HOKA BONDI 8: ULTRA CUSHIONED ROAD RUNNING SHOES.
HOKA BONDI 8: ULTRA CUSHIONED ROAD RUNNING SHOES. Our RUNNING SHOES section bring us today a deeper technical analysis of the new HOKA Bondi 8. As you might remember we presented you the HOKA 2022 collection a couple of months ago, and with this article we continue the series.
This HOKA Bondi 8 has been just released in the USA and will come soon to the rest of the world, with a price of 165 $ in USA, normally translated into 165 € in Europe, but pending confirmation, 303 g and a drop of 4 mm for a height of 33 mm in the back and 29 in the front.
HOKA ONE ONE 2022
This 2022 the HOKA colleaction has gronw both in models, features and quality. As you may remenber we have been presenting you in the last months all novelties from the American brand, both for road running and trail running:
- HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5
- HOKA IRONMAN MACH 4
- HOKA TECTON X
- HOKA CIELO X
- HOKA CARBON X 3
- HOKA KAWANA
- HOKA CLIFTON 8
- HOKA ANACAPA
We see how the collection has focused on lightening materials and getting shoes just as cushioned and reactive but with a few grams less weight, which is also the case of this new Bondi 8 which comes with 11 grams less than the version 7.
HOKA BONDI 8:
ULTRA CUSHIONED ROAD RUNNING SHOES.
165$-165€* | 303G. | 4MM DROP
The ultra-cushioned game-changer. One of the hardest working shoes in the HOKA lineup, the Bondi takes a bold step forward this season reworked with softer, lighter foams and a brand-new extended heel geometry. Taking on a billowed effect, the rear crash pad affords an incredibly soft and balanced ride from heel strike to forefoot transaction.
HOKA BONDI 8: DATA SHEET
- Price: 165 $ in USA, normally 165 €* (not confirmed)
- Weight: 303g. men, 11 grams less than previous version
- Drop: 4 mm
- Stack height: 33mm /29mm
- Midsole: CMEVA
- Sole: EVA
- Engineered mesh construction
- Recycled content lining mesh
- Ortholite® hybrid sockliner
HOKA BONDI 8: HIGHLIGHTS
In comparison with the previous verions, the Bondi /, this new 8 comes with an extended heel, brand-new foam, and pillowed tongue. Its main highlights would be:
- ENGINEERED MESH CONSTRUCTION: Delivers breathable comfort
- MEMORY FOAM COLLAR: Cradles ankle in plush comfort
- ULTRALIGHT RESILIENT FOAM: Delivers the perfect blend of soft and bouncy
- REAR CRASH PAD: Provides a balanced ride from heel-strike to forefoot transition
- ZONAL RUBBER PLACEMENT: For extra weight savings
Designed with a vegan and recycled mesh thread that provides fit and comfort, seems to be little narrow at first, however the shoe comes with 3 different withd chose for every type of runner.
Apart from that, the mesh construction is specifcally designed to be breathable and alow the feet to stay fresh for longer perios of time.
It is the CMEVA compound, equal to the EVA foam mounted by the current Speedgoat but developed. Why changing a winning team, when you have already reduced weight.
The rear crash pad provides a balanced ride from heel-strike to forefoot transition
The EVA’s outsole provides light contact with the ground and improves cushioning responsiveness, moreover the zonal rubber placement enable some weight savings
HOKA BONDI 8: CONCLUSIONS
This Bondi 8 is the Hoka’s most cushioned road shoe and it arrives to its 8th version by bringing confort to runners around the world. At firts it may look too much, but once you wear them, you understand the reason why are they made: running long, walking long and feeling just confort.
The shoe, is an icon in the USA where the average runner weights little more than in Europe, so the shoe is designed with an specific target: bringing stability and confort to those runners who need more cushion.
However, the shoe is also good for those lightweight runners, enable them to have a smother run with less impact on their legs, but obviously also with less reactivity as the shoe seeks confort and not reactivity, for that HOKA created the HOKA BONDI X.
All and all is a daily training shoe difficult to compare with others in the market as the softness of the rubber and the ammount of cushion that it provides has (according to me) not comparisson at the moment. This model arrives with 11 grams less in comparisson to the bondi 7, rounding the 303 grams, which are pretty OK for such a tank shoe.
In summry, a shoe for those who require confort at easy paces above reactivity or performance.
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