Photo: Oliver Baker

Hoka One One Bondi 5


$150, Competitivecyclist.com

The draw: Max cushioning

Hoka’s original super-cushioned road running shoe has continued to evolve for the better. The latest version is still thick on cushioning and fairly light, while retaining the rocker (or slightly convex) profile that creates a rolling sensation from heel strike to toe-off. A slightly revised forefoot shape and a newly engineered mesh upper make the Bondi 5 more accommodating for a wider range of foot shapes and more breathable than previous editions. The midsole foam configuration has also been slightly revised for more energy return and improved long-wearing durability. Although it’s not a quick shoe, it provides a soft, smooth and resilient ride perfect for recovery runs or survival during the final miles of an Ironman.

10.0 ounces | 4mm heel-toe offset

– Running shoe reviews by Brian Metzler