Comments: Purchased these with training for an Ultra in mind. Ran 3 then another 4 miler, all good. Great cushioning, very stable (even with the oversized stack height) and excellent traction. However on my next run of 13 miles these shoes were unfortunately a no go for me. Two issues. First the impact protection feels good marshmallow effect but the energy return was terrible. Second the toe box is extremely narrow pining my pinky toe under my closest toe causing a painful blister. If the toe box was wider (I have narrow feet by the way) I would keep these in the rotation for long distance days but the lack of toe box space & poor energy return prompted me to stick that return label on and send hem back. I can't say enough positive about Running Warehouses customer service, top notch! Looking at Altra's for my long distance road shoe.
From: Beau, Boise, ID, USA. July 8th 2015
Comments: In some ways I really like these shoes, and in some ways, not so much. They were great winter shoes - kept my feet warmer than any shoe I have had, running in Vermont winters. Great grip and great comfort. However, when running New England rocky, rooty, technical trails, I have had to really get used to the stack height of these. I really liked the comfort, but I did not like the loss of trail feel. Also, these shoes really hold water and get heavy when wet which would be a drag in a longer run. The laces broke early and the tread started to peel off in big chunk at less than 300 miles on the shoe, which I have never had in any other shoe at such a relatively low mileage on the shoe. So all in all, don't think I would get them again.
From: Anonymous. June 21st 2015
Comments: I got these shoes a few days before a big trip to Boulder, CO. I had previously run through two pairs of Rapa Nui Trail 2's and those happened to be some of my favorite shoes. RW ran out of my size in the Rapa Nui's and I didn't want to drop $130 on shoes so I opted for these beefier Hoka's thinking I might like them as well. The cushioning if insane on this shoe. You don't really feel like you're high off of the ground (if you're used to hokas) but they are not a fast shoe by any means. The soft midsole is nice when plodding around but when you want to be agile or fast you lose out. I felt that my foot was a little wobbly on the inside of the shoe even though the outsole was flat on the ground. Running on muddy CO trails I found that the grip was pretty good. Last, after only 2 weeks and maybe 85 miles of mountainous terrain, I'm seeing some unfortunate signs of wear. The outsole is peeling off of the midsole in some sections and there are two small holes in the upper. I don't know if these affect performance at all but it is not confidence inspiring from a shoe that retails at $160. For the price I got them at (after using a gift card) i'm not too upset with how these shoes panned out but I would be very disappointed and would request an exchange had i spent full price on them. They will be relegated to full on recovery runs and really slow-running days.
From: Rob, Riverhead, NY. June 10, 2015
Comments: I bought these shoes a couple of months ago and got them out for a trail race. Before the race I logged about 40 miles mostly on Rocky trail. Today I ran the Squaw Peak 50 trail run. My drop bag was misplaced and I ended up wearing these shoes for the 52 miles. They are the most comfortable trail shoes I have tried. Last year I used a pair of montrails that work well but do not provide the cushioning. Keep in mind the hokas pose a risk of rolling an ankle if the terrain is U shaped. For example from water erosion. Anyways I shaved over one hour off my PR. It was easier to run the last 10 miles without experiencing the pain from pounding the rocks and debris. Almost like cruise control. They also work well on the road and lighter than my mizzunos.
I would recommend ordering from this site. Good service.
From: Steve p, Provo, Utah, USA. June 6, 2015
Comments: They need to come out with a wide width soon...Please...
From: Anonymous. June 3rd 2015
Comments: I am an older man (72) who heard about the Hoka shoes from a friend who has bad feet. I bought a pair of Stinson Lites and loved them so much I bought a pair of Stinson ATR's as well. These are the best shoes I have ever had for my aging knees, back and feet. I am able to walk without pain and get the exercise needed to keep healthy. While I wish I could run, I am no longer able to do so, but wanted people to know that this brand of shoe serves many other purposes as well. In addition, I don't believe that I have ever been more pleased with a company as the Running Wearhouse. They are very professional and helpful on the phone and the service is truly outstanding. I would recommend this company to anyone. Thanks guys!
From: Gary, Melbourne, FL, USA. June 3rd 2015
Comments: I have run in Bondis on and off for a while now. I go to them for the cushioning but I leave them when I slip back on a pair of normal shoes like Asics Kayanos and realize I miss the energy return. When I plant my foot with the Bondi, there's absolutely no energy return...No bounce. It's like a little bit of extra effort to make that next step. Problem solved when I switched to Stinsons. The late stage rocker design feels like it's literally propelling you into your next stride. I can't believe I'd never tried them on before. I think I'm going to give all my other running shoes to Goodwill.
From: Anonymous. May 28th 2015
Comments: Ran a 50K trail run over the weekend in these. My knees felt better than I thought they would and these shoes are built like tanks. Only thing I do not like is the inserts that come with the shoes. They seem to be pretty worthless. I had a pair of superfeet inserts that I popped in and the shoe felt pretty close to perfect. I plan on using these to train for another Ultra that is later this year.
From: Chris, Houston, TX, USA. March 8th 2015
Comments: This was my first pair of Hokas after hearing the usual from friends, "why don't you try Hokas?' Yes, they look heavy but they don't feel heavy. After having knee pain, I managed to run a 20k and 80k with no pain. I had great shoe control on the trail and on the road. I have flat feet and I pronate that's one of the reasons I delayed getting a pair for a long while. However, I insert my insoles and I don't have any trouble. The shoes have about 100 miles on them now and I can't speak for durability but they look like they are going to last for at least another 500 miles or 2 months. Everyone that seems my shoes say they look like from the future, they do look different than my average ASICS GT2000.
From: Miguel, Fairfax, VA, USA. February 8th 2015
Comments: After using a pair of Mafate 3's, these are a big improvement. There are a bit narrower and that concerned me but they are working much better, no hot spots nor blisters. The only thing I miss a is some more support. The turnover is faster that one would assume. I am plannning on using them for my next 100miler.
From: Anonymous. August 25th 2014