He should never say “Fountain.”… » !
Pierre Portejoie has tested the Hoka One One Huaka. Recalcitrant first, the follower of running with the less than amortized shoes possible and a low drop was seduced. Details of his test.
Size : 1 m 73
Weight: 64 kg
Practice of running since 10 years
Marathon: 3:12-half-marathon: 1 h 27-10 km: 39 minutes
Me that in recent years swears by shoes with less cushioning to live my passion as close to the road, here I am at odds with the Hoka One One Huaka claiming a thickness increased by 50% compared to the usual standards.
On paper, 27 mm at the heel and 25 mm at the front, or a drop of only 2 mm which itself remains compatible with my aspiration to run “natural.” Another very positive: despite the amount of additional material, the scale indicates small 258 grams in size 42 2/3, a value that is similar to the performance-oriented shoes… That’s already two initially fought in breach!
Unpacking, the least we can say is that the Huaka throw: green lemon, blue, gray metal, printed mesh Hoka does not in stealth, no chance to go unnoticed… And it does not displease me: “Me I don’t run with the gentleman shoes everyone!”.
Also the side flashy, this model has a quick lacing system ‘Quick Lace’ in the same genre as proposed at Adidas and Salomon with however a pair of conventional laces provided for refractory to this type of device which, incidentally, gave me any satisfaction. However, I have a small question in view of the fineness of the tongue that tends to fall back on itself to Threading. Beware then of the reach out to not make wrinkles that may irritate the instep.
Once the boots on, unsurprisingly, we’re friendly: the absence of sewing, the small elastic straps on the top and especially the comfortable sole, static comfort is at the top. Not too pronounced arch, a forefoot relatively wide, we’re not that far away of the movement “natural race”.
Coming back from injury after a stress fracture of the metatarsal, cushioning the Hoka oversize timely finally named!
During my first outings, I was immediately struck by the lightness of the Hoka; Despite the consistent thickness, one can even speak of a real dynamism! Recovery requires, I am not yet allowing other gaits as slow jogging but the desire to speed up is there as the cushioning allows me to regain confidence in my support and gradually forget my apprehension of well to place the foot.
Comfort, dynamism, we start on the right foot! Beware however well lift your knees and not to adopt too raking stride to the risk of stumbling by hanging the forefoot to the asphalt due to the thickness of the insole which in addition offers a perfect grip by time dry but also on wet pavement.
Because of the height, I feared a lack of stability. It is nothing of the kind. Ankle remains perfectly maintained and held him no one suffers any softness of the sole. I am amazed! Note, however, that this model remains for the road and drivable roads without too many stones… Avoid venturing in “off-track” with these Huaka! For the trail, Hoka One One made specific models which have made the reputation of the brand
After a few outings wise and reassuring, it’s time now to raise the tempo a little bit and to extend the duration of the training.
What I sensed previously confirmed in an exciting way: the VMAS that would never consider spontaneously with this type of shoes as a letter in the mail. Although we’re a little back on the nature of the soil performance is very satisfactory thanks to the weight and quality of the cushioning that does not absorb all the energy that it struggles to spend to run fast – Finally, as much as possible!
More in line with my expectations, exits long are particularly pleasant. The joints and muscles remain preserved the traumatic impacts, a true guarantee of longevity…
Attention once again to the positioning of the tongue which does not close in on itself to threading at the risk of provoking frankly annoying irritation after the 1 h – 1 h 15 race.
Speaking of longevity, after just 15 outings and about 160 km, the outsole, but also the fabric give some very encouraging signs of resistance.
The fineness of the vamp confers no thermal characteristics to these Huaka which are probably more suited to high temperatures to the outputs windy and cool: good socks are mandatory for the cautious.
Furthermore, failing to preserve the rain, the fabric has the great advantage of not too much to retain moisture which avoids burdening the shoes when we run in the puddles!
In summary, the Hoka One One Huaka are amazing. Most of the riders will find their account of the beginner wishing a versatile shoe expert eager to preserve his joints outings long dynamic. For most of us, the use of these shoes in competition on road is quite possible. Long-distance (marathon and more) of course, but also a little more nervous as the 10 km races.
The plug of the Hoka one One Huaka
- System Quick Lace
- R – MAT® outsole
- Breathable mesh and cover without sewing
- Sole internal EVA
Type of stride: universal
Rider profile: less than 85 kg
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