Comments: Not a fan of this model. Took several weeks before I was able to do any mileage(15-20 milers) These gave my calves and ankle fits while getting used to them. I can usually get 1000+ miles out of a pair of shoes, and at 400 these are gone. This was also the least durable shoe I have ever owned in my 35 years of running. The sole was worn though within a 100 miles, at 400 miles the heel is completely gone. The good news is, I showed them to the Hoka Rep at the Big Sur Expo and he told me they were fixing the durability issue. I am going to try Hoka Stinson Lite's, and see where it goes.
From: Steve, San Jose, CA, USA. June 29th 2015
Comments: Love these shoes! Just read a review below that said to stay with Brooks Cascadia shoes.. I have a pair, and I really like those too. But with those I get sore knees, and a lot of soreness in my quads. I have always gotten both of those ailments from running, be it in trails or roads. Since I've started wearing the HOKA's, the quads have been fine, I can feel they are tired after a ten mile run, but they aren't sore for days like previously. That said, along with the review below, leads to the saying: your mileage may vary :) That's why I had to try them out for myself, and I love them! They do go up a bit high on the heel, and feel a bit long in the toe, but those are not complaints, simply observations which are grateful trade-offs for the leg soreness. I first ordered a pair 1/2 size big, that did not work, way to big. I'd say if you have a wide foot, then get your normal size. If your foot is not wide, then a 1/2 size under might be more appropriate and also make the toe of the shoes not feel so long.
From: Jeff, MI, USA. June 27th 2015
Comments: Nice shoe, just not for me. I'm a huge fan of the Altra Olympus and decided to give these a shot at their current price point. The Hoka cushioning is a little to spongy for me. I am also able to use the Altra as a hybrid shoe. The Hoka is a little awkward on the road for me.
From: Mike, Johnstown, PA, USA. June 24th 2015
Comments: (Rapa Nui 2 Trail, red/black). Having gone from a zero drop minimalist-ish type shoe (and not getting beyond my nasty dual achilles issue) I gave these a try after seeing a deeply discounted price. At first these were, "hard/stiff as a rock", but after 4 or 5 runs of 5-10 miles they softened up a bit. Second thing noticed, the lugs started chunking up (and OFF) from the very first run. Like pieces just falling completely off. (I run on nasty rocks, so not a huge surprise but figured they'd stand up to at least a little more abuse.) Once the early chunkers were gone and no others appeared to be falling apart, the tread wore pretty evenly until the lugs became almost smooth after about 200 miles, esp on the heel, but none of my other shoes did that. Since it didn't affect my 99% dry, desert runs (vs. a muddy climate), it didn't bother me. After about a month my achilles was also about 90% healed. So ultimately these were well worth it for me. I've got nearly 600 mi les on them and while I keep them as a back-up pair now, a few 5-7 milers are still doable w/o issues. Overall I loved them, just wish the lugs/tread would last a little longer. I'll still probably pick up another pair or two. $60-ish for 500-600 miles of running is a win.
From: TrailRunnerGuy, Scottsdale, AZ, USA. May 14th 2015
Comments: These are THE most comfortable running shoes I have ever owned. I have never considered myself a runner however have quickly come to appreciate the sport now in my late 30's and these shoes help me keep going. I regularly run 10 or more miles in these several days a week without any of the leg, body, joint or muscle pains I used to in the various other brands and styles of shoes I had been running in. I am now on my second pair and am a complete believer in these! A word of caution, the note says to buy a half size smaller and when I did the first time I found they were not as comfortable for me as the regular size I would have normally ordered but maybe that was just me.
From: Jeff, CT, USA. May 13th 2015
Comments: I decided to try the Hokas ,since i seen that they have a lot of support for a guy my size 6' 210lbs. bad idea , if you are on tough terrain and just slightly roll your ankle it's over. rolled my ankle twice. The 1st time not as bad, the 2nd time was ugly, still trying to recover from the ankle injury approx 1month later. want a good trail shoe stick w/brooks cascadia. these Hokas are to high and makes it easy to roll your ankle when on a trail, makes me wonder why all the Hokas are on the clearance section??
From: Steve, La Habra, CA. May 5th 2015
Comments: These were very strange shoes. I felt like I was on stilts. No ground feel at all. Every small rut in trail made my foot roll. I turned around immediately before rolling my ankle. They rubbed on my ankles as well. I don't think I would buy another pair of Hoka's.
From: Indy, IL, USA. April 13th 2015
Comments: If you want a truly light shoe with outstanding cushioning this is it. Asics nimbus has been my choice for five years. This shoe has more cushioning and is much lighter. I do 30 -50 miles a week and sole barely worn in 5 mos. can't say same for Asics.
From: Dave, Palm Beach, FL, USA. March 15th 2015
Comments: This is my second pair of Hoka's. I ran in the bondis and they were great. The Rapa Nui is a little stiff. Truly meant for trails. I'm a big fan overall.
From: Ben. February 14th 2015
Comments: Beware of this model (Hoka Rapi Nui 2), as the durability is terrible! Have about 110 miles on ona pair and already both outside heels are now worn down to the midsole. I am a neutral runner at only 155 lbs. and normally I get 250-300+ miles from most Asics and Saucony models. The very soft mid and outsole is obviously the reasons, but this shoe is Not a good choice or investment ($$$). Nice cushioning and fit, but they wear out way too fast.. I do Not recommend them.
From: Dave, Tempe, AZ, USA. January 14th 2015
Comments: I really wanted to like these. They're lighter than any other Hoka I owned (Stinson Trail and Tarmac) they don't have the clown like appearance as the other do, and the are the right price. If you don't have any toes they'll fit you well, but for those of us with toes they're much too tight in the forefoot. I had to send mine back. I think the Nike Wildhorse is the perfect fit...it has its problems but a great fitting shoe. Shoefitr claimed they are the same size/feel based on my selected sizes. Not even close. I have a feeling Shoefitr causes more returns to RunningWarehouse than anything else due to misses in sizing.
From: Ron, Ottawa, ON, Canada. January 6th 2015
Comments: This shoe is the real deal. I was very skeptical at first of the oversize Hoka trends. I chose the Rapa Nui 2 because it is less cushioned than the oversized Bondi Mafate or Stinson. I was coming from the minimalist Peregrines which were the only trail shoe I had ever ran in. From halfs to marathon to trail ultras, I loved the Peregrine. The Rapa Nui has to be worn be believed. There is nothing like it. The biggest benefit is in the steep technical descents. I was skeptical of the oversize shoe and the ability to control yourself on the descents. I've been in the shoe for 6 weeks now and have run and raced trails with very technical sections. Never have I even thought I would roll an ankle or lack control while running on the oversize platform. In fact, the number one benefit of the Hoka is I definitely feel like my legs are fresher and get beat up less coming down the hills. I highly recommend this shoe. Some negatives, the speed lace system doesn't work. I cut them out and replaced with traditional laces immediately. The toe box is big, order half a size down, even then I wear thicker than usual socks to fill up the box. The tongue is pretty poor built. I find myself wearing padding (ie, corn pads, padded moleskin) on my ankle to lessen the irritation. All in all, there is no better shoe for running trails with.
From: Jonathan, Sacramento, CA, USA. September 22nd 2014
Comments: This is a fantastic lighter weight shoe with superb heel and forefoot cushioning without feeling, at all, mushy. This model is not as build up as much (midsole) as most other Hoka models, but it's still provides an excellent heel to toe transition. This is probably the best running shoe I've ever owned in 30+ years of running considering the weight, cushioning plus over comfort. Have taken 4 7 mile runs and my legs are almost refreshed after doing them. I highly recommend this one! The only small downside was I didn't like the flimsy laces provided and bought some 45" oval laces and the work fine.
From: David, Tempe, AZ, USA. June 26th 2014
Comments: I have enjoyed Hoka shoes,the bondi 2 and evo,this shoe felt great out of the box,I had been wearing the rapi nui comp the European only predecessor to this shoe which fit well ,so I was happy when this shoe was released in the USA.Thats where it ends this shoe is far more narrow than any other hoka shoe and with the foot sitting down in the sole a little there is no room for flex.now if you have narrow feet this is great news for you,but I wear a normal D width and this shoe makes the side of my feet and little toe ache after 6 miles So very disappointed with this shoe Hoka need to work on there toe box and make a width selection available,because other than it would be an awesome shoe.
From: Rick, USA. 3/19/14