Mountain performance meets everyday style in the Stinson Mid GORE-TEX®. This versatile boot is ultra-cushioned and features a GORE-TEX® waterproof bootie with an anatomically designed collar for support. It handles well on a variety of surfaces thanks to 4mm sticky rubber lugs that form an all-terrain outsole. It also has a waterproof Nubuck leather upper that looks good in any environment — mountain or urban. Take the Stinson Mid GORE-TEX® out for a fast hike or when you want to feel high-performance cushion on any terrain.
Anatomically designed molded foam collar provides additional ankle support
Durable ripstop gusseted tongue provides additional midfoot lockdown
Wide midsole and accommodating fit ensure a comfortable ride
Late stage Meta-Rocker offers additional stability and a smooth toe-off
Features the highest volume CMEVA midsole in the HOKA ONE ONE® lineup for optimal lightweight cushioning
4mm lugs provide all-terrain traction
Modular outsole design provides stability on uneven terrain
Hoka uses modern lightweight materials together with a philosophy based on cushioning to build an incredibly light weight boot featuring a generous soft midsole, but with protection, support and robustness suitable for the mountains. These qualities made the Stinson Mid GTX my salvation, allowing me to return to the hills after a gap of some years, after decades of mistreating my knees came to a head. These same qualities would give a less compromised person an unmatchably comfortable experience. The boot is characterised by a monster midsole – the thickest of any Hoka product. The cushioning is a bit like walking on a trampoline, with an active response that feels like rebounding. There’s clearly plenty of technology here. The design incorporates considerable rocker, curving up at the ends to drive the foot onward. It’s like going up a set of stairs with the steps inclined slightly forward, giving a gentle push with each step up. A massively flared sole offers lateral stability and probably enhances the cushioning. Although there is no wide version, which I would normally require, I found the width to be sufficient and the soft leather upper offering plenty of adaptability. It’s a comfortable fit, right from day one. The boot design incorporates a supportive collar that’s snug without being tight, and soft but hard-wearing. The Nubuck leather is stiff enough to deal with most toe strikes, clinchers and knocks and has not scuffed or scratched. The Goretex lining does its job all the way to the top of the collar. On downhills the foot shape, stiff toe box and lacing with locking options all work together to keep the toes unhindered. I found the boots to be comfortable and robust both on and off track, amply dealing with very uneven, rocky surfaces, with the bonus of providing a plush ride on those hard, flat surfaces on the walk out. The light and cushioned construction has created some compromises. The flared soles have no rand, so the edges of the soles quickly become frayed, but that’s just cosmetic. More importantly, these soles can get caught in ordinarily spacious foot placements between rocks and tree roots, cannot make use of small holds and are not capable of cutting into dirt or snow to make toe or heel holds. The user therefore requires more use of friction and in that regard, the rubber outsole grips sufficiently, however in soft terrain the lugs would benefit from extra length and increased stiffness. The outsole does not cover the entire foot bed, but is skeletal, discontinuously covering the edges, front and rear, with the remainder left as exposed midsole. This makes negotiating sharp objects more important than usual, although I’ve not ended up with anything impaling. Of significant concern is that the edges of the outsole are prone to lifting and eventually breaking away, especially when scuffing, as happens on chicken-wired board walks. I’ve been able to keep the boots operational using Shoo Goo to reinforce the outsole edges, glue down the lifting parts and replace missing bits. The boot would benefit from a full outsole, and although adding weight, this would better match the more rugged design of the rest of the boot. In summary the Stinson Mid GTX offers plenty of comfort and style in the street, but is primarily designed to handle the hills, especially downhills. It’s suitable for those looking for a mountain boot, but want or need maximum cushioning.