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 13 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).