Hoka One One Clifton 2 Review: One of the Best Long Distance Running Shoes

Hoka One One Clifton 2 Review: One of the Best Long Distance Running Shoes


What’s up, Taren here from A-Race. Today
we’re going to be talking about one of the sizzliest new shoes out there that a lot of
people are curious about, the Hoka One One Clifton two. Hoka launched their built up maximal shoes
in 2010, this was right in the heart of the minimal shoe movement. But even within that
they were and instant success with the ultra marathoners and the really long-distance runners.
Over the past couple of years they’ve been moving more into the traditional road running
types of shoes, and they’ve now got eleven models. This here is their flagship road-racing
shoe, the Clifton 2, that comes in as their lightest and fast shoe at 8.3 ounces of cushy
goodness. I’ve now got a total of a little over forty
miles in the Clifton twos, in all kinds of different workouts and different terrains
and surfaces. I’m not gaga over the Cliftons, but I certainly do like them. The main thing
that I like about this shoe is how it feels under the foot; it’s soft, it’s smooth,
it’s cushy, but it’s also responsive, so it’s not just running on a marshmallow.
The meta-rocker is the build of the shoe that encourages you to land on your mid-foot or
forefoot, and then roll forward, and then it also pops you off the ground. There’s
only a four-millimeter drop from the heel to the toe so it gives a very very minimal,
but also cushioned responsive feel. This is one of my favourite shoes as far as how it
feels under your foot. I like the weight of this shoe, like I said
coming in at 8.3 ounces, that’s getting into road racing shoe territory which is pretty
impressive because there’s a lot of shoe here and you don’t typically get this type
of cushioning with a road racing flat. Durability, I’ve got to give them kudos,
for such a light shoe there’s really just a little bit of minimal wear. And for forty
miles, I’m really impressed. The rubber outsole has basically no wear. The EVA foam
is just starting to wear a little bit, but you can still see the treads absolutely everywhere
on the shoe. That then leads into how I feel about price.
This shoe comes in at a hundred and thirty dollars, I think that that is a really good
bang for your buck with a lot of the more premium shoes coming in at around a hundred
and fifty or more a hundred and thirty dollars is actually a pretty good deal, especially
if that durability holds up and this turns into a two or three hundred mile kind of shoe. Everything that I liked about this shoe was
from halfway down however. What I dislike about this shoe basically starts right there
and works it’s way up. The reason that I’m not absolutely gaga about this shoe is because
of how my foot felt in it. I will give them credit that the inside of this shoe feels
just silky smooth, but the heel-cup I found was way to cuppy, and the squishy tongue was
way too squishy. I led to a bit of a strange feeling, kind of like my foot was well locked
in at the top, but because it was so silky smooth here down at the insole it felt like
I wasn’t locked in there. Even though everything was tight, I was just aware of the feeling
of my foot sitting in this heel cup. My biggest complaint with this shoe is as
we move forward. Around the tongue and the laces everything was fine, for one reason
or another the way that my toes sat in the toe box they rubbed against each other and
I developed some nasty blisters for two weeks of my life that I’m never getting back.
I’m talking about the two weeks of my life that I’ve never getting back, not the toes,
the tootsies are fine. I was voted best feet in the grade nine yearbook, don’t ever forget
that. I didn’t notice that a lot for the last ten miles once my feet got used to it
and my toes toughened up, but it certainly wasn’t a pleasant break in period. That sensation of your foot feeling a little
bit loose in the shoe, and like it could move around, is why I don’t think that this shoe
is best spent with time on the track and in your speed workouts when there’s a lot of
pounding and your foot is moving around. I think that the best use of this shoe is like
I say, on those long runs where you want a lot of cushion and you don’t want to feel
beat up after, or on the trails where there’s a lot of side to side, and undulation, and
you need some cushion to absorb all that rock, and gravel, and twigs, and roots, and tress
that you’re standing on. So is the Hoka One One Clifton going to be
my everyday runner, no. But does that mean that there isn’t a spot for it in my shoe
line-up, absolutely not. This shoe does well on the trails, on long recovery runs, it’s
got great cushion and it promotes that nice efficient mid-forefoot stride. So I’m certainly
going to be using the Clifton on my long runs, on my recovery runs, days when I need to give
my joints a rest, and out here on the trails, that is when this excels and that’s when
I’m going to use it. If you’re not ready to go to a full minimal
shoe but you like the idea of getting a shoe that promotes that more minimal efficient
more mid-forefoot stride these shoes will be good for you because they do have some
cushioning and they do promote and efficient gait. Or if you’re a minimal shoe runner already
and you want something with a little more cushion and something that promotes that minimal
shoe gait, give this a try. Fair warning though, just like when you went to that minimal shoe
and there was that adjustment period there’s going to be an adjustment period with this
because it does take that little while for your body mechanics to get used to the new
cushioning that’s under your foot. That’s it for the Hoka One One Clifton.
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