HOKA BONDI 6 REVIEW

Melanie Mitchell | August 1, 2018

HOKA ONE ONE BONDI 6 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | AUGUST 1ST, 2018

The Hoka One One Bondi has always shouted out loud with pride about super cushioning with its 36mm midsole!  No need to dial that back in a shoe that has worked well for so many and is now in its sixth version!

Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler digs deep into the soul - or would that be sole? - of the new Hoka One One Bondi 6!

THE BUZZ

Running in the maximally cushioned Hoka Bondi 6 is like running on clouds—soft, smooth and almost effortless.

The most cushioned shoe in the Hoka One One lineup, the smartly revised Bondi offers one of the highest cushion-to-weight ratios of any shoe on the market.

WHAT'S NEW WITH HOKA BONDI 6?

Minor adjustments have been made to the Bondi’s thick, two-layer midsole for a smoother, more consistent ride. The engineered mesh upper has been redesigned to offer a more snugged-down fit and greater breathability in the front of the foot.

The heel collar has been enhanced to include more padding and more effective heel-lockdown capabilities - always a sought after enhancement for any running shoe. Finally, the bottom of the Bondi 6 shoe was reconfigured with a wider range of durable rubber in a lighter overall outsole package.

Hoka One One Bondi 6  - What's New!

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The slight changes to the upper and heel collar of the Hoka Bondi 6 have really dialed in the fit of this high-off-the-ground cushioned cruiser. It offers a super secure feeling in the heel, a snug and connective midfoot/saddle sensation and a slightly roomier forefoot with just enough room for toes to wiggle and splay. (Note: The toe box of the Bondi 6 is slightly narrower than the previous edition.)

Like previous editions, the Bondi feels sublimely cushy underfoot with loads of long-haul comfort that allow the shoe to feel as good in the first mile as it does in the last. It feels cushy and forgiving, but not at all mushy soft like some maximalist shoes, thanks to the slightly firmer consistency of the two-layer foam package.

The best aspect of this shoe is how the combination of a semi-firm flex pattern and concave/rockered design promote a reliable rolling sensation as the foot transitions from footstrike to toe-off. The seemingly effortless ride produce from that unique design aspect greatly reduces the impact forces that occur as the foot hits the ground.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Any runner who enjoys plush cushioning will love the Bondi 6 as an everyday trainer, but especially for long runs and recovery runs.  Triathletes training on already tired legs, have long known the benefits of the Hoka Bondi, and this new version is as kind to legs as all the versions before it.

The unique rolling ride is refreshing and fun, allowing runners who have suffered overuse injuries the opportunity to run without the detrimental effects of the harsh repetitive impacts of heel-striking.

PROS AND CONS OF THE HOKA ONE ONE BONDI 6

Hoka One One Bondi 6 Pros

The widebody design of the chassis of the Hoka Bondi 6, combined with the consistency of the two-layer foam midsole, give this shoe a surprising amount of inherent stability.

Unlike some high-off-the-ground maximalist shoes, the Bondi 6 feels quite stable, even when cornering and running steep downhills.

Hoka One One Bondi 6 Cons

Because of its girth and the amount of material it has, the Bondi has never been the lightest shoe on the market.

But our wear-testers agreed that this edition runs much lighter than it feels because of the way it rolls through every stride.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."