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

Running shoes for 2013: R4YL magazine

Tarmac 2013

I have to say that we are fans of Run 4 Your Life magazine. They constantly demonstrate the maturity needed to consider and appreciate a range of different approaches to running and running technology. We’re especially stoked that they have recognized that Hoka OneOne is a new concept done well.

MBT, for those who don’t know the brand, is Masai Barefoot Technology, developed from the idea that many Masai in Africa protect their feet by tying pieces of car tyre underneath them. We see a marked difference between Hoka and MBT, despite initial visual similarities. Aside from the differences in weight and performance, MBT try to achieve their goal of enlivening the muscles by creating an instability platform. Hoka keeps the muscles alive on the run for longer by providing a dependable stability platform.

Bondi and Tarmac Jan 2013 r4yl cover

Hoka One One Quote of The Week

“Tried out the new @HokaAU today. These shoes make running feel like it’s supposed to! #Lovingit!!”

Quoting @DLBella

From Damian, at DLBella.com – self-described average age group triathlete. Cheers Damian – setting yourself up well to smash that 21.1km goal, however tired your swim legs might be.

For your Hoka One One needs, you’ll be happy to know that In Training will shortly be joining us as a Brisbane stockist, and in the meantime our shopfront is now up at http://www.HokaOneOne.com.au, offering Hoka for $229 including freight anywhere in Australia.

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