This is definitely the best pair of HOKAs that I’ve tried. They are fairly comfortable and they feel well-made. HOKA says these shoes can be used on a variety of terrain (more on that later).
These shoes have a fairly narrow toe box – slightly narrower than the average shoe. I’m still waiting for HOKA to start making shoes in widths. They have a flat tongue that pairs nicely with the HOKA lacing system. There is also a harder piece (plastic, I think) that holds the heel firmly in place (see picture below).
The size 10 weighed 12.0 ounces on my scale. These shoes have a 36mm heel and a 30mm forefoot – a 6mm drop (HOKA claims it is a 4mm drop).
My one criticism of this shoe is the sole. There are black lugs that are on each side of the forefoot and on the outside part of the heel. The lugs are made of hard rubber and they are well-suited for trails. However, the majority of the sole has smaller blue lugs that are quite soft. I don’t think they would hold up well on a trail where traction is a priority.
I agree with HOKA that these would work well on a variety of terrain. They can definitely be used on roads and some trails. However, I would be reluctant to take them onto very technical trails because of the issue with the lugs.
– great lacing system
– narrow toebox
– too many soft lugs
These shoes are available at Running Warehouse by clicking here.
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