“There are shoes for everyone but it is not always easy to find the ones for your feet!”
I have been running for almost 30-years….say that a lot don’t I …sorry. Sometimes it just seems odd that I have been running that long. Over the years I have run in almost every brand of running shoe and tried many models and many different running shoe technologies and philosophies.
HOKA ONE ONE CLAYTON
Okay – first off- I really like this shoes. I am not saying this just to appease the friendly HOKA guy who gave me a deal on the shoes. I have really enjoyed my first pair of this newer HOKA running shoe model – the Clayton.
FIT: Snug fit at the midfoot-reinforced with midsole support that creeps up pre-arch, good heel cup with good toe room and comfortable footbed. Fits much snugger and feels better than last year’s HOKA Clifton (my review). I also like the laces that stay laced up snugly and rarely have to bend my old creaky running dad body down to retie.
FEEL: Uber light HOKA feel (considering beefy look) and very cushioned feel without being marshmallowy or feeling thick and too solid. The shoe is also quite responsive despite being a thicker-soled shoe and you roll off the toe quite easily. Not sure how light it could be? It weighs 7.3 oz, the Adidas ADIZERO ADIOS 3 weighs 8.1 and my favourite race shoes the New Balance RC1400 weighs 7.2oz!!
Specs on the Clayton (7.3oz for a size 9)
- Offset: 4 mm
- Forefoot: 20 mm
- Heel: 24 mm
WHATS IN IT
Lightweight, No-Sew TPU Lattice Provides Forefoot Support
Lightweight, Form-Fitting Heel Construction
Microfiber Reinforced Midfoot Support
Early Stage Meta-Rocker
PRO2LITE +10 Midsole for a Unique Balance of PROpulsion and PROtection
Forefoot Matrix Technology provides dynamic cushioning and flexibility at a breathtakingly light weight.
Oversize Active Foot Frame for Maximum Tuned Stability
Full RMAT® Outsole for High-Rebound Cushioning and Traction
I really like this shoe for my marathon training and for my current 40-year old feet. The toe box gives room for my cranky stiff first joint on right foot and space for my feet to move around (not as much as Altra shoes I have tried)(shaped like feet) and good cushion for my feet that seem to demand a wee bit more love these days.
I was expecting this to just be a long run that was uber cushioned but a bit responsive. I have now worn this shoe for easy runs, tempo runs and done a solid track workout and loved it.
I did find there was a few (2-3days) of getting used to the bigger shoe (but was comfortable from the get go) feel but once I had a few runs in—loved. I have always considered myself a New Balance boy but my feet are really the ones who decide – because if my feet are not happy, I don not run and I am not happy!
*You can also check out my review of the HOKA trail shoes (Speedgoat and Challenger ATR) here.
**Watch for a coming review soon of the updated and I hear–snugger-fitting new HOKA Clifton.
Have fun out there my running friends!
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