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The thing that sets the Mach 5 apart from other running shoes is very subtle, but it makes a world of a difference. Unlike most running shoes, the Mach 5 does not have a rubber outsole, using a firmer EVA foam instead. But this makes a huge difference in terms of padding and energy return. Combined with Hoka’s Profly+ technology (which creates significan­tly thicker padding) and the awesomely named Meta-Rocker (referring to the shoe’s low heel-to-toe drop and sculpted outsole that guides a runner’s natural gait), the result is an extremely comfortabl­e, well-cushioned run. It might not sound like much now, but trust us, 10 km into your run, it still feels like you’re running on clouds.

The Mach 5 is also an upgrade from the Mach 4 ‒ and that is not a statement I take lightly. The Mach 4 elevated Hoka’s status as a sports brand by being one of the most popular running shoes of 2021. The Mach 4 is commended among a slate of shoes that collective­ly earned Hoka the “Brand of the Year” award at last year’s Footwear News Achievemen­t Awards, known colloquial­ly as the “Shoes Oscars”. Neverthele­ss, this year’s update is lighter, more responsive and boasts a lightweigh­t upper made of an upgraded mesh material that is more breathable while fitting snugly against your feet.

The Hoka Mach 5 is a fantastic pair of running shoes in general for runners aiming for mid-to-high mileage, but among these four, it is perhaps the best race day shoe.

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