Hoka One One Stinson Evo Tarmac review

  • Price Paid:$110.00
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  • Would buy again from this company: Yes
  • Used product for: 2 months
  • # of logged workouts:

"I highly recommend the Hokas, especially if like me, you have had to limit your running due to injury and pain. These shoes are one of the main reasons that I am able to run again."Live2ride


Lace system so that you do not have to tie them, makes them ideal for triathlons.


Lacing system is very easy to use.


So far I have been impressed, but I have read a number of reviews that questions the construction over time, so I ranked it as a 4. The rumor is that the newer versions have been reconstructed to avoid the flaws from the previous models.


Very good.


Thanks to low back and hip issues, I was convinced that I would never run again. I had resolved myself to just being a cyclist. I have twenty-some years of running experience, but had been told that surgery would be needed to fix herniated disks, if I really wanted to run again. That being said, as the seasons changed, I decided to see if my body could withstand running, one more time. There is nothing like lacing up the shoes on a fall day and just going out for a run. My ultimate goal is to be able to do at least an Olympic distance triathlon next summer.

I have a pair of Newtons that I use for training, so I went on a couple of runs to see how it would feel. I have been doing stability and core work to help my body deal with the impact of running again. After a few successful weeks of gradually increasing my mileage, I decided things were going well enough to invest in a new pair of running shoes. Like anything else these days, there are so many choices, it seems like you need a master's degree to figure out the best item. I am 6'3", 180 lbs, and historically a heel-striker, so the Hokas initially intrigued me.

I always wondered why there wasn't a show on the market like the Hoka. The extra padding is an obvious solution to the pounding your body takes when logging miles. But, I know that there are marketing gimmicks when it comes to athletic shoes, so I was cautiously optimistic.

I can tell you after three weeks of running, that these shoes are the real deal. They have surpassed my expectations. After getting over the sticker shock, I found a pair for sale on Amazon. As others have noted, these shoes won't win you any fashion points, but if you just want to be able to run comfortably and cover quickly, these shoes are phenomenal.


They take awhile to get used to, but the comfort supercedes the appearance.

I have been extremely pleased with the design of these shoes. The extreme cushioning does negatively impact the structure of the shoe during the foot strike. They have truly been designed to cushion the foot strike, but feel stable enough to run on a variety of surfaces.

Thankfully, none at this point, other than the cost.

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  • 19 people use
  • 945 workouts logged
  • 5592.78 miles / 919.95 hours logged