Extremely lightweight and, yes, nimble too.
The big, oversized sole on the Hoka One One Men's Stinson Evo Shoe enables you to float over any surface—road, trail, or anything in-between—in incredible comfort. But don't worry; you're not sacrificing anything to enjoy that one-of-a-kind cushioning. Thanks to the sole's surface area, which is twice as large as that on traditional running shoes, the Stinson Evo delivers maximum stability, excellent traction, and surprising connection to the ground.
- Breathable mesh upper is thinner and lighter than the more heavily padded Mafate 2 upper
- 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
- Speed lacing lets you easily dial in your fit; can be removed and swapped for standard laces (included)
- Supportive insole can be swapped out for thinner insole (included) if you need more space in the shoe
- Rugged sticky rubber outsole conquers off-road conditions
- Ultra-lightweight design—at 10.6 ounces, it's 15% lighter than most running shoes, so you tire less running uphill
- Speedy downhill performance makes it ideal for adventure racing
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I'm really glad I got these. I read an article about a man who ran across the USA and he was wearing these and praised them. I'm not a pro or even amateur running, I just wanted something good on my feet for regular 5K walks (for health and weight control reasons). These are great. Best things I've ever had on my feet, imo. (Note: got size one-half to full size larger than what my feet actually measure and that fit great...think of my feet as 'wide' but regular medium is just fine -- product also has innovative shoelaces that are pretty cool; extra set of regular shoelaces also provided). Overall, if you want a quality product these are worth trying.
I have fallen in love with the comfort and cushion of the Hokas. they preform well on the street or road and lessen the impact to already sore knees
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These shoes are the greatest. Feels like walking on air. The only problem is how stupid and ugly they look. Get over it, because they are great. Hoka needs some marketing/design help because I am now trying to order my second pair and they have gotten even uglier. Putting the name on the side for brand recognition was a good idea in a conference room, but not in reality. The choices are more hideous than ever, not to mention the fact that the high sole makes them look like "special" shoes.
Just received in mail from BC. I have a narrow foot and high arch and so far these shoes feel good. I will post updates after extensive testing and running.
Despite the size, they don't feel nearly as big or tall as they look. They also don't weigh nearly as much as they could.
I really like these things. I can bomb downhills like I've never done before, and they are great for building mileage. The 4mm drop is good for keeping you honest, but keep in mind that with all the padding, you may need to put forth some mental effort to keep your natural running stride and not heel strike all the time.
Overall, a great shoe.
ps: not noted is that it comes with 2 inserts
I am not a fan of minimalist shoes as I don't weigh 130 pounds or run on sand, so I thought I would give these a try. I don't love the look of the shoe (no big deal)or the speed laces so swapped them out for regular laces that were included (they were difficult to get into the holes). I loved these shoes the first time I put them on. I am a heel-midfoot striker and felt so much more natural running in these shoes. The cushioning is unbelievable and I am not nearly as tired or sore during or after a run. Landing on a jagged rock is no longer a painful experience. Keep your minimalist shoes, these are light weight, comfortable, protect your feet, and actually improved my running. They do run a little small.
Great Shoes for the long run
These were my first pair of Hoka One One shoes and at first I was quite skeptical of my stability while trail running with them. Because I only trail run, I rotated these shoes with my trusty Brooks Cascadias for awhile. Once I changed out the insole for the provided "thin" insole, I felt much more comfortable in the Hoka's and begin to only run in them.
I enjoyed running in these shoes while the sole lasted. At around 100 miles, I had to glue the outsole back to the foam on the left shoe and now at 300 miles there are not enough lugs left to provide traction on ascents/descents.
I mainly run 10-30 miles at a time and quite enjoyed the protection that these shoes provided on rocky trails, I just wish they were more durable.
After reading a number of reviews that, for the most part, seemed too good to be true, I finally parted ways with my cash and bought these shoes. Between my trail runs and road runs, I always seemed to need an extra day of recovery, just from the overall soreness in my legs, my left hip and my feet. After running in these for 3 weeks, about 6-7 trail runs, I ordered the Bondi B road shoes. Needless to say, they had made quite an impression on me. The cushioning takes the majority of the impact. The shoe fit is good for me and I have hard to fit feet. I expected to have trouble with the thick soles just clearing rocks and roots on my trail runs, but that hasn't been a problem as the shoes are deceptively light. Now I am running in these for my trail runs 2-3 days/week and the Bondi B for my road runs, 3-4 days/week and my legs, my feet and that sore left hip all are pain free. Yes, they are expensive, but I'll trade the pain and soreness for the extra $65 in shoe cost anytime.
I was registered to run a 100 mile rugged trail ultramarathon with lots of rocks. I was worried what the rocks would do to my feet over the course of the race. A friend recommended the Stinson B Evo so I took his advice. I was really happy with how they protected my feet, and also how much better my legs felt the day afterwards. Usually I can barely walk the day after a 100 miler, but my quads actually felt decent! The Stinson B Evos were so comfortable and really reduced the pounding and stress on my muscles and joints. I also finished blister free! (although I did tape my feet before the race). The only problem I had was that I kept rolling my ankles. A guy wearing the same shoes said he had the same problem when he put inserts in his shoes but as soon as he took them out the ankle rolling stopped. I immediately removed my heel inserts that I use for plantar fasciitis, and had no trouble from then on. I'll definitely be wearing these shoes for long or rocky courses from now on!
I tried to like the Hoka Mafate but they just didn't work for me; caused Achilles irritation almost every time I wore them; even just walking the dog! However that was only MY experience as I know lot's of people have had great success with the Mafate. I was a big fan of the Hoka Bondi B for all my long distance training runs (over 20 miles) and ultra marathons. The Bondi B played a big role in helping me survive the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon as well as all the high road mileage leading up to it.
Now for the Stinson B Review:
I got my pair of Stinson Evos last week and have already put in enough road & trail miles in them to know I'm really going to like them. To me they feel just like the Bondi B even though in terms of thickness, according to the Hoka One One European website (http://www.hokaoneone.com/en/catalog.html), they fall in between the Bondi B and Mafate at 2.2 times as thick as a normal cushioned shoe (Bondi B is 1.8 and the Mafate is 2.5). You definitely need to order a half size larger your normal shoe size; I actually ordered a couple, one at my normal shoe size and one half size larger just to make sure I got the right fit; sending the smaller one back.
Definitely feels like there is a bit more toe room in the Stinson Evo compared to the Bondi B and the overall fit is nice; the all mesh upper feels nice. The rubber outsole is a big improvement over the mostly foam outsole (really just midsole) of the Bondi B; should help with shoe life and wear. Haven't tested the grip yet on any really serious trails but that's coming soon.
Stinson Evo comes with an additional pair of thin foam insoles to replace the traditional foam insoles. Also this shoe comes equipped with a speed lacing/locking system that I wasn't sure about at first but it's growing on me. If you don't like the system it can easily be removed and replaced with the provided normal shoe laces.
So if you liked the Bondi B but wanted better traction for off road use you'll probably love the Stinson Evo.
Does anyone have experience using the Stinson Evo with insoles, either custom orthotics or OTC like Pinnacle or Sole?
I've been running in the Stinson Evo for a couple of weeks now, and I really like them, I cruise down hill and feel less impact on longer trail runs. Unfortunately, I think they're causing my Plantar Faciatis to act up. I pronate and run in a support shoe on the road, but on the trail I use a neutral Brooks Cascadia. It's hard to find a trail shoe that is also a support shoe.
I know the Hoka platform is "minimalist" in terms of drop, but of course that drop is ensconced in 30 mm of EVA. I worry about adding anything that would increase the height of the shoe, and create any tendency toward ankle roll. I want these to work. I think I'll try them with some insoles, even though that seems counter to the shoe's design.
Any thoughts, experiences?
I've run in both the Bondi B and Stinson Evo with the Montrail Insoles and haven't experienced any issues with stability or shoe fit. Again your experience may vary but I know there are a lot of folks who run in these shoes with the same insoles they use in other shoes.
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I use Sole Brand insoles in mine, and actually like the way the shoe feels much better. I have very high arches so I need an insole to support that.
Hoka's rock, just ordered my 4th pair. With these puppies on my feet, I've been able to run further and faster than ever before.
The Stinson B Evo has the same great cushion as other Hokas. The soles are trail worthy with grippy rubber that works well on a variety of surfaces. One note though, this shoe is built similar to a performance trainer or minimalist shoe. The uppers have thinner and less supportive features. The toebox feels narrower but taller than the Mafate 2.
Can you also confirm if you have both men's and woman versions available?
At the moment we just have the men's, sorry.
Just received my new Stinson EVO and LOVE them! For me, they run about 1/2 size large. I usually wear W9, so I ordered both W9 and W9.5 - the 9.5 fit perfect. The fit is much better than last year's Mafate model. They feel super comfy and soft, just enough room in the toe box - can't wait to try them out on the trails. Thank you for shipping them so quickly!!