Hoka One One Gaviota Shoe Review
Hoka One One Gaviota Review
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The train of new Hoka shoes continues to move forward! A few weeks ago I posted a review of the first stability Hoka shoe, the Hoka Arahi. This week I’m writing a review about another stability/motion control Hoka shoe, the Gaviota.
I was excited to try this she out for a few reasons. First, my neighbor recently picked up this shoe and said the fit was great except for a little rubbing on the outer toes. Secondly, I read a number of great shoes about the fit of these shoes.
I have recently been running in the Asics GT-2000 and continue to be on the hunt for a Hoka shoe to mix in the rotation. I was really hoping the Gaviota could be that shoe.
Below is my review of about the Hoka One One Gaviota and my experience running in them.
The Hoka One One Gaviota men’s and women’s model each have three colors to choose from. All of the colors available are solid choices.
Here are a few pictures of the Hoka One One Gaviota that I wore for this review.
Hoka One One Gaviota Initial Thoughts
When I opened the box, I really liked the bright orange color scheme. The first time I put the shoe on, I was really impressed with the fit. Plenty of room in the forefoot and a secure fit in the heel.
The shoe was lightweight and very comfortable. I immediately thought these were similar to the Hoka Arahi, just a few ounces heavier.
I started walking around the house in these shoes and really noticed the arch support. The overall support and feel of this shoe made me excited to give this shoe a try.
Hoka One One Gaviota Shoe Details
- Weight: 10.1 Ounces (Men’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: 27mm forefoot height
- Heel Height: 32mm heel height
- Previous Model: First version
Hoka One One Gaviota Overview
The Hoka One One Gaviota is another one of the new Hoka stability shoes, weight right around 10oz.
The Gaviota is built upon the RMAT J-Frame, which reduces over pronation by using a new EVA J-Frame Construction.
The upper of this shoe is comfortable, lightweight and offers excellent breathability. The Gaviota is an excellent shoe that can be used for daily or long runs. While this shoe is supportive, I probably would race in it.
Hoka One One Gaviota Sole
One of the first things I noticed about the Gaviota was the wider forefoot and secure heel. I really liked the Early Stage Meta-Rocker sole as it helped propel me forward with each step.
Similar to the Hoka Arahi, the Gaviota is built with new EVA J-Frame shoe technology. This lightweight sole has a firm EVA foam along the medial side of the shoe and around the heel to support and guide the foot.
The sole is made of high abrasion rubber will improve durability and traction on most surfaces. I would recommend wearing these shoes on the road or paved trails.
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.”
Below are a few pictures of the Gaviota sole.
Hoka One One Gaviota Upper
The printed mesh upper felt great and looked great. Many of the latest Hoka shoes have an almost a seamless upper and this shoe continues that trend.
The tongue on this shoe was padded and comfortable than some of the other shoes I have recently worn.
The Molded Ortholite Sockliner helps with odor management and provides extra support. These shoes really felt great from the first time I put them on.
The Gaviota had a wider fit due than the traditional Hoka D width. Something I was appreciative of.
Let me know what you think of the Hoka One One Gaviota running shoe!
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