HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

Review by Arnie P

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men's boots

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

HOKA One One provided the Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots for review purposes.
The Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots are a mid height lightweight waterproof boot that is attractive, with a variety of features that I will go into later on. The pair I received is size USA 9.5 men’s in color Brown/Golden Rod.

Product information

There are 2 colors available Black/Anthracite and Brown/Goldenrod. Men’s sizes are in half sizes from 7 to 13, whole sizes of 14 and 15.

Product description from web site

HOKA ONE ONE signature cushioning that has been available to runners around the globe for the past 6 years is now available to hikers in the TOR SUMMIT MID WP. Our midsole blend of EVA and RMAT® material provides ultimate comfort underfoot, and our Meta-Rocker geometry provides a smooth ride. Technical midfoot geometry designed to increase underfoot stability on uneven terrain, and Vibram® MegaGrip outsole rubber with 5mm lugs provides ample traction and durability.

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men's boots

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

Specifications

Model: Tor Summit Mid WP men’s

Color: Brown/Golden Rod

Size: 9.5 USA men’s

Measured weight for my size 9.5

Left: 16.3 oz/462 g

Right 16.8 oz/476 g

Listed weight for size 9

single boot: 16 oz/454 g

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HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men's boots

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

Lacing system

Starting at the toe end are 4 pairs of eyelets. The next pair is an enclosed metal lug. The last 2 pairs are open metal lugs. There is a fabric pull loop at the top of the tongue of the boot. This fabric tape goes down the tongue dressing down the laces. The laces are free to move but in a limited range. A small leather tab which is part of the outer shell of the boot covers the end of the tape. The tongue pull loop can be convenient if the tongue or sock needs adjusting.

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men's boots

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

Trying them on

Since I take a size 9, I was beginning to think what I would do if the boot was to big. I compared the soles of one of my size 9 boots that I have been wearing and they were identical in length. I was glad to have the 9.5 size. The fit was excellent. I do like the pull tab at the heel of the shoe. When I laced and tied the boots there was just enough lace. As the boot forms to my foot there could be more lace. But my personal preference is to not to use the top lug. The top part of the boot is higher in the front than the back, thus protecting all of my ankle joint. As I get older this is becoming more important to me. I enjoyed the comfort of wearing the boots around the house for several hours.

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men's boots

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

A walk to Market Basket

This is the supermarket you may have read about in the summer of 2013. I have been shopping there since August of 1963. I can use a paved walking route to Market Basket, but prefer using the non paved possibilities which I use whenever possible. The traffic was light so I jogged across route 38. I was beginning to think about taking up jogging again. When I walk to this supermarket and have a choice of walking on pavement or grass or mulch, I favor the latter. This time I walked most of the time on pavement. I picked up about 15 pounds of supplies and returned home. I felt like my feet had more life in them. I think will be walking to Market Basket more often.

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I like testing footwear because I feel my feet are critical to my being able to hike a lot and often. In the next month, I will look into fitting a traction device on these boots, taking them on my Wednesday morning group hikes, walking a dog, and just exploring the outdoors. My motto is I am hiking while some people are making plans.

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I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Hoka One One for the opportunity to test the Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots. Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say about them.

Update 1-19-2016

I have enjoyed wearing the HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots. In this period, the outside temperatures have varied between near 0 F to the low 70’s, but most of the time below freezing. I have not had any problems with my feet getting cold. A lot of my hikes are with a large group and it is common to stop to make sure we still have everybody we started with. My feet don’t seem to get cold while hiking. With other boots, I my feet have gotten cold while I stopped for a rest or waited for hikers to catch up This has not happened in the Summit boots.

Lacing system

I have not had any problem with the laces coming undone. Lately, I have not been able to tie my laces as tight as I would like them and usually have to retie my laces several times a day. The flat laces on these boots work well for me and seldom need retying.

Traction Device

I had no problem putting my traction device on the Summit boots. The ridge at the heel of the boot makes for a secure fit. All the cross chains except for 2 at the heel line up with grooves on the soles of the boot. I had no problem using my traction devices on The Summit boot,

At the gym

I have several reasons for wanting to try my boots at a gym before going on hikes in the forest or mountains. I have done a lot of hiking since my first serious hike of Mt Washington in 1958. My only footwear failures have occurred in trying them out before hiking on trails. To me using the treadmill is a form of accelerated testing. They may be ideal conditions but I am moving faster than I wold be in the forest and a minor irritation could become exaggerated in a short period of time. When wearing the Summit boots on the treadmill with the speed at 3.8 mph and an elevation of 3, I felt my feet had new life in them, increasing speed to 3.9 mph. I take any increases as slow as possible. Recovering from over doing something takes a lot longer. I felt so good that after doing 3.8 for 2 trips to the gym, I increased it to 4.0 mph. I am now doing this speed 4-5 times a week. I am not feeling any discomfort while on the treadmill. I do leg presses which give me an idea how the bottoms of my feet will feel after landing on hard rocks for several hours. I am currently doing leg presses of 405 lbs, which is the limit of this machine. Going down a mountain or hill is never easy on the bottoms of the feet. My feet feel great using this machine in these boots.

Harold Parker Forest

I have been to Harold Parker Forest several times in these boots. The trails are rough, lots of rocks and roots. The traction is second to none. Aside from good traction materials used in the boot, the surface of the boot is not rigid, I move it with my fingernail. When the sole mates with a surface it attaches itself to the surface, providing a good grip. I feel a slight bounce walking on the trails as well as the treadmill. When I finish a 2-hour hike it does not feel like my usual 2-hour hikes. I think that is why I was able to increase my speed on the treadmill and feel the same.

Hoka One One in Harold Parker Forest

Hoka One One in Harold Parker Forest

Hoka One One at Quarry site in Harold Parker Forest

Hoka One One at Quarry site in Harold Parker Forest

Local use

I continue my walks with the dog, walking to the shopping center for groceries, walks to the coffee shops and walks in the neighborhood forest. The off street hiking is pine needle covered areas and some rocky areas. The traction in these areas is excellent. There is also a very steep off trail I climb to stay in shape. The pitch is about the same as the roof on my house of about 60 degrees.
In summary, I have no problems to report only a lot of comfort and no need to tie my boots after putting them on.

Hoka One One Tor Summit boots after hill ascent

Hoka One One Tor Summit boots after hill ascent

I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and HOKA One One for the opportunity to test the Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots. Please check back in about a month when I will have a last look at these boots.

A last look 2-20-2016

The roller coaster weather patterns have continued during this test period. We have had several snow storms with snowfalls ranging from a few inches to 8 inches in places. The temperature ranged from a low of -10 F to a high in the upper 50’s. I now have had a chance to try the HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots in cold, icy, and snowy conditions. My daily walks and weekly group hikes have continued during this period.

Harold Parker Forest

I have been back to Harold Parker a few times for 2-hour group hikes. My hike of interest followed a snowstorm of 6 inches of light fluffy snow. The temperature was 20 F but I suspect the ground temperature was a lot colder. This was new snow and I did get a lot of snow over my shoes and pants. My feet stayed dry, warm, and comfortable. I always wear medium weight wool socks with these boots. I made the choice of not putting on my traction devices which were in my car. I did not regret this choice and had no trouble on ascents or descents over the many hills on this hike. I also did not get any caking of the snow on the treads of the shoes.

HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP  men's boots in Harold Parker Forest

HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots in Harold Parker Forest

HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP  men's boots in Harold Parker Forest

HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots in Harold Parker Forest

Other Uses

After most of our snow storms the temperature rises above freezing during the day but drops to below freezing at night. My lesson from the last winter season was to clear the snow and ice from my gutters before problems occur. I used these shoes for these quick trips up and down the ladder. They are light and I have not had any trouble slipping on the rungs. I could notice I was on a rung and may not want to spend all day painting or similar ladder related work. For shorter jobs of an hour or less, they are excellent. I have also used them to shovel snow off the driveway with and without the use of traction devices. I used traction devices when there was an ice coating on top of the asphalt driveway. There was a snow storm last night, I was about 2-3 inches, hard to tell as it must have turned to rain then the temperature dropped to 28 F this morning. The result was the ice covered snow was strong enough to support me without breaking. If I put my foot down with force the ice cracked and I had enough traction. I shoveled what I could. A few hours later the temperature rose to the mid 50’s. I was then able to finish the shoveling. It was not long before there was a puddle at the end of the driveway about 1-2 inches deep. I had left that part for last as it had the most snow. I was pushing water, slush, and ice chunks. I was walking in the water for about half an hour and did not get wet.

Summary

The HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots are light, comfortable, good traction, and have kept my feet warm and dry under a variety of conditions. I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Hoka One One for the opportunity to test the Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots.