Recently I started running in two new Hoka Models. The Hoka Mach 2 and the Hoka Cavu 2. Both of the original versions (Mach) and (Cavu) were favorites of mine last year. I was excited to see what updates they had made! The first version of any shoe can be hit or miss. Usually, a few significant changes are made for the second version depending on what customers preferred or didn’t.
So what was updated? The second version is slightly firmer but also slightly lighter. The fit remains similar, and dare I say it, even a tad big? Not big enough to go down a half size.
The upper has been updated to include open engineered mesh. It’s much lighter and more breathable than the previous model. Actually, it breathes extremely well, if not one of the best I’ve seen from a running shoe.
The fit itself is slightly long (almost unheard of these days in the running world!) but nothing I would adjust sizes with. I’m usually between a 10-11 wide. The Mach isn’t made in wide, so I went a 10.5. I think if it were made in wide, I would order the wide.
The Hoka Mach 2 uses Hoka One One’s early stage meta-rocker. What does that mean? The Meta-Rocker combines a low heel lift that promotes a smooth transition from heel to toe. A smooth “rock.”
For those already running in Hoka, the Mach 2 feels much more responsive without sacrificing cushion. It’s a great speed work, or even racing shoe. For those running in a traditional brand but wanting to try Hoka, it provides the Hoka cushioning but without the drastic change of going to either the Clifton or Bondi.
If you ran in the first version of the Mach, you’ll notice a much softer heel but a firmer forefront. Hoka chose to do this to make for a more smooth heel to toe transition. If you strike more towards your heel but are looking for a racing shoe, the Mach is one to consider. For me, it’s light, smooth, and been a good addition to my long run shoes.
I like the Mach and I’ve put just over 100 miles in it. For me, it works best as a faster long, or daily run shoe. I like more cushion for recovery and a little less, shoe, like the Hoka One One Cavu, for speedier work.
Daily Runs: Hoka One One Mach 2, New Balance 1080
Tempo Runs/Quality Long Runs: Nike Fly, Hoka One One Cavu
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