2016 Running Gear Guide: Road Shoes

Hoka One One Vanquish 2

$170, Hokaoneone.com

Impossibly light for a shoe with
as thick of a midsole as it has, the Vanquish 2 is remarkably flexible and offers a nice mix of soft landings and energetic toe-offs, especially at moderate to fast paces. Not only is it considerably lighter than the previous edition (almost 2 full ounces lighter per shoe), it also rides more smoothly and is more responsive than the original. It still features a cradle design in which the foot and interior structure of the shoe are encased on the sides and bottom by a durable two-layer foam shell. Given the thickly cushioned chassis, a sense of ground-contact propriocep- tion and agility are understandably less in this shoe, but that becomes irrelevant once you find your groove out on the run. our testers found it best for long runs, progression runs and tempo runs, although it is still more than adequate for slower recovery runs—even though it doesn’t feel quite as smooth or responsive. “This shoe was a blast,” said one wear-tester. “It is one of the most responsive shoes I’ve ever run in. It sets the standard for energy return in a running shoe.”
weights: 9.8 oz. (men’s), 8.3 oz. (women’s)
heel-toe offset: 5mm; 32mm (heel), 27mm (forefoot)

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