The Hoka OneOne Bondi – what makes this running shoe so different?

For Australian runners, the Bondi B/ Bondi Low/ Bondi Speed/ Bondi 2/ Bondi 3 in all its incarnations has been the shoe that grabbed so much attention when Hoka first came to Australia back in 2011, the shoe that most users of Hoka OneOne running gear will have at least one pair of, and that probably offers the clearest first experience to new wearers of what Hoka OneOne means.

See the grey ones in the middle – that was my first pair of Bondi Bs! It kind of gets me emotional, and then I just feel grateful for the new colour schemes 🙂 Click on the picture for my first ever writeup of the Bondi B as well.

The Hoka OneOne Bondi puts 24.5mm of superlight cushioning under the forefoot, 29mm under the heel, and in the latest model – the Bondi 3 – it weighs in at 315g in a US8.5 men’s model and 267g in a US6.5W women’s model. You couldn’t possibly fit that much marshmallow under someone’s foot without tripling the weight of the shoe, but running on marshmallows is one of the most typical ways we hear new Hoka runners describe the feeling of the Bondi. Running on clouds, running on a trampoline, running on pillows – these are also common ways for runners to describe their first experience of the Bondi.

Fast forward 3 years, and the Bondi is a very advanced new animal with the same classic midsole and a number of champion endurance athletes singing its praises. #toldyouso

When you strap the Bondi to tired legs, or when you’re deep into a half-marathon or full marathon with less fatigue than you might be used to, suddenly the shoes weigh next to nothing and those clouds you’re running on feel like they’re racing toward the horizon. That, of course, is subjective. Read more of this post

Scott Hawker, chilling in Beijing

Flashing his shorts at -3, Hoka OneOne Australia's Scott Hawker out for a training run in Beijing, on his way to the Hong Kong 100 later this month.

Flashing his shorts at -3, Hoka OneOne Australia’s Scott Hawker out for a training run in Beijing, on his way to the Hong Kong 100 later this month.

Just heard from Team Hoka’s Scotty Hawker, freshly back from turning his legs over in Beijing as he gets ready for the Hong Kong 100 later this month.

A little colder here (-3deg) than Australia!! Heading out for a run around the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Got so many smiles and laughs from locals cause I was wearing shorts. Guess that’s the kiwi in me.

Along with The North Face 100 here in Australia in May, Tarawera in New Zealand in March, and a swag of other spectacular ultra marathons throughout the year and around the globe, the HK100 is now part of the Ultra Trail World Tour and as such will see a fast lineup of internationals racing alongside Scott, including Dave Mackey, Claire Price, and Jez Bragg.

Good luck Scott! Great chance to mix it up with some of the best.

 

Hoka’s cutting edge technology

There might be a lot of shoes that deserve to be cut in half by runners, but surely not Hoka! Nevertheless, here’s a great dissection of the shoe (yeah, that was a pun) by a Hoka OneOne fan.

1. Crazy outside but sane inside: As you can see in second photo in this post, the outsides of the shoe have a lot of visible foam. I think it stabilizes the wide sole, cups the heel and almost cradles the rest of the foot aside from simply giving Hoka One One shoes a very distinctive and recognizable look.  After slicing the shoe in half I realized that’s part of the secret: the shoe is a big party on the outside promising a different experience – and it is different ride: it is a wide shoe, it’s taller (although some of the height appearance may be a trick on the eyes because of the tall foam on the outside) and the cushioning is pretty luxurious, especially at the beginning. But looking at the cross-section it’s a lot more basic and definitely more akin to what you’d envision a “normal” running shoe to look like to the point of the above photo almost looking like it is another shoe. And for me, this combination of crazy but sane really works.

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What a great idea! Reminds me of something we did a little while ago….  🙂

Great North Walk 100-miler Race Report: It begins…

Hi, Roger again. I’ve put the race report from the 100-miler that beasted me on the weekend on my blog http://www.runeatsleeprun.com. It was an incredible way to finish this month of ultrarunning adventure but hardly an outing in high-paced glory. Rather, it was a total sufferfest. As much as it became a battle for survival, more or less, it is still one of the most meaningful finishes I have ever achieved. My crewman Graham and pacer Jess were exceptional and I certainly put their patience to the test. Let’s face it, we all expected a Sunday lunch on the beach and instead found ourselves literally racing against the clock right to the 160th kilometre.

It wasn’t necessarily what it was hoped to be, but it was raw, it was heartfelt, it was do or die, and at the end of the day, if an event is all of those things and more, what more could you possibly ask?

To read more, just follow this link.

Still 100km to get to halfway: Octember pt. 1 The Great Ocean Walk 100

Between October 12 and November 10, I have set myself the challenge of running 3 100km races and a 174km trailrunning slaughterhouse on one of Australia’s toughest 100-mile courses. It’s a total of 474 race kilometres within 30 days and even with 200 kilometres already down, I don’t feel any closer to the halfway mark. Maybe after this Sunday’s Ned Kelly Chase in Wangaratta (northern Victoria), when only the Great North Walk miler remains, I’ll feel like only the hardest part of Octember remains. But halfway isn’t the finish, and as every ultrarunner knows, it isn’t even halfway.

GOW map view

The Great Ocean Walk (shuffle, sprint, stagger, roll, run, shuffle, dawdle, heave, bolt)

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RD Andy Hewat explains the GOW100’s complicated navigation protocol…

The first of the month’s 4 runs, the Great Ocean Walk 100, was on one of the most beautiful and unforgiving routes in Australia. With the simple instruction to keep the ocean on our left, close to a hundred runners raced, staggered, stumbled and deliriously zigzagged their way from Apollo Bay to the iconic Twelve Apostles. Perhaps if I’d been less preoccupied with thoughts of the long month ahead or had even just brought my climbing legs with me, I’d have run into sight of these monolithic oceanic landmarks before the sun had dropped from view for the day. Getting in just under 15 hours on a course that I’d expected to be a lot kinder was a good bucket of cold water to the face. Just as recently minted US Grand Slammer Andre Blumberg had advised me, confirming lessons from last year’s 4 Deserts Grand Slam, 4 out of 4 is a long game and it’s different than the one everyone else is playing. This challenge was going to be a challenge! Read more of this post

474 race kilometres in 4 very ultra weekends

Hi, this is Roger from Hoka in Australia. I’m taking on an extreme running challenge starting this weekend at Great Ocean Walk. It’s not going to be fast, it’s not going to be pretty, but it’s definitely going to get interesting.

The running evolution that is taking over…

When a particularly large, superlight, and strange looking shoe appeared a few years ago, some thought it was science, others sorcery, but most just plain silly. The shoe outperformed the expectations of most and stale indignation turned slowly to intrigue.

Current models, a comparison

Current models, a comparison

Now, many runners have at least one friend pounding out the miles on trail or road in a pair of Hoka OneOne and even if they don’t, judging from Outdoor Retailer’s latest Gearapallooza, next year they’ll probably know someone running in a Hoka CloneClone.

Hoka One One is a real game changer – which is why so many other brands – even those touting minimal shoes very recently – are now introducing Hoka inspired shoes.   However, it seems as if they are strictly copying the oversize nature of some of the most popular Hoka models – which is only one aspect of the design.  Simply being oversized will not provide the same benefit as Hoka One One shoes.  There is more to the technology than just that.

That’s Jim Van Dine, Hoka’s global Brand President talking to RunBlogRun in a fresh new interview we thought you’d find interesting.

Read more here…

Hoka OneOne Conquest 2014

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