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bea3632256 wrote a review of on November 22, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are by far and away the most cushioned, impact-absorbing running shoe I have ever encountered in my 40+ years of running. They really do feel a bit like floating. But!

Hoka need to do some work in a few areas. First is the outsole. It needs to be toughened up as mine are already starting to show marked wear after less than 50km. Now I am not concerned that I am going to be feeling the pavement against my feet any time soon. But Hoka ought to consider using a more abrasion resistant rubber formula on the outsole.

The second area of concern is the upper. There is still some work to be done in smoothing inner seams to prevent rubbing. I wear Thorlo socks and still got blisters from inner seam rubbing.

Third is the stability issue. I am fortunate in having a neutral gait, but I can foresee problems for severe pronators as the uppers are not very beefy and the midsoles are so soft. Caveat emptor!

Last is a personal taste issue. Hokas are amongst the ugliest shoes on the market. They look like they were styled by someone who was stuck in the 1970s! The color ways are rubbish, there is no consistent theme to the designs and they just look 'cheap'. This is ironic because they are some of the most expensive shoes on the market! Please do something to improve the appearance Hoka. I can live with the thick midsole, but the bargain basement design needs lots of work!

Will I buy another pair? You bet I will! But that does not detract from my constructive criticisms.

Listen up Hoka! You can make your brand truly great with a little work. Please make the effort as I have finally found the best running shoes available,but I still want them to be better!

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bea3632256 wrote an answer about on May 18, 2010

I have worn Thorlo athletic socks which are synthetic, well padded and have served me well in a number of one-third marathons and even they can't keep up with dissipating the perspiration generated by my Scarpas. I had to face it that wearing heavy leather boots is something I can only do in the coldest of weather. Otherwise, I wear well-vented synthetic membrane lined boots such as Keens.

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bea3632256 wrote a review of on February 3, 2010

5 5

I came to Keens after trying several of the other name brands and not being particularly happy at the end of a long day of trekking because of fit problems. My first Keens was one of their trail shoes and I was so happy with the fit, the price, the comfort, and the quality that when it came time to replace my boots, I headed for Backcountry for a bargain and gave the Keen Voyageur a try. I have not been disappointed and neither will you. They are everything I had hoped for in fit, comfort and quality, just add stability and off-road durability. The only problem might be for people with larger than size 12 as this seemed to be the largest size - fine for me but not sure about others!

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