Hoka Bondi 5 Shoe Review

Hoka Bondi 5 Shoe Review

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.

Hoka Bondi 5 Shoe Review

Drop: 4mm
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.

Hoka Bondi 5 Shoe Review


  • Max cushioning
  • True to size fit
  • Most amount of cushion in any running and only $150


  • Takes a few runs to get used too

My current shoe rotation:
Saucony Freedom ISO (long runs, daily runs)
Hoka Bondi 5 (long runs, daily runs)
Brooks Launch 4 (short runs, speed work)
Saucony Type A (speed work)

Questions for you:
Do you prefer a shoe with more cushion?
What is your current favorite shoe?


6 responses

  1. I’m currently running in the Hoka Clifton 2’s (and Brooks ghosts) and was surprised they didn’t feel as big as they looked! At first I found myself scraping my toes a bit – I don’t lift my feet as high as I should), but got used to it. I’ve really enjoyed how LIGHT they are, yet still so cushioned.

  2. I have not tried the Bondi 5’s yet. Currently running in the Clifton 3’s, which are terrific and Bondi 4’s. The Clifton 3 restored the wider toe box and have a great feel. The Bondi 4 is also a nice ride, but I like the looks of the Bondi 5. Hoka has come a long way from what looked like clown shoes several years ago.

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