good looking shoe, the Hoka is a big step away from other racier shoes tested here, but once put on our testers were immediately impressed by the comfort. The upper is solid to reduce chances of dust or grit sneaking into the shoe, but offers good breathability to prevent hot feet. There’s a useful tab at the heel for help in T2 but the lean fit of the shoe means sweaty feet may need extra coaxing.
The thicker sole offers a lot of bounce, and absorbs bumps and lumps effortlessly and the foot felt well protected. However, some testers began to miss the ability to feel the road when upping the speed, making it more suitable for long training runs rather than a race day winner.