Steven B.wrote a review of Hoka One One Mafate 3 Trail Running Shoe - Men's on September 17, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I finally decided to sample the Hoka (sorry, Hoka One One) Kool Aid and these were my first pair. My first run in them was up the N. Skyline trail to Ben Lomond Peak, a fairly rocky 16 miles with some 3,500 feet of climbing. Going up I really noticed the weight, 14.1 oz. according to my scale, which is at least 4 oz. heavier than any of my other running shoes. But coming down, oh the joy. The massive cushioning swallowed loose rocks, the rockered sole rolled smoothly, and I felt pretty stable considering the extra height. I did find that I tripped over things a little more until I got used to the extra sole thickness. I've run another 4 or 5 long runs of 16-20 miles in them and I've been amazed at how good my feet feel afterwards, no "old man feet" the next morning. The main reason I chose the Mafate 3's over the Stinson Evo's was the claimed additional width in the footbox. I don't have a particularly wide foot, but even still the Mafates squeeze my toes just enough that I have to wear Injinji's to avoid toe blisters. Downsides? They seem pretty overbuilt to me. The tongue is full padded leather, and the upper material is really beefy and hot with a lot of overlays. And did I mention they're heavy? Still, I like them, and I'm willing to pay the speed/energy penalty on the uphills for the joy of rolling super fast downhills.