Comments: I'm 56 years old, and have been running in Asics for years. I have issues with stress fractures, hallux rigidus (arthritic big toe joint), and a host of other foot and knee issue. I friend who wears Hokas has been trying for about a year to get me to try them, but I just could not see throwing out $160 for what looked to me like cheap, flimsy shoes. Then one day I found these on sale at runningwarehouse.com, for about 1/3 the MSRP, so decided for that price I could give them a try. After just 4-5 runs, I ordered a second pair! These things are GREAT for the body. The stress fracture issue is subsiding, the knees and feet have not hurt a bit since switching to these, and the recovery time is half what it used to be. As as for the hallux rigidus, I suggest to anyone with this issue to try these shoes. The high mid-sole stack height that tapers to nearly nothing at the toe allows you to run without bending and irritating the metatarsophalangeal joint on the big toe. It allows you to 'roll-up' and push off while minimally bending the joint. No more pain! The BIG (and only) issue with these shoe is the durability of the sole. There are 3 densities; the heal and toe have are 'rubber-like' and are the densest, but they still wear easily. The areas next to that is a dense foam, and the rest is soft foam, with no outsole, just the 'raw' midsole exposed as tread. As a mid-foot striker, I wore the medium density foam just behind the fore-foot 'rubber' down to nothing in just around 75 miles, or less than a month and a half. I had to build it back up with Freesole (stuff is great). I plan to buy another pair of these, and will continue to buy them as long as I can get them a the low price (heck, I may just stock up). I'll also probably buy more McNett Freesole. Thinking about just applying a thin coat to the entire sole when they are new, and then again about once a month.
From: John, The Colony, TX, USA. July 5th 2015
Comments: update 6/5/2015: I had contacted Hoka One One and they requested pictures of the excessive wear on the Bondi 3 shoes. Today I received a new pair of the Bondi 4 shoes in the mail. They have a sole constructed of a different design and of a stronger material. Kudos to Hoka One One!
From: Robert Johnson, Largo, Florida. June 5th 2015
Comments: I love the shoe but the blue rubber on the sole wore away and into the white cushion after 15 workouts.(15 power walks). My workout consists of power walking on a paved park trail a distance under a 5k. (40 minutes of walking fast pace). I have another pair of the Bondi 3 that I have yet to use as well as a pair of the Mafate Trail shoes. The material on the Mafate Trail shoes sole is sturdier by far. The wear on the Bondi 3 was noticeable after one use. and the sole has wore away at an alarming rate. Great shoe but the sole will not last. I contacted Hoka One and they are aware of the poor quality of the sole material. I previously wore a cheap pair of Nike Zoom shoes on the same paved surface for a slightly longer walk. I wore the knobby sole tread flat after 6 months but the sole material did not totally wear away into the white cushion area like the Bondi 3 has done. Not that if matters I weight 190 pounds and I do not drag or shuffle my feet. I have had various shoes in the past for daily running of 5-10 miles per day and I never have had wear issues. I have had knee issues and surgery so I have been relegated to walking or nothing. The Bondi 3 is basically good shoe if you plan on replacing your shoes monthly.
From: Robert, Largo, FL, USA. May 13th 2015
Comments: Love the comfort from these shoes and they eliminated the usual aches that I frequently get when upping mileage. However, the sole on the mid-foot wore way too quickly. I did 5 runs for less than 30 miles (50/50 trail and pavement), and the blue hexagons at the mid-foot wore down to about 20% of original. Based on this, there would be no tread left at under 100 miles. Emailed Running Warehouse and they were great about the return policy.
From: Brent, San Diego, CA, USA. May 12th 2015
Comments: Unable to accept custom orthodic. Was so looking forward to running in them, but they did not accept custom orthodic. Great service from Runningwarehouse
From: Ed, Colorado Springs, CO, USA. April 16th 2015
Comments: Second pair of 3's. First pair has about 700 miles, slicks for soles, used on asphalt and trails. Not too fast but very stable. I prefer roomy box so I buy half size larger. I'm 55, 5'10", 175 lbs, run 30M/week. There was a short break in period- some discomfort in the ankle. Couple of bad blister days. But, very importantly, the shoes are part of an injury free year so I'm sticking with them.
From: Johnnytoobad, Brewster, NY, USA. April 7th 2015
Comments: Love these shoes. I have some knee arthritis and these shoes really help control that. I have a pair of Bondi 3's with over 800 miles and still going strong. The tread is largely gone but I have slowed down the wear with shoo goo. Sole has not lost its resiliency which is amazing after 800 miles. Uppers are still like new and insole is in pretty good shape. I'm expecting at least another 500 miles out of them. I'm buying 2 more pair since they are on sale and I don't know if I ever will find another pair of shoes that work so well for me. I'm probably the only person in the world who likes the speed lacing system, but I have found that once I got the hang of them, they always stay tight and no laces flopping around. Looks like they got rid of that in the bondi 4 :-(
From: Dave, Lisbon, IA, USA. April 6th 2015
Comments: Really enjoyed my Bondi 2s, so naturally replaced them with the 3. Very disappointed - why make a very thick, cushioned shoe and then basically put a thin flap of fabric where the tongue should be?! The lacing eyelets rubbed so much on the top of my foot I had to return them after 1 run. Horrible. Looks like they went back to more of a padded tongue on the 4 - hopeful.
From: Chris. February 20th 2015
Comments: Just trying out a pair of the Bondi 3's. Toe box seems about the same as the 2's to me. I wore holes in the bunion area in the 2's but can't tell if this will hold up better or worse. The un-padded tounge is not a problem initially. Don't know about the speed laces cause you can't use the back eyelet with these and tucking the excess in is a pain. Main problem so far is the ankle area lost a lot of the cushion and is rubbing pretty bad just walking around the house. Gonna try to see if it breaks in as I have no other shoe choices at the moment.
From: Bob, NJ, USA. February 4th 2015
Comments: the key to the new Hokas longevity is the sole. just look at the pictures of the sole . if you see midsole color - that is soft and will be wearing down. so if you look at the bondi 3, it is going to wear down in the white area. the mafate speed is way worse - way more midsole color showing. on the other hand the stinson lite and ATR should wear nicely. bottom line - it would appear that if you want a long wearing shoe avoid the mafate speed and the bondi 3.
From: Bill, Folsom, CA, USA. December 30th 2014
Comments: I am an ultra runner and purchased these for this seasons races (50k, 50M, 100K, and 100M). First, let me say that I am a BIG Hoka fan and have completed many ultras in a pair of Stinson Tarmac. After running less than a hundred miles on both roads and trails, the midsoles have worn completely down! I took advantage of Running Warehouse return policy and returned these shoes. I purchased these shoes for the styling, colors and the Hoka comfort. The shoes are very well made and are extremely light. I love the quick release shoe strings but had to cut them off and used the shoe strings supplied. There were no break in period with these shoes; I was able to go out and run a 6 miler on the first run at a 7:30 pace. If it wasn't for the fact that the treads won't last me for what I will be doing, I reluctantly returned these shoes. Thank you Running Warehouse! I will buy all my running shoes from you guys and have recommended you to many of my friends. Keep up the good work.
From: HoustonUltrarunner, Houston, TX, USA. October 17th 2014
Comments: Had 2 pairs of Bondi 2's that ripped on the side. Got these and though the improved materials, it feels quite different. I cut off the elastic bands on the tongue and used regular laces to get the fit I needed. Bottom of the shoes seems to wear quickly, at least aesthetically. Overall with the personal modifications and about 80-100 miles on them, they feel good.
From: Bri, Fremont, CA, USA. August 4th 2014
Comments: I should have checked out the reviews before I bought the Bondi 3 to replace my Bondi 2's (which I loved). The Bondi 3 is much wider than the previous version and don't hold my feet as well no matter how tight I cinch the shoes. My feet were moving around way too much. Also, the area around the ankle is different--loose. With my feet moving around so much, combined with a loose fitting ankle area, I experienced painful rubbing. Hoka really missed the boat on this one.
From: Matt, Chesterfield, MO, USA. August 1st 2014
Comments: The Bondi 2 was my all-time favorite shoe for long runs. It was light, comfortable, had massive amounts of cushion, low drop, stable....you name it. I recently picked up a pair of Bondi 3's to replace my trusty 2's. All I know is that they took a brilliant shoe and made it unusable. The upper is different and is now stiff. It doesn't feel nearly as cushioned. Worst of all they gave me blisters. In my entire running career this is the first shoe to give me blisters. Oh, and the speed laces? Terrible. I returned the shoe and am going to check out the Stinson and Conquest. Hopefully one of them has the mojo of the Bondi 2. I'm so disappointed with this shoe.
From: Dave, San Francisco, CA, USA. June 20th 2014
Comments: With just under a hundred miles, I am almost completely through the tread at the midfoot.
From: Anonymous. June 12th 2014
Comments: I like them but I've only ran probably around 120 miles on them and the tread is going on the bottom. They won't last as long as other shoes I've had.
From: Matt, Solvang, CA, USA. June 2nd 2014
Comments: I purchased this new Hoka model and have been an avid Hoka user for the last 3+ years. A major concern I have for this specific model is the material that resides just under the ankle. This section of the shoe rubs against both ankles, creating enough discomfort under the ankle to rate this Hoka a "caution". After a few miles both ankles are sore from the constant rubbing. I have not had this issue with any other Hoka model.
From: Lee, Granite Bay, CA, USA. May 13th 2014
Comments: My Hokas Bondi 3 are awesome. I use them for road and trail. They hold up to the high mileage very well!
From: JP. May 7th 2014
Comments: Though the fit was wide and because the material is so soft, it didnt hold the foot securely. Because of this, I didnt keep them so I cant comment any further.
From: Joe, NJ, USA. May 2nd 2014