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Fly both uphill and down.
- Ultra-cushy EVA midsole is 30 percent softer and 2.5 times thicker than a typical trail running shoe so it absorbs up to 80 percent of shock associated with heel strike and soaks up rough terrain
- Rockered midsole and low heel-toe differential (4mm) allows for natural-feeling strides and easier transitions between steps for improved efficiency
- Oversized midsole stabilizes the movement of the foot upon impact to reduce the rate of pronation and supination
- Ultra-lightweight design (10.5oz) means you tire less running uphill
- Speedy downhill performance makes it ideal for adventure racing
- Runs about a half-size smaller than the typical running shoe, so you may want to consider sizing up
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- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
These shoes were not only a bit big for my 8.5 size foot, they are just a mammoth looking shoe! If you don't mind looking like Bigfoot, they might work for you. They do seem ultra-cushy, but even with a history of knee and ankle issues, I just couldn't bring myself to try them out on the trail!
Dissapointed, I love the original
I am a dedicated Hoka runner. I own 4 pair. I was so sad that the mafate two had changed. I do like the wider toe box. I could have ordered my regular size. The sole is a lot stiffer and the mafate 2 does not offer the cushion I love.
Backcountry has an excellent and easy return policy .
- Gender: Female
Excellent service! I bought a pair of Hoka's which wasn't the correct size. I had no problem returning the shoes free of charge and getting a refund. I definitely will shop at Backcountry again.
finally some good shoes!
The past 10 years i have had chronic pain due to a brokem hip and then more overcompensation problems. These shoes have saved my running. I have spent the last 2 years running healthy thanks to these shoes
Hokas make running fun!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I wore these around the house for a few days when I got them, trying to decide if I would keep them. I was hesitating because the upper is not terribly sophisticated, not like my foot-hugging Solomon X-Wings that have an incredible dialed fit that works really well with my wide forefoot and high arches. I finally committed myself to them and went for a run ... wow! I generally don't LOVE running, but these Hokas make running fun! I've recently transitioned to forefoot ("barefoot") running and these accommodate that kind of gait, don't force me to heel-strike (I was worried about that, too). They're soft but not squishy -- in fact, there's quite a bit of rebound, which is most of the fun. I normally wear a 9 or sometimes 8.5 -- after reading reviews of other Hokas I went with the 8.5, which was just right. Overall these are great, just giving them 4 stars instead of 5 for the upper design, which could still use some work.
Hokas on Kings Peak
I love my Hokas, but unfortunately the glue, like the French, surrenders too easily. I still recommend them to people, but I also recommend buying a good set of clamps and a tube of Shoe Goo.
this goat approves
after running in the La Sportive Fireblades for a couple of years, I was "talked into" switching to the Hokas by several ultra-runner friends. These shoes are like running on a cloud. Your foot settles down into the midsole nicely after a couple of weeks of running, and my legs feel less fatigue. Honestly, after running the Wasatch 100, my legs were not tired (ok, I did do a little bit of training all summer, but still... )
If I had only one complaint, it would be that the outsole/tread wears out faster than the shoe itself. You can expect to easily get 400 miles out of each pair, making up for the price difference compared with other shoes.
As a Wasatch Speedgoat Mountain Racing Team member, I highly recommend these kicks!