Even lighter and back to a softer underfoot feel, the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 6 knocks it out of the park with a better overall fit and a keen eye for detail.
WHAT THEY ARE:
Super Comfy, Neutral Running Shoes
WHAT THEY REPLACE:
THE HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 6 IS THE TOTAL PACKAGE
I have to admit, I was hesitant when the OG Clifton came onto the scene six years ago. I assumed it was gimmicky. My running peers persisted and it was soon clear that big cushion was not going away. Late to accept the platform runners, I eventually caved in and laced them up. Thankfully, current Hoka models look far more sleek and streamlined than their predecessors.
I took the first Clifton I ever tried out on a mid-tempo 5-miler. I was shocked! I felt as though I had a cushioned secret weapon, impervious to even the hardest concrete. And what was really cool was that the next day my legs felt fresher than my typical day after.
Six versions later and the upper has caught up to that glorious HOKA O-NAY O-NAY cushion. Here are the top three reasons you’ll want to put the Clifton 6 on your shortlist of new running shoes.
Reason 1: THAT HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 6 FIT
Overall the Clifton 6 offers a more foot-forming fit. From the 5 to the 6, you’ll find the new upper has more elasticity and the benefit of embroidered reinforcements throughout the midfoot. Both really engaged with my foot for a secure feel. The toebox has been widened and the Clifton 6 has an Ortholite sock liner that feels better than most of the linings you’d find on the floor of your shoe.
Throughout the upper, you’ll notice cool details like alternate fabrics and venting. You’ll also notice a pull tab which I really appreciate for ease of entry and hey, it’s just a good look.
Reason 2: IT’S SO WELL-CUSHIONED
The Clifton series wins awards for cushioning on the regular. It comes back with an even softer, smoother formula. You also get the famous Meta-Rocker that assists midfoot strikers by easily “rocking” you forward upon touchdown.
I’m really enjoying these shoes; they’ve actually rejuvenated my running. If you find you’re not absolutely thrilled about your running shoes it might be time to switch it up. The Clifton 6 was the perfect shoe to put the fun back into my run. The cushioning is largely the reason for my enthusiasm about this shoe. Here’s a quick breakdown of the features of the Clifton 6 that help support a smooth run:
- Early-stage Meta-Rocker offers a smooth ride
- Full compression EVA midsole provides signature HOKA ONE ONE® cushioning
- Moderate heel bevel gives a smooth transition
Reason 3: THE CLIFTON 6 IS IMPOSSIBLY LIGHT
Upon removing the Ortholite sock liner, I found hundreds of tiny holes meant to reduce weight in the footbed of the shoe. It’s details like this that make this year’s Clifton even lighter. Also, HOKA uses tougher high-abrasion rubber strategically placing it where it’s needed and nowhere it’s not. Reducing layers is another key move implemented to make the Clifton 6 impossibly light considering its cushion stack.
If you’ve lagged on trying HOKA, now is a perfect time. The Clifton 6 is very well-thought-out and you’ll be really happy with them.
WHO THE HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 6 IS BEST FOR:
This is a great shoe for the neutral everyday grinders who appreciate full-on cushion and land midfoot. Thanks to the Meta-Rocker, mild overpronators can enjoy this offering too. It’s also perfect for your XL distances (thanks to the cushioned protection).
HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 6 Details & Specs:
CUSHION LEVEL: Level 5 Nice Maximum Cushioning
COLORS: 4 each for Men’s & Women’s
WEIGHT: Men’s 9.0 oz | Women’s 7.4 oz
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Author bio: Martin Sandman is stoked on training, surfing, motorcycles and breathing deeply. Martin is a Copywriter and word nerd at Road Runner Sports and has been with the company for years.