Spring 2013 Running Shoe Review

Hoka One One Bondi Speed, $170

9.5 oz. (men’s); 8.3 oz. (women’s)

4.5 mm heel-toe offset

FIT: The Bondi Speed fit like most traditionally designed shoes — snug in the heel and midfoot and wider in the forefoot.

FEEL: There’s not getting around the fact that shoe feels high off the ground, but that’s the point with Hokas. The oversized midsole cushion (both wider and higher) absorbs the impact with the ground like no other shoe on the market. But the more our testers ran in these, the less the tended to feel that girth. Instead, many reported a plush, almost effortless interaction with the ground.

RIDE: With abundant moderately soft cushioning and a shape that promotes forward propulsion, the lightweight Bondi Speed offers up a sublime comb ination of comfort, efficiency and energy return. A revised upper with a 4.5mm heel-toe offset, slimmer tongue and one-pull quick laces add to the heavenly mix.

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