Hoka One One Arahi Shoe Review
Hoka One One Arahi Review
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Hoka One One finally has a true stability running shoe! As soon as I heard about the Arahi, I was excited. I was a fan of Hoka a few years ago, but ever since they started narrowing the forefoot, my feet have been less than excited about this change. Enter the Arahi, which has a wide model, one of the few Hoka models made with a wide version.
As I mentioned, I was excited to give this shoe a try. I recently have run in the Asics GT-2000 and really like the feel and stability of these shoes. I bought these in hope to replace them.
Having worn Hoka’s for years, I have completely stopped wearing them because of the width of the shoes forefoot they have recently been producing. I was hoping that the wide Arahi model would be wide enough for my feet.
Below is my review of about the Hoka One One Arahi and my experience running in them. I will continue to update this review if anything changes with my experience with these shoes.
The Hoka One One Arahi men’s and women’s model each have three colors to choose from. The color used for this review is definitely not the color I wanted, but it was the only men’s color in a wide version.
I recently received another pair of the Hoka Arahi in a D width in gray color and wanted to include some pictures of those shoes along with a few updates to the review based on my experience with the normal width model.
Here are a few pictures of the Hoka One One Arahi that I wore for this review.
Hoka One One Arahi Initial Thoughts
Being able to try the latest Hoka stability shoe was something I was pumped to do. I expected a lightweight stability shoe with a Clifton like feel.
When I opened the box, I immediately noticed that the color scheme for this shoe was ugly. The blue and gold were something that I wasn’t a fan of but liked the overall feel of the shoe and the design. Unfortunately, this was the only color that I could find in the wide (2E) model. I did try the gray color in width D and it felt just as great, but not as wide as the wide (2E) model.
On a positive note, the shoe was lightweight and was extremely comfortable the first time I put them on. I immediately thought these were like the original Clifton’s but didn’t want to jinx it.
I started walking around the house in these shoes and noticed the rocker on this shoe. It has been awhile since I have worn Clifton’s so I forgot about the feel of this feature. It feels weird to walk with the rocker technology but really helps propel you forward.
Hoka One One Arahi Shoe Details
- Weight: 9.5 Ounces (Men’s size 9), 8.1 ounces (Women’s size 9)
- Shoe Category: Stability
- How It Fits: True to Size (based on normal D width)
- Offset: 5mm heel to toe offset
- Forefoot Width: Medium (wide model available)
- Forefoot Height: 29mm forefoot height
- Heel Height: 34mm heel height
- Previous Model: n/a (first version)
Hoka One One Arahi Overview
If you are looking for a maximum support shoe, look no further. The Hoka One One Arahi is one of the lightest max support shoes on the market at under 10oz.
The Arahi reduces overpronation by using a new EVA J-Frame Construction. The Arahi comes with an active foot frame, which helps runners looking for a stability shoe by reducing overpronation.
The printed mesh upper offers excellent breathability and reduces weight. This shoe is ideal for runners looking for maximum support.
Hoka One One Arahi Sole
When I first put on the Arahi, it looked very similar to the Hoka One One Clifton shoe. When I put the shoe, the one thing I noticed was the Early Stage Meta-Rocker sole. With each step, it really felt like it was rocking me forward. It was a nice feature that I haven’t experienced since I ran in the Clifton model.
One of the new shoe technologies that the Arahi has is the EVA J-Frame. This lightweight feature has a firm EVA foam along the medial side of the shoe and around the heel to support and guide the foot. You will definitely notice it the first time you put it on. I noticed it mostly near the arch when I started walking in them.
The sole is made of high abrasion rubber will improve durability.
If you are unfamiliar with the Early Stage Meta-Rocker technology, Hoka One One describes it as being “specifically engineered with a low heel-toe differential and a sculpted outsole radius in the heel and toe, creates a unique fulcrum effect and encourages a guided foot gait cycle.” This technology is used in a number of Hoka shoes, including the Hoka Clifton line.
Below are a few pictures of the Arahi sole.
Hoka One One Arahi Upper
The Hoka One One Arahi upper was one of the first things I noticed when I put the shoe on. The printed mesh upper looked cool, conformed to my foot, and kept my feet cool during my runs for this review.
Another thing I noticed about the Arahi was the tongue. The tongue on this shoe was more padded and comfortable than some of the other shoes I have recently tried. The tongue on the new Hoka One One Bondi 5 was so uncomfortable that I had to cut the tongue.
The Molded Ortholite Sockliner helps with odor management and provides extra support.
The Arahi had a wider fit due to the wide model I ordered and actually felt better than the other recent Hokas I have recently tried running in.
Let me know what you think of the Hoka One One Arahi running shoe!
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