HOKA ONE ONE RINCON- SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | JULY, 2019
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Introducing the HOKA Rincon
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop HOKA Rincon
- About the Author
The HOKA Rincon has been a highly anticipated new style this year. It's a best-in-category style inspired by the waves of the world-famous Ricon surf beach, this super-light style is a an effortlessly soft option that gives a speedy boost for both training and racing.
HOKA fans will love this new addition to the line and those ready to try a cushioned race shoe will be impressed that its just simply… fast!
Guest reviewer Brian Metzler took the Rincon through its paces and declares it's 'one of the best shoes of the year'.
The Rincon is a brand new shoe in Hoka’s line; it's a lightweight, soft and smooth-riding shoe that’s cushioned enough for long training runs yet fast enough for up-tempo training and all-out racing.
Although the HOKA Rincon has a relatively no-nonsense design, it’s how the combination of its cushioning, upper and design ethos that make the Rincon a special shoe—and definitely one of the best shoes of the year.
Read on to learn all you need to know about the brand new HOKA Rincon.
WHAT'S NEW: HOKA RINCON
Everything is new about this flyweight shoe is new. With the Rincon, HOKA combined the airy magic of its Clifton training shoe with some of the design ethos of its racing flats to make the Rincon feel impossibly light for how much cushioning it has.
Like all HOKA shoes, the Rincon’s midsole/outsole chassis has a rockered (concave) profile that creates a smooth, rolling sensation no matter where your foot hits the ground. The rocker design of the Rincon is accentuated even more, which means it is smooth at high speed as it is at warm-up or recovery pace.
Although it’s not a stability shoe, the HOKA Rincon’s wide footprint and flared midsole/outsole undercarriage offers a twinge of inherent stability—more so than recent models of HOKA's Clifton shoe, for example—by providing more ground contact with every stride.
It’s also one of the most flexible shoes HOKA has ever made.
The HOKA Rincon fits narrow in the rear but slightly roomy in the forefoot, almost to the point of feeling a tad long. The lacing system, lightweight but supportive upper and asymmetrical design helps keep the foot snug to the midsole as it transitions from touch-down to toe-off.
The HOKA Rincon doesn’t have a plush interior like some trainers, but the modestly padded tongue, sockliner and heel collar are provide enough coziness for long-haul comfort.
What really sets the HOKA Rincon apart from the competition is the buttery smooth and very balanced ride it exudes. What the foam package lacks in bouncy, resiliency is more than made up for by the smooth weightlessness from the less-is-more design, rockered profile and copious amount of featherweight cushioning.
Our wear-testers appreciated the outstanding weight-to-cushion ratio in the latter miles of long runs and the versatile range of speeds the Rincon offers. The extra space in the forefoot is greatly appreciated while running at higher speeds because it gives the toes room to splay out and maximize forward propulsion at as the foot lifts off the ground.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
The HOKA Rincon will appeal to runners who appreciate a light, airy sensation under their feet, no matter how fast or slow they intend to run in it.
The HOKA Rincon is a softer shoe geared toward neutral runners, but it has just a hint of firmness and energy return that allows it to be versatile for a wide range of workouts.
PROS AND CONS OF THE HOKA RINCON
Pros: HOKA Rincon
While the Rincon isn’t an all-out racing flat, it does inspire speed. Our wear-testers appreciated the ease of switching gears from slower to faster paces and really enjoyed tempo runs and fartlek workouts in this shoe.
The accentuated heel pull-tab, semi-firm internal heel counter and the single-layer, one-piece upper design are simple but impressive features that add to the Rincon’s overall appeal.
At $115, this shoe is a huge bargain, both because of its versatility and its overall quality. There really aren’t many premium features on this shoe, but the ride and performance are extraordinary.
Cons: HOKA Rincon
Designers kept the weight of the HOKA Rincon very low by using only small, smartly placed segments of carbon rubber on the outsole.
That leaves a good amount of exposed foam hitting the pavement on every footstrike, which, given this shoe’s versatility as an do-everything, everyday trainer could reduce its long-term durability.
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.”