If you have read any of my more recent reviews on Hoka releases (like the Project Clifton here) you would know that I have been predicting the bands foray into the world of more casual say to day shoes. Capitalizing on their road and trail running shoes growing popularity. And it appears everything is on course with the brand introducing the new Hoka Transport. What looks to be a stylish and functional urban explorer that is just at home in the city while capable of hitting the trail on the weekends. So below we’ll take a look at everything we know about the Hoka Transport so far!
Introducing the Hoka Transport – Lifestyle and Hiking Shoe
Official Link: Click Here
Men’s Weight: 11.20 oz
Women’s Weight: 9.10 oz
Style: Lifestyle & Hiking
Surface: Road & Trail
Drop: 5 mm
Offset: Not Listed
Stack: Not Listed
Men’s Color Options: Castlerock / Black, Avocado / Harbor Mist, Black
Women’s Color Options: Eggnog, Black, Raisin / Wistful Mauve, Trellis / Mercury
Quick Feature Review
- Neutral stability with balanced cushion.
- 5mm drop with an unlisted stack height.
- EVA midsole that is made from 30% sugarcane.
- Quick toggle lacing system (traditional laces included).
- Vibram® EcoStep Natural outsole.
- Designed with 360 degree reflective material, to be seen in the streets.
- “Abrasion-resistant” upper build.
Top Side, and Sole Photos
Men’s Color Options
Women’s Color Options
Hoka Transport Overview
Hoka has long wanted to branch out beyond just being a running shoe maker. And with the Transport, they have come one step closer. Designed to be a combination of lifestyle, function, and performance. The shoes check a wide list of boxes including being built with sustainable materials, Vibram outsoles, and safety features for both the urban and trail environments. Let’s take a look at what we now about the Hoka Transport so far.
The Transports come packed with a ton of features. And while with Hoka we’d typically be looking at what makes the shoes fast. Instead we’ll be looking at the features that make this such a standout lifestyle shoe. First the shoes feature 360 degree reflective material to make sure you stand out and stay safe when in the city streets at night. The upper build is “scuff resistant” and a new quick lace system will make sure your laces never come untied at the wrong time. All of this sits on an EVA midsole and Vibram outsole for comfort and traction.
Listed as a lifestyle and hiking shoe, I’d probably say it’s more of an urban hiking shoe than a trail hiker. But in a pinch, I’m sure they look like they would get you through a day on the trail. The traction is definitely above and beyond most running shoes and sneakers. The quick lace system is also something that comes from hiking. And like the additional traction, will benefit you in the cities and trails.
I’m a fan of the overall look of the Transport. Although I wish they would have released a white version in the men’s line. They have stylized the cushion a bit which I like. And feel they would be a great addition for nights out at concerts, sporting events, days in the park, and as a travel shoe that could be used for hiking if you needed. Which is where I think it will find its place in most people’s closets. All of the design touches go a long way to make the Hoka Transport stand out in a crowded lifestyle shoe market.
I went to Dicks to see if they had these in stock yet, but why didn’t once they do I’ll let you know they perform in a real life test I’ll link here.