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Gaviota 2 Running Shoe
If clunky and restrictive shoes are what come to mind when you hear the word "stability" then there's a good chance you haven't taken the HOKA ONE ONE Gaviota 2 Running Shoe for a spin yet. Designed with an ideal balance of comfort and support, this shoe will be a steady partner to you on long weekend training runs. It gets most of its stability from HOKA's J-Frame design, which uses a firmer density foam to support the inside of your foot without weighing it down or throwing a wrench into your natural running stride. Your foot will be guided to a healthy stride without rigid and restrictive materials, which in turn helps you run more smoothly and comfortably. A late-stage Meta-Rocker design also delivers a stable forefoot and smooth transition, and an updated mesh upper offers more breathability than ever before, giving you comfort on all fronts for your long miles on the road.
- Stability shoe that reduces bulk and rigidity while you run
- J-Frame midsole provides integrated support without discomfort
- Meta-Rocker design gives you a smooth and stable stride
- Breathable mesh upper prevents overheating on high-mileage days
- OrthoLite footbed delivers soft comfort underfoot
- Heel bevel ensures a smooth heel transition late in your run
- Item #HOK004X
What do you think about this product?
October 21, 2019
Why did I wait so long?
My whole body is jacked up but especially my feet, left knee, lower back and neck. I'm just dying without the gym in my life so I figured I'd buy the most comfortable, supportive shoe out there. Well, a lot of fingers pointed at Hoka and I just went and tried them all on.... and walked this this one. Best feeling shoe out of the box ever.... and I'm a La Sportiva die hard. They don't look too bad either. Growing on me. But honestly if they looked like shit I'd still wear them. Excellent, excellent shoe. You won't regret this purchase.
May 10, 2019
Super Great Stability Shoe
I have also found that these run about a half size small. I normally wear a size 11.5 in street shoes and 12.5 in run shoes, but the 12 was perfect. I loved this shoe for road running around Salt Lake City. The rockered sole seems to push you forward into your next step and it took about one run to get used to, but then I loved it. I'm a bad overpronator while running and the Gaviota gave all the stability I would ever need. From the looks of it the cushion looks out of control, but your foot actually sits inside of the cushion, not on top so it provides a unique amount of support and stability. The uppers on the shoe were my favorite part, super comfortable and sock-like, with a firmer harness from the ankle around the laces to provide support where you need it. If you need a stability shoe and are more of a maximalist than a minimalist this is the shoe for you.
April 6, 2019
These shoes fit about a half size smaller than other shoes. I am solidly a 10.5 and the 11 was a perfect fit in the Gaviota. I love the concept of the Hoka and these feel like a well made running shoe. I have only taken these on short runs but love the feel thus far.
March 18, 2019
Stability and Cushioning
All the support and performance of the best running shoes with footbeds like pillows. The tread handled all sorts of weather in Salt Lake just fine - snow, wet, and dry. They're also lightweight so there's no tradeoff with the cushioning. It's plushy without sacrificing performance. I've been using them everyday - running, jogging, and standing at my desk at work. No complaints! As I don't know the research behind the rocker design of the sole, I can't objectively say how it compares to traditional shoes. I can say from personal experience that it felt like I had an increased momentum carrying me forward. Even if it was all in my head, running felt awesome.
March 5, 2019
If you have a job that requires standing for a Long period of time! This is the shoe for you, after the first 2 days wearing them my feet dont hurt, Ive been using Asics shoes, but noting compares to Hoka, the extra Cushion is amazing!
January 21, 2019
Great Stability and Recovery Shoe
These are super comfortable and really help my feet feel protected and cared for on those recovery and easy runs. I like using stability shoes for the easy runs I do so I can really focus on form. The Gaviota 2 offers a nice wide platform that feels super stable ad comfortable. The only thing I would change about these is the mid foot wrap, which feels unnecessary and adds an ounce to each shoe. Even without the midfoot wrap I feel like the Gaviota would still fit super well. Overall a great shoe for its intended purpose, and would be perfect for someone looking to do casual jogging and mellow jaunts. These fit true to size and have a nice spacious toe box!