FIRST LOOK – HOKA MACH 2 & CAVU 2
by MELANIE MITCHELL | FEB 13TH, 2019
FIRST LOOK: HOKA ONE ONE MACH 2 & CAVU 2
RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 2019
Hoka One One has always been known for its cushioned, super lightweight running shoes for trail and road running. Growing upon their bestselling original styles, last year saw the launch of a brand new collection, the FLY, to broaden the appeal and offer more options to runners of all kinds. Read about the original concept of the FLY collection on our earlier JackRabbit blog.
The Hoka FLY collection matures with the second release in 2019 of the Cavu and the Mach. Both styles have been refined and ready to uplift your run.
The first reiteratino of the Hoka Mach was originally a nod back to the Hoka Clayton. The Cavu is an all purpose training and post-training shoe and is one of the lightest shoes in the FLY collection.
Read on to experience our first look at the new editions.
FEATURES: THE HOKA MACH 2 AND CAVU 2
Hoka One One Mach 2:Lightweight performance
‘The only thing that is constant is change.’ And the Mach 2 from Hoka bought into that constant and in 2019 it sports a completely new rendition. And this change is good.
The first reiteration of the Mach was a nod back to the original Hoka Clayton. The Mach 2 has been completely retooled, now sitting on a new rubberized foam PROFLY duel density midsole that allows the shoe to be lighter and more responsive.
The Hoka Mach 2 is one of the most versatile shoes out of the Hoka FLY collection that can be used as a lightweight trainer and race-day shoe, or in the gym lateral side to side movement or weight lifting shoe thanks to the 5mm drop.
If you were a fan of the Mach and/or original Clayton, we recommend taking the Mach 2 for a test run for a more forgiving and smoother running shoe with the dynamic bounce you expect from the Hoka line.
Hoka One One Cavu 2:Versatility for training and post-race
Similar to the Mach 2, the second year of the Cavu also brings in the PROFLY midsole.
The Cavu is one of the most approachable shoes in the FLY line from Hoka One One and is the lightest shoe in the collection at a breathtaking 7.2 ounces.
The new 2019 Cavu 2 features careful rubberized foam in high wear areas adding to the versatility of wear.If you’re new to Hoka One One brand, the Cavu is a great place to start to appreciate the lightness of foot Hoka is so well known for.
The upper of the Cavu 2 is designed to be more breathable which not only makes for a more comfortable wear experience, it has the added bonus of helping the shoe to weigh in a whole ounce lighter than its predecessor, making the Cavu 2 a better shoe for training and tempo runs.
JACKRABBIT: STAFF REVIEWS
HOKA ONE ONE: MACH 2
AMY: GYM TRAINER
The Mach 2 is my new fave running shoe! It’s extremely lightweight, comfortable, and breathable. The colors are on point too – definitely the best looking HOKAS I’ve seen yet. Low profile which I like, yet they don’t ever seem like they’re going to slip off. I wear these primarily for the gym, but they’re great running shoes as well; all around very versatile shoe. The only downside is that they are too big. I had to size down a half size to get the right fit.
DENA: INJURED RUNNER
After running and walking in the HOKA Mach 2, I have to say I was impressed! I am a runner when I’m not injured. I loved how they supported my arch when my foot hit the ground. The weight of the shoe is very light and I think it may have helped my running time? Being at home and walking around in the Mach 2, I would forget I had shoes on. I would recommend the Mach 2 to anybody but especially to those who want a light and supportive shoe to stand in or to those who have foot/arch issues. I would, however, recommend getting a shoe size smaller than you normally wear and expect to have the width of the shoe wider than an average running shoe.
MICHAEL: STAIR RUNNER
I run up and down the stairs at the parking garage across the street. My car is on the 4th floor so it’s plenty to get my heart rate up. I was already a big fan of Hoka’s, the Hoka Fly are my third pair and I can honestly say that these did not disappoint. These are very comfortable and supportive, much like my other Hokas. I also love the look, my Hokas are my go-to when I want to add some color to my day.
MICHELLE: YOGI AND WALKER
My running style could be described as tortoise in mud (so very slow and primarily walking). I tried the Hoka One One Mach 2 in Medieval Blue/Very Berry and I’ve already gotten a lot of compliments on how they look. I noticed the Mach 2’s ran a full size too long for me. I am pretty consistently a women’s size 10 with wide feet, and I sized down to a 9 and still had a little room to spare.
The sole of the shoe is larger than the normal footprint, so I felt more stability. I was able to do standing quad stretches and balancing yoga poses like tree pose and felt stable. There is not a lot of cushion to this shoe, it is lightweight but firmer with a bit of arch support, which added to the stability and responsiveness of the shoe. The shoe is great for the dry road, but it was a little sketchy in the snow, so I would be wary of it in the winter with unpredictable weather.
HOKA ONE ONE: CAVU 2
LAURA – TRAIL RUNNER (AND ROAD IN WINTER)
Workouts: I did an 8 mile run on the treadmill when it was too cold to consider going outside and then over the weekend took the Hoka Cavu 2 to the track for some 400-meter reps. The 8 miles in the Cavu felt really good! A bit more minimalist than I was initially expecting, but after the first 10 minutes I became more comfortable with the fit and it provided just enough support to feel a fast and quick turnover. The knit is really nice and kept my feet feeling fresh during both runs.
Pros: Aesthetically I really liked the color and the relatively minimalist look. The fit around the midsole and heel were really comfortable and felt secure during my runs. I also walked around quite a lot in them and felt comfortable the whole time. The biggest thing I liked was that the “break in” period was essentially non-existent! Also really liked how snug or loose I could make the midsole area
Cons: The toebox was really big and that was annoying. Probably wouldn’t use it as a daily trainer.
VINCENT: YOGI AND RUNNER
Details of my test runs: I stuck to my standard running routes to compare them to the XC Flats I normally run in. Routes includes pavement and some smooth dirt surfaces, three to five miles in length, three different runs.
Pros: The shoe provided padding without being too thick. I could still feel contact with the ground and felt in control of my steps. It’s a phenomenal improvement verses traditional shoes less than a decade ago. It’s also very light, and doesn’t have “geriatric” appearance, which was a complaint I’ve heard from other runners about similar HOKA models.
Cons: The shoes’ cushioning created bounce with each step; my preference is a hard connection with the ground. A bouncing step does mean extra work for a runner. I’m not sure if the bounce diminishes when the shoe is broken in.
The runner I am: I’m flat-footed so I’m a minimalist runner. I trained extensively with barefoot runner gurus Michael Sandler, Jessica Lee-Sandler and professional sprinter Steven Sahsen. I literally ran barefoot for over five years as traditional running shoes (circa 2009) hurt my feet and caused me to have hip & knee pain. I later ran in sandals (Xero Shoes brand) and continue to favor XC flats(Saucony Kilkenny).