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Hoka’s Latest Hiking Silhouette Serves Up Running-Shoe Comfort

Hoka One One’s new hiking silhouette offers a lightweight footwear option for longer treks in the great outdoors, as well as shorter walks closer to home.

Launched Thursday, the Deckers Brands division’s Anacapa franchise “aims to bring topflight hiking technology” to consumers who may have previously seen hiking as “gear prohibitive,” Hoka said. It comes in mid- and low-top styles, the former for long hikes and the latter for walking around the city or a neighborhood park.

Both, Hoka claimed, “are extraordinarily light for fully-outfitted hikers.” The Anacapa Mid GTX weighs 16 ounces for a men’s size 9 and 14 ounces for a women’s size 7, while the Anacapa Low GTX comes in at 14 ounces and 12 ounces, respectively, Hoka said.

“The Anacapa Mid and Low GTX aim to dispel the myth that effective hiking footwear needs to be stiff and heavy, or that it requires a long, uncomfortable break-in period,” Gretchen Weimer, vice president of product at Hoka One One, said in a statement. “They’re lightweight, dynamic and capable of a broad range of outdoor activities.

Hoka One One debuted the Anacapa Mid and Low GTX

Both the mid and low styles feature a Vibram Megagrip outsole designed to provide traction on tricky terrain, as well as an extended heel for a gentler impact and Hoka’s Meta-Rocker geometry for smoother transitions through each step.

The Anacapa Mid and Low GTX are made with recycled materials, including Leather Working Group Gold Certified waterproof nubuck leather on the upper; recycled polyester materials in the collar, mesh and laces; a molded polyurethane sockliner derived from 50 percent soybean oil; and Gore-Tex fabric made with 45 percent recycled content by weight.

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“Make no mistake: the Anacapa Mid and Low GTX are performance-first hiking shoes. But we are increasingly capable of using recycled materials in our products without reducing the capabilities our consumers expect from their outdoor footwear,” Weimer added. “The Anacapa franchise is designed to bring this peak performance and technology to all adventurers, and to provide them an ‘escape hatch’ into nature, whether they are exploring a local park on the weekend or embarking on a multi-day backpacking trip.”

Though traditionally known for its road running footwear, Hoka One One has not shied away from hiking and trail shoes. In March, it teamed up with the Seoul-based fashion brand Thisisneverthat to release a special colorway of Speedgoat 4 trail shoe.

The TINT x Hoka Speedgoat 4, still available on Hoka’s online store, debuted alongside an apparel collection that channeled the Korean brand’s graphic- and text-heavy approach to traditional streetwear. Items included a hooded pullover, 6-inch performance short, T-shirt, bucket hat and crew sock.