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Zinal 2 Shoe - Men's

3.736842105263158 out of 5 stars
19 Reviews
Color:Diva Blue/Lettuce


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Why We Like The HOKA Zinal 2 Shoe

When we are looking to enhance our performance on the trail, the HOKA Zinal 2 Shoe is a good start. Featuring a lightweight construction and a breathable synthetic upper, the Zinal 2 Shoe is ready to put in the miles. A new stretch knit collar helps to keep debris out of our shoes, and an EVA midsole cushions our feet and helps to reduce fatigue. The Zinal2 Shoes feature a Vibram outsole that deploys their Megagrip tread compound and incorporates Vibram's Litebase and Traction Lugs for excellent grip on all trail conditions. 5mm lugs dig into the dirt for enhanced traction, and the shoe is made with recycled materials for an environmentally friendly construction.


  • Trail running shoe with an updated fit and features
  • Synthetic upper is lightweight and breathable
  • Stretch-knit collar keeps debris out of our shoes
  • Vibram Megagrip outsole features 5mm lugs for excellent grip
  • EVA midsole cushions our feet from impacts
  • Item #HOKZ087
Responsible Collection
Upper Material
recycled polyester
Vibram Megagrip with Litebase and Traction Lug
Support Type
Heel / Forefoot Height
run & training
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Overall Rating

3.5 based on 19 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 4 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 10 reviews

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2 out of 5 stars

January 18, 2024

Too hot, too many blisters

After 90 miles.. Good: Lightweight, snug fit, good foam.. Bad: Not breathable at all, laces poor, 5mm lugs too much, toe bumper like nothing.. Notice the description from Hoka does not mention breathable, they get really hot.. Consistently blisters after 6 miles, so these are regulated to short park runs on soft grass, turf. Lugs are peggy, poke into the feet on longer attempts, hard terrain.. If Hoka could improve air flow, lower lugs to 3.5mm, make toe bumper better, it would hit the bullseye..


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5 out of 5 stars

December 24, 2023

Don't knock them until you try them...

I had the original Zinals and when these came out I was protesting why would they change these. I wasn't going to buy the Zinal2 but I did and these things Rock and without any rocks getting in your shoes. The sock fit is great and these fit like a glove. They are comfortable, rugged and I think perform better than the original Zinal. And they are light weight which makes a difference on trail runs. I bought a half size up and they fit really good and I have a wider foot.


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2 out of 5 stars

October 26, 2023

I will not buy again. Looking for something more durable.

Not lasting. Worn four times on the trails. Name is already tearing off.


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1 out of 5 stars

September 27, 2023


couldn't tell the fit around the ankle from the pictures... not very comfortable at all. i'm a huge hoka fan but wont buy this model again

Sad Zinal

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5 out of 5 stars

September 16, 2023

Love this shoe.

I needed a new pair of shoes to tackle the Imogene pass trail race a few weeks ago and bought a pair of these Zinals. Great fit, light weight, and excellent traction.


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2 out of 5 stars

September 4, 2023

Same old problem

Looks great, feels incredibly light, and is plush without feeling unstable. Yet, Hoka just can't seem to figure out how to produce a true to size shoe, particularly in the toe box. After three short runs and less than 15 miles, I gave them away to a friend.


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5 out of 5 stars

August 11, 2023

Loooove Them!

Out of the box....8 miles 2000ft combined elevation gain/loss on rocky singletrack. What more do you want?


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5 out of 5 stars

August 10, 2023

Great choice

I bought these for my grandson that works as a patient care technician at a hospital. He walks around constantly for his 12 hour shift. He loves these shoes and said they are working great. He is very picky shoe person so I'm glad these are comfortable.


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3 out of 5 stars

July 23, 2023

So close to fantastic

There are many things to love about this shoe. Aggressive tread, light supple and durable upper, light weight, comfortable drop... On paper this is my perfect shoe as it easily doubles between a race shoe and a daily driver. The reality unfortunately is that there are a few shortcomings of this shoe that are hard to overlook, but if changed in V3 could make a truly fantastic shoe. Here are the things I would love to see updated: 1. Laces - the round laces cut into the top of the foot and don't stay tight leaving the shoe feeling either painfully tight, or mushy leaving toes hitting the sides and end of the shoe as the foot slides forward descending. Good news on this one, it's a cheap easy fix that makes the shoe 10x better just swapping to a flat lace. 2. Heel cup - Partially due to the original round lace, but more due to the limited lacing eyelet options my heel refuses to stay put solidly in the heel cup. The overall shape is decent, just doesn't have anything keeping it anchored back into the pocket. Even with an aftermarket insole, and the swapped flat lace it's not perfect leaving my toes with some rub spots after long descents despite 1cm+ in front of the toes when the heel is at the back. 3. The lug pattern of the outsole while being very grippy in most terrain has a tendency to hold mud and not clear between strides. I attribute this to the small spiky prominences added on the sides of the lugs. This adds grip, especially in grass which is great, but not worth the caked mud in my opinion. 4. The responsive foam in this shoe does not match the feel of other Hoka responsive shoes. The underfoot feel of the Zinal 2 is closer to the Speedgoat than it is to the TectonX. I would love to see the foam layup revamped slightly to have a little more energy/firmness in the toe off. Maybe the TectonX 2 and Zinal 2 can have a mashup for V3?! Overall I will keep running in these but won't be buying a second pair sadly.

Mtn Runner

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2 out of 5 stars

July 13, 2023

Inovation may lead to frustration :)

The only thing I liked about the updated Zinal (v2.0) was its looks. The elastic part around the ankle doesn't feel very comfy and the shoe had to go back. Went back to my great old Clifton 9 and got it in new color.

Doc Westwood

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