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Review: Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

Written by

Katherine Takai

Long Distance Runner, former Sprinter.

This expert review is written by

Katherine Takai

Long Distance Runner, former Sprinter.
Katherine Takai lives in Denver, CO and is a budget analyst and fitness enthusiast.

Although she was a sprinter in high school, since became fascinated with endurance sports and began participating in long-distance running events over eight years ago.

During her leisure time, she can be found chasing around her dog on the trails of the Front Range.

Weight

We usually consider 10 ounces a "medium" weight for a running shoe: less than 10 and we are entering the lightweight category and above 10 the shoes start to be heavy.

Heel-to-toe drop

Heel drop is the measurement in mm of the difference between the height of the heel and the toe of the sole.

A lower drop (0mm - 5mm) promotes running on mid-foot and fore-foot, while higher drops (8mm - 12mm) are more traditional and meant to support a heel-striking gait.
Expert score
7/10

Expert Review: Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

Quick overview

Best for
Regular training, long, slow training runs, ultra distances, 50 miles and greater
Terrain
Best for on dirt trails, on paved trails, on paved roads, sidewalks, etc..., through grassy sections or cross-country courses, in muddy area, through creeks and streams, in snowy or icy sections, along moderate trails, along highly technical trails
Grip
The Stinson ATR 5 provides excellent grip and traction on all kind of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Average Traction
Provide Traction
Cushioning
The Stinson ATR 5 is maximally cushioned
Little cushioning
Medium cushioning
Highly cushioned
Weight

12.1

 oz
343 g
Heel to toe drop
Drop

5

 mm

Pros and cons according to our running expert

Pros and cons according to our running expert

  • Extra cushion for longer mileage
  • Solid grip on a variety of terrain
  • Reliable stability
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Not very responsive

Our verdict

The Stinson ATR 5 provides cushion, stability, and comfort over a variety of terrain types – from road to dirt to rocks – even at longest distances.

While these are not the fastest race shoes, they are reliable, durable, and inspire confidence over long efforts on most types of terrain.

Introduction Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 - Pair

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 – Pair

As its name suggests, the Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 is a $160 running shoe that can handle “all-terrains” from road to rocks to trails.

This maximalist shoe features one of the thickest outsoles on the market, which contributes to the 9.90 oz. to shoe weight.

For a neutral runner, like myself, these shoes offered reliable stability over most types of terrain except for over very rocky terrain (where missteps felt a bit more consequential).

Cushioning Type
The Stinson ATR 5 is plush: provides shock... Read more absorption and comfort over energy return and
Responsive
Plush
Cushioning Amount
The Stinson ATR 5 is maximally cushioned
Little cushioning
Highly cushioned
Flexibility
The Stinson ATR 5 is quite rigid and does not... Read more flex easily
Rigid
Flexible
Stability
The Stinson ATR 5 offers great stability for... Read more runners who needs the most support for
Not particularly stable
Very stable

Impressions Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

Out of the box, these shoes felt comfortable during my first try-on and running in the first time.

My initial observation was that they were bulky, heavier, and had a higher stack than any other shoe that I have previously run in.

The thick sole was stiff but cushioned and plushy, so it felt comfortable to run on but limited in responsiveness and speed.

I quickly learned that this shoe could have a place in a training regimen over longer, slower efforts.

The plush of this shoe will protect your foot and keep it comfortable for miles; but I would not expect to PR in this shoe.

Performance on a variety of terrain, including road, dirt, grass, snow, ice, and most rock, was reliable.

On more technical rocky sections, the high stack and flared shape of the outsole made for some slower going. The 4mm lugs provided sufficient traction on all surfaces that I ran in these on.

Protection Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 - Closeup

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 – Closeup

While this shoe does not have a rock plate, the cushioning and thickness of the compression molded EVA (CMEVA) midsole and outsole offers as much underfoot protection as you’ll need on any trail.

Overlay throughout the upper provides additional protection for the top of the foot and stability to hold the foot in place.

Rockplate
The Stinson ATR 5 does not have a rock plate.
Not present
Solid protection
Lugs
The Stinson ATR 5 provides excellent grip and... Read more traction on all kind of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Provide Traction
Water resistance
The Stinson ATR 5 provides a decent... Read more protection from splashes and puddles
Poor
Water Resistant

Durability Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

After over 50 miles in this shoe, I am seeing only slight signs of wear on the outsole where there is some fraying and erosion of the lugs. These shoes have endured some tough mountain terrain and miles.

The cushioning is forgiving, and I am confident that these shoes have a good number of miles still left on them.

There is very little wear on the upper, so I expect these shoes will continue to provide excellent protection from impact for runs to come.

Responsiveness & Speed Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 - Sole

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 – Sole

Hoka’s signature Meta-Rocker technology is a key feature of this shoe designed to facilitate a smooth roll from heel to toe and allowing you to push off at the toe.

Despite a good amount of drop (5mm), I did not enjoy this feature in this shoe as much as I did in the Evo Mafate. (4mm drop).

This shoe is also heavier than similar ones at 9.9 oz., which made it feel more clunky and less responsive on all terrains, including road, dirt, sand, mud, and snow.

Thus, I’d use this shoe extensively in training or for a longer run but would opt for a different model for a faster race.

Comfort and Fit Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

This is a maximalist shoe with the most cushion of any shoe that I have ever worn, so it felt plushy and very pleasing run and walk in.

The toe box is wide enough to be comfortable and accommodating of swelling that may occur over longer runs.

For a shoe that initially appeared wide, the upper felt secure without being too tight. Breathable mesh kept my feet sufficiently dry and ventilated throughout my run.

The flat lace system was secure and stayed reliably tight.

Sizing
The Stinson ATR 5 has average sizing: buy the... Read more usual size
Buy size smaller
Buy size bigger

Conclusion Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 - Heel

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 – Heel

Overall, the HOKA One One Stinson ATR 5 can be practically integrated into a running regimen; however, I would not consider wearing this shoe for any race of marathon length or shorter.

The lack of responsiveness and the heaviness of this shoe limit its speed; however, it would be practical for a longer, slower race or for training.

They are very comfortable and plushy and inspire confidence on a variety of terrain (from road to most trails and feel great even for every day walking).

The durability and comfort of this shoe make it ideal for going the distance – so long as you’re not primarily focused on how fast you’ll get there.

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