Thursday, 7 May 2015

Hoka One One - RAPA NUI 2S TRAIL Shoe - REVIEW

Ok so finally body was up to taking out the HOKA ONE ONE  RAPA NUI 2S TRAIL shoes out for review, first impressions out the box the shoes look good,not too heavy (292 g) considering they are a trail shoe and have the thicker sole cushioning. the shoes are comfortable and you do feel the extra cushion even walking, also I liked their speed lacing system.. they include optional insole as well which is a nice touch.



Field test

I took the shoes out today on a rainy,windy 5 miler, it was on mixed terrain from stony path to a wet and muddy hill section. Firstly the all important grip! the tread is reasonably deep and has v sections rather than long ridges the v's are well placed at various angles and with enough space between to stop clogging. The shoes performed better on the stony trail even in the wet, they did ok when it got very muddy but they do get points for not clogging as many trail shoes do and losing grip.

Next up is comfort, it took a little while to get used to the ride as the heel is so much higher but it is a cushioned and pleasant run in them, certainly suit running who suffer from impact injuries this would be a blessing. I found stride was not affected and there is real benefit on jolting downhill sections from the extra absorption the shoe gives. the shoes also kept out most water and did not end up twenty pounds heavier as some do :)




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Conclusion

A high end comfortable shoe for getting the miles done, excellent on stony dusty trail, good on heavy wet/muddy . Looks good though thicker sole takes a little getting used too. great for heavy footed or impact injury runners and as a mileage shoe for all.

score a good 8/10

thanks for reading
Gareth
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Specs

  • CATEGORY:
  • Ultra Size

    • GEOMETRY:
    • Offset: 5mm
    • Heel: 35mm
    • Forefoot: 29mm
    • WEIGHTS:
    • 10.3 oz / 292 g
    • Weight is based on size EU 42 2/3 and may vary depending on size.
    • Balanced Meta-Rocker geometry
    • 6mm Vibram® lugs with full ground contact design
    • Seamless, breathable anti-debris mesh upper
    • 1.5 volume IMEVA midsole
    • Quick lacing system