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Our verdict

Good shoe, no doubt, but now sitting in a crowded selection from the brand with lots of serious off-road offerings. It's like the shoe remains for sentimental purposes. If you have had the shoe before and enjoyed it, then absolutely get it again and you'll be totally happy. If not, go for better performance with the MAFATE, lighter with the SPEEDGOAT or for racing the TORRENT.

  • Positive
  • Good cushioning
  • Good traction
  • Heavy duty performance
  • Negative
  • Mafate better for cushioning
  • Speedgoat lighter
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

This off-roader has been around a while, so fans will be glad to see it continue. But unless you need this much cushioning the brand have other options that we feel perform slightly better. This shoe is the most cushioned HOAK have for off-road, but the MAFATE feels better in terms of durable cushioning and the SPEEDGOAT for lighter performance.

Midsole

The massive amount of cushioning feels good but on rough ground, it offers alittle too much. In fact, its the brand most cushioned off-road model but in turn, that makes it a little unstable too, especially on the rough stuff.

Upper

Featuring a seamless, recycled mesh upper, we think not only looks but feels great.

Sole

4mm lugs offer reasonable traction but the Vibram sole of the MAFATE performs a little better on most surfaces. 

Conclusion

Good shoe. But, for better cushioning go MAFATE and for a lighter shoe go for the SPEEDGOAT. Those two option make this one sit a little bit in no mans land!

Technical info

  • Highest volume CMEVA midsole in the HOKA ONE ONE® lineup for optimal lightweight cushioning
  • Zonal rubber engineered for lightweight durability
  • 4mm lugs provide all-terrain traction

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