2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Hoka One One Bondi S2

$170, Hokaoneone.com
The draw: Less impact, no mushy sensation

Given that its chunky height makes this shoe look like a butt-toning shoe, it’s difficult not to be skeptical when first sighting the Hoka One One Bondi S2. But the model, designed by two trail runners looking to lessen impact, is lighter than you’d expect from the bulky cushioning. The Bondi’s profile, with only a 4.5mm drop, makes it easier to mid-foot strike than with a typical neutral, cushy shoe. Once you get used to the uniquely forgiving feel, this shock-absorbing shoe is a good choice to mix in for long runs.