A unique off-road ride in these trail shoes surprised wear-testers.
RUNNING SHOE: Hoka One One Rapa Nui 2 (men’s) and Kailua Trail (women’s)
Category: Maximum cushioning, Lightweight, Trail
Best for: Trails and off-road surfaces, Training, Racing
Weight: 11.1 oz. (men’s size 9), 9.3 oz. (women’s size 8)
Heel-to-toe drop: 5 mm
Heights: 32 mm (heel), 27 mm (forefoot)
Fit: The Rapa Nui Trail and Kailua Trail (pictured) sport a medium fit from heel to toe.
Feel: Stepping into the highly cushioned comfort of a Hoka shoe is an experience like no other. This model has less cushioning than some of the brand’s beefier styles, giving it better ground feel and responsiveness and better road-to-trail versatility.
Ride: Like all Hoka models, there is a unique high-off-the-ground sensation, but there’s less getting used to it in the Rapa Nui Trail/Kailua Trail. There’s also the slightly rockered profile of the undercarriage, which our wear-testers especially loved on longer runs on smooth cinder trails and fire roads. The tread has subdued lugs, and they were small enough to be comfortable on the road. Wear-testers were impressed (and surprised) by the relative stability and agility of this shoe.
Said one tester: “The ride is much more responsive than I was expecting for such a cushioned shoe.”
This review was first published on Competitor.com.