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In the past 18 months the Hoka One One Men's Stinson Tarmac Running Shoe has appeared on more than 30 podiums at trail races around the world. Although it might not look like anything you've seen before, don't be afraid—the Stinson shoe's wide, rockered, and maximally cushioned sole adds a near-weightless feel to every steep ascent and rocky descent. It's stable through a massive variety of terrain, returns your energy with springy rebound, and tears through the competition at your local 10k steeplechase or heavy-mileage ultra.

  • Closed mesh upper locks out dirt and debris while allowing for plenty of airflow to keep your foot cool
  • Microfiber-lined tongue conforms to your foot for ultimate comfort so you can really lock down the laces when you need to
  • Quick Fit lacing system uses a speed-lace adjustment to allow quick, one-handed adjustment
  • Midsole foam is 30% softer than the foam used in traditional running shoes and there's two-and-a-half times the volume of foam in the sole for cushioning
  • Extra cushioning dissipates up to 80% of the shock from heel strikes and allows for as much as 20mm of compression to reduce impact on your joints
  • Bucket Seat heel and midsole pocket are recessed into the sole by 20mm so your foot feels low and planted
  • Reinforced toe cap protects your toes against rocks, roots, and general trail debris
  • Sole has a low heel-to-toe offset (6mm) and uses a rockered profile to encourage a rolling motion that leads to proper midfoot strike
  • Wide outsole provides lateral stability and plenty of surface area so you stay in contact with the trail
  • Traction provided by a mix of highly abrasion-resistant EVA lugs and flexible rubber lugs that grip the trail with maximum purchase
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Just the right amount of cushion

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I've worn my pair now for about 500 miles without hardly any sign of wear. I've also tried the Bondi 2s, but the sole seems too mushy and they didn't seem to have as much room in the toe box as the Stinson Tarmacs.

The amount of cushion in the Tarmacs seems about right for extremely long distance running, with good energy return. I'm finding that I'm wearing them more and more for training runs of all distances as well as 50K races.

Time to keep flying..comfortably

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Greatest running shoe I have ever run on! I was looking for same performance as the stinson trail now that the snow is gone and wasn't disappointed.

True to size but had to use thinner insoles to prevent midfoot pressure.

City Loppet 10miler coming up and these shoes will keep me running.

after a few runs, i'm loving them

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

i tend to rotate through brooks pure flow and saucony (can't remember the name of the model - low heel drop with some pronation support). i read a thread about hokas and finally added them to the mix. i'm getting used to them after several long runs and have to say that legs feel substantially better after running in them. i'm starting to favor them as i notice impact with the other shoes and the usual aching joints after 16+ mile runs. just wearing them around makes my legs feel good, too.

Not for everyone

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I know these work for a lot of folks but not for me. I did a 50 mile race and the Hoka's tore my IT band up. I should've tested them first.

Hokas helped me heal my IT Band. I have been running in them ever since I injured my IT Band due to overuse of both running cycling. Some people do not realize that cycling also impacts your IT Band. After months of PT and daily exercising of my hips and other muscle groups, I am now running longer and faster than ever almost exclusively in my Hokas. I use Newton Gravitys for short/speed work.

I guess it could be something else besides the Hokas but I run in about 4-5 different shoes (mostly new balance) and never have IT band issues.

I could see how the cushion would be great for long runs...I wished they worked for me.