HOKA ONE ONE HUPANA
Men’s 232 g (8.2 oz.); Women’s 179 g (6.3 oz.); Drop ratio: 5 mm; $150 This new entry level shoe from Hoka is designed to be versatile and nails it. The Hupana is an excellent first running shoe that also does the trick at the gym or walking around town. At $150, it’s a good value, and a few premium touches, like the st ylish knitted upper, make the Hupana an attractive option if you’re looking for one do-it-all shoe.
The midsole and outsole is a single piece of material called rmat, which feels slightly firmer than traditional eva, so the Hupana is certainly a departure from the cloud-like ride of a Clifton. It also veers away from the over-the-top “clown shoe” esthetic of Hokas, although, many have come to love that design and it triggers a sense that you’re part of an in-club of hardcore runners who have embraced the maximalist experience. The Hupana, however, is a solid choice for runners who like a more minimal fit and feel.