The Hoka One One Bondi 6 is a shoe like no other. The brand’s arrival on the trail running & road running markets made waves instantly with their oversize cushioning. Since then, Hoka One One has developed more discreet models in terms of thick cushioning. But the Bondi 6 does not deny its origins and continues to show off this amazing filtering. They do nevertheless have their place in the range, suitable for those looking for ultra-soft heel cushioning.
This Hoka One One Bondi 6 oversize are therefore quite surprising from the first strides you take. With a big bulky look, you’d expect that they’d be heavy. This is not the case, even if they aren’t one of the lightest on the market they do only weigh 305g size 42 2/3, which is impressive. Most importantly, the distribution of the weight doesn’t give inertia at the tip of the foot.
The surprise is, of course, the heel cushioning. You feel like you’re standing on a giant ball at the physiotherapist’s reeducating your ankles…it pitches and rolls. The heel strike plays out on both axes, the more you land on the heel the more comfort you have in the landing. Like a giant marshmallow. Sure you lose some rebound, but of you run more on the forefoot you lose less energy.
We used these Hoka a lot for training to have more comfort on the knees, alternating with other “tougher” shoes. Over long distances, the filtration is very pleasant. In terms of performance, you can find, especially in the Hoka lines, other efficient lighter models.
In use, even if the arch is quite well supported, you must check that the shoe does not get too tight if you are a pronator.
The sole is lugged enough for road running. Its 4mm drop confirms that you can have a high shoe but with a low drop. Even if the Bondi 6 has a smooth flow, it is better to run with a forefoot stride.
The construction doesn’t raise any criticism. Everything is assembled with care. The heel is well maintained and comfortably surrounded by foam padding. The tongue fulfills its mission all the more easily as the flat laces don’t cause pressure points. The comfortable mesh is breathable. The toe box is wide enough, your toes have space. We liked the loop to help put them on.
The foot envelopment is precise, you feel both comfort at the heel and a more affirmed presence with the structure of the Bondi 6 at the front (no foam).
Hoka One One Bondi 6 is no surprise to lovers of very big cushioning. The soles filter a lot under the heel, even reducing the accuracy of the support. Comfortable, nice to run, the Bondi 6 with an obviously oversized look is for runners who do not want to feel any lumps and bumps underfoot.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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