HOKA ONE ONE ELEVON 2- SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | JAN, 2020
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: Hoka Elevon 2?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Hoka Elevon 2
- About the Author
JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler reports on the second reiteration of the Elevon, a style that supports and cushions, a rare combo to find.
The Hoka One One Elevon 2 is a durable, lightweight, smooth-riding running shoe that delivers ample cushioning and comfort for a wide range of runners.
Although it’s a neutral shoe, the sturdy exo-skeleton undercarriage frame cradles the foot and offers a noticeable amount of inherent stability and springy cushion.
WHAT'S NEW: HOKA ELEVON 2
The biggest update to this year’s model is a new, engineered mesh upper reinforced with 3D printed overlays that provide for additional midfoot support and lockdown for a more secure feel that the previous models.
An updated foam package on the Hoka Elevon 2 adds additional springiness to every step.
The components of the bottom of the shoe are key to its performance. That includes the beveled, extended heel that provides additional cushioning and smooth transitions, the transparent crystal rubber for added grip and a clean aesthetic and smartly placed flex grooves in the forefoot for the natural, dynamic movements of your feet.
The fit of the Hoka Elevon 2 is snug in the heel but has a slightly roomier volume in the saddle and forefoot. The updated second version feels much like previous editions when you lace it up, with a thickly cushioned midsole that feels like you’re running on foamy mattresses under your feet.
Although there are many other maximally cushioned shoes to chose, the ride of the Hoka Elevon 2 feels especially stable because of the plastic reinforced frame under the rear of the shoe.
The maximally cushioned undercarriage and the rockered outsole design (Hoka calls it “Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry”) combine to create a smooth, rolling sensation from the moment your foot touches the ground to the moment it lifts off to begin a new stride.
The Hoka Elevon 2's dual-layered midsole stands out visually and offers a unique approach to cushioning and stability. The Profly topsole is softer in the heel for extra cushioning and firmer in the forefoot for added propulsion.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
Runners who appreciate the combination of a soft, smooth ride but also need a bit of inherent stability in the latter miles of a run will really like the Hoka Elevon 2.
Usually more stable shoes that are as cushioned as they are stable are hard to come by. The Hoka Elevon 2 checks that box.
PROS AND CONS OF THE HOKA ELEVON 2
Pros:Hoka Elevon 2
The Hoka Elevon 2 is a fairly lightweight shoe, especially for its considerable girth. The men’s version tips the scales at just over 10 ounces (size 9), but it feels light the moment you lace it up and even lighter when you start running.
There are a handful of small, well-designed features that really make this shoe exceptional. That includes a gusseted, asymmetrical tongue with strategic cutouts for breathability, lacing eye-rows with a small winged feature to ensure an optimal fit and a mildly reinforced toe cap that protects toes from debris and stubbed toes.
Our wear-testers consider this an ideal shoe for long runs, moderately paced runs and recovery runs. However, it doesn’t have a of giddy up for faster workouts and shorter races, but it’s proficient for tempo runs and progression runs.
Cons: Hoka Elevon 2
The only moderate drawback to the HOKA Elevon 2 is that the high cushioning underfoot tends to reduce the proprioceptive feel for the ground.
If you don’t mind not “feeling” the road as much, you’ll love this shoe. If you want an intimate connection to the ground, you might not feel quite as comfortable in this model.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”