Comments: Great Shoes For Long Runs, Half, And Full Marathons. For Me, Much Better Than The Bondi. Grandmaster Runner, 35-45 Miles Per Week. Run Only On Pavment. Like The Extra Tread.
From: Frank, FL, USA. September 15th 2014
Comments: Just got 200 miles on the RN II. I wear a 12 1/2 2E and these are 12.5 D and actually fit. I'm an old guy, not fast; 15-20 miles/week; 9:45 - 10:45/ mile. Been running in New Balance for years - 890, 1080, etc. NB ruined the 890 and everything new - 980, etc. - didn't work. Went to Hokas out of frustration. Almost sent them back three or four times, but didn't. So... PRO: They really do feel like running on pillows. My feet don't hurt after a run. I did 8 miles a couple weeks ago, and my feet were fine; rest of me was pretty tired. They're really not ugly; just different and not that different. CON: Only real negative is I have sore quads after every run. They stretch out when I'm done, but it's a little frustrating. That should have been gone by now as I haven't alternated them with anything else (I would if I could find another shoe). Other things that are not a big deal: They're a little heavy, but not bad. The "Quick Release" laces don't pull tight enough, so they came off and were replaced with the regular laces that Hoka nicely included. I still think I'm copping out a little - you know, not much "road feel" etc. - but they do work.
From: Geor, Washington, DC, USA. June 15th 2014
Comments: I was disappointed by the Rapa Nui 2 Tarmac. Last year, I was able to get hold of a pair of the 1st generation Rapa Nui trail shoes (despite their not being officially available in the US) - these are great shoes, and I had high hopes for rev 2. Unfortunately, the new Rapa Nui is very narrow in the forefoot (much narrower than any other Hoka I've tried) and the sole, while thick and heavy like other Hokas, is very stiff, without the Hoka "cush" that many have come to appreciate for long miles. All in all, these shoes for me represent a turn in the wrong direction for Hoka.
From: Alex, Boston, MA. 3/19/14
Comments: I just received a pair of these and took them for a spin. I would say they are a bit more firm than my prior pair of Hokas and the shoe itself and sole are both narrower. The sole has a 1/2 to 3/4" narrower footprint than the Bondi. The sole appears to be a bit tougher which is good, because my last pair seemed a bit too soft for pavement. Hokas are great! Looking forward to many miles on this pair of shoes.
From: Brad, Dorr, MI, USA. 2/5/14