Cregg Weinmann's running reviews for 2017: Part 2
Part 2 of the 2017 update on running footwear from Cregg Weinmann.
Hoka One One Arahi . $130
The new Arahi takes a different approach to design; the result is a successful blend of light weight and ultra stability, which is Hoka’s most stable lightweight shoe yet. The upper is a thin, closed stretch mesh supported by 3D-printed overlays with fused overlays in the high- stress areas.
The upper’s support and flexibility are excellent, hugging the foot comfortably and securing it over the sole unit. The midsole features the typical Hoka setup with its oversized foam—a measured 32mm-stack height—for cushioning.
Its more significant feature is the J-Frame, a second-density foam in the shape of a J, designed to shore up the shoe’s medial side and stabilize the heel by encircling its perimeter with a firmer layer. The outersole is primarily toughened foam with a skeletal arrangement of rubber spread between the forefoot and the heel.
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