Hoka launches new trail running shoe specifically for shorter distances

Man running wearing Hoka Zinal 2 shoes
(Image credit: Hoka)

Hoka has released a new version of its Zinal trail running shoe, with design tweaks to make it more nimble over shorter distances. The Hoka Zinal 2 is made for speed and precision over tough terrain, and could be just the thing if you're hoping to set a new 10k trail PB this summer.

Hoka's designers have cut the stack height by 2mm for a more responsive feel, and added taller, more aggressive lugs for extra grip, without adding extra weight. The updated Zinal also has a new stretch-knit collar to keep out grit and debris on loose trails.

Its mesh upper is made using a percentage of recycled materials, and its midsole is made from light, springy EVA foam.

Hoka Zinal 2 shoe on white background

(Image credit: Hoka)

The shoe is available to buy now direct from Hoka for $160, in men's and women's sizes. The men's version comes in a black / sherbet orange colorway, and the women's in night sky / sunlit ocean – both of which should be easy to clean after muddy or dusty sessions.

We'll be putting the Hoka Zinal 2 to the test on our local trails very soon, and will bring you a full review as soon as we can.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.