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

Hoka OneOne v. Coast 2 Kosci PT. 2: Ron Schwebel

Over the weekend, I asked a few of the runners who rode the 246km pain train that is Coast 2 Kosciuszko in Hoka OneOne to share their thoughts on them. Ron Schwebel is a pleasure to talk to and always brings a welcome presence to any race, either as a competitor, supporter, or Race Director.

Even at the Cossie to Coast, a 7km fun run for crew the day before the big game, Ron was running along muling water for runners on a day when he should have technically been doing nothing. He’s known to many as the Race Director for the cult Narrabeen All-Nighter, has a smacking sub-3:00 marathon run relatively recently, and he’s all about the run.

This is what he had to say about Hoka OneOne Bondi B. Thanks, Ron.

I ran in the Hoka Bondi’s.

I thought I would experiment with shoe types, as I could do a quick shoe change at any time.

 

My plan was to do uphills and some other parts in my normal lighter shoes.

These are oversize race flats, with Sorbothane inserts.

These have been successful in the past, incl the last C2K.

However a bit of time out has probably made my feet a bit soft.

At other times I was to switch to the Hokas for comparison.

 

I ran the first 30k in my normal shoes, then Hokas to the base of Big Jack , 56k.

I thought lighter shoes up a big hill would be easier.

The Hokas felt good, but when I put the race flats back on I noticed significant feet discomfort.

This was increased as I came over the top and ran on cobblestones on a slight downhill.

 

That was enough to get me back into the Hokas for the rest of the race!

At the end my feet were not overly sore, and no real discomfort, except a couple of blisters.

Maybe as for a race of half the length.

So now, for any race beyond 50/100k, it will be Hokas all the way.

 

Ron Schwebel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Mackey talks about Hoka Bondi B

Thanks to Spud for sending this through to us on Twitter.

Dave Mackey, an ultra runner who has kicked mounds of ass over the years and most recently took out the Montrail Cup for 2011 after a solid year including his 8th place at the most competitive Western States ever, talks about his Hoka One One Bondi B – the freakishly versatile and comfy ultra running shoe that we all jones for.

Some local impressions of Hoka One One by Sydney runners

To be fair, I wrote this one when I was still testing the shoe for the newly anointed Australian distributor:

http://runeatsleeprun.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/hokas-now-in-australia-bondi-b-road-shoe-review/

But I liked the shoe so much, I put up with their company  ; )

The boys at Ultra168, however, are a scrupulous bunch who’ll happily take whatever kit they can and then destroy it thoroughly. That’s why I, as an ultrarunner, like what they do. It saves me a bunch of time and answers my own questions. It would be interesting how their self-experimentation is working for everyone else, but that’s probably best discussed another day (after UTMB – make sure to follow the live coverage starting soon @iRunFar on Twitter)

So, they have had their hands on some Hokas and their initial findings make refreshing reading on the topic of big bouncy shoes as tested by a minimalist compulsive…

come on Miguel Heras – surprise the world!! Go Krissy Moehl, Kilian, Scott Jurek, Bryon Powell…. Huge UTMB…. Huge!!

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