Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP Design Flaws

Reviewed by Seattleclick from PNW on Thursday, April 27, 2017
Ultimately, the manufacturer messed up the waterproof design and execution of this boot. It is not a full-bootie construction as currently advertised by multiple major retailers and I suspect the manufacturer in the past. That is false advertising and questionable marketing to say the least. To clarify why this is a poorly designed shoe, it helps to talk about waterproofing fundamentals. When exposed to wet conditions while enjoying nature, water penetrates the outer water resistant (NOT waterproof) upper and based on gravity will flow down to the region where there is no eVent membrane protection. In the Tor Ultra Hi WP design case, this is clearly evident where you can see the stitched seams where the eVent membrane ends at the bottom of the interior boot or foot bed. Water will contact the bottom of the feet during prolonged exposure to grass dew, long or heavy rains, traversing snow, etc... It will simply drip down to the ends of the event membrane or foot bed, thus causing the feet to become wet and possibly cold, which can be extremely hazardous in certain conditions.

Anyway, it appears the manufacturer went back and modified/refurbished (post-production my guess) many if not all of their Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP shoes. I state that because I received one from a major online retailer that advertised them as new when purchased and I received them with ink writing at the bottom, interior of the shoe (under the insole) which typically indicates a product has been refurbished or reconditioned by a manufacturer. In any event, I exchanged the original shoes via Deckers Brand or the manufacturer (OEM) of Hoka One One products and received another pair from them the 2nd time around with the exact same problem. Essentially, the manufacturer cut the event waterproof membrane at the bottom of the shoe and then stitched the edges to create a slight depression or concave feeling that results in the shoe being uncomfortable (for my feet at least). Basically, the faulty eVent membrane is worthless as it is not a full-bootie construction as advertised to this date by multiple major retailers (Hoka One One modified their online marketing of the shoe to downplay hiking and waterproof abilities of this model and now market it more as a running shoe). Just compare this design to any gore-tex hiking boot that fully encapsulates the interior of the shoe. The Hoka One One event membrane issue contributes to the shoe being less breathable or hotter than necessary while not being waterproof. In my opinion, the current design was a complete waste of money on patented or more expensive event waterproof membrane fabric. These shoes should be considered 2nds or defective due to this problem and I cannot recommend them based on my experience. All I can say is read the reviews about waterproof and durability problems, not to mention the ones where consumers complain about the comfort as they are closely related. Buyers beware! In conclusion, I will be returning mine for a full refund in men's size 10 in the near future.
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