Hoka One One Rincon Shoe Review

Hoka One One Rincon

The first version of the Hoka Rincon is now available. For those Hoka lovers who want a simple yet comfortable and responsive shoe, get excited. 

The all-new Hoka One One Rincon reminds me of the Hoka Clifton shoe. Not only is it lightweight, but is so versatile it can be used for daily training and racing of all distances.

If you are curious about the name of the shoe, “Rincon is a town on Puerto Rico’s west coast, known for its beaches. Punta Higuero Lighthouse overlooks Domes Beach, with its pounding surf.” This information is courtesy of Wikipedia.com.

The men’s and women’s model continue to be available in four colors, with most of the colors being solid options. This shoe is value priced at $115, which is cheaper than a number of other new running shoes.

Hoka One One Rincon Verdict

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If you are a Hoka Clifton fan, you are going to love the Rincon. Not only is this shoe lighter, but it almost feels a little better than the Clifton. 

The simple and lightweight feel of this shoe make it so comfortable that you will want to wear it everyday. The upper mesh is so light that you almost can’t tell you have anything covering your foot. 

With regards to sizing, I recommend ordering a 1/2 size up. I wear a size 11 in Brooks, 11.5 in Saucony, and wore an 11.5 in the Rincon. I have run up to 10 miles in the Rincon at the time of this review. Each mile felt effortless. These shoes felt great, looked stylish, and performed better than expected.

If you are looking for a neutral running shoe that is responsive, lightweight, and fast, you should give the Rincon a try! At only $115, this shoe is priced to sell.

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Pros Cons
  • Lightweight (7.4 oz)
  • Responsive feel
  • Color options
  • Value Priced (retail $115)
  • Sole durability
  • Sizing (Order 1/2 size up)

Here are a few pictures of the Hoka One One Rincon that I wore for this review.

Hoka One One Rincon Initial Thoughts

Having worn so many different Hoka’s,  I was looking forward to trying the Rincon shoe. Not only was this one of the lightest shoes I have seen, it was also one of the most comfortable.

The first thing I noticed about these shoes was the updated mesh upper of the shoe. It is so lightweight and thin that I almost wondered how durable it would be. The comfort of the sole reminded me again of the Clifton. 

Sizing Tip: Some sites tell you to order a 1/2 size up and others say that they run true to size. I ordered a 1/2 size up to get the right shoe size for the Rincon.

The Rincon held up to its expectations. It was lightweight and supportive enough to wear for daily running or tempo runs.

Hoka One One Rincon Shoe Specifications

  • Weight: 7.4 Ounces (Men’s size 9)
  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • How It Fits: Order 1/2 size up (based on width D)
  • Offset: 5mm heel to toe offset
  • Forefoot Height: 27mm forefoot height
  • Heel Height: 32mm heel height
  • Forefoot Width: Medium (wide model available)
  • Previous Model: 1st Version

Hoka One One Rincon Overview

The Hoka One One Rincon running shoe is a neutral supportive running shoe that provides a lightweight and responsive feel making it great for daily training, long runs, and even tempo workouts. This shoe is one of the lightest Hoka running shoes on the market.

The lightweight shoe combined with the Early Stage Meta-Rocker technology helps to continue to promote a natural running motion. The feel of this shoe feels very similar to its predecessor.

Hoka One One describes the early meta rocker technology as being “specifically engineered with a low heel-toe differential and a sculpted out-sole radius in the heel and toe, creates a unique fulcrum effect and encourages a guided foot gait cycle.”

The high abrasion rubber sole provides traction on most surfaces. This shoe is recommended for road surfaces, or paved trails.

Hoka One One Rincon Sole

The Hoka One One Rincon midsole was designed to be light. If you look at the shoe, you will see the majority of it being the foam. What this means is that the shoe will be very comfortable, but the durability of the sole may not be as good compared to some other shoes.

If you have worn Hokas in the past, then you know that the foam material tends to wear faster. Similar to the latest Nike shoe, the foam material feels great, just doesn’t last as long.

The sole is extremely flexible, one of the most flexible shoes from Hoka. As I mentioned this shoe does remind me of the Clifton, but with a lighter and more flexible mesh upper. The sole has the Early Meta-Rocker technology, which supports and promotes a more efficient running form.

Below are a few pictures of the Rincon sole.

Hoka One One Rincon Upper

The Rincon upper mesh will impress you. It’s airy, light, and looks great. The mesh material makes it one of the most breathable uppers I have seen. The only concern I have with the upper is again the durability because of how thin it is.

The heel tab is a nice additional making it easy to put the shoe on. Additionally, the tongue is simple, yet comfortable and not paper thin like some of the previous Clifton shoes I have worn.

The Rincon continues to have a slightly wider toe box, something that has been problematic with other Hoka shoes. I didn’t have any problems with width, but then again I only wore these on runs up to 10 miles.

Here are a few pictures of the upper portion of the Hoka Rincon.

Buy the Hoka One One Rincon

Below are a few different options to order the Hoka Rincon. If you need help finding a deal, contact me.

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Other options: Jack Rabbit | Road Runner Sports | Holabird Sports | REI.com | MoosejawClever Training | Hoka One One

Running and Fitness Discounts

Hoka One One Rincon Ratings

  • 9/10
    Overall Rating - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Upper - 8.5/10
  • 9.3/10
    Sole - 9.25/10

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  • Regarding sizing, my Rincon’s are a little roomy in the forefoot compared to the Clifton (v2 and v4), Napali (v1 and v2) and Arahi (v2). I’ve heard others saying the same thing.

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