Hoka One One Stinson 3 ATR Review Facts
The Hoka One One Stinson 3 ATR is the third revision to one of Hoka One One’s most popular all terrain running shoes. The original Stinson was one of the first shoes that featured the dramatic, oversized, maximum cushioning that made Hoka One One shoes quite different from the average running shoe.
According to the Hoka One One website, this shoe has undergone a complete redesign from the tread to the upper with even more radical cushioning in the outsole. The newest version of the shoe features a late-stage meta rocker midsole, a 6mm heel-to-toe drop, and weighs in at 12 ounces. The shoe also offers an improved fit in the heel and midfoot areas. Although designed for long runs, runners can take the shoe out for short or long jaunts and will not be disappointed by the comfort and stability of the ride.
The outsole of the Stinson 3 ATR is wider than a traditional running shoe which gives it a very stable base
. The sticky EVA rubber compound and 4 mm ATR lugs gives the shoe excellent traction on a variety of surfaces. The full ground contact construction provides a smooth heel-to-toe transition which also helps with traction on everything from wet roads to moderate trails. Longitudinal flex grooves in the outsole allow the foot to move freely and also provide added stability.
The full-length, compression-molded EVA rubber of the Stinson 3 ATR midsole offers impressive cushioning, stability, and increased impact protection needed for long runs. Runners reported that the midsole felt “squishy”, but not to the point where they could not control the movement of their foot. The late-stage, meta-rocker geometry technology was engineered to provide a more stable forefoot base and support. Unlike the Hoka Clifton model
which uses an early stage meta-rocker technology, the Stinson’s rockered portion is more forward in the shoe which can be felt in the final phase of the running gait. Runners described a subtle rolling feeling in the Stinson 3 and said it was much less pronounced when compared with other Hoka models they have owned. They were also pleasantly surprised by the flexibility of the shoe despite the thick outsole.
Despite its heavy appearance, the men’s Stinson 3 ATR weighs 12.0 ounces (size 9) and the women’s version comes in at 10.2 ounces (size 7) making it a fairly lightweight all terrain shoe. The use of the EVA foam in the outsole and midsole reduces the weight of the shoe yet still provides ample support. This shoe is designed for comfort, not speed, but can be used for races that cover varied terrain.
This shoe has a very breathable mesh upper which allows ample airflow around the foot to keep the foot cool and dry. The mesh is thin, yet durable enough to protect the foot. A thin Ortholite insole offers additional breathability underfoot. There were no complaints from runners about the breathability of the shoe. The foot stayed comfortable on hot and cold days.
The extreme cushioning of the midsole makes the Stinson 3 ATR a very comfortable running shoe. The upper also does a great job of hugging the foot in a stable, sock-like manner. The upper was designed to enhance the fit in the midfoot area by wrapping around the foot for a comfortable fit. The improved heel cup and ankle padding, as well as no seams on the inside of the upper, add to the comfort of the shoe. The padded tongue was found to be comfortable for some, but added to the tightness of the shoe for others. This Hoka One One shoe, like others in the highly-cushioned line, was said to alleviate some foot and knee pain for chronically injured runners. Runners prone to plantar fasciitis
praised the shoe for allowing them to run again. Some flat-footed runners said the arch support was too high and created blisters while others said it was fine. The shoe got high praise for its comfort on longer runs and recovery runs.
The Stinson 3 ATR is available in seven different color options with "Hoka" in small letters on the forefoot of the shoe. A colored stripe through the center of the bulky midsole breaks up the size of the midsole and creates an illusion that the midsole is smaller than it is. Flat pin-striped laces are colored to match the color scheme of the shoe.
The massive midsole of the Stinson 3 ATR provides not only cushioning to the runner’s foot, but extra durability to the design of the shoe. The EVA outsole is comprised of soft rubber, but has a capacity to be abrasion resistant. An abundance of lugs on the sole are designed for traction, but also help the outsole hold up to harsh conditions. The no-sew construction also gives added durability to the shoe’s upper. A toe bumper across the front of the shoe protects the forefoot from snags and trail hazards.
The 28 mm thick EVA foam midsole of the Stinson 3 ATR cushions the foot with every step while also absorbing a significant amount of impact from contact with the ground. The high stack height also helps minimize blows to the sides of the foot. Although it is trail shoe
, there is no rock plate. The full-width toe bumper helps protect the runner’s toes to some extent, but is not designed for rocky trails. The plastic overlays on the upper do a fairly good job of protecting the thin mesh upper from damage.
The midsole of this shoe takes advantage of what Hoka One One calls their “active foot frame” technology. This design allows the foot to sink into the midsole rather than ride on top of it. The result is an increase in responsiveness and energy. This technology also makes the shoe very adaptable to a wide range of running styles and foot shapes.
Runners needing arch support
or mild stability will probably find the Stinson 3 ATR to their liking. Although listed as a neutral shoe, the midsole and outsole material offers some moderate pronation control. The upper is very flexible, but provides a secure, sock-like fit around the foot. The late-stage meta-rocker technology is engineered to provide a more stable forefoot base which adds to the overall support. Lugs on the bottom of the shoe ensure a safe ride. A form-fitting heel construction offers a secure, plush fit around the heel that prevents slipping.
The Stinson 3 ATR is listed as a “varied trail” shoe. The lugged outsole offers traction on anything from moderately technical trails to roads. Runners commented that the shoe excelled on mild terrain and smooth pavement. The high heel stack height did not perform well on tight turns or rocky descents. Some runners described the shoe as “clumsy” on highly technical trails. The lugged sole did well on soft, dry, trails but clogged up quickly and lost some grip on wet, muddy trails.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the Stinson 3 ATR is $160, making it a fairly expensive shoe. This is $30 more than the previous model. Runners unafraid to shop online will find the shoe for under $100. With many websites offering free returns, finding online bargains might be the way to go. Ordering two or three sizes and returning the ones that don’t fit is a common practice.
The 4 mm lugs on the bottom of the outsole offer decent traction on light trails, but runners did not give the shoe a high score as a trail shoe when compared to other equally-priced trail shoes. Only sections of the outsole are lugged which leaves sections of the soft EVA rubber outsole exposed to the ground. Hoka One One claims this design provides stability on uneven terrain because the sole is able to “morph and bend around” the terrain it is covering. The high stack height of the midsole also made the shoe feel cumbersome on extremely rocky terrain. On smooth roads, the shoe did well and also excelled on wet surfaces
. Serious, long distance trail runners will probably be disappointed by the overall performance of the shoe.
The Stinson 3 ATR is not a very flexible shoe due to the massive midfoot construction. The midfoot cushioning provides increased stability, but flexibility is therefore lost. The early-stage, meta-rocker geometry helps make up for some of the inflexibility be ensuring an efficient toe-off which allows for a natural rolling motion of the foot. Longitudinal flex grooves in the outsole allow the foot to move freely and help eliminate some of the stiffness of the midsole.
Part of the upgrade to the Stinson 3 ATR is the enhanced and more balanced late-stage, meta-rocker midsole. This update gives additional forefoot support and stability
on trails. Some runners feared their ankle would roll due to the stack height and softness of the foam, but were pleasantly surprised by the stability of the shoe and also enjoyed the soft ride. The midsole cushion is designed to wrap around the foot which not only provides shock absorption, but also increases the stability of the shoe. The extra width of the midsole and outsole also helps with stability by giving the shoe a wide base. The outsole's lugs give the shoe the ability to grip almost any surfaces which helps keep runners upright while on the run.
The Stinson 3 ATR has a 6mm heel-to-toe drop with a height of 28 mm in the forefoot and 34 mm at the heel for men and 26 mm in the forefoot and 32 mm in the heel for women. Low drop shoes are preferred by many runners because it helps prevent heel strikes which can lead to poor form and high mileage injuries
. A low drop also makes for softer landings and improved form. Many long distance runners prefer a shoe with a low drop.
Key Features of the Stinson 3 ATR
Key Features of the Stinson 3 ATR
• Highly cushioned midsole
• Seamless and breathable mesh upper
• Late-stage, meta-rocker design for better running form
• Lugged outsole provides good traction
• Lightweight and comfortable all terrain shoe
The Hoka Stinson 3 ATR is a decent all terrain shoe that is designed to offer a comfortable and stable ride. This shoe was built for going long distances and did not disappoint many runners in that regard. Despite its high stack height, runners quickly adapted to the feel of the shoe and enjoyed the forward propulsion of the meta-rocker design. The 6mm heel drop also encourages a midfoot strike on flat trails. Downhill running was pure joy according to some runners. Many runners reported less fatigue in the feet and legs after a long run and recovery time was minimal. The shoe's maximalist design ensures ample cushioning and protection underfoot and will perform well on almost any kind of run.