Comments: Very disappointed in the overall durability of the shoes. Hoka claims these things are going to last 700+ miles, but at less than 300 my toe boxes are both ripping out and the tread is pretty much gone. Very comfortable shoes but don't buy thinking they are going to last any longer than any other shoe.
From: Paul, Vernon, CT USA
Comments: I've had my Bondis for a year now, so I thought I would update my earlier review. Other people have had durability issues, but I have at least 400 miles on mine and I feel like they have several hundred miles left in them. I only weigh 150 lbs, and I land on the midsole (rather than the forefoot or heel) so the wear on the bottom is very even. If you are a heavy runner and a heel striker I'm sure the heel will wear out fast, b/c the outsole is soft. But what do you expect from a shoe the size of a loaf of bread that weighs under 10 oz? If you are considering Hokas and trying to figure out which one to get, the Bondis are closest thing to normal shoes in the lineup. But these are not just regular shoes with an extra inch of cushioning. They are engineered very differently, and you really ride IN them. Hard to explain, and it took me a quite while to get used to, but now they are my go-to shoes for everything except fast-paced runs. There is no question that running in these is less fatiguing than any other shoe I have had in 30+ years of distance running. They are also the only low-drop shoe I can wear that does not give me calf issues. Something about that rocker motion: you don't "push-off" in these shoes, you just cruise. Strap on your Hokas and an iPod and the miles just tick by. One more thing: the Bondis are great for roads and groomed trails, but for technical stuff you need the trail Hokas. They are very different. I would not run rocky, uneven trails in these.
From: Eric, San Diego
Comments: I was reluctant to try these. They look ridiculous. The fact that they are so successful with such an ugly shoe should tell a person something. So I gave the Hokas a shot. Wow! Similar to other comments, I can't run faster than in my standard shoes, but I can run farther without tiring out. And the most amazing part is that you increase mileage and recover quickly. I can run 10-15 miles one day and turn around and do it again the next day with no problems! That wasn't even something I would have thought much about trying with my regular shoes. Fit seems good for my wider feet. I think the fit will be good for a lot of different foot types. For negatives, there are only a few small things. First, the wet traction on cement isn't great. The mid-foot treads will wear quickly, but it doesn't seem to have any effect on performance. It's also not a track shoe. It's a one-tricky-pony, sure, but it's a great trick!
From: Nate, Des Moines, IA
Comments: Ran for the first time today in a pair of Hoka Bondi 2s. It was like running on a cloud. It is amazing how light the shoe feels. It was only 5 miles but it was fun. The way they feel will help you get over how they look.
From: Ben, Pickerington, Ohio, USA
Comments: This shoe feels so great and will allow you to run longer with less fatigue and quicker recovery. Seriously, all of this is true. The downfall is the Bondi 2's will blow out in less than 100 miles. Better off going with the Bondi Speed, the Stinson EVO, or a pair of older, less beathable but more durable Bondi's. I wanted to run in this shoe and only this shoe, hopefully they can resolve the problems with the upper for the new model.
From: Trails, Portland, OR, US
Comments: I am a heavier runner (210 lbs) preparing for an Ironman. I got these on a strong recommendation from a teammate that uses them with great success. Within a few weeks of use, I found myself doubling my weekly distance and cutting time off my mile pace. I was also noticing less of the aches and pains that I just attributed to being 43 years old. I am pleased to report I am still back at Running Warehouse ordering my second pair of Bondi 2.
From: Kdub, Seattle
Comments: Formerly an aspiring ultrarunner, I bought these after I had back surgery for a blown disk earlier this year and needed to start running again very slowly, cautiously and with lowest possible impact. The Bondi 2 are helping me get back in the swing of things. Because of the low heel I can run with good form and midfoot strike. The cushioning and rocker allow for a smooth, effortless gait. My back is happy, and I have none of my customary aches and pains in my foot, anke, achilles, and IT band. Strange though this may sound, these shoes allow me to run very slowly (12+ min/mile) better and more efficiently than any other shoe I've tried. That's key for my current medical condition, and I should think it would come in very handy on a 100-miler when all you need to do is keep going. I'm sold on the concept. Give me a couple months, and I should be back to 60-mile weeks.
From: Uli, Elmhurst, IL
Comments: Thought I'd give these newer Hokas a try. I had the Stinson Tramac model and did not like them. The Bondis feel like a different shoe to me -- feels a lot more flexible, and it seems the heel is not as wide and pronounced as on the Stinson Tarmac. First run did a hilly 8 much faster than I expected. These shoes are very comfortable and the ride is great! I had no problem running 6 min pace in these shoes. I'm hooked! After more mileage will be able to tell how these work, but it feels to me that these are worth an extra mile of running for the same effort compared to "standard" shoes -- more if you're going up and down hills. These shoes really excel in the hills -- going up, you get a feeling of some kind of ramping boost. Going downhill fast feels weird at first because you just don't seem to be going that fast, but I had to keep checking my Garmin every minute to believe how easy it is to go fast -- mid-to-low 5 min pace downhill. From a hardcore runner, these shoes are worth it even if you only use them for recovery runs or long runs. I'm 5'11 150 and I'm enjoying these a lot. Will buy another pair at some point in near future. Get over the odd looks - these shoes are not slow! They look big, but on your feet feel smooth and forgiving.
From: Robert, Hyattsville, MD
Comments: Just put 200 miles on my Altra Torin and love them. Thought hell if they work well why not step into the Hoka B2. I have the red, white and dark grey ones. I'm 6' 190 and run 40 mpw. At 45 I strongly believe the Hoka will allow me to run injury free and recover very quickly from long runs. They are like crusing in an old Cadillac, smooth, no bounce but you can still step on the gas...
From: MW, Texas
Comments: Remarkable...cannot believe how great these shoes are...I am a 40 year runner, 5-10, 160 lbs, with skinny flat feet, yet took a shot in the dark with these...zipped through a 5 miler with no issues whatsoever, and little leg fatigue...I normally wear a full length orthotic, but it was not needed for the first time in 30 years...Hoka is really on to something...do not be afraid to give these a try...5 stars all the way
From: Dino, South Florida
Comments: I bought these for a hilly 50 miler that is on hard packed fire roads. I read all the hype about cushioning, less fatigue, etc., so I thought they were worth a try. Well, let me tell you: believe the hype. I finished the 50M 36 minutes faster than last year, with far less fatigue and dead-quad feeling afterward. I actually ran negative splits - crazy for a 50M. I have narrow feet with a high arch so they really don't fit me very well, but if you are used to a straight-lasted shoe that won't be an issue for you. The outsoles wear down fast, but that doesn't seem to affect the cushioning or the ride. Kudos to the guys behind these shoes for daring to be different. I hope they will come out with a narrower-fitting, slightly curved model soon.
From: Eric, San Diego, CA
Comments: Need to clarify the comment by Ozi G. I've had Hoka for 2 years. Run 75 miles a week and get over 600mi out of these shoes. These shoes are NOT heavy nor have they ever been. Newtons are heavy. Good for people who like low offset, run in POSE, and like cushion which is a hard combination to find due to the "run as close to the ground as possible" revolution. I will never grasp that concept. I went from running 50mi a week to running 75. Pre-Hoka marathon time was 3:32. With Hoka, less fade, due to less negative energy, I now qualify for Boston. That's right. These shoes are unique for sure but when you pound out 25 extra miles in 7 days with the same recovery you will get it.
From: Jeff Cornelius, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
Comments: The new upper fits and feels much better than the original. The toe box isn't cramped and fits more true to size. A 10.5 fits spot on where as last years an 11 was needed and the toes were still squeezed a bit. The great hovercraft ride is wonderful.
From: Dave, Seattle, WA
Comments: I bought my first hokas a couple of months ago, they were already torn to pieces the support was all worn down and I needed new ones. I am so freaking happy that you guys came out with a new model that's so much heavier, I recommend this to everyone, long live the best hokas!
From: Ozi Guttierez