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Which model is for me?

We all have different preferences and requirements, but here is a general guideline:

  • A. Primarily off road on both technical (rugged, rocky, lots of ascents and descents) and non technical (packed dirt, loose gravel) trails.  I look for shoes particularly well suited for longer runs with unsurpassed cushion, protection and efficiency.
  • B. On all types of surfaces, 50/50 mix of both on and off road surfaces.  I am looking for the same attributes as in A, but in a shoe that can also work well on pavement. 
  • C. On all types of surfaces, but tend to run more on road surfaces than trails. I am looking for a streamlined technical package that is more suited to agile, faster paced running, with a more resilient and responsive ride that works well on both paved and unpaved surfaces.
  • D. Mostly on road or concrete surfaces with some trail running mixed in. I'm looking for lightweight, agile, and cushioned ride to absorb the road beneath me. I'd also like something that would work well for racing distances. 
                 
Mafate Speed Outsole    Stinson ATR Outsole     Stinson Lite Outsole         Bondi 4 Outsole
  Conquest Outsole       Clifton 2 Outsole    Huaka Outsole     Constant Outsole

If you answered A, consider the Mafate 4, or Stinson ATR. The Mafate 4 offer an aggressive lug profile combined with a blended midsole composed of responsive and resilient RMAT with cushioned EVA. A note on the fit, runners who need a wider fitting shoe may find the Mafate Speed to fit more narrow than previous versions of the Mafate line. It is an outstanding performer on tough, technical terrain and an ideal shoe for training and competing over long distances.  The Stinson ATR is more streamlined for performance in longer distance, off road events, while also great for everyday training on the trails.  A slightly wider fitting upper compared to the Mafate Speed make it ideal for those who need more volume, and an off-road ready outsole is suited toward use on trails, dirt, and all off-road surfaces.  It comes standard with efficient, lightweight speed laces for easy on, easy off access; however traditional laces and an alternative lightweight Ortholite sockliner are included with each pair so the fit can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of widths and foot shapes.

If you answered B, the Stinson LiteClifton 2, or Bondi 4 are excellent choices.   The Clifton 2 is the updated version of the ultra-successful Clifton for Fall 2015, and has been kept nearly identical to the original Clifton.  Slight updates include the addition of a padded, comfort tongue, with minimal mesh overlays with slightly more volume in the forefoot.  Despite its low weight, the Clifton has enough guts for everyday training, although just like with any lightweight trainer, you may find it to be not nearly as durable as other Hoka models. The Stinson Lite is the sister shoe of the Stinson ATR, (formerly known as the Stinson Tarmac) and remains a streamlined, performance oriented trainer ideal for everyday training, yet light enough for longer distance racing such as half and full Ironman Triathlons.  A road outsole makes the Lite ideal for runners who train primarily on concrete and asphalt.

Weighing in slightly lower than the Stinson models, the all new Bondi 4 is engineered primarily for road use, yet performs surprisingly well on dirt and less technical trails (as evidenced by the numerous ultra trail races won by elite runners wearing this shoe).  Updates to the 4th edition of the Bondi include a one piece, seamless upper, with a thicker, padded tongue returning (unlike the 3rd version).  Additionally, based on customer feedback, the exposed EVA outsole has been reinforced with better wearing rubber for improved outsole durability.  Lastly, a slight bevel on the lateral heel smooths the heel to toe transition while providing added stability and support.  With its slightly reduced midsole thickness and rocker profile, the Bondi 4 is well suited as an efficient, yet plush everyday trainer for light to medium framed runners and as a racer/fast workout trainer for bigger framed athletes.  In longer training runs and races is where the Bondi 4 really excels.  

If you answered C, the Bondi 4 or Conquest 2 is for you.  Between the two options, the Bondi 4 will feel a bit softer and more cushioned, while the Conquest will feel more responsive and springy.  The Conquest 2  is an update the original Conquest with some pretty exciting enhancements to the Hoka line.  Perfect for runners who log the bulk of their miles on roads yet still venture off road as well, the Conquest is built with Hoka’s new midsole material, RMAT. RMAT, an injection molded midsole foam, provides a state of the art weight-to-resilience ratio and excellent energy return while still offering Hoka’s signature performance and cushioning.

If you answered D, the Conquest 2, Clayton, or Tracer are for you.  The Clayton features a blend of RMAT and EVA foam, which allows for a lightweight and responsive ride, all the while offering the same high level of cushioning that Hoka One One has become so well known for.  The Clayton uses Hoka's Meta Rocker system, which helps to create a more efficient and explosive toe off.  The "Avtive Foot Frame" provides added stability underneath the foot to keep a runner's gait cycle as neutral as possible, whether they supinate or over-pronate. The Tracer is Hoka One One's pure workout/racing shoe.  Coming in lower to the ground than any other model, the Tracer offers PRO2Lite cushioning, which provides a softer heel to protect on impact and a firmer forefoot to give a more efficient and responsive toe off.  With a sock-like, accomodating fit in the upper, the Tracer holds the foot securely while allowing for a variety of different widths and foot-shapes. 

Sizing Note: It is important to note that Hoka shoes run mostly true to size - so the best place to start is with the size you typically wear in a running shoe. We have found the Bondi 4 and Clifton to run slightly more narrow than other models, so if you have wide feet considering trying a half size up to give you more volume.

Hoka One One embraces and adds stimulating new dimensions to running. It's fun. It's fast. It's freedom. It's flying. Hoka One One shoes allow your feet to move freely and naturally. Engineered for maximum cushion, comfort, protection and energy return, while still offering lightweight, nimble performance and uninhibited movement. Athletes wearing Hoka One One shoes have garnered multiple podium finishes in some of the world's most famous trail and ultra distances in all over the world. Top American ultra athletes Dave Mackey (winner of the Miwok 100K, American River 100K & more), Karl Meltzer (2012 Masters Trail Runner of the Year, winner of 2012 Run Rabbit Run ultra, and known for running over 2000 miles in Hoka shoes along the Pony Express Route in 2010), and Diana Finkel (2010 & 2011 winner of the Hardrock 100, and 2012 winner of the Jemez 50 Mile Race) all race and train in Hoka shoes.

 

How Hoka One One Shoes Benefit Your Running:

  • Improved running form with less impact- Lab tests have shown that Hoka's rockered midsole geometry and low heel-toe differential encourages proper form by allowing a runner to easily strike the ground near the midfoot.
  • Support where you need it- Slow motion video confirms that the extra foam in the midsole also greatly reduces the rate of pronation and supination by quickly stabilizing the movement of the foot upon impact with the ground.
  • Added Stabilization- Ideal for running trails with abrupt climbs, steep descents and technical features such as rocks, roots and trail debris. The uniquely designed midsole softens the increased impacts of downhill running and acts as a buffer against jagged obstacles on the trail. While traditional low-to-the-ground shoes can be very unstable on rocky trails, Hoka shoes are reliably steady because the additional midsole foam helps the stabilize the foot by allowing the outsole make secure contact with the ground.
 

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What to expect from Hoka Running Shoes:

  • Running in Hoka shoes is like nothing you've ever experienced, and it's something you'll never forget. Unlike shoes that produce a hard or rigid feeling, Hokas offer up luxurious softness and a sensation of weightlessness. You lose yourself in every stride- you bounce, you float, you soar, you fly.
  • Runners of any age and experience level will appreciate the performance values of Hokas. Whether you're running a 5K or training for an ultramarathon, the unique design, shape and midsole resiliency of the shoes can help improve your running form, instill efficient running mechanics, softly cushion your stride and reduce the fatigue in your feet, legs and core.
  • New runners will find them comfortable and forgiving, while veteran racers will appreciate the liveliness they put into every stride as well as the reduced time necessary for recovery.

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Customer reviews of Hoka One One Shoes:

 

Stinson Lite:
  • Posted 9/14 by Darren-  "I'm 40  years old 6'2" @ 176lbs and a triathlete running 35-45 mpw with no ailments or injuries-knock on wood! These shoes are GAME CHANGERS! They took me about 150 miles into the Bondi Speeds before I REALLY noticed a difference in my footstrike and stride but now i can run 16-20 mile long runs and feel absolutley fresh 30 minutes after! You'll find similar reviews all across the web from Ultra Runners! Highly recommend!!" 
  • Posted 8/27 by Coworker-  "The feel and ride are definitely different and it's more work to be fast in them due to what I suspect is lost drive to the insole cushioning, but the miles of pounding are definitely dampened by it; so I feel it to be a good trade for me in that it will help me be more fit and faster in a different shoe come race day. I've yet to switch to a Hoka for offroad/mud, but for the road my Wave Prophecies have been retired to event only."
  • Posted 8/27 by Vigran-  "After a month of enjoying the Tarmac, my fourth pair of Hokas, the superlatives that the Stinson B Evo earned can be lavished on the Tarmac as well. A noted improvement for road and concrete surface runners is evident in the traction due to the removal of the lugs found on the B Evo. It gives it a feel of even greater cushioning, a highlight of every Hoka. As your foot fits so deeply into the shoe, stability is once again beyond any other brand I've ever run in. And lighter. Speed-lacing works great. The blue and yellow color combination has gotten a number of positive comments--works well with a pair of jeans, as I like to wear these shoes everywhere. Order two pair, one for running, one for every day!"
Stinson ATR:
  • Posted 8/29 by CA Runner-  "These shoes are seriously beyond amazing! Having been injured for 6 of the past 9 months (torn peroneal tendon, plantar fasciitis, quad trauma, blahblahblah) i almost thought it was time to hang up my running shoes until I found Hoka Ones. I've been wearing these for the past 6 weeks and am finally able to log some respectable painfree long runs and I couldn't be happier."
  • Posted 8/5 by Joe-  "Ive had the Stinson Evo's for a couple weeks now and I love them! I've run a few 10, 16 and a 22 miler in them, all on the trails. My legs recovered in half the time as my previous favorites, the Montrail Badrocks. Excellent feel, good grip, great recovery!"
  • Posted 6/2 by Jim- "This brilliantly engineered shoe is a game changer for me - a middle aged, big, midfoot striker addicted to dirt, but still on pavement every third run or so. They smoooottthhh the run but somehow do not feel overly squishy or unstable in the least - more like being in four-wheel drive and solid on the trail. They do not wear or perform as "tall" as the pictures suggest - your foot sinks into the shoe significantly - kind of like a Temperpedic mattress - and then stops and firms up - the foam seems to conform to your foot shape and snug up just right. You will not turn your ankle or fall off the shoes - they have the midsole and big footprint dialed just right - great stability between shoe and Earth."
  • Posted 5/19 by Tevis M-  "I have been wearing Hoka's exclusively for almost 2 years now, and have 2 pairs of Mafate's, 1 pair of Mafate water proof (which I prefer in winter using Kahtoola Microspikes), and a pair of Bondi-B (road shoe), and recently bought a pair of Hoka Stinson Evo's. Because of a knee injury, I am running for the first time in 30 years because of the incomparable impact reduction of the Hoka's mid-sole. There is NO high impact! I primarily do trail running. I want to comment primarily on the Hoka Evo here; this is the latest addition to the Hoka family of running shoes..."
  • Posted 3/29 by Scott F-  "Great fit for my wide forefoot high instep. Ordered my usual 11's - no regrets. They seem to mold to your foot as you run. Seems easier up/downhilling. I adapted to minimalist shoes, & like the near - level feel of these, - PLUS all the cushioning you could ever want. I also run in the new terrafly 303's (inov-8), which also fits the wider full volume foot. These Evo's are really confidence inspiring though, as I plan to do at least two 100's this yr!"
  • Posted 2/17 by Tom C-  "Overall I'm really happy with this shoe, the fit is much better and the speed laces don't really bother me, I've been able to get the fit dialed in thus far.  In the box are regular laces come for people who want to swap out the speed laces, as well as an extra insole that is much thinner than the one that is standard inside the shoes.  I put the thin one in and removed the standard one to give my feet more room as my feet are very wide."
Bondi 4:
  • Posted 8/14 by Brett- "Finally I broke down and bought a pair since they have a 30 day guarantee here.  They are now at 400 miles and feel like they are only halfway done.  The cushioning still feels better than a brand new pair of Vomeros I haven't really used yet.  And remember those were my 'swear by' shoes.  Amazing. I even wore them in the mud, rock, creek crossing Bighorn 50 and they did excellent.  The vast majority of my running though is on roads...we don't have many trails here."
  • Posted 7/30 by Runner4JC- "A running friend of mine started wearing the Bondi's and I inquired about them.  It took a while but I made a purchase and believe these are the best running shoes I've ever found.   I put 500 miles on my first pair and now running in another.  I am rotating in a pair of Mizuno Precisions for shorter mid week runs.  With the Bondi's, my legs remain refreshed with no injuries running 35 miles a week."
  • Posted 5/8 by BabyDoctoral- "I recently had an unusual injury, probably a high hamstring strain that seemed very sensitive to running on the road, though I could run on a treadmill. Thinking that cushioning might be part of the problem, I picked up a pair of these shoes at the Boulder Running Co. while out in Colorado, after reading a review by Dave Mackey on his blog. They are fantastic, extremely well-cushioned but quite light. I found myself able to run outside again with no discomfort and have bumped my mileage back to my usual 40-50/ week right away. For those who are into minimalist running, these are not the shoes to wear, but if you want to do a long run and have your legs feel fresher than they ever have, you cannot top Bondi B's for comfort. The first few times you wear them, they feel quite different, but you will soon wonder how you ever ran in anything else."
  • Posted 7/7 by Seumis- "Let me preface this by saying that I'm not a hardcore runner, i.e. not an ultramarathoner. I run half-marathons, usually putting in 20-30 miles per week. I also have a tendency to get hurt (almost all my running is on pavement and concrete)--feet, knees, hips, etc.. With these shoes, there is no pain after my runs, which is very pleasurably unusual. I've only been running in them for a few weeks, but if they hold up, and keep me on the road, I may move up to full marathons. They do take a little getting used to, and they run about one-half size small, and they are pricey, but not nearly as pricey as injuries. I'll be purchasing more."
  • Posted 9/7 by Bryan- "I've run in all different types of shoes from Asics, Saucony, New Balance, Brooks, Nike, Newton, Merrell, Zoot, and Karhu. Hoka is unlike any shoe I've ever run in. I've had trouble with my knees for over ten years. Last year I switched to a mid-foot strike and that helped alleviate a lot of my knee pain and popping, but I would start hurting if I got above 30 miles per week. This shoe has done for my knees what my Adamo saddle did for my numbness issues on the bike. It has erased it. Amazing. I hesitated at first because of the price, but I'm SO glad I bought them. I can now run 10-15 miles at a time on asphalt and no knee pain or popping. Previously I could not do that."
  • Posted 7/10 by George- "I have the Bondi B so when I saw this "race" version of the shoe I had to jump on it. I ordered a half size up from the Bondi B and I was glad I did as I have more space in the toebox which I like. The shoe is every bit as good as the regular Bondi just in a little bit lighter package. I really like the new Ortholite inserts as opposed to the thicker ones in the regular Bondi. The speed laces are ok and I can get a good fit but I really wish they would have put a regular pair of laces in the box like they do with the Stinson Evo. The run feel of the shoe is every bit as good as the regular Bondi and I like the thinner tongue on the shoe. The color is a bit wild for my tastes but if you are a flashy person you will get noticed in this shoe. Overall a good shoe that works well and helps my knee and joint issues so I can continue to run."

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Technology:

With the goal of designing shoes for optimal performance, comfort, efficiency and fun, Hoka One One has pioneered a new philosophy in running by merging aspects of minimalism and maximalism. Several key performance traits of the oversized technology trend in skiing, mountain biking, golf, tennis have been incorporated, while also paying heed to recent footwear advances that aid in natural foot motion and efficient running mechanics. That innovation combination is what allows a runner to float over the ground with every stride, momentarily defying gravity on every step.

  • Magic in the Midsole- Runners can fly in Hokas because they float over the ground instead of repeatedly pounding into it. Although the density of the midsole foam is about 30% less than traditional shoes and the volume is around 2.5x greater, the resilient, high quality, responsive foam provides a springy yet stable exhilarating ride. The extra cushioning dissipates up to 80 percent of the shock associated with ground contact. Combined with a low heel to toe differential, runners of all abilities on any terrain are able to relax and run with tremendous confidence.
  • More Travel- The voluminous midsole allows for two- to three-times the vertical travel of conventional running shoes. The benefits mirror those of mountain bike suspensions on technical terrain. In other words, more cushion equals a softer ride with better control. Better control means you can run fast, efficiently and safely on any type of terrain.
  • Traction and Stability- A 50 percent increase in outsole surface area (compared to traditional running shoes) improves grip and stability. The additional surface area allows greater contact with the ground, allowing your foot to dynamically engage the ground while the shoe's outsole gains maximum traction on pavement, dirt trails or rocky surfaces.
  • Improved Running Posture- Hoka shoes are designed with a 40mm thick sole design and a 13cm rocker profile that extends over the front half of the shoe. These unique design attributes allow for a fluid stride and very well cushioned ride with natural transitions that lessen the movement of the knee by as much as 20 percent, thus increasing efficiency and decreasing the possibility for injury.
  • Feather-Light Weight- Counterintuitive as it seems, Hoka oversized shoes are up to 15 percent lighter than most running shoes yet are at least as durable. They'll make running uphill as much fun as they make running downhill and with less leg and overall body fatigue.

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Inspiration:

  • Inspired by a variety of sports and the freeride mentality, Hoka takes cues from technological and design advancements in running, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, golf and tennis. Just as barefoot-style running shoes, 29-inch mountain bike wheels, fat powder skis, oversized tennis racquets, jumbo-sized golf club heads have increased power, performance, efficiency, agility and self-expression, the unique design of Hoka shoes have shattered any preconceived limits of running.
 

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