Others also reported a decrease in similar body pains with the Cavu, which were usually caused by wearing the wrong footwear. Multi-directional lugs are added to the outsole for aggressive traction, and the upper is made of an open engineered mesh that's designed to be both breathable and protective. This makes it a perfect balance for most of my trail runs. It gave a slight pressure while running. And only a handful offer 2E width. All opinions are my own. It feels like it can stand up to any kind of abuse on the trails, but the lack of overlays still gives it this soft feeling across the top of your foot.
Initially, this was a shoe that I considered an unnecessary add-0n in the Hoka line-up, but the Torrent is now my favorite Hoka model. After running some 30 miles in this shoe on training runs, I opted to slip my foot into this shoe for the ultimate road test, The San Francisco Marathon. While running in the Speed Instinct, I found I could run on dirt roads comfortably. The tongue and heel collar of the Torrent is moderately padded. The aggressive design pairs square pegs at the heel with a slanted, angular tread at the forefoot to help you dig into gravel without slipping.
Maybe one thing I didn´t like from other Hoka models is the color combination or a bit about the design. Compared to any other Hoka in the line, the Clifton is now my favorite. I'm pretty sure this shoe makes me a superhero. Flat laces that stay tied and a stable, gusseted tongue keep this upper locked down on the foot and debris out. Outsole The Torrent also features a semi-aggressive outsole that can help you dig into a variety of surfaces. I came away from each run more and more impressed.
I should also bring up that I did read somewhere that the Clifton 5 will eventually be offered with a knit upper which in my opinion, if done well, will set it apart from the competition. Over the course of a year, lifetime, or even just a single race, any percentage of impact that is lowered can have a drastic effect, not just in body longevity but also in results. Hokas are popular because their vast amount of underfoot foam gives them a very protective, heavily cushioned ride that goes a long way toward absorbing the repetitive impacts that running places on the muscles and joints of the legs, hips, and lower back. But it also allowed the forefoot to shift a little, worth considering if you plan to run fast descents. I was once a road marathoner but now have transitioned almost exclusively to the trails and racing ultras the last few years. The Cavu 2 has improved even more, so you better check them out or get these at a discount price while you can. It has a comfort frame upper and padded tongue adding to the superior all-around comfort.
I think the toe box is a little more accommodating than the Kiger 4s, as well, though that could be due to the way the upper does stretch a bit, as others have noted. Conclusion The Hoka Speedgoat 2 is a solid maximally cushioned shoe that is comfortable, the best fitting, and have the best traction of the Hokas that we have tried. As such, we awarded a relatively low score for weight. Anywhere local-ish you can try them on in person? The heel collar and tongue also enhances the overall fit and foot lockdown. I am very pleased with the Torrent meets my needs well. I absolutely love this shoe. The grip of the Speedgoat 2 is also superior in all situations.
If you are looking to jump into the Hoka wagon, I think the Cavu is really a good choice. This shoe can withstand both smooth and rough terrain making it the ultimate choice for all runners. The Torrent improved upon the Hoka Speed Instinct 2 my previous primary trail shoe in nearly every category, making it one of my favorite shoes of 2018. This is my only complaint with the shoe. I think there is a lot to be said for shoes that are not overbuilt.
This does not fit like a typical Hoka. Incorporated into the outer sole are the multidirectional lugs which are designed for excepetional grip on varied surfaces. That said, the large stack height that gives them these advantages also has a few very obvious drawbacks — lack of stability and decreased sensitivity. The Hoka Bondi 5 comes in a rockered design that gives the shoe a tapered shape at the toe and heel. Durability Just like the other Hoka One One models, the Torrent is a durable trail shoe. While improving on these two areas, the Hoka Torrent manages to lose half an ounce, dropping from 9.
Hoka Bondi 5 comes in different fits for men and women. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. The laces are flat and stretchable; they stay in place throughout the run. If so, what do you think of the shoe overall? Along with its relatively light weight, the shoe provides agility and speed on twisting trails. The outsole on the Torrent performed well in nearly every condition I tested it in, excelling in hard-packed dirt trails, mud, wet grass, and rocky technical trails. I recently raced Pikes Peak Marathon, Speedgoat and Ring of Steall very technical and muddy in the Torrents and they performed quite well! This material offers lightweight comfort that promotes a comfortable running experience. The Clifton 5 is a minor update to last years version.
The heel and forefoot areas are reinforced with a high-abrasion sticky rubber for durability. I may try a half size or even a full size smaller and see how they work, but for now, for me, this is a garbage shoe, as complete a failure as the Speedgoat 1. Well, the Bondi 5 is highly customized for runners. For added support and foot protection, seamless overlays are added to the shoe. It works by enabling a guided stability and durability in high-wear areas. Obviously the outsole on the torrent is a clear winner. Just looking at them you can see they grow more and more narrow as you get into the toe box.