What is the difference between the Hoka models?

One of the most common things we get asked when we’re at triathlon, health & fitness, and running expo’s or signing up new stores is this very question: What is the difference between the Hoka models?

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Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be answering this for you here at http://www.hokaoneoneaustralia.com by posting an individual overview of each model:

Kailua Trail

As well as talking about each model in individual detail, we’ll make some simple but useful comparisons by pointing out things like the benefits of the Bondi 3 to the runner with a higher volume foot relative to the Stinson Tarmac which deliberately fits more closely for a responsive feel, or how someone who wants the cushioning of a Hoka but feels they collapse a bit in the Kailua will find that the Conquest, while still a neutral shoe, offers a previously unknown level of control and guidance in a Hoka.

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Stinson Trail

Hoka OneOne, in a new user’s own words

Our shop site – http://shop.hokaoneone.com.au – needs some updating and that should happen before the year’s out, BUT one feature we really like is that users buying from the site can review on the site. One customer left this review this week, and we thought it worth sharing.

I am 47 now, and have done 2 marathons. Have been injured for 3 years as a result. I got my first pair of Stinson Tarmacs beginning of 2013, and have managed to get myself to the point where 35-45kms a week is feasible again, and I feel there is now more to come.

I did 750kms in these shoes, and bought a new pair just a week ago. Online, just specified the size and ordered. The sizing measurements are consistent and correct for me.

The new ones are ever so slightly different in the upper but completely familiar overall. No idiotic fundamental changes, unlike what other running shoe manufacturers habitually do every six months, changiI ng their designs. The Stinsons I got over 6 months ago are equivalent to the ones I got a week ago. For people who actually run a lot, this is an important factor. 

Unlike any other shoe I have worn for any distance running, there is no need to wear these Hoka’s in. They are immediately comfortable, no hot spots to cause blisters, they are cushy yet not unstable. Plenty of grip on most surfaces, they are certainly a road/concrete and gravel path shoe, not for serious off road. 

These shoes are not for everyone, some don’t like the feel. Its not that I like the feel so much, it is true that _less_ shoe feels better for fast running, its just the evidence is clear that they help me to run injury free.

They are for their size surprisingly light, but are not what I would call a light weight shoe. They are big but are not at all unwieldy.

I am fairly sure there are _faster_ shoes I could run in. But the difference would probably be marginal. I have recently trained for and run my best 5km race ever as an adult in Hoka Stinson Tarmacs. This is after 6 months layoff, and beginning to run again in March 2013, 6 months in the Hoka shoes.

Again these shoes simply allow me to train and avoid injury, enough so that I am now in my best shape ever for a 5km race. I cannot see any reasons to stop using these shoes.

The overall impression I get is that Hokas are designed by people who run long long distances, for people who want to run long long distances. They are manufactured with this in mind too.

For me, an very imperfect runner, they are great.

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…

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