I know quite a few people, myself included, that regularly wear Hokas for hiking and backpacking. The company obviously picked up on this trend and created a line of hiking specific boots and shoes, while still staying true to their core running category.
For Fall 2105, Hoka will deliver five new styles that range from high-top hiking boots to lightweight mountain runners geared towards trail runners, backpackers, and even casual hikers–basically anyone who plays in the mountains. The collection will be broken into two categories, MTN Trek and MTN Run, and range in price from $130 to $230.
In MTN Trek, the Tor Ultra Hi WP (pictured above–$230) is incredibly lightweight, weighing in at just over one pound. The hiking boot combines Hoka’s signature running shoe cushioning and Meta-Rocker geometry with a supportive high-top upper.
To give hikers the traction they require over a variety of terrain, Hoka added a Vibram MegaGrip outsole with five millimeter lugs. The leather and nylon mesh upper sports an eVent waterproof, breathable membrane to keep your feet dry in sloppy conditions.
The MTN Trek category will also feature the Tor Summit Mid WP ($180) and Tor Summit WP (pictured above–$160).
I get to see the full collection at Outdoor Retailer in a couple of weeks and will update you with more details.