Comments: Excellent uphill and donwhills, you can run faster without feeling the rocks,road or anything.
From: Andres, Lima, Peru. 3/18/14
Comments: I hate to say it, but I bought a pair of these and they hurt me bad! I have had some issues with my Achilles tendon from a pair of Five Fingers....so I did a lot of research on a shoe that possibly would help that issue. That is what brought me to the Hokas. I had read a few reviews where people had relief of their tendonitis from the Hokas. So I broke down and ordered some from another company, they were the Mafate 2s, they sure do run small, so I had to return them for the Mafate 3s in size 11 instead of 10. I was so excited, since I had limited my running due to the tendon issues. I went out for about a 7 mile run on a mix of trails grass and gravel. At first, they felt like pillows on my feet (heavy pillows) since I normally run in watershoes, they seemed very heavy to me. Expected though. 1/2 way through my run, I could feel something in my left knee....not good! Sad to say, when I was finished , my knee hurt and was swelling!!! What??? All I can say is I ran 3 times total with at least a day between those runs..it has been 2 weeks of NO RUNNING due to swollen knees from the Hoka One One Mafate 3s! No doubt about it! I had read a couple of reviews mentioning something similar. So yeah, got me! I never have knee issues from my running. I made the mistake of drawing some cool Maori graphics on my shoes and cutting off the lower elastic band to allow the narrow toe box more room, so that other company won't take them back, in fact they didn't even respond to me! I just purchased a pair of Montrail Fluid Flex from RunningWarehouse and am awaiting delivery today, I will let you know.......anyone want to buy some cool Mafate 3s......mine are not ugly like most with my Polynesian Graphics:) Beware of Hoka One One, I believe all of the movement in the shoe with the total lack of flexibility in the sole is the cause of my issues, I think the knees take all of that movement!.......expensive 3 runs......lol
Comments: I run the Leadville Silver Rush 50 miles, unprepared. Due to a knee injury, I had to stop training for two months, and run for only 3 weeks before the race. I am 6.7 and 200 pounds. I took a gamble and got the Mafate 3's... and I finished the race with no problems. I am not new to Hokas as I have a pair of Bondi B's. The Mafate 3 shines after 15-20 miles, where it gives more support than even the Stinsons, which are a bit mushy for heavy guys and long ultra distances (although my buddy is as tall and heavy as myself and loves them). I run in 5 fingers up to 10 miles, so I can compare with all shoes across the gamut of protection.
These are heavy shoes, and I was concerned. But I would not trade them for anything else, for my long ultra runs. Love the wide toe box (wider than the Stinsons), and the speed laces. 10 out of 10.
From: Juan, Big Bear City, CA