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So the Hoka One One Huaka is an interesting and very likeable shoe from Hoka. In fact, it marks an awesome new trend from the manufacturer - lighter, cushioned yet responsive shoes - but also signs of branding overlap. I received this shoe around the same time as the Clifton for review and quickly fell in love with both, for very different reasons, but couldn't help but notice the similarities in these and future versions of Hokas.
The Huaka is a lightweight, cushioned and responsive road shoe - at least that's how it's marketed - but I think that's the wrong pigeonhole. I found myself running nearly all trails in this shoe. The outsole, while exposed EVA in most regions, has wonderful patches of decent chevron lugs right where you need 'em for trail running. I have to say that this shoe is an incredible trail option from Hoka and should be marketed that way.
I not only ran SoCal singletrack and technical mountain trails in this shoe (pacing Billy Yang for a 15 mile section of the AC100 course in my pair), but I also finished 50 miles of the Squamish 50/50 in this shoe - some of the gnarliest technical trails in the northwest - without any real issues.
The comfortable upper, soft EVA, lightness all contribute to a wonderful shoe. Really the major concerns are with the durability of the upper, the overlays, the laces and some lateral arch pressure. Other than that, these shoes get high marks from me and will continue to by my new favorite Hoka trail shoe (until the Challenger ATR come out!).
What do YOU think of the Huaka?
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