you recommended and the fit is perfect. Definitely a more accommodating toe box than the SG2, so no need to size up from, say, the Challenger/Clifton 4/Mach. I’m completely sold on the Torrent; it’s nimble and fun, yet comfy on smoother surfaces. Great all-rounder and trail beast!