2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Hoka OneOne Stinson Evo, $170


Weight — M: 10.4 oz.; W: 9.7 oz.

FIT: The maximally cushioned Stinson Evo fits snugly throughout, thanks in part to an upper that comprehensively envelops the foot and cinches it into the base of the shoe with a one-pull lacing system.

FEEL: The Stinson Evo evokes a unique springiness the moment you lace them up. Despite the girth of this shoe—it has twice the midsole foam and considerably wider outsole footprint than any other shoe—it’s fairly light and maintains a near-level platform (4mm). It doesn’t flex as easily as minimally constructed models do, but that’s not an issue because the unique rocker profile (it has a convex design from heel to toe) encourages forward momentum.

RIDE: Soft, bouncy and yet surprisingly stable, the Stinson Evo serves up a one-of-a-kind sensation that smooths out trail rubble by absorbing small and large obstacles as its oversized midsole compresses. The added midsole height takes some getting used to, but the bounciness quickly turns into a consistent lively rhythm on all surfaces.

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