Hoka One One Clifton 3 Shoe Review
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Hoka One One Clifton 3 Review
The Hoka One One Clifton 3 is finally here! A few years ago, the Hoka One One Clifton was by far my favorite shoe. Lightweight, supportive, and felt incredibly fast. When the Hoka One One Clifton 2 came out, I was looking forward to an even better shoe than the original version. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as the forefoot of this shoe was too narrow for a number of runners feet, including mine.
The feedback from the running community was that the Clifton 3 forefoot had to be wider.
The all new Hoka One One Clifton 3 is expected to be wider and provide the same level of support and responsiveness we have come to known from Hoka. The biggest question I have is how much wider is the forefoot. Having read articles from Runner’s World and JackRabbit.com, I was excited to give the shoe a try and determine if the updates would benefit other runners.
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 updated Clifton 3 running shoe.
Here are the colors that are now available for the Hoka One One Clifton 3 running shoe. The men’s and women’s model each have five colors to choose from. Both offer black color so it is only shown once below.
Pictures courtesy of JackRabbit.com
Here are a few pictures of the Hoka One One Clifton 3 that I wore for this review.
Hoka One One Clifton 3 Initial Thoughts
Having worn both the original Clifton’s and the Clifton 2’s, I had a good idea of what to expect from the look of the Clifton 3’s. The one thing that I was anxious for was the updated width of the forefoot part of the shoe.
Besides the forefoot, the upper part of the shoe seemed to have a little more cushion around the tongue and the part of the heel inside the shoe. After tying the shoe, my feet felt comfortable and stable.
The one thing I noticed was that some sites tell you to order a 1/2 size up and others say that they run true to size. When sites say different sizing suggestions, it tells me that these are probably in the middle of running true to size.
Similar to the earlier models, the Clifton 3’s are lightweight and supportive enough to wear for daily or tempo runs. The sole appears to be very similar to previous versions.
Having recently reviewed the Brooks Glycerin 14, it gave me an appreciation of how light and great these shoes felt.
Hoka One One Clifton 3 Shoe Specifications
- Weight : 8.8 Ounces (Men’s size 9), 7.8 ounces (Women’s size 9)
- Shoe Category: Neutral
- How It Fits: True to Size (based on width D)
- Offset: 5mm heel to toe offset
- Forefoot Height: 24mm forefoot height
- Forefoot Width: Medium (wider for the Clifton 3)
- Heel Height: 29mm heel height
- Ultra-Lightweight Seamless Upper and Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
- Full Length HIP CMEVA Midsole with Full Ground Contact Design
- Previous Model: Clifton 2
Hoka One One Clifton 3 Overview
Similar to previous versions, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 is another solid shoe from Hoka One One. This neutral specific running shoe provides a lightweight and responsive sole that makes it great for any distance of runs, including tempo or speed work efforts.
The lightweight shoe (8.8 oz for a size 9) combined with the Early Stage Meta-Rocker technology promote a natural running motion.
The high abrasion rubber sole provides improved durability and traction on most surfaces. This shoe is recommended for road surfaces, paved trails, or the track. Wearing these on actual trails will impact the life of the sole.
Hoka One One Clifton 3 Sole
The Hoka One One Clifton 3 sole is very similar to the previous Hoka One One Clifton running shoes. This shoe contains the Early Meta-Rocker technology, which supports and promotes a more efficient running motion.
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.” You will notice the rocker technology when holding the shoe as the sole is shaped in a way similar to a rocking chair.
The Hoka One One Clifton 3 shoe has a slightly wider sole than the previous model, providing more room for toes and increased stability.
As I mentioned earlier, the sole on this shoe is similar to previous models. Below are a few pictures of the Clifton 3 sole.
Hoka One One Clifton 3 Upper
The Hoka One One Clifton 3 upper has a few updates on the new model. The main update that I noticed was the improved upper of the shoe.
The updated seamless construction provides a snug, yet comfortable fit. It improves the shoe to breathe and reduces the weight of the shoe. Another thing I noticed was the mesh-like material above the toes. During my run, this promoted air flow and helped keep my feet cool.
Additionally, the cushioning around the tongue and heel provided a supportive and comfortable fit. Both of which felt great during my runs in this shoe. Another thing I noticed was that the insole is a little thicker than previous years, something that made the shoe a little tighter for my feet.
The Clifton 3 has a wider upper and sole allowing for more room for your feet and toes, something that people wanted to be changed with the narrow Clifton 2.
Let me know what you think of the Hoka One One Clifton 3 running shoe!
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If you prefer the Hoka One One Clifton 2, get them at Jack Rabbit.
Hoka One One Clifton 3 Ratings
- Overall Rating - 8.75/108.8/10
- Upper - 9/109/10
- Sole - 8.75/108.8/10