Lately, I’ve felt a little more “beat up” during training and wanted a shoe with more cushion. Not injured, just wanting more cushion during easy and longer runs! The Hoka Bondi 5 has the most cushion of any running shoe currently on the market. I’m not a stranger to the Hoka brand and after coming back from my ankle fracture last year, I ran in several pairs of the Hoka Clifton 3.
Weight: 10 oz
A common question I’ve been asked is: “am I more susceptible to falling while running in Hokas”? I can personally tell you as someone who falls a lot (and has broken my arm doing so), I’ve never fallen because of a Hoka shoe. Once you’re running, you don’t feel the difference too much.
While there is a lot of cushion in any Hoka shoe, it’s important to remember your feet actually sink into the cushion and it’s not as overwhelming as it appears.
The shoes are designed so your foot actually sinks down in the cushioning quite a bit. It’s like a giant marshmallow! Once you put any model on you realize you aren’t as high up as anticipated.
While I never ran in the Hoka Bondi 4, the fit of the Hoka Bondi 5 is relatively similar. Right now in the running industry, Hoka is one of the few brands that fits true to size. I typically wear a size 10 and a size 10 was perfect. Many brands this year are running either short or narrow. The Bondi has a nice wide seamless toe box which makes it a perfect candidate for anyone who has bunions or a slightly wider foot. In general, the fit is one of my favorites from any brand.
As a brand, Hoka has a distinct and unique feel. Then again, how could it not, you are higher off of the ground?
The Bondi has the most amount of cushion in a running shoe. You feel that. It doesn’t feel large, or clunky, but it does feel like a lot underneath your feet. If you have never held a Hoka before, they are extremely light weight.
Compared to the Hoka Clifton 3, the Bondi 5 has more cushion. The cushion is also denser so your foot doesn’t sink as much into the bottom. It’s a great recovery or long run shoe.
A great aspect of the shoe is you can run as far as needed. Personally, I’ve run 10+ miles and felt great but this was also designed with the ultra marathoner in mind. Would this be my personal choice for a racing shoe? No, but it’s a great option for daily runs, long runs and any run you want more cushion.
- Max cushioning
- True to size fit
- Most amount of cushion in any running and only $150
- Takes a few runs to get used too
Questions for you:
Do you prefer a shoe with more cushion?
What is your current favorite shoe?