Hoka One One Tor Summit WP Review Facts
The Hoka One One Tor Summit Waterproof is a low-top trail shoe that will spark the interest of anyone looking for a cushioned, comfy trail shoe. With the Vibram MegaGrip outsole and a thick midsole, along with the leather upper that is both breathable and waterproof, it’s no wonder the Tor Summit has some avid fans. However, the ones who have repurchased the shoe have complained about the deteriorating quality of build which affects the durability of the shoe, posing the question: is it still worth the money?
The outsole of the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP features a Vibram MegaGrip rubber outsole that has prominent and aggressive 5mm lugs throughout the platform. This rubber compound is so sticky that it borders on tackiness, making it one of the most often used materials in trail shoes’ outsoles. The Vibram MegaGrip offers maximum traction and extends to the top of the vamp, covering every high impact area on the sole. This compound is combined with the RMAT rubber in the midfoot area in order to further increase the durability of the shoe. The outsole, which looks clunky, features the Meta-Rocker geometry stability frame that encourages smooth heel-to-toe transition regardless of the thickness of the outsole.
The midsole of the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP consists of two layers, one on top of each other. The predominant layer is the thick EVA foam that stands just below the insole of the shoe and provides the cushioning you’d expect from a Hoka One One shoe. This layer features the Active Footframe component that cradles and supports the foot throughout the ride. The bottom layer that is sandwiched between the Vibram MegaGrip and EVA foam is the brand’s own RMAT rubber that is known for is flexibility, durability, and grip, while also providing a dose of responsiveness.
The upper of the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP features a quality blend of suede and nubuck leather that covers most of the outer upper layer. The toe box and heel area feature sturdy and thick protective overlays that are double-stitched and increase the overall protectiveness of the upper. Speaking of which, the inner construction of the upper is constructed with eVent inner waterproof membrane – hence the “WP” in the name of the shoe. The lacing system is simple and traditional, and the tongue is padded so as to provide comfort and protection from external pressure and elements. The leather is soft enough that it won’t resist adhering to the foot and creating a snug fit by tightening the laces of the shoe. The leather is perforated on the sides of the upper in order to provide air flow.
The weight of the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP is surprisingly light for a shoe constructed from rubber and leather. The men’s size 9 weights 12.9oz or 366 grams while the women’s size 7 is a bit lighter at 306 grams. Naturally, the weight of the shoe depends on its size, but the fact that it manages to weight the same as some heavier road running shoe is impressive, nevertheless. Some runners stated that the shoe itself felt as though it weighed more than it actually does due to the robust-looking outsole, but the feeling went away after a few miles of running.
While the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP seems like it wouldn’t offer that much breathability, given that the upper is virtually all-leather, the perforations in the leather upper work very well with the inner membrane that wraps the foot, providing sufficient airflow. A vast majority of runners thoroughly enjoyed the breathability the Tor Summit provides, and several customers noted that after some time spent in the shoe, their socks were just lightly damp – which is a good result for a trail shoe.
Not that surprisingly, the Hoka One One
Tor Summit WP is an immensely comfortable shoe that offers support, cushioning and the snug fit that most runners were happy about. The tongue is soft and the overall sensation while walking in this shoe is like walking on supportive pillows, if you can imagine that kind of a feeling. The toe box is wider than with most trail shoes, which didn’t sit well with some runners, especially because the shoe already looks clunky, so they felt like the spacious toe box wasn’t the right way to go in this case. The one thing that received mixed reviews is the narrowness of the foot platform – some runners felt that the shoe isn’t good for wide-footed people and that the leather upper doesn’t do a good job of accommodating wide feet. However, this isn’t a flaw of the shoe so much as a trait – some shoes are wider, some are narrower, there isn’t right or wrong when it comes to questions like these. The shoe comes in standard and half sizes, enabling you to find the best fit for your feet.
The design of the shoe has a retro vibe to it, which probably stems from the leather upper that almost always looks like you’re looking at a last year’s shoe. However, a lot of people appreciate the classic, simple look of the shoe. There is a limited number of colorways, with the brown being the main men’s option and the women’s has a combination of grey leather with pink collar and light blue outsole rubber (pictured above). These accentuated parts are exactly what most people found to be excessive and would prefer to have a completely subdued shoe that only features basic colors with not much else going on. That being said, the shoe does have a well-blended design, just don’t expect to be able to wear it on casual outings around town.
The durability of the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP is its main point of contention, with some people being beyond satisfied with the longevity of the shoe, while others are adamant that it barely lasted for a couple of months before starting to show significant wear and tear. The midfoot area rubber of the outsole has been known to wear down faster than the rest of the sole, and the waterproofing is known to loosen up after two months of intensive use, especially along the seams of the toe bumper. Additionally, a couple of customers had issues with the upper and the eyelets falling apart after several months of use. This shoe is around for quite some time, so it might be possible that the manufacturing has changed, given that the first impressions on durability were great, back when the shoe first rolled out. However, even with these problems, the shoe will show signs of wear and tear that fast only if you put it on highly technical trails and use it every day to the max, otherwise, you should be good for a year, but probably not two.
One of the best things aside from the comfort that this trail shoe has to offer is the fantastic cushioning and underfoot protection. The sole of the shoe is very soft from the get-go and requires zero break-in time, which isn’t that common with trail shoes that tend to be harder and sturdier than road running ones. The waterproof membrane offers excellent performance and protects the interior of the shoe box from becoming wet, and will continue to do so, provided you don’t soak the shoe every day for two months or so. The thick leather toe bumper and heel cup provide ample protection from the outer elements and hard objects. If you have issues with sore feet or painful muscles during the hike or run, this might just be the right shoe for you.
The Hoka One One Tor Summit WP isn’t made to be an exceptionally responsive trail shoe – its focus is mostly on providing great cushioning and underfoot protection while leaving the Meta-Rocker in charge of smooth and somewhat energized heel-to-toe transitions. The bottom layer of the outsole, the RMAT rubber, offers some energy return and bounciness, just enough to not let your foot sink in completely, which is enough, given that this isn’t a shoe made to develop speed as much as provide protection
and comfort throughout the ride.
A vast majority of runners have lauded the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP for its amazing arch support, which is there, against all odds. This trail shoe doesn’t have a midfoot shank that most shoes that offer this much arch support usually have. However, the firmness of the bottom layer of the midsole provides ample support, so that this shoe is suitable for both neutral pronators and overpronators
The Hoka One One Tor Summit WP provides great shock absorption, so taking them on uneven surfaces full of tree roots and rocks is always a good idea. The waterproof membrane, along with the sturdy upper design, provides protection from the elements and make it easy for you to tackle various kinds of terrains. However, due to the chunkiness of the sole as well as the firm arch support
, this shoe might not be the right choice to wear on long runs and multi-day hikes.
On one hand, the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP is far from a cheap, affordable shoe, but a lot of customers feel like the price is more than worth it due to the incredible comfort they offer. However, a pretty serious downside of this trail shoe is its diminishing durability
that has changed in recent production, which might be something worth considering when thinking about whether you should splash that kind of cash on a trail shoe that probably isn’t going to last you more than a year.
With the Vibram MegaGrip rubber compound utilized in the construction of the outsole, the chances of it offering bad traction
are virtually close to zero. Indeed, most runners are blown away by the traction provided by the Tor Summit, and the hi-traction 5mm RMAT lugs perform excellently on almost all surfaces. However, the dampened ground feel that is the consequence of the thick sole didn’t allow for good control and traction on steep or surfaces with light gravel, mud and snow underneath the foot, which caused slippage and an unconfident stride.
The sole of the Tor Summit doesn’t try to be flexible and instead opts for he Meta-Rocker, which gives some movement to the otherwise firm and inflexible sole of the shoe. This lack of traditional flexibility won’t pose an issue, unless you’re on steep hills, in which case the lack of flex will affect your performance and possibly cause slippage.
Both the stability and cushioning of the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP come from the shoe’s thick and wide shoe platform that is layered and features a supportive and a cushioning layer that provides great balance to the stride. The rearfoot area of the shoe is noticeably wider than the shoe box, which allows for a confident stride and prevents twisting and rolling of the foot. The torsional stability
of the shoe is enviable, regardless of the lack of the midfoot shank, and the roomy toe box allows for the toes to splay out and offer some natural stability to the stride.
The heel stack height of the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP is a whopping 30mm, while the forefoot stack height is only slightly less thick and stands at 26mm, leaving a 4mm heel to toe drop that will mostly suit forefoot and midfoot strikers, but also heel strikers looking to switch from a high-drop shoe to a zero-drop one.
● Vibram MegaGrip rubber
● Aggressive 5mm lugs on the outsole
● RMAT + EVA midsole
● Active Footframe
● Suede and nubuck leather perforated upper
● eVent inner waterproof membrane
● Extremely comfortable
● Below average durability
● Design could benefit from more subdued colorways
● Amazing underfoot protection and cushioning
● Great traction, not so great ground feel
● Immense arch support
● Trail shoe
● Not flexible
● Wide shoe platform provides stability
● 4mm drop
The Hoka One One Tor Summit WP is a trail shoe that would be perfect for people who often go on trails for short hikes and runs, but never go to a technical, extreme trail
with lots of uphill and downhill movements, and who require a lot of arch and underfoot support. However, if you’re after a shoe that can do it all and go on snow, mud and light gravel, as well as the rocky and rooty trails, while also providing comfort, support, stability, and breathability, you might want to look elsewhere.