The Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP boot

The Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP boot

A brand best known for its running shoes is offering a new walking boot that it said offers unparalleled cushioning for the foot.

Hoka One One’s Tor Ultra Hi WP also features lightweight construction that brings a pair of boots in at less than a kilogram.

The Tor Ultra Hi WP utilises 32mm of heel cushioning along with 28mm of forefoot cushioning, and a 4mm drop.

This is far more cushioned than conventional hiking boots, with a considerably lower heel-to-toe differential. A pair of men’s size 8½ weighs 970g, and women’s pair 5½ 840g. Hoka One One says this is about 300g less, on average, than comparable boots.

It said: “Some of this weight saving is a result of the upper construction, which uses a combination of natural leather and sturdy nylon mesh, alongside a padded collar, with a glove-like fit, that offers excellent ankle support.

“Wet weather protection comes care of an integrated eVent waterproof, breathable membrane, ideal for unpredictable climates.

“Built on an early stage Meta-Rocker the Tor Ultra Hi WP ensures an energy efficient stride – both on the flat and when going up or downhill, with an active footframe that cradles the foot, for increased stability.”

It said the sole itself is built from an ingenious combination of materials. The upper layer of the midsole is made from highly cushioned compression moulded EVA, with a second layer constructed from R-MAT, a proprietary blend of natural rubber and EVA that offers a good balance of deformation, impact absorption and compression resistance, retaining its cushioning properties even with extended wear.

Finally, hardwearing 5mm Vibram Megagrip lugs have been added to key areas of the outsole to provide additional grip, without the added weight of a full rubber sole unit.”

The Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP costs £160 a pair. More details are on the brand’s website.

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