Nimble, precise, and minimal weren’t synonymous with HOKA until the Zinal 2. Departing from their chunky origins, it’s a sleek, speedy addition to their lineup.
Previous Version Insights
The original Zinal, launched in 2021, received mixed reviews. With a dual density midsole, some craved more cushioning, while others found it just right. Our year long test spanned Irish trails to Norwegian sky races, proving its versatility.
Zinal 2 Upgrades
With a striking sock collar design and a tongueless upper, Zinal 2 sheds 20g from its predecessor, weighing a mere 220g in UK 9. Its 5mm lug depth and aggressive outsole promise enhanced grip, ideal for diverse terrains.
IMRA Galtee Challenge
In a grueling 23km race with 1700m elevation gain, Zinal 2’s grip conquered steep descents. The tongueless design, while innovative, caused pressure points on the foot’s top, easily remedied by thicker socks.
Kilometro Verticale Lagunc
For a Vertical Kilometer race in Italy, the Zinal 2 shone on a 32% gradient course. Its ultralight build and impressive traction made it the ideal companion for steep, demanding races.
Zinal 2 stands as HOKA’s next gen racer, excelling in cushioning, weight, and grip. Perfect for shorter races, it’s a “go faster” choice. For longer races, consider the HOKA Tecton X2. Elevate your trail running with Zinal 2’s peak performance.