Men's HOKA ONE ONE STINSON TRAIL :: Amp-up your running performance with an extra-large boost of energy and comfort when you run in the men's Hoka Stinson Trail, the latest running shoe from the original oversized athletic footwear company. You'll stride strong mile after mile with an energized, highly-protected bounce in Hoka One One®'s innovative midsole design that delivers up to 2.5 times more volume of propriety performance foam than standard running shoes. Amazingly, all of this added cushioning won't interfere with your connection to the road because you'll also get a surprisingly responsive ride from the progressive rolling rocker midsole engineering. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, your every step will feel solid n' sure thanks to the 360º stability provided by this running shoe's unique sidewall design. 12.2 ounces
Features & Benefits:
Amplified Midsole Geometry: Outstanding impact absorption with a lively and highly comfortable feel underfoot
Active Rocker Profile: Provides a smooth full ground contact and energy efficient stride transition from the heel strike to the push off
Active Foot Frame design: Recessed footbed frames the foot, providing a full 360° stability, which equates to a more stable ride performance
Minimum Drop Geometry midsole design: Creates a natural foot motion, which is extremely important for uniformity of stride and promoting consistent foot strike rhythm
Some quick background for perspective - I am an avid athlete and runner in my mid forties. I weigh 150 pounds and train on mostly light to medium trails. I train at a 5-6 minute mile pace. I am a neutral to mild over-pronator with one suspect ankle, medium to high arches, and slight osteoarthritis in both knees.
I have been running for the past two years on Salomon XD Pro 3D Ultras and have been VERY happy with them. My only complaint was that they were on the light side as far as cushioning, and overall a fairly heavy shoe. However, they were stable with good heel drop and traction and overall, excellent trail shoes. Also, I have NOT bought into the minimalist movement - I will not argue the merits one way or the other here, but for me the logic was never there and the "research" ambiguous at best. Bottom line, I believe that science can improve on what the human body gives us, that's why we wear clothes and shoes in the first place.
So, it was time for new shoes back in mid-December and I began doing my research. A friend of mine who runs ultra marathons mentioned Hokas, and said that they were gaining a lot of traction in the ultra community. I do not run ultra, but in my mind, if the ultra crowd is looking at something it's probably worth at least some consideration, given how much those folks run. I had never heard of Hokas, and never seen them, but the information I was able to uncover in my research made a lot of sense to me, unlike minimalism. The science was there, but more importantly, I like the approach. Don't overcushion - use advance materials to distribute the impact forces evenly and smoothly and shape the shoe for a seemless transition from strike to push. One article I read likened Hokas to running on soft grass. Seemed like a good theory, and with my crummy knees I am always looking for ways to reduce impact forces while allowing me to train hard and fast. Like anothe reviewer, I figured I had nothing to lose given Road Runner Sports' awesome 90 no questions asked return policy for VIP members (no, I am not paid to plug the VIP thing ;0).
I have read that the Hoka's tend to run small, but I read the same about Salomons. I think it just depends on where you are between sizes. I am right between a 9 and 9.5, so I always run in 9.5s. I suppose if I was a full 9.5 or between a 9.5 and a 10 they might be snug, but for me, the 9.5 was true to size and fits great. Sure enough, they look wierd and clownish. My first impression out of the box was how light the shoes were. My Salomons weighed abot 14.5 OZs per shoe, these come in at about 11, so a pretty significant decrease, all the more surprising because they look big and heavy.
Because these are so different I wore them around the house for 5 days just to ensure I wouldn't get blisters, wobble, shift, and to get a sense for how my body would react. I can't describe how Hokas feel, you just have to try for yourself. All I can say is they do what they say - they give you an incredible amount of cushion without being mushy or springy - like grass. I found myself leaving them on in the house because they felt so good and so darned comfortable. If they didn't look so goofy I'd probably get a pair for every day use - I may do that anyway.
So, after 5 days, I was satisfied that I could run in them. My first run was fantastic. They do feel very different from my Salomons - a much more responsive sole - they do feel like they give energy back - it's almost not fair. My first run was a fast 3.5 light trail. The run was exhilarating - the shoes felt so good I found myself cranking out a pace that I had not intended to, just trying to push the shoes. At the end of 3.5 my legs wanted to keep going but my lungs said otherwise. I checked my watch and had taken nearly a minute off my previous PR - unheard of for me, and completely unplanned.
I've got 4 solid weeks on the Hokas since then, and probably about 100 miles on them. I absolutely love these shoes. So here are some observations, good and bad:
a. Wear. They seem to wear just fine - really too early to tell but after 1 month and 100 miles there is very little noticeable wear.
b. Breathability and water shedding. I read a lot about this. They breath very well. Granted, it's been a cold winter, but I haven't noticed any heat build ups inconsistent with other shoes. I haven't submerged them but have gotten them wet - they seem to shed and dry as well as other shoes I've worn. I can see where they might retain water - no drain holes in the shoe and the upper material seems like it might want to retain water, but no data here.
c. Laces. I am still on the fence about this. Hoka provides speed laces or standard. I love speed laces - one of the really strong features on the Salomons. The Hoka speed laces are not as good as the Salomon system. The closer is a strange two piece affair that works but takes a little manipulation to cinch down. I still have the regular laces and may end up switching to those. The lacing is the only real negative I have found to these shoes yet.
d. Traction. Excellent. The shoe feels different as you push off - I don't want to say it takes getting used to because I haven't changed my stride, it just seems that the shoes dig in a little better - the traction is excellent as a result.
e. Stability. The shoes have a wide stance, but because of the height, they are not quite as stable as the Salomons. Of course, these are neutral vs. stability shoes and I know that plays a factor. Bottom line, on agressive terrain I find myself more aware of irregularities than I was with my Salomons, but not enough to be concerned with turning an ankle.
f. Heel Drop. I don't know what the spec of the shoe is, but there is some heel to toe drop, and I think that because of the depth of the cushion and the energy absorption design it feels a bit more pronounced. However, my sense is that's how the shoes are designed to function - the result is a slightly altered gait that gives me a much better heel to ball of foot roll and launch. Perhaps this is what, in part, is giving me the insanely fast times I am running in this shoe. I have been pretty consistently hitting PRs on every run, and have found myself training more in the 5:30 mile range vs. the 6 minute range. I don't watch my time during my runs - I just let the clock run and go with how I feel. The shoes make me feel better and I can't deny that I am running a lot faster, consistently - so it's not the "new shoe placebo" effect.
g. Pain. None. This is perhaps the biggest and best improvement of the Hokas vs any other shoe I have run in over the past couple of years (Saucony, Salomon, Brooks). When I finish a run and for the rest of the day - no pain. My knees feel great, as does my back. I think the cushioning and energy absorption/return really is working exactly as the Hoka web site and open press describe it. I really can't see ever returning to a standard shoe after running in Hokas.
So, after a month of objective observation coupled with some very hard running, I am giving the Hoka Stinson trail 5 stars. There are some minor issues that I have noted, but these are indeed minor. My overall impression is that these are superb shoes. My sense also is that the "maximalist" movement is more than a movement - I think this new technology will transform how running shoes are made from now on. I just can't see any down side to this technology - and there are just too many plusses. I wonder if there will be any official judgements or repercussions - I think these shoes are much faster than standard shoes. I don't think it's an unfair advantage but there are certainly those who might think that - I will be interested to see what the racing community does. However, I run for the love of running, not to race, and these shoes make me love running even more so I'm all in!
I have been running seriously for the last 3 years building up to 50-60 miles a week. I have started in recent months to run at least 25% of my runs on trails and finally decided to buy some trail shoes to replace the Brooks Ghosts I had been using. After researching and asking around the Hoka kept coming up as a shoe that more and more ultra runners were using for training and races so I thought I would give them a try.
So far I have logged a little over 100 miles in them on a mix of road, hard pack and technical trails and have been very happy. After a minimal break in period where I had to learn to run with a much bulkier footprint I can run without noticing them being any different that my road shoes.
My son told me I should avoid wearing them in public because they look weird but since I run in the early morning or evening I can mostly avoid being embarrassed by their moon boot appearance. I am also not a fan of the quick draw laces after the first 100 miles and will be switching over to the standard laces.
The comfort and sure-footedness is unrivaled allowing me to attack the trails with more confidence not having to worry about sharp or loose rocks. They also really help to lessen the impact on my legs during steep descents where you are forced to land more heavily on your heals. I also expect them to hold up far beyond the life expectancy of my road shoes due to the solid yet surprisingly light build.
So to repeat myself... so far, I am happy with this shoe and expect to enjoy it while running more and more of my weekly miles on trails.
San Diego CA
Helps me run after heel injury
I've had these shoes about a month and they're helping me get back to running after over 4 months with an injury. I had an overuse injury right on the heel of my right foot. I pretty much had to stop in the middle of a run and couldn't even think about running for the next few months. It was some combination of a bruised heel bone and plantar fasciitis, but it stopped me cold.
After several week of P.T. I felt ready to slowly start back into activity with some time on an elliptical and then some careful running. I had been running in Asics GT1170 and Brooks Cascadia, but neither of them felt comfortable. It was almost like these weren't my feet anymore. I just craved cushioning. I tried inserts and heel cups, which helped a bit, but not enough.
I then decided to try these Hokas and I'm very glad I did. From the first time I put them on I felt almost normal again. I started out with some light, short runs and I'm now up to over 6 miles. The cushioning is certainly the biggest help for me, but the lower heel to toe drop also helps me lessen the heel strikes and the wide sole adds some stability. The traction is good and is enough for the packed snow and ice I run on in the winter. I did a run last week at -34 degrees and the cushioning stiffened up quite a bit, but then everything does at that temperature. The shoes still felt comfortable. After thinking it would be a long time if ever that I'd run again, I'm very happy to be slowly building the distance back up. The Hokas are definitely helping me come back from the injury and might end up being my primary shoe for good. I'm quite pleased.
First, I do not work for Hoka. Second, these shoes seem legit. I'm 41 and run 25-75 miles per week, all year. I've been tempted to try this brand since RRS had an add about them earlier in 2014. I've rotated them in with my Kayanos and Air Structures.
* Most of my runs are on dirt roads or a mulch trail and these shoes feel great on both surfaces, especially after the 3rd-4th time out with them. I look forward to them in my rotation.
* The Hokas have a very soft feel within the upper and you will notice the shock absorption immediately upon walking in them. Interestingly, they don't feel as unstable as I thought they were going to be (the extra height concerned me when I ordered them - not now).
* The pull / toggle lacing system is really nice and you don't feel the string pull on your upper foot.
* My lower back has been sore since a marathon in May and these shoes seem to help with the pain - as in, they are not as painful to run in as my other shoes.
I was 50/50 expecting to waste $140+ dollars, but wanted to give them a shot. Assuming they hold up for 400+ miles, I'll be a return customer. I'm not crazy about the price, but I would rather have good running shoes than cable TV or a slick car.
I have been an avid minimalist (toe shoe) runner for some time but the rockier trails left their mark on my feet, literally. I was then Introduced to the hoka one one and though they were ugly but gave them a try while they were on sale. They feel awesome, by that I mean that most of my pains (back , leg, etc) are relieved simply by wearing the shoe they are that cushy. They do give you some spring. The toe box was a little tight even at a half size bigger for me, which may be due to the shoes unexpected narrowness I may need to go bigger or a different hoka. Walking in the you can hear the tread grabbing the pavement I compare it to when you let the air out of your tires to get traction in snow, mud or sand they just grip hard. Trail running is very freeing knowing that you can leap and not regard the impact of the landing as there're will be no jarring. Tight turns will take more experience to navigate at high speed but I never felt as though I would roll an ankle due to the lateral thickness support of the soles. All in all I'm happy with them I'm planning on wearing them to work to see how they help the back and feet soreness of a 12hr.
Bought a pair for my husband. He can't stop raving about them. He already has used them in two events, a half marathon and a 10K. Both times, he PR'd. His description of the effects of the shoes are that, "your feet just don't take the pounding they normally do in conventional and minimal, running shoes. Hence, you can push harder and run longer." He was big into Newton's, the trail shoes and was into the minimalist movement. A year into that transition, he developed plantar fascitis. The only treatment he sought was rest and some exercises to stretch his Achilles tendons around the arch. He claims that the HOKA's are phenomenal and now he has switched to the maximalist movement. He has 2 pairs. The only complaint he has is the sizing. One pair seems to be a tad bigger than the other. I am not so hung up into "running fads" and just run in Asics, GEL-Cumulus. I believe in if it works... Hope this helps. He enthusiastically recommends the shoes...and the movement.
dou6le A's wife
Very happy with these
I bought these after seeing so many people using them in some ultras I recently ran. I wanted a recovery shoe but also one that would ease the strain during long runs on rough trails. I was hesitant because I typically run in much lower profile, lighter weight shoes. Because of their modest drop, these shoes are great for mid-foot strikers and they are surprisingly stable. I have now run on these shoes in every condition and on every surface (except lava). I am very pleased with them as a training shoe for long runs and recovery days, and may even try them in an upcoming race. The only drawback is that the toe box is a bit cramped--generally fine for my narrow feet but on a couple of occasions I have felt a bit squeezed toward the end of a long trail run.
Rock Creek Rambler
Worth the Price!
I bought these only because a trusted friend of mine who is an accomplished ultra-runner recommended them to me. I thought he was crazy, but with the 90 day test run I thought I didn't have anything to lose. They are fantastic! I love them. I primarily run on roads so I don't have other trail shoes to compare these to, but the miles I've put in wearing these on the trails make me want to wear these on the road as well. On trail days, I do wear these on the road to the trail and they work great on the road. I normally wear a 10.5 D in Asics Cumulus and I found that the 10.5 in the Hoka's fits about the same. I now look forward to my trail run days, just because I get to wear these shoes.
Great customer service
I purchased my Stinson trails on this website. Unfortunately one point on the left sole wore down very quickly and was through the top layer of rubber in 75 miles. I called Hoka and they referred me to my retailer with a "if they dont help, please call us back"
I called RRS who were happy to give me a credit - but not a replacement pair of Hokas. Accordingly (given that I really like the shoe) I called Hoka back and am pleased to say that a replacement pair are on the way to me. They are even sending me the new ones before I return the old ones (which I will do in the box that I get - with UPS freight at their cost).
Kudos to Hoka One One - not too often that I have experienced this level of customer service
Like Bondi better, still Loyal to Hoka.
I love the cushion that Hoka provides. I've been using these Stinson Trail for road training. The sole and traction seems to be holding up better than the Bondi's I previously trained in. However, I'm going back to the Bondi's. The Stinson seem too wide for me. I have to lace them tighter than I'd like, and at least for my right foot, I can't use the most top eyelets closest to the ankle because it makes the top of my foot sore. Even with not using that top eyelet, it still makes the top of the bridge of my foot sore.
Worked well on steep trails
I've been using these for a couple of months on my long runs on trails. I've ordered my second pair. On the steep descents of the trails around Muir Woods and Stinson Beach, they really saved my knees. On the occasional road run, I can really tell the difference between these and my old shoes, Air Voomeros, which are well-cushioned themselves. I haven't had any problems with the speed laces that others have mentioned, but I'm careful that the plastic bits are well-closed before I take off.
Great shoe. Everything it's advertised to be. Immediately ordered second pair. Minor issues: Inserts were inadequate for me, so I replaced them. Also did not like the laces, as they have a tendency to loosen. Easily replaced. Neither of these "cons" should deter purchase of this great shoe. I run on average 60+ miles per week on mostly mountain trails and forest service roads.
Blue Ridge, GA
My 2nd pair
I'm a heavy (185#) runner.
Great cushioning for mountain and trail especially downhill.
I use for roads too and the extra cushioning helps with injury protection.
I noticed quicker sole wear...or is it because I'm running more miles in these great shoes?
Colorado Springs, Co.
Narrower than previous edition
The new edition of the Stinson Trail has a redesigned toe box that is narrower than the previous version. This can cause considerable problems when the shoe is worn for an extended period of time, such as in an ultra. However, the superb cushioning is still there.
Not perfect but lots of cushion
Lacing seems to work but not the best.
Toe box should be bigger.
Thick sole a disadvantage in rough terrain--might sprain an ankle.
Very comfortable on long run, soft and protective.
Love Hokas but not these
I love Hoka shoes however the toebox on this model is narrow compared to the mafate, bondi, and Bondi S2. Returned for Mafate 3, which has a wider toe box and I love them.
East Coast Mountians
Love my Hoka's!!!
I've tried every running shoe out there, and nothing comes close to Hoka. I won't wear anything else anymore.
Karen in PA
Returns energy, tight (& too much) upper
Good dynamics / energy return. Upper is too tight (see mods I made in video). I used it in two 50mi races, performed well.
Foster City, CA
Hoka One One
Very good on slippery muddy trails especially down hill. Longer wear without blisters in ultra events.
hoka makes a very smooth shoe
these feel super comfortable , only shoes that I can wear without orthotics are Hokas
Mens Hoka One One Stinson Evo Trail Running Shoe
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