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