From Gear Junkie:

HOKA ONE ONE, Brooks, and Altra were the shoes of choice. Among all finishers, these three brands comprised 71.6 percent of the shoes worn. HOKA ONE ONE led the way with 35.4 percent
What about the top runners? The survey found that Altra jumped to #2 for sub-24 hour finishers. Among the speedsters, HOKA ONE ONE held 34.7 percent. Altra (16.7) was second, and Montrail (12.5) jumped to third.


-Whether they finished under 24 hours or not, Western States runners were most likely to be wearing HOKA ONE ONE shoes, Petzl Headlamps, Injinji socks, and Ultimate Direction packs. 


Nicole’s Story

Posted: September 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

“Our wear-test team absolutely loved this shoe. Why? It’s all of the things you want in an off-road running shoe with enough trail-specific features to keep your feet protected. The Challenger ATR is amazingly light, quite nimble and very stable for such a well-cushioned trail shoe. It has a very similar makeup to Hoka’s award-winning Clifton road running shoe and our wear-testers raved about the Challenger’s featherweight, well-cushioned ride and a similar game-changing vibe as the Clifton. But our test crew also appreciated that the midsole foam felt slightly firmer and seemed considerably more durable than its road-shoe cousin. Wear-testers who were comfortable with maximally cushioned shoes and were able to dial in a good fit raved about this shoe as a smooth-riding, high-mileage trainer, as well as a long-distance racer.”