Hoka One One Bondi 5 Shoe Review
Hoka One One Bondi 5 Review
The Hoka One One Bondi 5 is finally here! For the past few months I have wanted to try the latest version of this shoe. I was unable to try the Bondi 4 and have heard so many great things about the Bondi shoe model.
This shoe has been known by many to help so many people get back to running due to the maximum over-sized sole. This provides incredible cushion and support which helps runners of all sizes make their way back either in to or back to running.
This award winning over-sized shoe has a few updates that will be sure to make you excited for this version.
Having worn Hoka’s for years, I noticed that their shoes continued to get narrower and narrower. During my first few runs in these, the width didn’t bother me, only the tongue. For some reason it seemed too long and the tongue had a piece of soft plastic that dug into the front of my ankle. Before I cut it out, I wanted to get a few runs in them just to make sure it wasn’t a matter of breaking them in. After my 4th run, I cut the tongue so that it it didn’t touch the front of my ankle. Once I did that, things felt much better.
Below is my review of about the Hoka One One Bondi 5 and my experience with them. Please note, I will continue to update this review in case anything changes with my experience with these shoes. Thanks to the great people at JackRabbit.com, I was able to get this shoe early and provide feedback on my running experience with the Bondi 5 running shoe.
The Hoka One One Bondi 5 men’s and women’s model each have four colors to choose from. I definitely think the color I received for this review is the best of the 4 men’s colors.
Here are the Men’s Colors:
Here are the Women’s Colors:
Pictures courtesy of JackRabbit.com
Here are a few pictures of the Hoka One One Bondi 5 that I wore for this review.
Hoka One One Bondi 5 Initial Thoughts
Last year I tried ordering the Bondi 4’s because of the positive feedback of so many local runners. I ordered a 1/2 size up and the shoe ended up being way too big so I just sent them back and ended up not getting a pair. Prior to returning, I tried the shoes on and thought the Bondi 4 felt clunky and just way too big. Having never worn a true over-sized shoe, I thought it felt a little unstable while walking around the house in them.
Fast forward to the Bondi 5. When I received the Bondi 5, I knew they would be over-sized, but this updated version looked sleek and felt comfortable. The shoes were supportive, comfortable, and wider than I expected from recent Hoka shoe models. Please note, the shoe worn in this review was normal (D) width.
As I mentioned earlier, the tongue was longer than I liked and was unsure how it would feel when I started to run in them.
If you are a big fan of the Bondi 4, then I have a feeling you will really like the updated Bondi 5.
Hoka One One Bondi 5 Shoe Details
- Weight : 10.7 Ounces (Men’s size 9), 9.5 ounces (Women’s size 9)
- Shoe Category: Neutral
- How It Fits: True to Size (based on normal D width)
- Offset: 4mm heel to toe offset
- Forefoot Height: 33mm forefoot height
- Forefoot Width: Medium
- Heel Height: 37mm heel height
- Previous Model: Bondi 4
Hoka One One Bondi 5 Overview
If you want to experience the Hoka One One maximum running shoe, than the Hoka One One Bondi 5 is for you.
The heel has a height of 37mm while the forefoot height is 34mm, providing a 4mm drop. This over-sized sole provides maximum cushion and support for runners of all sizes.
The shoe is fairly light considering how big the sole is. I definitely didn’t notice the weight slowing me down during my runs in the Bondi 5. The redesigned upper and improved sole are expected to increase durability, something all runners want.
This shoe is intended for runners who have a higher arch and does not pronate excessively (neutral shoe category).
Hoka One One Bondi 5 Sole
The Hoka One One Bondi 5 sole was updated with this latest version. The updated sole is made up of a soft EVA sole that is 30% softer than the average running shoe, which is something you will notice when walking or running in the Bondi 5.
Similar to the Hoka Clifton line, this shoe has Early Stage Meta-Rocker technology encourages a natural running motion and will provide a smoother feel with each stride.
The updated sole has an updated design which improves traction and the 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.”
The Hoka One One Bondi 5 shoe has a slightly wider sole than Hoka Clifton 3, providing more room for toes and foot.
Below are a few pictures of the Bondi 5 sole.
Hoka One One Bondi 5 Upper
The Hoka One One Bondi 5 upper one of the main things that changed with the latest version of this popular running shoe.
The mesh upper is seamless, comfortable, and lightweight. With a shoe that has an over-sized sole, you need to make up for the weight someplace. The upper breathes well due to its lightweight construction.
The ComfortFrame provides support and stability while a seamless upper provides a secure fit. Similar to other popular shoes, the seamless upper provides a sock-like fit.
As I mentioned the padded tongue was way too long and bothered me with each step.
The Bondi 5 seemed to have a little wider forefoot and sole, which was refreshing to feel when I ran in these.
Let me know what you think of the Hoka One One Bondi 5 running shoe!
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If you prefer the Hoka One One Bondi 4, I suggest ordering from Amazon.