Comments: I was on board with the very earliest Hokas, which were infinitely better than the later editions I have tried or tried on. I got a pair of these in late Sept. because the other Hokas were way too cramped in the toe boxes and the front part of the foot to stand wearing even for a few minutes. These had a little less constriction. My first impression once I got out was HARD as a ROCK compared to the other older Hokas I loved. I couldn't believe how hard they felt each time my foot landed. They LOOK so thick and like they should be cushioned and compared to many shoes they may be, but that hard plastic bottom just is unforgiving. I was running and then mostly walking on soft grass and dirt trails. These things absolutely KILLED my feet, ankles, knees, legs. I am still messed up because I was denying that they were as bad as they were. I SO wish Hoka would stop trying to make their shoes look more "normal" and get back to the "clown shoes" and let the world catch up. I took s ome photos of the old Hokas that worked for me--they were not really neutral enough, too much for pronators and I am a very lopsided supinator, but they were so well cushioned and the outer bottom soles so resilient instead of HARD that I wish I had mortgaged my house and bought ten or twelve pairs instead of three. (btw I had the same kind of insole, cushioned, in both of these--it's the part where the "rubber --or plastic-- meets the road that really MATTERS, and it cancels out the junk above it if too hard)
From: Pete, Minneapolis, MN, USA. November 3rd 2014
Comments: I am a pretty big guy at 6'2" and 215-220 when lean, but I am not lean right now and weigh about 240+. Because of this, my 'non running' feet, ankles, and knees need cushion. I tried Montrail, Salomon, and Asics, none of which did the trick. The Asics Kahana's were close, but I am such an underpronator that their little bit of stability crossover bothered me. I tried the Hokas after: reading reviews, calling the store, messaging people who wrote reviews, etc.. I was tired of returning shoes. Based on advice from owners, I got the 12.5D closeouts instead of the Mafate 13's. I normally wear 12.5EE or 13D due to my orthotics for fallen arches, but the Stinson is wide enough through the midsection to allow me to use the 12.5D. After a short run on the treadmill on Friday, I tried them on the rail. I am pleased to say they live up the their reputation. Very soft without being 'mooshy' and sloppy. My feet, ankles, and knees felt much better than with the Asics. Maybe I can go to a lighter shoe when I get back under 220lbs, but do I really want to?
From: Charles, Greenville, SC, USA. September 30th 2014
Comments: Got my Stinson Trail shoes and ran a Half Marathon trail run for my first run and can I just say that they were GREAT!! Have had foot problems for the last couple of years and had no pain after the half marathon trail run. This is the first time in a very long time that my feet were not hurting after a long run in a very long time. Thanks Hoka for the best running shoes I have ever owned. I have a pair of Bondi 3 coming next week for my road running.
From: Scott, Zebulon, Georgia, USA. 2/25/14
Comments: Just got my size 11 Stinson Trails (normally wear a 10.5 in most shoes) and the fit is great. I coach cross-country at the local high school and have been doing most of my running on grass and trails. I live on a great mountain road to run on, but dread the unforgiving pavement. I took the Hokas out for a nice 6mile run on the road and they were amazing. It took about 3 miles to get used to the soft but supportive feel, but the second three miles were a dream. I had no residual soreness in my calves or knees (which a 6 mile road run always normally creates), and I finished the last mile doing 3/4 speed striders with short walk breaks. Overall I am extremely pleased and will continue to use the Hokas for runs of over 3 miles
From: Bill, Saugerties, NY, USA
Comments: A big step in quality from the original Bondis. I have this and the Tarmac. Both are great shoes and perfect for those that get injured a lot. A soft ride, but responsive and light enough for faster running. They are great for people will skinny feet, but not skinny enough for a smaller width. Highly recommend.
From: Pat, Raleigh, NC, USA
Comments: FANTASTIC Shoe. This is probably the best design full functioning shoe on the market today. Let me give you some history, I am a seasoned runner (20+ years of road and trail running). Traditionally I have been a low profile minimal drop shoe person but about 18 months ago a bone spur in my hip caused a tear in my right acetabular labrum. This resulted in a surgical removal of the bone spur and labral repair. Basically I thought my running days were over but due to the Hoka One One I am back.
I am currently only up to about 20 miles a week with a plan to get back to 50 - 60 mile weeks in about a year and these shoes are the
ticket. I tried the Bondi's but preferred the rolling action compared to what felt like a slapping action with the Bondi's. So far I have
taking these shoes on Hard pack trails in Southern California and Central Oregon as well as sent them on their way on rooty wet trails
of the Williamette valley in Oregon and many road adventures. The best part about them is although the cushion is amazing you don't
loose the feel of the surface you are running on. They respond like a shoe with a soel of 6-10mm, just amazing!
I will certainly keep these shoes in my arsenal to get out there and run. Keep it up Hoka!
From: Brandon, Sweet Home, Oregon, USA
Comments: All i have to say is ah-mazing. This is my third pair of Hokas and i can't get enough of them! SO MUCH SUPPORT! After my strenuous marathon I won as a teenager, I decided to take up trail running. I don't even feel any pressure on my feet when trail running with these shoes. Now that i think of it, i can't even feel my feet at all when running. Great shoes, great Hokas. I love Hokas!
From: Ozi Gutierez, Los Osos, California, USA
Comments: Narrower with a softer midsole than the Bondi's, the Evo Trail lugs are perfect for road and most trails. The outsole wears much better than the Bondis'. I have 300 miles on them and hope get get another 2-300.
From: David, Ashburn, VA