Fall 2013 Trail Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Hoka One One Kailua Trail

Hoka One One Rapa Nui Trail (men’s)

Kailua Trail (women’s), $130

Category: Cushioned Cruisers

Weights: 10.2oz. (men’s), 9.0 oz.

Heights: 32mm (heel), 27mm (forefoot)

Fit: The Rapa Nui Trail and Kailua Trail (pictured) sport a medium fit from heel to toe.

Feel: Stepping into the highly cushioned comfort of a Hoka shoe is an experience like no other. This model has less cushioning than some of the brand’s beefier styles, giving it better ground feel and responsiveness and better road-to-trail versatility.

Ride: Like all Hoka models, there is a unique high-off-the-ground sensation, but there’s less getting used to it in the Rapa Nui Trail/Kailua Trail. There’s also the slightly rockered profile of the undercarriage, which our wear-testers especially loved on longer runs on smooth cinder trails and fire roads. The tread has subdued lugs, and they were small enough to be comfortable on the road. Wear-testers were impressed (and surprised) by the relative stability and agility of this shoe. Said one tester: “The ride is much more responsive than I was expecting for such a cushioned shoe.”

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