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As a runner, you’ve probably
heard this brand more than a thousand times. Hoka One One (pronounced O-nay O-nay) is a brand we’re accustomed
to when we say maximum shoes…well MAXIMUM
CUSHION to be exact. They revolutionized the shoe industry by embracing the
idea that maximum cushion shoe offers less stress and impact to the body.
The Hoka is one of my favorite brands
of shoes and it’s always been my “go to”
gear for long distance training and races. I’ve tried quite a few Hoka’s when I
started long distance running three years ago. I even did an in-depth review on
some of their brands like the Infinite
and the Clayton.
My very first Hoka was the Clifton 1 which it served me well. I’m very happy
with the Clifton 1 but not so much when I tried the Clifton 2. Though the C2
was dubbed to be the improved version of the C1 (and it was), but somehow Hoka missed
one important part, a roomy toe box. It’s a bit narrow in my opinion and this has
been echoed by many runners as well on their reviews and comments.
The Clifton 3
was released early July and there was so much anticipation when it was
announced early this year. The Clifton 3 still bears the same qualities that
we’ve known from the previous versions but with some added improvements. The
Clifton 3 was awarded Best Update 2016
by Competitor. It’s a neutral shoe
designed for road use and weighs 8.6
ounces (for men size 9) and 7.4
ounces (for women size 7). The heel to toe drop is 5mm for both men and women and the sizing is true to size based on size 10 that I normally wear. Not sure why
some runners are suggesting to go ½ size up but if you want to avoid some
hassle, I suggest that you visit your nearest retail store and try them on.
The upper is where you’ll find all
the improvements, they updated the forefoot width by increasing it by few
millimeters. Yup, just a tad! so don’t be surprise if you read some comments
from some runners if they say or felt no difference. Maybe because they’re
expecting a roomier toe box like on the Altra or Topo shoes but that’s
definitely not the case. I’ll be honest, it’s not as roomy as that, but
personally I was able to feel the difference when I put it on. Yeah, I like my
toes splayed when running since it gives me the relax feel and stability but the
tad improvement is enough for me to relax my toes and not have that feel of
being constricted especially during the run when my feet tend to swell a bit.
They also updated the material by using an Ultra-lightweight no sew speedframe,
breathable air mesh construction for lightweight and superior comfort. On a
closer look (see picture on top), it seems that they added some materials to increase
its durability but not sacrificing its breathability. I tested this on my 7 ½ mile “runch” (run
during lunch time) and also on my 15 mile run last
weekend. I was impressed that my feet didn’t heat up at all and there was a
good flow of air that passed thru. For safety standpoint, the toe caps were a
bit higher this time to protect the toes from any accidental bump or getting
stab by some debris on the road. Additionally, they also beefed up the heel cup
area by adding some extra layer of cushion for comfort. Similar with the 2, the
tongue area still bears the same layer and thickness for cushion and comfort.
Hoka utilized the flat lacing that secures my feet nice and comfy.
Meta-Rocker Technology (Front and Back are slightly tapered )
It is no surprise to see the
same level of thickness of the sole. What makes this so unique is the absolute
lightness despite this massive material. We all know that the biggest
contributor on the total weight of the shoe comes from the sole. I’m not really sure how Hoka did it but the technology and material they used were amazing. The sole is made up of full length Compression Molded EVA (CMEVA) material that
offers a nice cushy (not mushy) ride that offers a “cloud nine” feeling
throughout the entire surface of my feet. The crash pads (orange rubber
compound) are meticulously placed on the midfoot and heel areas where most
runners tend to land. This helps in protecting the soft portion of the CMEVA
material which helps prolong the service life of the shoe. I’m a bit of a heel
striker myself and the meta-rocker geometry offers a smooth landing and helps push
my body on the toe off to move forward, that’s free energy in my opinion. It
also helps in smoothing out the heel to toe transition during landing and
take-off. If you are not familiar with the meta-rocker technology, it’s simply
the (slightly) tapered portion of the front and back part of the sole, making
the sole to curve upright (kinda like a rocking chair, if that makes sense).
Most shoe industries are trying to adapt to this new change and don’t be
surprise if this becomes the norm in few years.
I did a tempo and long run with
this shoe and it was absolutely amazing. It is buttery soft and forgiving on my
feet and joints. I have different brands of shoes that I normally rotate, and
the type of run normally dictates what shoes I need to wear. The Clifton 3 is
definitely built to be an all-around shoe but the best use in my opinion is for
long distance running. Their signature of having a cushy ride is exactly what you’ll
get from a brand like Hoka. It feels very stable even when cornering and the
midfoot section has enough flex that makes it easy for my feet to bend
naturally. The crash pads have enough grip even on loose soil and more
noticeable when I ran this on pavement.
Hokahasbeengetting accolades every
time they released a new or updated version of their shoes. The recognition
that they received from Competitor is well-deserved and I am so pleased with
the updates and improvements on a shoe that is almost perfect in my opinion. To
sum it up here are the notable features that you’ll be getting from the Clifton
·Updated forefoot width
·Higher toe caps
It’s amazing how they were able
to produce a shoe this light without sacrificing the quality and the ride. I
can easily feel the difference when I put on my Clifton 3. I accepted that I am
no longer the 20-year-old stud that can easily rebound the next day from hard
workouts. The Clifton 3 makes it easier on my body even if I push myself to my
Is there anything I don’t like
about the shoe? Yeah, the shoe is really addicting and you may never want to
look or try some other shoes once you get the comfort and cushiness of this
shoe. It has the right amount of support and lightness that you can even race
it in any given day.
The Clifton 3 sells for $130
which I think is just the average price, I can say that every penny spent on
this shoe is worth it. You can purchase the Clifton 3 directly on their website or at retail stores near you. Let me
know what you think so feel free to comment on the section below.
Thanks again for reading and as
always have fun and be safe out there.