New models & new colours – Hoka OneOne hitting Australia hard this week.

There are a boatload of upgrades and new models hitting this week. Capital city shoe specialists should have these starting to appear on shelves by Wednesday afternoon. Psyched!  🙂

First off the boat, the new Bondi. We think it looks pretty hot. You’re welcome to agree.

New for Australian runners, the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of the Bondi 2, breathable with a tougher upper, more padding behind the Achilles, and the same super-comfortable underfoot feel that defines every shoe from Hoka OneOne.

New for Australian runners, the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of the Bondi 2, breathable with a tougher upper, more padding behind the Achilles, and the same super-comfortable underfoot feel that defines every shoe from Hoka OneOne. Great for road, dry trail, and days when your legs or feet just feel like they need some extra loving.

There is a new Grey/White/Fushia women’s Bondi arriving next month, but this week we have the new women’s Bondi Speed 2 in sizes USW6-11. That’s right, women’s Hoka now go to USW11! Of course if you’re a guy wanting a red shoe and your shoe size is US5-10, well, what’s stopping you?

The updated Bondi Speed in Red/Red/Yellow/White. Women’s sizings arriving this week, men’s size ranges arriving next month.

With new parent company Deckers on board, we have seen an evolution in build quality of some models from the first samples out of the new factory where Hoka OneOne is now being produced. A complete upgrade to the Stinson Tarmac has seen unnecessary material and stitching above the foot and especially in the toebox eliminated, more cushioning added behind the ankle, and a deepening of the toebox at the bumper with what looks like a slight widening of the last (the ‘last’ is basically the footshape that the shoe is cut to). A 10-hour Ironman triathlete who has been testing the new Tarmac for us over the last few weeks rates it highly and we’re pretty excited to see how it will go for all those runners wanting something more cushioned and fun to run in than their traditional trainers.

Women's Stinson Tarmac, in Dewberry, Orchid, Grey. HOT road running!

Women’s Stinson Tarmac, in Dewberry, Orchid, Grey. HOT road running!

New Stinson Tarmac for the fellas. Tired of losing your loved ones at half-marathons and triathlons? They'll be hard to miss in these! Mixed opinions on the colouring - we like it, that's why we ordered heaps. Crowd divided 50/50 so far over the new colouring or the more subdued black/white/silvers and blues...

New Stinson Tarmac for the fellas. Tired of losing your loved ones at half-marathons and triathlons? They’ll be hard to miss in these! Mixed opinions on the colouring – we like it, that’s why we ordered heaps. Crowd divided 50/50 so far over the new colouring or the more subdued black/white/silvers and blues…

There is, of course, an entirely NEW model (or two!) to talk about but we’ll get to those. The new Stinson Trail is, you guessed it, the Stinson Evo. To keep it simple, though, most of the models now will just be divided into Trail and Tarmac. If you’ve always run your Evo on road as a lot of triathletes seem to, or run your Tarmac on trails, as even people I live with like to 🙂 then they’re still the same shoe with the same outsole. As has always been the case with running, the only rule is left-foot-right-foot. Everything else is up to you!

Here, then, is the hot new women’s Stinson Trail.

New women's Stinson Trail in Plum/White/Fushia. Trailalicious!

New women’s Stinson Trail in Plum/White/Fushia. Trailalicious!

And of course the boys haven’t been left out. The Black Flag that proved so popular over winter has been upgraded and highlighted. Not surprisingly, we think it looks pretty sweet. Either this or the new Bondi will be my weapon of choice for running 210km from Bendigo to Ballarat in south eastern Australia next weekend.

New men's Stinson Trail (Evo) in Black/Red/Cyan. The lugs give long course triathletes fresh off the bike with tired legs an extra spring in their step as well, but as this is a trail shoe, they know that using it entirely for road will wear the sole down quicker than normal. We talk to heaps of them at Husky long course each year, and they don't seem to mind. Anything that makes you feel good on road after a 120km bike ride, right?  :)

New men’s Stinson Trail (Evo) in Black/Red/Cyan. The lugs give long course triathletes fresh off the bike with tired legs an extra spring in their step as well, but as this is a trail shoe, they know that using it entirely for road will wear the sole down quicker than normal. We talk to heaps of them at Husky long course each year, and they don’t seem to mind. Anything that makes you feel good on road after a 120km bike ride, right? 🙂

So, that’s the new stuff, with upgrades, design evolutions, and hot new colours. But what about the new NEW stuff? What about the sleeker, lower profile, racing Hokas you’ve been hearing so much about? Well, YES, they’re here too. The original discussion, the one sthat seems to be causing so many people confusion online, was around calling the road model the Kailua, and the trail model the Rapa Nui.

Instead, keeping with the new format of dividing models into Trail or Tarmac, the Kailua is the women’s model, the Rapa Nui is the men’s model, and they’re both available in a road or trail version. Being old school, we say ladies first! That’s right, the women’s Kailua Trail and Tarmac will unpack and ship this week so look for it in your specialist running and tri stores. The men’s will be arriving and shipping in about 3 weeks, ready for your earliest summer racing. Amazingly, with just half a centimetre less cushioning under foot than a Bondi, these still feel like a completely different shoe. If you usually run with no level of protection between your foot and the ground, welcome to your next superlight, 5mm ramp height super-comfy ultramarathon shoe. If you like a lot of cushioning, but want something a little harder for your higher intensity 5km-10km-20km sessions, this shoe will excite you. Either way, the Kailua has turned a lot of heads in Europe where it was first released, and converted a number of runners who had remained skeptical for the last 3 years, to running in Hoka.

Hot new women’s Kailua Tarmac in Pink/White/Black

And of course, the hot new Kailua Trail. I’ve been running in the men’s version of this shoe for the last couple of months. It was the shoe I wore for North Face 50 in May and it is just an absolutely fun and exciting super-responsive shoe for running trail. There is less material in the upper than in an Evo so it’s a snugger fit but stretches around the foot over the first couple of weeks of wear. The tread grips just about everything beautifully from quick scurries across clay to steeply angled rock faces on fast ascents and descents. It’s intended as a shorter course shoe but it’s Karl Meltzer‘s favourite footwear for running 100-milers and even a slightly cushioned Hoka is going to give more love than almost any other shoe you might already be used to, and it’s so light you’re going to have to head into a running store to try a pair for yourself. Pretty much a juicy, juicy, juicy trail and adventure racing all rounder. With the amount of technical terrain in the Victorian Alps, I’d also have to say that the Kailua and Rapa Nui Trail shoes will be ideal hoof clobber for the Hoka OneOne Bogong2Hotham Rooftop Run on the second weekend of January, 2014.

The new women's Kailua Trail, in Lime/Silver/White USW6-11. On shelves and running feet this week.

The new women’s Kailua Trail, in Lime/Silver/White USW6-11. On shelves and running feet this week.

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