Like the Clifton, the Bondi was one of Hoka’s first shoes. When you think of Hoka, you think of maximum cushion and something like the Bondi.
If you’ve never run in Hoka before, the Bondi is a lot of shoe. In fact, the Hoka Bondi is probably the most shoe in the industry. The 6th version doesn’t bring a lot of changes like previous versions. Throughout the last few versions, Hoka has made the Bondi much firmer. There is a big difference in feel of the cushioning. If you like a softer, marshmallow type of shoe: go with the Clifton, if you like a firmer cushioning go with Bondi.
I am team Bondi, as well as Mach, and Cavu, which all are much firmer. (I still like the Clifton, I would just choose the others before).
Hoka has started to fit big throughout the last year. Not big enough I would go down a size, but big enough that you will have more space. You can’t go wrong with a bigger shoe. You can have plenty of problems when the shoe is too small.
I usually wear between a 10-11 wide in running shoes, and 10.5 regular width is fine. (The Bondi does come in wides which is awesome!).
The major update in the Bondi 6 is a better upper. The mesh has been redesigned to allow more breathability as well durability. (so hopefully your toes don’t poke through the top). Plus as your feet sweat, they will be able to breathe.
Explaining how a Hoka feels before someone has tried it on is next to impossible. If you’ve never worn Hoka before, they use Meta-rocker technology which allows you to roll forward.
The Meta-Rocker is designed with a lower heel to toe drop to create a fulcrum effect. Think of it like a rocking chair.
If you’ve worn the Bondi before, the update in the ride is minimal. If you ran well in the 5, you should run well in the 6. Since the 4 to 5, was a more significant jump, Hoka kept this version very similar.
The Bondi 6 is one of my favorite shoes for recovery and easy days. Days I don’t care about pace. Since there is so much cushion to them if you are looking for an easy day, recovery day, walking shoe, these are going to keep your legs and feet happy. While the shoe isn’t a stable shoe, it’s got a wide base, so it is going to provide some stability. You feel like you are well cushioned from the start, middle, and end of the run. Sometimes after a run in the Bondi, I think…did I even run?
The Bondi is an excellent choice for recovery or easy days. It’s also a great choice if you work somewhere where you are standing all day long. I feel like out of any shoe I’ve ever reviewed (Yes, any), if I needed a shoe I could be in for hours or days, it would be this shoe. If for some reason I was running for 10 hours, I would choose this shoe. It’s not the fastest shoe out there, but not designed to be either.
Easy/Daily Runs: Hoka, Bondi 6, Hoka Mach 2, Brooks Glycerin 17,
Speed Work: Reebok Float Ride Runfast Pro, Nike Streak Lt,
Long Runs: Hoka Cavu 2
Races: Nike Fly, Reebok Run fast Pro
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Hey Hollie! You seem to know a lot about shoes… Any recommendations for those of us with weak/unstable ankles? I roll mine a lot (especially on trails), and could use some advice on brands/models to check out. Thank you!
Thanks Emily, I work in run speciality so I know most shoes out there. I don’t have a specific shoe recommendation and it depends on more than your ankles. I always recommend getting fit at a local store because they can physically see your foot. If you send me an email (fueledbylolz (@) Gmail dot com). I can point you in the direction in your area!
My first Hokas were Bondi’s, which is all they made at the time. They looked a little like clown shoes, although I noticed that they just reissued the Bondi B. My favorites are still the Cliftons, but Bondi’s are a close second. Need to check out the Bondi 6.
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