Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hoka One One

I have been seeing more and more Clydesdales and near Clydesdales tromping around in Hoka running shoes, so I finally broke down and tried some on at Runner’s Roost in Louisville.  Holly was kind enough to explain to me how the company strives for light weight and does a lot with the midsole materials.  They had 3 models in stock I took a couple of laps in all 3.

Huaka – This model is most like a traditional running shoe.  It fit my foot fine with a generous toe box.  I also liked the lacing system which kind of reminded me of Speed Laces.

Clifton – This was the middle of the road model.  Again the fit was fine and it felt pretty soft.

Bondi 4 – This is what I expected the shoes to feel like when I see other people running in them.  They were springy and I felt a little elevated.  I would feel uncomfortable on trails in this shoe.

After trying them on and running in them, it was a debate between the Clifton and the Bondi 4.  I opted for the Bondi 4 as I really wanted a pair of soft shoes for my longer runs and also because most of my runs are on concrete.  If I were looking for a pair of all around shoes, I would have opted for the Clifton.  I leaned away from the Huaka as I am already pretty set on my traditional running shoe (Saucony Guide).

The shoes will take some getting used to, but I am kind of looking forward to that.  The break in will certainly be faster than it was for my Newton running shoes or the racing flats I bought a few years back.


Philip Wang said...

You took the plunge on the Hokas! Write some long-term reviews, I'd love to hear 'em.

Sanjiv Gupta said...

You are going to have to wait for the snow to melt.