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HOKA ONE ONE ANACAPA MID GORE-TEX REVIEW

HOKA Anacapa Shoe Review

THE BUZZ

Cushion, comfort and SO much support – the new Hoka One One Anacapa is the hiking boot we’ve all been waiting for. It’s super lightweight, durable, waterproof and comes with that famous HOKA cushioning we all know and love, but now in hiker form!

WHAT’S NEW

The Hoka Anacapa GTX is an entirely new shoe from the brand and our testers believe HOKA really hit the mark with this one — it’s your gateway to the great outdoors! With great ankle support and a Vibram Megagrip outsole, this form-fitting hiker is great for a weekend day hike or full-on backpacking adventure.

Let’s not forget to mention the SUSTAINABILITY factor here! HOKA Anacapa Mid and Low GTX are both made with recycled materials including GORE-TEX fabric with leaf bootie, which is 45% recycled content by weight and has 71% recycled material in the face fabric.

Molded PU sockliners are derived from 50% soybean oil and the upper is made with Leather Working Group (LWG) Gold-rated waterproof nubuck leather. Additionally, there is recycled polyester materials in the collar, mesh and laces.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

When lacing up the Anacapa Mid GTX to hit the trails, the shoe checks all the boxes. Not only are they supremely waterproof (thanks, Gore-Tex!), but there was no “break in” time needed at all, which is fairly unheard of when it comes to good hiking boots.

They really do feel like a sneaker (with better ankle support!) but works more like a boot. Anacapa takes the lightweight, cushioned support and smooth ride you know from HOKA and turns it into a form-fitting, do-it-all hiking boot. Any distance, any weather, no problem.

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THE NITTY-GRITTY

Upper: 

  • Protected with PFC-Free water repellency treatment
  • Leather Working Group Gold-rated waterproof nubuck leather
  • Quick lace hook hardware
  • Gusseted tongue to mitigate trail debris
  • Recycled polyester content in collar, mesh and laces
  • GORE-TEX footwear fabric with recycled textile designed to keep feet dry and comfortable
  • Molded PU sockliner derived from 50% soybean oil

Midsole:

  • Compression molded EVA midsole for a balanced, cushioned ride
  • Extended heel designed for smoother impact

Outsole:

  • Vibram®️ Megagrip rubber with 5mm lugs
  • Late stage Meta-Rocker

HOKA ANACAPA MID GORE-TEX TECH SPECS

HOKA Anacapa tech specs

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HOKA ONE ONE RINCON 3 REVIEW

Hoka One One Rincon 3 Review

THE BUZZ

Light, cushy and fast, the Hoka One One Rincon 3 is a lively and versatile neutral-oriented shoe at a budget-friendly price. It has an exceptional cushion-to-weight ratio and serves up an easy-rolling ride.

The Rincon 3 is a great shoe for long runs, speedier workouts and recovery jogs. It can be an everyday training shoe or your shoe of choice for up-tempo running.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

WHAT’S NEW

Although the updates to the Rincon 3 seem minor, small changes to the midsole, outsole and upper have made a noticeable impact.

The best aspect about those changes is that it’s made the Rincon 3 nearly a half-ounce lighter than the previous version, which is pleasantly surprising given the how light and agile the Rincon 2 felt.

The single-layer compression molded EVA midsole offers excellent shock absorption, ample softness and a touch of responsiveness. While the midsole/outsole geometry is the same as the previous edition, the chassis has been tweaked with some new midsole foam sculpting for more consistent compression and a notch off the back of the heel for lateral decoupling.

The Rincon features a thin, smooth a very lightly padded tongue with an asymmetrical design that allows for optimal fit on each foot. It’s not gusseted but it does promote a snug, comfortable fit over the top of the foot.

The new upper is only slightly different than the previous edition, but its sleeker and provides a more secure fit than that of the Rincon 2 and is similarly ventilated. The biggest change to the upper is the heel pull tab, which is now made from a thin, sturdy cord instead of a wide fabric band.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Rincon 3 fits true to size and similar to last year’s edition, with a medium volume from heel to toe. There’s a snug and secure feeling in the heel and at the arch/saddle area, but it’s slightly roomier in the forefoot for the toes to wiggle and splay.

The interior is comfortable but not overly padded or plush, just some extra padding in the rear foot and around the heel collar. The first thing you notice when you lace up a pair of Rincon 3 is how well-cushioned they are, but also how impossibly light and nimble they feel.

The midsole is squishy soft, but the ride is very lively and agile. It doesn’t produce a bouncy sensation, but more of a fluid, rolling motion that comes from the rockered geometry of the outsole-midsole undercarriage.

It is exquisitely soft and smooth from heel to toe, with a mildly responsive feeling in every stride.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate featherweight training shoes with a lot of cushioning will love the Rincon 3. It has the rare combination of near-maximal cushioning and a light and zesty vibe that inspires quick-cadence running.

It’s comfortable for long runs and quick and agile enough for any type of faster workout, from tempo runs to short intervals, or even short races.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

HOKA RINCON 3 PROS

It’s hard to believe a shoe with this much cushioning can be this light. HOKA somehow made this shoe a tad lighter than last year, and that’s great news because lighter is always better. The weight savings came from more aggressive midsole sculpting and cutouts to reduce the amount of material, the new outsole rubber configuration and a more streamlined upper.

HOKA has continued to revise its early-state rocker geometry for quicker heel-toe transitions, giving the Rincon 3 edition a slightly quicker and faster feeling. It doesn’t have the energy return as some of its contemporaries with carbon-fiber plates or advanced foams, but few shoes are as effortlessly smooth as this one.

The outsole of the Rincon 3 actually has a similar amount of durable rubber as the previous editions, but it is spread out over a new zonal pattern for greater durability and more effective traction. Like the previous versions of the shoe, there is a lot of exposed foam under the foot, but it’s not located in high-impact areas so excessive wear shouldn’t impact the ride or performance of the shoe.

At just $115, the Rincon 3 offers a lot of bang for the buck. It’s high on value and long on comfort and performance for a fraction of the price of some of its contemporaries. It doesn’t skimp on quality, but instead benefits from a stripped-down design ethos that eliminates unnecessary materials to ensure the Rincon 3 has a lightweight and lithe demeanor.

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HOKA RINCON 3 CONS

There aren’t any major drawbacks to the Rincon 3, but it’s important to note that it doesn’t offer much in the way of structure or support, so it’s only recommended for runners with a neutral gait who are light on their feet.

Also, if it’s used as a daily trainer, the long-term durability will likely be shortened as is common with most lightweight shoes.

HOKA RINCON 3 TECH SPECS

Hoka Rincon 3 Tech Specs

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HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 8 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 8 is a fast, cushy and comfortable maximally cushioned everyday trainer. The Clifton is the shoe that really started the max-cushion shoe revolution a decade ago and now the eighth version raises the bar to new levels.

Our wear-testers believe the HOKA Clifton 8 is the best version of the Clifton yet.

HOKA Clifton 8 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The Clifton 8 continues upon its past success, delivering an even softer, smoother ride than its predecessor.

A new, ultralight midsole foam, an updated engineered mesh upper, a revised outsole and a refined heel pull tab are some of the other highlights of this exceptional update.

The slightly updated engineered mesh upper is even more comfortable and secure than last year’s and equally as breathable. Plus, it provides better hold for a wider range of foot shapes and gait patterns.

The flat-waisted outsole is slightly wider than last year’s version, giving it a touch more inherent stability. There is a new hollowed out heel for a decoupling effect to smooth  the impacts of heel striking and there are new flex grooves that allow easier flexing during the second half of a stride.

Segments of rubber under the forefoot and heel for traction interspersed with exposed foam in between to keep the weight down.

The new midsole material is made from a new EVA foam compound that’s 15 percent lighter than the previous Clifton midsole.

It has a bit more pop than previous version, but it’s not exceptional springy or bouncy.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The fit of the Clifton 8 is true to size with a medium to slightly narrow interior volume and a new curled design at the heel tab that reduces pressure against the Achilles tendon. (The Clifton is also available in a secondary width for men and women, too.)

The step-in feel is plush and luxurious — a soft sensation feeling and smooth and comfortable wrapping sensation from the upper. That’s similar to the previous two editions of the Clifton, so if you liked those appreciate this edition as well.

What sets this version of the Clifton apart are the ride and the vibe. The softer, lighter midsole foam make this shoe feel faster and more nimble for all types of running.

It feels slightly more energetic than the previous versions of the Clifton, but the ride is all about soft, shock-absorbing comfort. 

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

C’mon, who wouldn’t like the Clifton 8? Just as HOKA changed the game with the original Clifton, the eighth edition can be a game-changer for just about any runner.

It’s light and soft enough to run fast and long, but cushy enough to run slower over any distance. New runners, runners who appreciate soft cushioning or light shoes and competitive runners should all like this shoe for the comfort and agility it provides.

It could definitely be a race-day shoe for 10K to the half marathon (and maybe the marathon for runners who are strong and stable), but it really excels as an everyday trainer.

HOKA Clifton 8 Review Pros

PROS: HOKA CLIFTON 8

As with all HOKA shoes, the Clifton 8 features the brand’s early stage Meta-Rocker profile design. That feature produces a rolling sensation in every stride that both reduces the ground force impact and eases the foot’s transition to the toe-off phase.

The Clifton 8 is a vegan-certified shoe, which means it is made from 100 percent vegan materials.  The lightweight combination of softness, liveliness and comfort allow the Clifton to be a stunning everyday trainer.

It feels good running shorter or slower, but it feels exceptional when you bump up the pace for tempo runs or intervals. And most runners will enjoy this for longer runs between 10 and 20 miles.

HOKA Clifton 8 Review Cons

CONS: HOKA CLIFTON 8

There aren’t many knocks against the Clifton 8, but neutral runners who prefer or need more stability for longer runs might find it slightly less stable than they’d like.

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HOKA Clifton 8 tech specs

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HOKA ATHLETE INTERVIEW: CE’AIRA BROWN

Former NCAA All-American and 2016 Olympic trials qualifier, Ce’Aira Brown joins Ali on the Run to talk about her running journey and her career.

From the Podcast: Ce’Aira Brown wants you to know that she’s still running. She’s still training (alongside Ajeé Wilson), and she’s still staying true to her “talk less, grind more” mentality. (And when she’s not on the run training for the 800m or 1500m, she’s on the runway, modeling.)

HOKA Ce'aira Brown | Ali on the Run

So why don’t people think she’s running? Because you’re pretty unlikely to see a lot of running “content” on her Instagram feed. But Ce’Aira promises, she’s more in it than ever.

In honor of International Women’s Day, she talks about the women who inspire her, and she talks about being a role model herself. She explains why, after running a 2:02 season opener in Austin two weeks ago, she’s “not satisfied, but hungry,” talks about the power of positivity and hard work, and talks about how she’s built mental strength and confidence.

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ABOUT ALI : Ali is the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. Ali is also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia!

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HOKA Mach 4 Review

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HOKA MACH 4 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The HOKA Mach 4 is lightweight, smooth-riding, neutral-oriented everyday training shoe that gives off a soft, lively vibe. It has enough comfort, versatility and giddy-up to handle the rigors of all types of workouts.

Based on the improvements, overall design and our wear-testing experiences, we believe this will to be one of the best models of early 2021.

HOKA Mach 4 Review

WHAT’S NEW

There’s a new engineered mesh upper on this shoe, an updated midsole foam formulation (a new swallowtail design at the back) and a smoother, softer and more energetic ride. The updates have taken this shoe in a much better direction than the firmer and clunkier previous edition. The HOKA Mach 4 is now a stellar shoe in every regard.

Combined with the rocker geometry and the swallowtail design at the back of the heel, the Mach 4 provides easy landings and smooth transitions into an energetic boost at the toe-off point of a stride.

The midsole/outsole structure of the Mach 4 has flared design that results in a slightly wider footprint. It adds a touch of inherent stability — though not enough for overpronating runners. The swallowtail cut in the rear of the heel creates a decoupling effect to provide semi-custom foot strike force attenuation.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Mach 4 fits true to size with medium-width interior in the heel and saddle but a tiny bit more room in the forefoot. The step-in feeling is soft and secure with a very noticeable lightweight sensation the moment you start running in them. 

You can feel the cushioning, but there’s a hint of proprioceptive feel for the ground in the forefoot. The relatively thin, gusseted tongue contributes to the snug, glove-like fit. The padding in the collar and a flared heel tab are creature comforts typically found in more expensive shoes. 

The Mach 4 features a Meta-Rocker design geometry and a slightly beveled, swallowtail heel that create a rolling effect as the foot transitions from touch-down to toe-off. 

The ride is incredibly smooth from heel to toe, but the step-in softness gives way to a slightly firmer sensation and a noticeable pop of energy in the forefoot.

HOKA Mach 4 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who enjoy light, soft and lively shoes will really enjoy running in the Mach 4. It’s not quite a maximally cushioned shoe, but it’s not quite a lightweight performance-oriented trainer, either. 

It’s versatile enough to run long, run fast, run slow and just about everything in between. It could also be a good choice for racing from 5K to the half marathon. For runners who like Hoka’s Clifton shoes, there’s a good chance you’ll like this model even more because it’s lighter and livelier.

HOKA Mach 4 Review

PROS: HOKA MACH 4

The juice of this shoe is in the dual-density midsole. The top layer utilizes Hoka’s ProFly technology, which is softer in the rear and firmer in the forefoot. The bottom layer is Hoka’s rubberized EVA foam that’s provides a little bit of stability and a little bit of bounce. 

The new upper does an amazing job of providing a glove-like, contoured fit for just about any foot shape. It’s a tad bit thicker than some upper materials so the breathability isn’t as optimal as some other models, but it won’t be an issue unless you’re running in very hot conditions.

The outsole is devoid any rubber at all and instead is comprised entirely of exposed midsole foam. That means it’s a lot lighter and more agile, but it also means the durability and traction isn’t on par with shoes with rubber outsole treads. It’s a trade-off you have to consider, but as a light, performance-oriented shoe we think it’s an ideal makeup.

HOKA Mach 4 Review

CONS: HOKA MACH 4

There are no noticeable negative marks for this shoe. If we’re being picky, we’d suggest that the biggest detractor is that the shoelaces are excessively long. 

TECH SPECS

HOKA Mach 4 Tech Specs

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HOKA TO LAUNCH CARBON X 2 AT 100K WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

What better way to launch a new long-distance racing shoe than to stage a world-record attempt to prove how fast it is? Introducing Project Carbon X 2.

HOKA ONE ONE will launch its new, fast and efficient Carbon X 2 carbon-fiber racing shoe with a multinational assault on the 100K world record on Jan. 23 in Phoenix, Ariz. and Chiba, Japan.

TWO RUNS, TWO CONTINENTS

With 62.2 miles of race-pace running, the Project Carbon X 2 event will be no small task. HOKA-sponsored ultrarunners Jim Walmsley, Camille Herron, Elov Olsson and Caitriona Jennings will be going after the record at 7 a.m. PST in Phoenix, while Japanese runners Aiko Kanematsu and Yoshiki Otsuka will be racing the same distance at 7 a.m. JST in Japan.

The current men’s 100K world record is 6:09:14. This is a blazing 5 minutes, 56.5 seconds per mile pace – set by Japan’s Nao Kazami in 2018. The women’s mark is 6:33:11 (6:19 mile pace), set by Japan’s Tomoe Abe in 2000.

Two years ago when HOKA launched the original Carbon X carbon-fiber racing shoe, Walmsley set a new world-best for 50 miles. He clocked a 4:50:08 at a similar ultra-distance time trial in Sacramento, Calif. HOKA says the new shoe is slightly lighter and faster with a smoother, more propulsive ride.

The U.S. event will be live-streamed for free at hokaoneone.com and the Japan event will be live-streamed for free at hokaoneone.jp.

Project Carbon X 2

HOKA CARBON X 2

The Carbon X 2 has updated curvy carbon-fiber plate technology, a lighter, softer and more resilient midsole foam package. The upper features a cleaner design to match the upgrade to the engine. It weighs 8.4 ounces (Men’s 9), a 5mm heel-to-toe offset and an MSRP of $180.

“At HOKA, we have grown into the brand we are today by setting lofty goals, not compromising, and taking a bold and unexpected approach to meet those ends,” says Mike McManus, Director of Global Sports Marketing at HOKA ONE ONE.

“Perhaps no shoe embodies that spirit better than the Carbon X 2 – designed without compromise to offer the very best in performance innovation to all athletes, empowering them to fly no matter their goals – and perhaps no event embodies it better than Project Carbon X 2: a chance for some of our elite athletes to try and go farther and faster than we once thought possible.”

HOW TO WATCH PROJECT CARBON X 2


Project Carbon X 2 will be live-streamed from the Phoenix, Arizona area starting at 7AM MST on January 23 at hokaoneone.com/project-carbon-x-2 ; and from Chiba, Japan at 2PM PST on January 22 (7AM local time January 23) at hokaoneone.jp/project-carbon-x-2.