Comments: Due to a long season of marathon training, I thought I would give my bones a break with some extra cushioning. In that area, I was not disappointed. This shoe provides excellent shock protection. Initially, I took these out for two short runs with satisfaction. It was the one long run that hurt me. I followed the recommendations of the shoe fit guide, However there are two reasons I could not keep them. The first is that the toe box is rather narrow with a hard nose that caused major blisters. My feet are average width. The other is that the fabric is very rigid. Each time my foot would bend, my big toenails were compressed from the top with a hard fold of material (much like being punched softly 1000 times). After only 28 miles total with these shoes, I have two of the largest blisters ever and two bruised big toenails. Ouch! My joints liked the ride, but my toes took a beating.
From: Marcus, Lafayette, LA, USA. January 22nd 2015
Comments: I really do like the overall cushioning, especially in the forefoot as well as it being quite flexible. However, after just abnout 95 miles with this model the outer edges of both heels is already almost worn down to the midsole. I am sure this is as a direct result of it having such a softer mid and outsole. I can not highly recommend these knowing that I seriously doubt I will get much over 150 miles on mine. I am only 155 lbs and a neutral runner and normally I get well over 250 miles on my Asics or Saucony shoes. Even on sale this does not seem like a good investment with it seeming lack of durability..
From: Dave, Tempe, AZ, USA. November 25th 2014
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