Trail running is a big part of my life so I’ve started this new series on a runner’s most important piece of equipment. This is my long term “review” of the HOKA Torrent 2 after 350 miles.
After using three generations of the Saucony Peregrine series I decided to try another brand and gain more experience of different models.
I’m still running short, local trails so my requirements and preferences were the same. I have a neural gait and I’m not running long distances.
I chose the HOKA Torrent 2, which has a medium stack height and low drop. It has a neutral and low-profile bed for a responsive feel.
The Torrent 2 (in Outer Space/Atlantis) has a simple, unassuming design. The diagonal lines provide some visual interest and added protection for the upper.
I really like the clean lines and understated look.
The Torrent 2 fits well and locks the foot in comfortably. The heel and tongue don’t cause any issues and the lacing system works well.
They’re light and responsive for short trails with some occasional road sections. The grip is very good and I felt confident attacking slippery routes.
Comparing them to previous shoes, the toe box didn’t feel as sturdy. I hit some rocks a few times and I could feel the impact more than in the Peregrines.
The upper seems to let water in easily on wet trails so I’d recommend waterproof socks.
I bought these shoes in the summer and they had a very easy first 200 miles in mainly dry conditions. They’ve been exposed to the Welsh winter over the last few months and held up admirably.
There’s very little wear on the uppers and the whole shoe is in great condition. It’s only the wear on the tread that will result in their retirement.
I was nervous about switching brands, having been so impressed with Saucony’s Peregrine series, but I’m pleased with my decision. The Torrent 2 is very similar in design and suit my requirements perfectly.
I bought them in the summer and they were ideal for the hot weather. The mesh upper is light and breathable with a comfortable fit.
I would certainly recommend them for a summer trail shoe. If I was buying a new pair in the Autumn, I might look for a more rugged version or just invest in a few more pairs of waterproof socks.
I’m happy to find another model that suits my requirements and doesn’t have any serious issues. I’ll be keeping an eye out for reviews of the Torrent 3.
I would recommend the HOKA Torrent 2 to anyone looking for a simple, comfortable and durable trail shoe. They’re not an overly-cushioned shoe for long distances but if you’re doing short routes then these may be an option for you.
- Cost: £99 (June 2022)
- Weight: 9.4oz (267g) – Size 10
- Offset: 5mm (23mm/18mm)
This is not a sponsored post or advertisement. I purchased all the shoes from Moti at retail price.