In a couple of weeks, Hoka One One will release three new road running shoe models as part of their Spring ’16 line–one competition shoe and two lightweight training shoes. This marks the first time Hoka has created a short length (1 mile to marathon) race specific shoe, as most Hoka ultra runners wear the beefier models that allow them to pound out mile after mile at high speeds.
Each of the three shoes features the new Hoka PRO2LITE + 10 midsole–using a combination of foam densities, the midsole is softer in the heel for cushioning, graduating to firmer in the forefoot for better propulsion. The change in density can be seen by the two different color foams running through the midsole of each shoe.
The Carbon Rocket weighs just 6.3 ounces (5.4 ounces women) with a 1 mm offset between the 2o mm of cushioning in the heel and 19 mm in the forefoot. Hoka adds a carbon fiber propulsion plate that runs almost the full length of the shoe before forking laterally and medially in the forefoot. The plate is embedded just above the RMAT outsole that uses strategic rubber placements for added durability. The no-sew upper construction means you have less chance of developing blisters over the course of your next marathon and a TPU lattice overlay provides extra forefoot support. Sadly, looks like this one is going to be reserved for Hoka athletes only at this time–the rest of us will just have to wait.
The Clayton ($150, pictured top) is built on the same last as the extremely popular Clifton 2 but comes in lighter at 7.3 ounces (6.3 ounces women). This neutral, lightweight trainer features a 4mm drop with a 24 mm heel and 20 mm forefoot stack height. A full RMAT outsole provides extra high-rebound cushioning and traction on the road. This is a super stable shoe meant to see you through mile after mile of training for your next race.
Finally, the Tracer ($130) comes in at 7 ounces (6.3 ounces women) with a 4 mm drop–18 mm in the forefoot and 22 mm at the heel. Mesh in the forefoot adds an extra level of breathability while durability is upped by the strategically placed rubber on the outsole.
Expect to see the three new Hoka road running shoe models start shipping April 1st.