Comments: Really enjoyed my Bondi 2s, so naturally replaced them with the 3. Very disappointed - why make a very thick, cushioned shoe and then basically put a thin flap of fabric where the tongue should be?! The lacing eyelets rubbed so much on the top of my foot I had to return them after 1 run. Horrible. Looks like they went back to more of a padded tongue on the 4 - hopeful.
From: Chris. February 20th 2015
Comments: Just trying out a pair of the Bondi 3's. Toe box seems about the same as the 2's to me. I wore holes in the bunion area in the 2's but can't tell if this will hold up better or worse. The un-padded tounge is not a problem initially. Don't know about the speed laces cause you can't use the back eyelet with these and tucking the excess in is a pain. Main problem so far is the ankle area lost a lot of the cushion and is rubbing pretty bad just walking around the house. Gonna try to see if it breaks in as I have no other shoe choices at the moment.
From: Bob, NJ, USA. February 4th 2015
Comments: the key to the new Hokas longevity is the sole. just look at the pictures of the sole . if you see midsole color - that is soft and will be wearing down. so if you look at the bondi 3, it is going to wear down in the white area. the mafate speed is way worse - way more midsole color showing. on the other hand the stinson lite and ATR should wear nicely. bottom line - it would appear that if you want a long wearing shoe avoid the mafate speed and the bondi 3.
From: Bill, Folsom, CA, USA. December 30th 2014
Comments: I am an ultra runner and purchased these for this seasons races (50k, 50M, 100K, and 100M). First, let me say that I am a BIG Hoka fan and have completed many ultras in a pair of Stinson Tarmac. After running less than a hundred miles on both roads and trails, the midsoles have worn completely down! I took advantage of Running Warehouse return policy and returned these shoes. I purchased these shoes for the styling, colors and the Hoka comfort. The shoes are very well made and are extremely light. I love the quick release shoe strings but had to cut them off and used the shoe strings supplied. There were no break in period with these shoes; I was able to go out and run a 6 miler on the first run at a 7:30 pace. If it wasn't for the fact that the treads won't last me for what I will be doing, I reluctantly returned these shoes. Thank you Running Warehouse! I will buy all my running shoes from you guys and have recommended you to many of my friends. Keep up the good work.
From: HoustonUltrarunner, Houston, TX, USA. October 17th 2014
Comments: Had 2 pairs of Bondi 2's that ripped on the side. Got these and though the improved materials, it feels quite different. I cut off the elastic bands on the tongue and used regular laces to get the fit I needed. Bottom of the shoes seems to wear quickly, at least aesthetically. Overall with the personal modifications and about 80-100 miles on them, they feel good.
From: Bri, Fremont, CA, USA. August 4th 2014
Comments: I should have checked out the reviews before I bought the Bondi 3 to replace my Bondi 2's (which I loved). The Bondi 3 is much wider than the previous version and don't hold my feet as well no matter how tight I cinch the shoes. My feet were moving around way too much. Also, the area around the ankle is different--loose. With my feet moving around so much, combined with a loose fitting ankle area, I experienced painful rubbing. Hoka really missed the boat on this one.
From: Matt, Chesterfield, MO, USA. August 1st 2014
Comments: The Bondi 2 was my all-time favorite shoe for long runs. It was light, comfortable, had massive amounts of cushion, low drop, stable....you name it. I recently picked up a pair of Bondi 3's to replace my trusty 2's. All I know is that they took a brilliant shoe and made it unusable. The upper is different and is now stiff. It doesn't feel nearly as cushioned. Worst of all they gave me blisters. In my entire running career this is the first shoe to give me blisters. Oh, and the speed laces? Terrible. I returned the shoe and am going to check out the Stinson and Conquest. Hopefully one of them has the mojo of the Bondi 2. I'm so disappointed with this shoe.
From: Dave, San Francisco, CA, USA. June 20th 2014
Comments: With just under a hundred miles, I am almost completely through the tread at the midfoot.
From: Anonymous. June 12th 2014
Comments: I like them but I've only ran probably around 120 miles on them and the tread is going on the bottom. They won't last as long as other shoes I've had.
From: Matt, Solvang, CA, USA. June 2nd 2014
Comments: I purchased this new Hoka model and have been an avid Hoka user for the last 3+ years. A major concern I have for this specific model is the material that resides just under the ankle. This section of the shoe rubs against both ankles, creating enough discomfort under the ankle to rate this Hoka a "caution". After a few miles both ankles are sore from the constant rubbing. I have not had this issue with any other Hoka model.
From: Lee, Granite Bay, CA, USA. May 13th 2014
Comments: My Hokas Bondi 3 are awesome. I use them for road and trail. They hold up to the high mileage very well!
From: JP. May 7th 2014
Comments: Though the fit was wide and because the material is so soft, it didnt hold the foot securely. Because of this, I didnt keep them so I cant comment any further.
From: Joe, NJ, USA. May 2nd 2014