Hoka One One Stinson Evo Tarmac

  • Price Paid:$160.00
  • User rating:
    (4.6)
  • Would buy again from this company: Yes
  • Used product for: 3 months
  • # of logged workouts: 12

"I, for one, am drinking the Hoka Kool-aid. These shoes are great for long workouts, and while they might not be for everybody, they certainly helped me. For any run over 10 miles, these are now my go-to shoe."mirthfuldragon

(5)

Ease of installation

Thinking of "installation" in shoes is pretty odd, but two things jump out: the shoes came with two sets of insoles - a thin set and a thicker set - and two sets of laces - a set of speed laces and traditional laces. I used the thicker insoles and the speed laces. The included options are a pretty nice feature.

(5)

Ease of use

Very comfortable - see details below.

(4)

Quality of Construction

It's hard to evaluate a shoe after only a hundred miles, but overall I haven't noticed any degradation.

(5)

Fit

My feet are pretty normal - neither wide nor narrow - so the fit was spot on for me. I purchased my usual size 12.

(5)

Comfort

These shoes completely transformed my long running, from pain and agony to comfort. Without these shoes, my marathon would have been a horrible experience. The real surprise though is how light they are, and responsive. While they certainly aren't as nimble as my Kinvara 3s, they are by no means clunky or slow. Acceleration is quick and they are great for bombing down hills. Where as my more minimal shoes require some level of action on declines, with these I can simply let gravity help and jog along.

I ran two 20-milers for my marathon training plan in these shoes, and both of them resulted in less than half the soreness and pain as my previous 13- and 15-mile runs in other shoes.

(4)

Adjustability

There is a fair amount of ability to lace them tighter or looser, so I think they could adjust to a lot of different types of feet.

(4)

Durability

It's hard to evaluate a shoe after only a hundred miles, but overall I haven't noticed any degradation.

(5)

Value

Best shoe money I ever spent, period. Without them, I might have had to drop from my marathon.

(4)

Appearance

The shoes are, in a word, ugly. There's no way to disguise 2" of sole, and the color pattern is not as sexy or fast-looking as, well, anything by Saucony or Nike. These shoes are not designed to inspire speed or fear in your enemies. Overall, I still like the color scheme, and for a brand establishing itself, I understand why the word "HOKA" is on them in huge letters, but I hope they go to something a little more subtle in future issues.

(5)

Performance

Transformed my long runs, end of story. It's like riding on a fast-moving cloud of speed.

Strengths

Cushioning, stable; reduced leg fatigue and foot pain dramatically.

Weakness

Bulky, large; but I never had any problems with stumbling or turning an ankle.

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Buyers clubStinson Evo Tarmac
  • 19 people use
  • 800 workouts logged
  • 4968.46 miles / 804.21 hours logged