|My Hoka One One Mafate at End of Tour du Mont Blanc. Ran another 200 miles of roads and trails on them.|
The new Hoka One One Bondi-B is similar except not as high off the ground, lighter, "firmer", and with a road sole. I have run in both models and find them truly amazing for long runs and recovery. Recently I have been able to run faster tempo in my Bondi-B and will most likely "absorb" the hills and miles of April's Boston Marathon in them.
Mafate Trail Runner. Here is what Hoka One One claims:
- 40 mm midsole height. Elsewhere I have seen approximately 4mm heel to forefoot drop so this is a natural foot position shoe.
- 50% of the sole length is rocker shaped leading to a fluid stride claiming to lessen knee movement 20%. They climb well if differently than conventional shoes. The wide outer sole grips well.
- 15% lighter than reference trail running shoes at a bit less than 11 oz.
- EVA midsole is 50%? softer than reference allowing 20mm of deflection on downhills absorbing 80% of shock. Very true in my experience. Wide outer sole and cradle for foot into midsole allow great stability. They are incredible on downhills.
Bondi-B Road Runner:
- 20% lighter than Mafates at 8.8oz.
See my other posts about Hoka One One on the blog.
Boulder Running Company has both models available for online sales.