I currently have some Asics GT-2000 Trail for summer dry paths and road, Inov8 Mudclaw 300 for winter wet mud and Inov8 Roclite 305 for everything in between. However, I'm now running 5 or more miles of road to get to, from and between trails, and the Inov8s are killing my feet. I think I'd like to try something with a bit more cushioning.
I've been looking at the various Hoka running shoes and would appreciate some advice on differences between models, specifically the Speedgoat4, Challenger ATR 5 and Torrent 2.
Here are my deductions on how each shoe might suit me. I would appreciate some confirmation or correction!
Firstly the Challenger ATR. These seem aimed at simple trails and miles of ashphalt, so I figure these would work well where I have a 20km day of which half is on road? I'd have to avoid the really sloppy mud on these longer days for sure.
My understanding of the Torrent is that it is less cushioned and has more aggressive lugs. For me, this would be one to avoid for days that include more than a mile or so of asphalt, and more for my 5k around the woods, with ascents and descents and leaping tree roots!
The Speedgoat seems to fall between the Challenger and the ATR. Some people seem to use it on the road quite happily, although it's not as soft as the Challenger. Likewise, it seems to have fans for more technical trails where it seems the Torrent might make more sense. Perhaps it's a more like a cushioned Torrent??
Is the Speedgoat really a one-shoe-does-all type of thing, or does it actually make sense to have a Challenger for where the run includes asphalt and a Torrent for when I drive to the more technical trails?
I hope that all makes sense. Thanks in advance for any advice!!