2015 Running Gear Guide: Road Shoes

Hoka Bondi 4

$150

From the brand that pioneered and continues to evolve the maximal cushioning category of shoes, the Bondi 4 is all about soft, cushy comfort and efficient running. With one of the thickest midsoles in the marketplace, the Bondi is in an extreme class of high-off-the-ground, oversized cushioning shoes. But it’s not just the amount of cushioning, it’s the balance of the shoe and its unique design features—specifically the rockered profile, beveled heel and significant toe spring—that make running in the Bondi 4 such an exalted experience. While it doesn’t inspire speed, but our wear-testers thought it most certainly promotes a healthy stride rhythm and offers protection against the stress and strain of long-distance running.
Best for: longer, moderate-paced training runs and slower recovery runs on hard surfaces.
weights: 10.6 oz. (men’s), 9.4 oz. (women’s)
heel-toe offset: 4mm; 33mm (heel), 29mm (forefoot) for men; 31mm (heel), 27mm (forefoot) for women

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