Hoka One One Torrent
Weight: 9.1 oz. (US M9); 8 oz. (US W8)
Stack Height: 24mm heel/19mm forefoot (5mm drop)
Price: $120; available Summer 2018
The Hoka One One Torrent surprised us. The lightest shoe in our list; at first glance, it seemed to lack support and protection. But this replacement for the Speed Instinct can handle any terrain or surface with commendable agility. It likes to go fast and is agile, but is plenty accommodating at slower paces. The dual density midsole with its softer heel and firmer forefoot, provide moderately-soft cushion at the heel and decent front rock protection without any plate. The 4-5mm outsole lugs gripped everywhere, yet were also pleasant to run on hard, smoother surfaces. Its engineered mesh upper is simple and effective with plenty of toe box room, making the Torrent a good choice for racing.