Last Updated: July 11th, 2022

Does Hokas run big? Do Hokas run small? Are Hoka shoes true to size? There are so many answers to that and there is no one place that tells you the answer for all the shoes.

Today we have collected all the data and have created this post to answer this question once and for all.

We will keep this post updated as and when Hoka releases new shoes or a new version of the shoes.

Hope this helps in your search for the right Hoka shoes…

Do Hokas Run Big Small Or True To Size

Do Hoka Shoes Run Small, Big, Or True To Size?

Hoka shoes run true to size lengthwise. For some of the models the toe-box, the heel area, the mid-foot or combined is narrow.

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Hoka Carbon X 3

HOKA CARBON X3

Do Hoka Carbon X 3 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Carbon X runs true to size. It does feel a bit narrow in the toe-box and midfoot.

Does Hoka Carbon X3 come in wide?

No. The Hoka Carbon X doesn’t come in wide. It is not suitable for runners with wider toe-box requirements.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Carbon X is a speed-day shoe when you want to focus on your speed while still having a good cushioning with enough responsiveness for proper feedback. It provides you with excellent propulsion, thus using your energy more efficiently for an optional speed session.

It is great if you are looking for something which is responsive with good cushioning. You can take it on your speed runs and enjoy the efficient push-off that comes from the firmer cushioning.

Upper

Hoka has again exceeded expectations with this upper. It is a redesigned upper which provides you with excellent breathability. It is great on hot and humid days and you will be comfortable running in this shoe.

The heel collar is decent not the cushiest one to keep the weight of the shoe in check but it is not bad and is comfortable. The pull tab is basically an extended collar region. This improves the Achilles support and the heel cup is secure and heel slips are not there.

The tongue is basically built in the upper and is basically its extension. This keeps it secured and you will not have to deal with the annoyance of it moving around while running.

I love the sharp color contrast of the upper and will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.

Midsole

The feel of the midsole of Carbon X3 is kinda similar to that of the Carbon X2. It will provide you with similar firmness and responsiveness as its predecessor.

It comes with an early-stage meta rocker, for easier and faster propulsion. This may not be the cushiest of the lot but that is the whole point. This running shoe is meant for speed workouts and does just that.

Carbon X’s midsole will provide you with a great speed workout or short distance running experience.

Weight:

7.6 oz/215 gm (Women’s size 8)

8.2 oz/232.47 gm (Men’s size 9)

Carbon X3 is lighter for both genders. The men’s version has become lighter by 0.3oz and the women’s version has become lighter by 0.2oz.

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

37 mm

Forefoot Stack:

32 mm

Outsole

The outsole will provide you with proper grip and will not slip due to the rubberized EVA outsole.

Pros

Lightweight and great for a speed workout.

Cons

  • The flat laces feel like a bit digging into the skin.
  • I would have liked a bit more softness in the midsole.

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Hoka Mach Supersonic

HOKA MACH SUPERSONIC

Does Hoka Mach Supersonic run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Mach Supersonic runs true to size lengthwise. It fits a bit narrow otherwise.

Does Hoka Mach Supersonic come in wide?

No. The Hoka Mach Supersonic doesn’t come in wide. It comes only in a regular fit.

Purpose and who is it good for?

Like Hoka Carbon X, Mach Supersonic is also good to speed days. The cushioning I felt was firmer than its plushier cousins and the feedback that it provides is good. It assists you in toe-off and is great for speed workouts.

It utilizes your energy and provides you with explosive responsiveness. The width of this shoe is not good for runners who need additional room in their shoes. It felt a bit restrictive throughout its length, but especially in the toe area (could be because of my bunion).

Upper

Hoka has maintained a similar level of breathability with Mach Supersonic like that of Mach. The jacquard mesh is very breathable and on a summer day, you will be able to feel the airflow. The feet sweat less compared to my usual sweating and that is always welcome.

As with many of the popular shoes from Hoka, Mach Supersonic also comes with a heel pull tab. This not only adds support to the Achilles Tendon area but also helps slip it on easily.

For me, this integrated pull tab improves the overall appeal of this shoe.

Midsole

As you might know, Mach Supersonic is a limited edition shoe and as such comes with a different midsole layer than the existing Mach.

It has more bounce to the foam and is very lightweight. It is a resilient foam with PROFLY+ construction.

This is excellent for your day-to-day training and you can feel the added pep to your feet. Not only for daily training, but this is also great for short distances as well.

Like Carbon X, this one also has an early-stage meta rocker which helps you in faster propulsion. However, if you are looking for a cushy experience, this may not be the shoe for you. The overall feel of the midsole is harder and this adds to its explosive performance.

Weight:

6.9 oz/195 gm (Women’s size 8)

8.3 oz/235 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

35 mm

Forefoot Stack:

30 mm

Outsole

It has rubberized foam for good grip and will provide you with additional cushioning and a stable running experience.

Pros

  • Excellent energy return.
  • Lightweight.
  • Fast.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Slightly lesser firmness.

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Hoka Gaviota 4

HOKA GAVIOTA

Do Hoka Gaviota 4 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Gaviota runs true to size. The overall width of the shoe also feels spacious.

Purpose and who is it good for?

Hoka Gaviota is for overpronating runners who are looking for plush cushioning. The feel of Hoka Gaviota under your feet is incredible.

The softness and the plush are very comfortable. It is not like walking on clouds but close. Also, it provides you with good stability.

The J-Frame stability feels softer in this version, however, it is as effective. It is non-intrusive and your heels are cradled in comfortable softness.

Also, the width feels good throughout, and the restrictiveness around the base of the big toe is not there. However, Hoka Gaviota doesn’t come in a wide fit.

Upper

Hoka has made a lot of small but significant changes with this version of Gaviota and has made it a more stable and plush version of Gaviota.

Gaviota continues to be breathable due to the engineered mesh. However, this feels a bit more breathable, and you can feel the overall coolness inside the shoe.

The J-Frame is softer and plushier and brings your heels in a straight line gently and you will feel the stability with this shoe.

The collar is plusher and it feels more comfortable in the ankle area. It holds the heel in place and reduces slippage along with a more stable ankle area. The pull tab is, however, the older one and it is yet to graduate to an integrated pull tab.

Also, the semi gusseted tongue stops the tongue from moving around you will not feel uncomfortable while running.

Midsole

The midsole of Gaviota 4 feels a bit softer than Gaviota 3. It still has the CMEVA foam but this version of the foam feels plushier and more comfortable.

This is one of the plushiest midsoles available from Hoka. Also, this has excellent overpronation support through J-Frame.

However, with Gaviota 4, the keyword is plush. It is true with the J-Frame as well. It feels softer and cushy although it is still as effective as ever.

Weight:

9.9 oz/280 gm (Women’s size 8)

11.1 oz/314 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

40 mm

Forefoot Stack:

35 mm

Outsole

Like the previous two models described above, this one also has a rubberized foam outsole. However, in the toe area and the heels, there is Durabrasion rubber.

This improves the grip and overall life of the shoe. Being on the plusher side, the wear and tear of this shoe are a bit more. This rubber makes sure that the longevity of the shoe is not compromised due to the plushness.

Also, it has a late-stage meta rocker for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Pros

Premium softness with excellent overpronation support.

Cons

Heavy.

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Hoka Bondi 7

HOKA BONDI

Do Hoka Bondi 7 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Bondi runs true to size. The overall fit is comfortable and roomy without any restrictive spots.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Bondi can be used for any kind of run including the shortest and the longest of them. It is the plushiest shoe from Hoka and probably the cushiest shoe available on the market.

It envelops your feet in ultimate softness and your feet will not feel tired after your workouts. If you are looking for great feedback like Carbon X or Mach, you may not get it.

Due to the plushness, the feedback of the shoe is a bit dampened which is actually overcompensated by the plushness that this shoe offers. It is a neutral runner and is great for easy days as well.

Upper

Hoka has looked into every small detail while redesigning the upper of Bondi. The open mesh of Bondi is a nice surprise and is very comfortable and breathable.

It is so breathable that you will not feel like wearing a shoe at all. It practically disappears on the foot providing you with absolute comfort.

The collar of the Bondi is yet to receive an upgrade and is still the familiar one that you have already seen in the previous version of the Bondi.

Although it is still one of the comfiest shoe collars present and will keep your Achilles and ankle region at peace.

Midsole

The midsole of Bondi is where all the magic happens. This is the sole that provides you with cloud-level cushioning and engulfs your feet in ultimate comfort.

The midsole material is the same compression-molded EVA that you have already seen in the previous model of Bondi. However, it feels softer and cushier, and a bit lighter than the previous one.

It has a refined early-stage meta rocker couple with a beveled heel. This makes the heel-to-transition effortless and more energy efficient.

Weight:

10 oz/283.4 gm (Women’s size 8)

11.1 oz/315 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

4 mm

Heel Stack:

40 mm

Forefoot Stack:

36 mm

Hoka Bondi is a traditional low drop running shoe facilitating a more natural running experience.

Outsole

The outsole of Bondi has rubber. It is like loops and patterns and not complete coverage. This lightens the shoe as it is already on the heavier side while still protecting the softer midsole.

Pros

  • Plushiest midsole.
  • Extremely breathable upper.

Cons

  • Heavy.
  • Expensive.

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Hoka Clifton 8

HOKA CLIFTON

Does Hoka Clifton 8 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Clifton runs true to size. The overall fit of the shoe is comfortable and non-restrictive.

Does Hoka Clifton 8 come in wide?

Yes. The Hoka Clifton does come in wide for both genders. It is comfortable for runners with wider toe-box requirements.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Clifton is an all-purpose running shoe that is suitable for neutral runners. If you are a first-time Hoka user, I would advise that you use Clifton rather than Bondi.

Bondi can be a bit overwhelming for users who are not used to such a level of cushioning. Instead, Clifton has a refreshing midsole that balances well between softness and responsiveness.

This makes the transition of a new Hoka user much smoother. Plus, the new Clifton, now comes with a much lighter and softer midsole cushioning so it provides you with an even more amazing running experience.

Upper

One thing I cannot deny with most of the Hoka shoes is the improved level of breathability. This is true for even Hoka Clifton.

The engineered mesh is improved and it provides you with excellent breathability. Also, the mesh is so light and stretchy that it practically disappears on your feet. It is non-marking and you will not end up with those ugly marks after wearing the shoe for a long time.

The tongue has been improved and is much plusher than the previous version. It is gusseted and will not move around while you are busy working out.

The pull tab is the new generation pull tab that is becoming more and more common in all the running shoes. It is an extended collar and provides you with excellent support and ease of wearing.

Midsole

The midsole of Clifton 8 feels different than Clifton 7. This may be due to the added lightness to the midsole of Clifton 8

Although lighter, this midsole is almost as resilient and bouncy as that of the Clifton 7. The feedback is good and it uses the energy return efficiently.

Being a balanced midsole, it will provide you with the right level of plushness and responsiveness. This is the reason why new Hoka users find these shoes so comfortable and easy to transition in.

Weight:

8.0 oz/226.8 gm (Women’s size 8)

8.9 oz/252.3 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

37 mm

Forefoot Stack:

32 mm

Outsole

The outsole has proper high abrasive rubber at the high wear and tear areas like the heels and forefoot. This doesn’t let the softer CMEVA midsole wear out easily.

This rubber compound is not sticky, but still, it provides a good grip on the early stage meta rocker, the transition becomes ultrasmooth.

Pros

  • Lightweight and resilient.
  • Cushy and responsive.
  • Great for new Hoka users.

Cons

  • The squishiness of the midsole changes a bit with temperature.

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Hoka Arahi 6

HOKA ARAHI

Do Hoka Arahi 6 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Arahi runs true to size. It feels of proper size from heel to foot.

Does Hoka Arahi 6 come in wide?

Yes. The Hoka Arahi come in wide. It is suitable for runners with medium midfoot volume.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Hoka Arahi is a ‘stability’ running shoe and is meant for overpronating runners. You can think of Arahi as Clinton’s stable cousin.

It shares a lot of features like Clinton and also has a balanced cushioning like Clinton. It is meant for runners who want a responsive yet cushy ride.

This is a resilient running shoe that is suitable for any kind of run.

Upper

Hoka Arahi has a breathable upper that is quite comfortable while you are wearing this running shoe.

Although very breathable, Arahi’s mesh is not completely open mesh and doesn’t have throughout breathability. Instead, it has breathable zones. that is why its breathability is not as high as Bondi.

The upper has been modified to add a new pull tab that extends from the collar region of the shoe.

Midsole

The midsole of Arahi is what makes you feel like walking on the cloud…well not really but to a certain extent.

The midsole has CMEVA foam which is updated to provide you with excellent cushioning and responsiveness.

Although this foam is bouncy, it has been made lighter to reduce the overall weight of the shoe. Your feet will thank you for the kind of cushioning that this foam provides.

Also, it helps you to control your pronation with the help of J-Frame midsole support. This brings your heel in a straight line of motion and thus corrects your overpronation.

Weight:

8.1 oz/229.63 gm (Women’s size 8)

9.6 oz/272 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

35 mm

Forefoot Stack:

30 mm

Outsole

The outsole of Arahi 6 looks and feels a lot like Bondi. It has rubber strips in high-impact areas. The grip feels solid on both dry and wet surfaces. Also, the high abrasiveness of the rubber keeps the midsole intact for a longer period of time.

Pros

Lightweight and great stability.

Cons

Breathability could have been better.

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Hoka Rincon 3

HOKA RINCON

Do Hoka Rincon 3 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Rincon runs true to size. It fit a bit narrow in the toe-box.

Purpose and who is it good for?

Hoka Rincon, is a neutral running shoe focused on performance. If you are very result-oriented, then Rincon may be the perfect match for you.

It is good for short and long-distance running. However, if you are planning to run super long distances in this shoe, then it may not be ideal.

The cushioning is as soft as it gets without being squishy and you will be able to feel the difference if you have used the previous version of Rincon.

This is an ultralight, superfast running shoe that is great for speed days, easy days, 5K, 10K, and above. However, I would not run a marathon in them.

Upper

Hoka has reinvented the upper to be lighter, more breathable, and more comfortable. In this redesign, it has come up with vented mesh which is great breathability-wise.

Although this upper is breathable, I felt that it could have been more open. If you are running in the summer, this may feel a bit stuffy. However, in winter, you will not have this issue.

It has an asymmetric tongue which is a bit thinner. This is not a problem, but I would have preferred the thicker one any day. It feels more comfortable.

The collar area and the pull tab are more on the traditional side and you will not see the new extended heel design.

Midsole

The midsole is lighter than ever and is made from CMEVA. It has deep grooves on the side which makes it even lighter but improves its resilience.

It is great at cushioning and your feet will be enveloped in plush softness.

Although soft, I did not feel any loss of feedback while running and also, the responsiveness of this shoe is good.

I loved the bounciness of the shoe and it feels like a spring under your feet.

Weight:

6.2 oz/176 gm (Women’s size 8)

7.3 oz/207 gm (Men’s size 9)

Although both Clifton and Rincon belong to the same category of running shoes, Rincon is a bit lighter than Clifton which provides you with a similar level of comfort.

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

33 mm

Forefoot Stack:

28 mm

Outsole

The outsole has rubber cutouts placed on high-impact areas. It is similar to that of Clifton and Bondi and provides you with excellent grip and durability.

Pros

  • Lightweight and resilient.
  • Good for short and longish distance running.

Cons

  • Plushies of the tongue are missing.
  • Could have had a more open mesh for better breathability.

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Hoka Mach 4

HOKA MACH

Do Hoka Mach 4 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Mach runs true to size. The overall width of this shoe also feels comfortable.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Hoka Mach is made for running long miles. In fact, there is currently one version of Mach 4 that is called Ironman Mach. This shows the kind of distance that Mach is made for.

Although made for running long miles, they are responsive and cushy at the same time. If you are a neutral runner who loves to run longer miles, Mach is the running shoe for you.

Upper

The upper of Mach is made from heat-pressed TPU yearns. It has breathable zones which are spread across the upper in a fashionable pattern.

This provides you with good breathability and doesn’t let the weather bother your feet or running performance too much.

This version of Mach has adopted that new extended pull tab for a better Achilles support and added style.

The tongue is gusseted and will not move around while you are running.

Midsole

The midsole of Mach is something that makes it Ironman ready. You will rarely find such a combination in any other shoe from Hoka.

Hoka is meant for plush cushioning or at least that comes to my mind when I think about Hoka. With Mach, they did break this notion and this sole is both soft and bouncy.

It has an incredibly lightweight and softer foam on the top which is immediately followed by a rubberized foam for more bounce.

Combining these two, you get a soft cushioning which is springy as well.

Weight:

7.2 oz/204 gm (Women’s size 8)

8.0 oz/227 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

35 mm

Forefoot Stack:

30 mm

Outsole

It has a rubberized outsole. The early-stage meta rocker helps in easier and faster transitions.

Pros

Lightweight and great for long-distance running.

Cons

More open mesh is preferable.

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Hoka Clifton EDGE

HOKA CLIFTON EDGE

Does Hoka Clifton EDGE run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Carbon X runs true to size. The width of the shoe is comfortable from heel to toe.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Clifton EDGE is meant for heel strikers. It is an upgraded version of Clifton and will protect your heel if that is where you land while running.

The extended base acts as an additional cushioning and provides you with good bounce and shock absorption.

Upper

The upper of Clifton EDGE looks similar to Clifton. It has embossed TPU yarn and provides targeted support on the forefoot.

It has excellent breathability and I felt it is comparable to that of Bondi.

Apart from that, it comes with the same bells and whistles of Clifton like the extended pull tab, gusseted tongue, etc.

Midsole

The midsole of Clifton EDGE is a bit different than Clifton. It has a new foam from Hoka and is the lightest and the cushiest to date.

The extended part of the foam provides additional cushioning while landing and provides you with a much safer running experience.

Weight:

7.4 oz/210 gm (Women’s size 8)

8.0 oz/227 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

33 mm

Forefoot Stack:

28 mm

Outsole

The outsole is rubberized foam and doesn’t have those rubber cutouts like Clifton. Nonetheless, it provides you with excellent grip and stability while running.

Pros

Lightweight and improved cushioning.

Cons

Expensive.

Hoka Kawana

HOKA KAWANA

Do Hoka Kawana run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Kawana runs true to size. It feels a bit narrow in the toe-box.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Kawana is for any distance running. You can use Kawana on your easy days, speed days, and for long or tempo runs.

It is inherently stable and provides stability to moderate overpronation. It is also able to cater to neutral runners as well.

Upper

Hoka has used recycled jacquard mesh on the upper. This mesh is breathable and stretchy and provides excellent breathability.

When you look at Kawana, it looks more like Nike Pegasus with its edgy look and overall formation. Also, it feels a bit narrow at the toe-box.

Kawana also has adopted the integrated pull tab which helps you with easy entry and added Achilles support.

Midsole

The Kawana comes with a new foam that is lightweight, bouncy, and excellent at shock absorption.

The foam is really good at providing cushioning and you will be able to run any kind of run in this shoe.

Since the cushioning is on the plushier side, you will feel comfort along with responsiveness at every step.

Weight:

9.3 oz/264 gm (Women’s size 8)

10.5 oz/298 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

35 mm

Forefoot Stack:

30 mm

Outsole

I love the outsole of Kawana. It looks marble-like and is actually rubberized foam. This is almost the theme of Hoka One One.

Most of their road running shoes have rubberized foam, instead of proper rubber layering.

However, the grip is still nice and you will have a stable footing while running on dry and wet surfaces.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Reduces carbon footprint due to the use of recycled materials.

Cons

  • Toe-box is narrower.

Hoka Elevon 2

Hoka Elevon

Do Hoka Elevon 2 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Elevon runs true to size. The heel area is spacious even for wide heels.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Elevon is good for speed days, easy days, and recovery runs. It has good cushioning throughout.

The extended heel cushion area provides additional cushioning and a much smoother transition.

If you end up with tired feet after your runs, try out Elevon. This neutral runner will help you to have a great run while keeping you comfortable throughout your run with a bouncy and cushy running platform.

Upper

Hoka has kept the upper simple with Elevon 2. It has breathable engineered mesh for a non-restrictive airflow.

It is comfortable and your feet will feel much cooler on those summer days. It has asymmetrical internal support wings for a customized fit.

The tongue, however, feels a bit thinner in this version of Elevon. Though not uncomfortable, I would have preferred something which is a bit more padded.

Also, the collar area also has lost a bit of padding than the previous version.

Midsole

The feel of the Elevon midsole is responsive yet plush. You can feel the spring under your feet and uses PROFLYTM as the top sole.

The step-in softness that you feel in this sole is ultimate and your feet will feel much more relaxed wearing Elevon.

The bounciness combined with plush softness is ultimate in Elevon and you can be very comfortable in your easy run days or your recovery run days.

Weight:

8.8 oz/249.47 gm (Women’s size 8)

10.1 oz/283.33 gm (Men’s size 9)

Elevon is a neutral running shoe and the cushioning is more comparable to Bondi. However, Bondi has a much softer midsole whereas Elevon is much snappy.

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

37 mm

Forefoot Stack:

32 mm

Outsole

The outsole has transparent crystal rubber which is a bit different than the general rubberized outsole present in most Hokas. This is a grippy rubber and will keep you stable and anchored during the run.

Also, the deep groovings present in the outsole improve the flexibility of the outsole.

Pros

Plush and responsive cushioning.

Cons

More padding in the tongue and collar.

Hoka Rocket X

Hoka Rocket X

Does Hoka Rocket X run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Rocket X runs true to size. It does feel a bit narrow in the heel area.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Rocket X is meant for speed days. This is a lightweight unisex running shoe that will provide you with a comfortable yet responsive ride.

This is a neutral running shoe that is meant for shorter distances. If you want some speed or planning to run short distances, then this is the perfect choice for you.

This cushy yet responsive running shoe will make those miles fly by like breeze.

Upper

Hoka has made the upper lightweight and breathable. It has an open mesh area spread throughout the upper to make it as breathable as possible.

You will be able to feel the comfort of the upper as soon as you step in. The smooth interior feels silken and there are no hotspots.

The tongue and the collar have decent padding, though not the best in class.

Midsole

The midsole of Rocket X is the lightest and one of the most responsive midsoles from Hoka.

It uses the same carbon plate-like Hoka Carbon X and uses the energy return more efficiently.

If you love speed, you will love this racer. This is fast, and agile and will provide you with a speed boost.

The cushion level of this one is also excellent and will protect your feet with a softness that is soft but not squishy.

Weight:

7.5 oz/213 gm (All gender size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

35 mm

Forefoot Stack:

30 mm

Outsole

The outsole is the rubberized foam that is an extension of the midsole. It is good at providing stability and is excellent on wet and dry surfaces.

Pros

Lightweight and excellent for shorter distances.

Cons

Tongue and collar need work.

Hoka Speedgoat 5

Hoka Speedgoat

Does Hoka Speedgoat 5 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Speedgoat runs true to size. The fit is comfortable throughout.

Purpose and who is it good for?

If you love trail running, you will fall in love with this shoe. It is a lightweight running shoe meant for technical trails.

It will keep you comfortable and stable while providing an excellent grip on loose soil.

It is a neutral runner that will provide you with a responsive and cushy ride.

Upper

Hoka has redesigned this shoe almost completely and that includes even the upper.

The upper of Speedgoat 4 was comfortable, but with Speedgoat 5 Hoka surprised me. It has created this mesh from recycled materials and is a double jacquard recycled mesh.

This makes this mesh stretchy and breathable. Also, it gives it a velvety look which is very stylish and beastly, if you ask me. (Not that you are asking ;))

It has an extended pull tab and recycled polyester laces.

Midsole

The midsole is made a lot lighter in this version of Speedgoat. It is bouncy, resilient, and cushy.

Although lightweight, the cushiness of this midsole is not compromised and is excellent for your feet.

It still has that CMEVA, but with technologies, the midsole has been made lighter. It provides you with balanced cushioning and is excellent for the trails.

Weight:

8.5 oz/240 gm (Women’s size 8)

9.8 oz/278 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

4 mm

Heel Stack:

38 mm

Forefoot Stack:

34 mm

Outsole

If you have not felt any kind of changes in Speedgoat until now, you will definitely feel the difference now.

The outsole of Speedgoat has been completely changed and has been made more stable. Hoka has added Vibram Megagrip with traction lugs to the midsole.

If you compare the grip of Speedgoat 4 and Speedgoat 5, you will be able to feel the difference. Speedgoat 5 feels more stable and feels like it is gripping the loose soil better.

This is a refreshing welcome for any runners who are used to running on technical terrains.

Pros

Improved grip to handle more technical terrains.

Cons

The tongue is not well cushioned and short.

Hoka Torrent 2

Hoka Torrent

Does Hoka Torrent 2 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Torrent runs true to size. It is good for mid-volume foot both in the heels and the toe-box.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Torrent is a short-distance running shoe. If you are a trail runner who is used to running shorter distances, Torrent will be ideal for you.

It is well-cushioned yet responsive and you will be able to feel the pep and grip under your feet.

It is a neutral running shoe and is great for running under 10K distances on the trails.

Upper

Like many other shoe companies, Hoka has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint. With that theme, they are trying to utilize recycled materials as and when possible.

With Torrent 2 also, Hoka has used waste plastic or polyester fibers to create the engineered mesh of the upper.

Although made from plastic, the mesh is really breathable and the ventilation of this shoe is quite good.

If you are interested in knowing, the type of plastic or polyester yarn that Hoka uses for Torrent is called Unifi REPREVE.

Midsole

The midsole of Hoka Torrent is made based on PROFLY technology. This gives this midsole proper cushioning and agility.

Also, the foam is on the firmer side of the spectrum which makes it more responsive than Speedgoat or any other running shoe on the plusher side.

You will be able to feel the snappiness of the shoe under your feet with every step. The cushion is also good and you will not feel uncomfortable or have tired feet after running.

Weight:

8.0 oz/227 gm (Women’s size 8)

9.1 oz/258 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

31 mm

Forefoot Stack:

26 mm

Although the drop of Hoka Torrent differs slightly from Hoka Speedgoat, the stack height is significantly lesser. This is expected as the more the cushion, the less responsive a shoe becomes.

Outsole

The outsole of Torrent is yet to integrate Vibram Megagrip however, the stability and grip that the existing shoe provides are comparable to Vibram. 

It has updated multi-directional lugs and provides you with a very stable grip. However, if the terrain is too technical, then Speedgoat may be a better option.

Pros

  • Responsive and cushy.
  • Excellent for short distances.

Cons

  • May not work if you have Achilles issues.

Hoka Stinson ATR 6

HOKA Stinson ATR

Do Hoka Stinson ATR 6 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Stinson ATR runs true to size. It provides you with a comfortable fit from heel to toe.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Hoka Stinson ATR is a running shoe that can work both on-road and on the trails. It may come as a surprise to many of us that Stinson ATR can be used on roads.

Actually, ATR stands for all-terrain and this makes it suitable for running on-road as well as on trails.

Stinson ATR is a neutral running shoe and has the highest stack height in the entire Hoka line-up…and makes it the plushiest of running shoes.

It is good for trail running and for longer distances, however, not great for highly technical terrains.

Upper

The Stinson ATR uses the same material for the upper as the Torrent. It uses recycled Unifi REPREVE yarn which is derived from plastic.

The upper has integrated eyelets. It is well ventilated and the breathability is due to a number of hole-like structures present on the toe-box through the midfoot area.

The breathability of this shoe is not the best in class, but it is not the worst as well.

The collar is plush and soft and provides you with excellent comfort in the Achilles area.

Midsole

The midsole of Hoka Stinson ATR has the highest stack and is very cushy. The midsole is not squishy as you may think, however, it is very supportive and comfortable.

You will not be able to feel rocks or pebbles under your feet and you will not have to stop suddenly due to this pricking pain.

The firmness of the midsole doesn’t change much as you go through the miles and it holds up pretty well throughout its lifetime. 

Weight:

9.8 oz/278 gm (Women’s size 8)

11.7 oz/332 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

37 mm

Forefoot Stack:

32 mm

Outsole

The outsole has closely spaced lugs that provide you with good grip even on loose soil. These zones are also reinforced with high abrasive rubber for more durability.

These rubbers are like cutouts and don’t extend throughout the sole uniformly. This reduces the weight of the shoe to some extent.

Pros

Excellent cushioning and meant for all types of terrains including roads.

Cons

Heavy.

Hoka Speedgoat 4 GORE-TEX

Hoka Speedgoat Gore-Tex

Do Hoka Speedgoat 4 GORE-TEX run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Speedgoat GORE-TEX runs true to size. It does feel a bit narrow in the toe-box and at the heels.

Purpose and who is it good for?

Hoka Speedgoat GORE-TEX is great for technical and wet trails. You can wear it in the snowy and rainy regions for trail running.

Having Vibram in the outsole will provide you with excellent grip even on wet surfaces. It is good for runners who want to run longer trails and is worried about the weather or snow.

Upper

The upper of Speedgoat GORE-TEX is the only difference that you will find with the Speedgoat. As expected, it is good for providing you with excellent protection in wet weather.

however, one thing you should remember is that this shoe is water-resistant and not waterproof. So, while it will give you great protection against snow and water, under extreme conditions, water may seep in.

Also, the breathability of the upper is way lesser than that of Speedgoat. This is due to the GTX and other 3D printed overlays. However, it will not make your feet sweaty and you will remain comfortable.

Midsole

The midsole of Speedgoat GTX is similar to that of Speedgoat. It is a balanced cushioning and will provide you with good responsiveness and cushioning.

Also, the level of cushioning is not squishy and is firmer due to the type of material used in the midsole.

It is lightweight and bouncy and will envelop your feet in cozy responsiveness.

Weight:

10.7 oz/303.4 gm (Women’s size 8)

11.6 oz/229 gm (Men’s size 9)

Due to the kind of material used in the upper, Speedgoat GTX is a bit heavier than that of Speedgoat.

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

4 mm

Heel Stack:

39.5 mm

Forefoot Stack:

35.5 mm

Outsole

The outsole of Speedgoat GTX is using Vibram Megarip outsole. This is excellent for any terrain, be it wet or dry.

Pros

You can run the trails in any weather.

Cons

  • Heavy.
  • Less breathability.

Hoka Zinal

Hoka Zinal

Do Hoka Zinal run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Zinal runs true to size. The toe-box is a good fit for medium to narrow feet.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Zinal is good for short-distance running on the trails. It will keep you comfortable in shorter trail runs with resilient and responsive cushioning.

If you want to run longer distances, then Zinal may not be for you. However, for distances under 10K, the lightweight, neutral Zinal is almost unparallel.

Upper

Like many of the other models from Hoka, ZInal also uses recycled yarn for the upper. It is breathable and comfortable and will not make your feet break a sweat.

However, the toe-box is not as spacious as I wanted it to be. It is good for runners who have medium to narrow feet.

Midsole

The responsiveness of Hoka Zinal comes from the PROFLY midsole which is a tradition with almost all the responsive shoes from Hoka.

It is a lightweight foam that provides you with just enough cushioning and a lot of responsiveness.

Be it speed or easy run, or just breezing through the trails, Zinal is equipped to deal with it all.

Weight:

7.7 oz/218 gm (Women’s size 8)

8.6 oz/244 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

32 mm

Forefoot Stack:

27 mm

Outsole

The outsole has Vibram Megarip and Litebase construction for exceptional grip and stability.

Pros

Excellent responsiveness.

Cons

Lesser midfoot support.

Hoka Mafate Speed 3

Hoka Mafate Speed

Do Hoka Mafate Speed 3 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Mafate Speed runs true to size. It has a medium to narrow toe-box with medium heel and midfoot.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Mafate Speed is meant to handle technical terrains. No matter how technical a terrain gets, Mafate Speed is capable of handling that.

If you are a runner who loves technical terrains, Mafate Speed is the choice for you. Also, it has a huge stack for cushioning and your feet will be enveloped in rugged softness.

It is a neutral running shoe that is excellent for long-distance running. You won’t be able to feel the stones and pebbles under your feet while wearing Mafate Speed.

If you are a runner with wider feet, you won’t be able to use Mafate Speed as it is more suitable for feet with narrow to medium volume.

Upper

Hoka has redesigned the upper and now Mafate Speed has sandwich mesh. This is made from recycled polyester and makes this upper durable. Also, since this is recycled fiber, it reduces the overall carbon footprint of the company.

It has KPU molded overlays which add additional protection.

This mesh is breathable however, it is not as breathable as the others in the same category. The mesh lacks the openness of Stinson ATR or Bondi.

It has a gusseted tongue which is partially textile and with holes. This also improves the ventilation to a certain extent and doesn’t let the tongue move around all around the shoe.

Midsole

As with the other models of Hoka, Mafate Speed also has a compressed EVA midsole. The cushioning of Mafate Speed is more in line with that of Clifton or Speedgoat.

It is a balanced and responsive cushioning that provides you with the right amount of bounce and softness with every step.

This is a lightweight foam, which has reduced its volume to a certain extent with this iteration of the cushioning.

However, it is as resilient as ever although I felt a slight change in the softness with the temperature.

Weight:

9.5 oz/269 gm (Women’s size 8)

10.9 oz/309 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

4 mm

Although the drop is the same, the stack height varies for the men’s and the women’s versions of the shoe.

Heel Stack:

36 mm (Women)/38 mm (Men)

Forefoot Stack:

32 mm (Women)/36 mm (Men)

Outsole

The outsole uses two types of materials for that ultimate grip. One is the rubberized EVA and the other is the Vibram Megagrip.

Combined with the strategically placed lugs, these two materials make Mafate Speed step up for any kind of technical terrain.

Pros

Suuitable even for the most technical terrains.

Cons

  • This version has gained weight, despite a lighter midsole.
  • The upper is not suitable for all kinds of feet.

Hoka Anacapa Low GORE-TEX

Hoka ANACAPA LOW GORE-TEX

Does Hoka Anacapa Low GORE-TEX run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Anacapa Low GORE-TEX runs true to size. The width feels comfortable from heel to toe.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Anacapa Low GORE-TEX is a shoe that is an all-purpose shoe for technical terrains. You can go for mild hikes, trail running, or just explore the neighborhood forest.

It has good cushioning along with a very firm and stable grip. It is not meant for too technical terrains and you cannot go on very technical hikes.

You can think of Anacapa LOW GORE-TEX as an amalgamation of hiking boots and running shoes.

Upper

Hoka is breaking barriers with its latest technologies and usage of recycled materials. Anacapa LOW GORE-TEX is certainly no exception.

The shoe is made from recycled material, especially in the upper where it uses recycled textile along with GORE-TEX technology to keep your feet dry.

Have you heard of soy-based sock liner?

If not, Hoka with its groundbreaking technologies has made this possible and the sock liner of Hoka Anacapa LOW GORE-TEX is made from 50% soy-based product.

The only complaint that I’ve is that these shoes can make your feet sweaty. It is expected that the waterproofing of the shoe makes it less breathable, but it is a tad less than my liking.

Midsole

The midsole of Anacapa LOW GORE-TEX is more of a balanced one. It is decently cushioned, but not so much as to make it feel squishy.

It adds a certain pep to your feet and will make them feel well-cushioned as well.

The level of cushioning I felt is more like Speedgoat rather than Clifton. It could be due to the usage of other materials in the outsole… The midsole felt firmer and more snappy than the responsive cushioning of Clifton.

Weight:

12.0 oz/340.2 gm (Women’s size 8)

14.0 oz/397 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

6 mm

Heel Stack:

30 mm

Forefoot Stack:

24 mm

Outsole

The outsole of Anacapa Low GORE-TEX is covered mostly with Vibram Megarip rubber. This improves the traction on trails and you get superior stability while running on the uneven trails.

Pros

Lightweight and great for a speed workout.

Cons

May feel stuffy.

Hoka Challenger ATR 6

Hoka Challenger ATR

Do Hoka Challenger ATR 6 run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Challenger ATR runs true to size. The toe-box is suited for medium-sized feet for women and medium to narrow for men.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Challenger ATR is an all-terrain shoe that performs well on the road as well as on the trails. However, although it is a trail running shoe, it is good for trails that are lighter and non-technical.

It is not equipped to handle trails that are technical and you may not feel stability and a decent grip if you try to use it on technical trails.

 

Upper

The upper Challenger ATR is made from Unifi REPREVE which is a recycled polyester yarn. It is sturdy and the mesh makes it breathable.

The gusseted tongue will make sure that it doesn’t move around when you take it out for a run.

I would have preferred the collar to be a bit more cushioned, but nonetheless, it is decent. The laces are also made from polyester recycled yarn.

Midsole

The midsole of Challenger ATR is similar to that of Clifton. You can feel that with the bounciness and the overall cushion of the shoe.

This could be due to the kind of shoe that Challenger ATR is. Since it is a mix of both road and trail running shoes, the overall cushioned feeling is similar to that of Clifton.

Weight:

8.8 oz/250 gm (Women’s size 8)

9.8 oz/278 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

5 mm

Heel Stack:

37 mm

Forefoot Stack:

32 mm

Outsole

The outsole has shallow lugs that are placed in a close setting. This makes it useful on trails and also it doesn’t hamper the road running experience.

Pros

Great for almost all terrains.

Cons

Toe-box seems to be narrower than the previous version.

Hoka Tennine

Hoka Tennine

Do Hoka Tennine run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka Tennine runs true to size. The width feels comfortable for medium to narrow feet.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Tennine is a shoe specifically designed for running. You cannot use it for any other purpose, other than running.

Being said that, it is a running shoe that can handle almost any terrain from trails to roads. However, for a very technical trial, this may not be suitable.

Also, this is a shoe for overpronation and it is capable of handling almost any degree of overpronation with its J-Frame technology.

You can run almost any distance in this shoe as it has plush cushioning.

Upper

The upper of Tennine is nothing out of the ordinary that you have already seen in other Hoka running shoes.

It has a durable breathable mesh that has a lycra vamp for accomodating your foot expansion. 

The winged tongue and the extended heel pull tab are all similar to what you have already seen.

It has the J-Frame which controls overpronation and that too is similar to the other models which deal with overpronation.

Where this model stands out is the upper style and midfoot support. With contrasting color flat laces, rubberized enforcements and varying texture of mesh from midfoot to heels make it excellent to look at.

Also, the crisscross pattern along with the high abrasive mesh, Ariaprene winged tongue provides exceptional midfoot support.

Midsole

The midsole of Tennine is of plush variety and is very comfortable. You will feel like running on clouds and you will not feel the minor rocks and pebbles under your feet.

However, one big way it differs from the rest of the lot is its extended midsole at the back. This provides additional stability and comfort.

What else is that such a sole is excellent for heel strikers as they absorb that additional shock that is generated from the heel strike.

Weight:

12.65 oz/359 gm (All gender)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

4 mm

Heel Stack:

33 mm

Forefoot Stack:

29 mm

Outsole

The has high abrasion rubber for durability. Also, the lugs are strategically placed closely for ease with trail running but they are not huge lugs and that is why they are not great on the extremely technical trails.

Pros

Excellent for heel strikers for added shock absorption.

Cons

Very heavy.

Hoka EVO Jawz

Hoka EVO Jawz

Do Hoka EVO Jawz run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka EVO Jawz runs true to size. Its width feels comfortable from heel to toe.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The EVO Jawz is meant for technical trails and short distances. It is excellent on rocky mountains and loose soil and not a single time you will feel unstable.

It is well-cushioned, responsive, and excellent for running shorter distances. You, however, cannot use them on roads. But for off-roading, you can feel how strongly the shoes grip the ground.

It is meant for neutral runners.

Upper

EVO Jawz has a woven-rip upper. This is very durable and provides you with a secure fit. It is breathable and comfortable and has decent padding on the tongue and collar. 

What stands out for me in this upper is the way it looks and feels…it feels looks and feels like cycling or spin shoe rather than a running shoe.

Don’t get me wrong…this is probably one of the best short-distance trail running shoes from Hoka…but its looks tell another story.

Midsole

The midsole is made of PROFLY material, which is the go-to material for Hoka for a responsive shoe.

If you check, for all the responsive shoes mentioned above, PROFLY is the midsole material. This is decently cushy and provides you with that extra zing under your feet.

Weight:

6.0 oz/170 gm (Women’s size 8)

7.2 oz/204 gm (Men’s size 9)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

3 mm

Heel Stack:

23 mm

Forefoot Stack:

20 mm

Outsole

The outsole has Vibram Megagrip and multidirectional lugs. Also, the lug length is also huge. You will literally get the crocodile jaw feeling from the side profile of the shoe.

This provides you with an excellent grip on the soil and superior stability on technical terrain. For me, it is one of the best grip if not the best grip available from Hoka.

Pros

Lightweight and superb on technical terrains.

Cons

The upper bleeds color on the feet.

Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX

Hoka X Bodega Kaha LOW GTX

Do Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX run true to size?

Yes. The Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX runs true to size. Its width feels true to size from heel to toe.

Purpose and who is it good for?

The Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX is a running shoe that is capable of hiking as well. It is designed in such a way that you will be able to hike in these running shoes.

It is a neutral trail running shoe which is great for long-distance running. If you are a neutral runner who runs on technical trails or runs longer trails, this is a great running shoe for you.

Upper

The upper of Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX is designed based on a hiking shoe. The upper is made from Nubuck leather with shallow holes for breathability.

The upper’s breathability is comparatively less than that of typical running shoes with mesh upper.

Also, this is water-resistant due to the GORE-TEX bootie. To enhance breathability, it has a mesh tongue. This makes the shoe a bit more comfortable to wear.

Midsole

The midsole of Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX has a high level of cushioning with the top layer being made from EVA and the bottom layer being rubberized foam.

This makes it excellent at providing cushioning and you can run longer miles without tired feet.

Beyond the EVA foam top layer, the cushioning feels a bit hard and may not feel as plush.

Weight:

15.80 oz/448 gm (All gender size 8)

Heel-To-Toe Drop:

6 mm

Heel Stack:

33 mm

Forefoot Stack:

27 mm

Outsole

The outsole has Vibram Megagrip for excellent traction. However, this shoe is designed keeping in mind hiking, so the lugs are designed and arranged to give you a decent hiking experience as well.

Pros

Trail running and hiking.

Cons

  • Less breathable.
  • Heavy.
  • Expensive.

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