Hoka Clifton

rated 5.0 of 5 stars (1)
photo: Hoka Clifton footwear product

Specs

Price MSRP: $130.00
Historic Range: $69.99-$130.00
Reviewers Paid: $130.00

Reviews

It only took a few runs and one race to make me a…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130

Summary

It only took a few runs and one race to make me a true believer. Try these, your knees, ankles, and back will thank you.

Pros

  • Cushioning
  • Fit
  • Tread

Cons

  • What? You're kidding, right?

I'm an old school runner with a love of new ideas! Back in the day when the Tiger Cortez was considered a state of the art training shoe, we runners oohed and ahhed over the half inch of cushioning in the mid-sole. I too progressed to the basic running shoe for many years and races. I saw the "sock shoe" craze for what it is, a fad and winced everytime I saw someone running with these on pavement.

But what to make of the Hoka One One company? Is it a fad? Will it help me prevent overuse injuries, the mind went over this debate for many months. Then I jumped off the cliff into the sacred waters of the new idea. And that idea is that a shoe can provide ample cushioning without sacrificing the nimbleness needed on the trails.

That said, I bought a pair of the Cliftons to use as a trainer and hopefully prevent getting an overuse injury. On pavement, these were a dream and I was able to run long and without pain. But then, came the test...

I had signed up for a race (Zoom-Salomon Half Marathon Trail race in San Francisco) with the idea of running it for training. I wore my Hokas instead of my usual light trail running shoe so that I wouldn't be tempted to race. So off I went with good intentions...all for naught! I felt so comfortable that I moved the pace up, passed a few people, pushed it hard on the stairs. The shoe gripped well, was light and nimble, a trail runners dream.

Finished 43rd overall (I'm 58) and 2nd in my age group. After one day of soreness, the legs felt fresh after only two days. It's the Hoka Cliftons. Don't be stupid, get a pair.

G00SE

As a new runner, I'm intrigued. Care to post a couple of pictures?


5 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

I admit I'm also intrigued by the Hokas.


5 years ago
Jakuchu

How is the fit (good for narrow, medium, wide feet)?


5 years ago
jwm

The fit was perfect. I have a medium arch, slightly narrow feet. Very comfortable, toe box was big enough, no pinching and the heel counter kept the shoe in place without rubbing the upper achilles.


5 years ago
Jakuchu

Thanks. I just tried them on locally. Have a bit of a low arch, and quite narrow feet. For me they also felt great. I would want deeper lugs on them though for trail running in Japan. Trails around me are quite rough and steep and would need a bit more grip than these. Here's hoping on a mountain version...


5 years ago
jwm

Jakuchu, try the Rapa Nui or the Challenger.


5 years ago

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