We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Majority of Hoka One One Rincon users like the fact that the shoe is incredibly lightweight.
  • Most of the wearers appreciate the shoe’s breathability, keep them comfortable during their runs.
  • A number of users compare it to the popular Clifton 6 with how good the cushioning is.
  • A couple of wearers say that even after long hours of wearing the Rincon, their feet do not feel fatigued at all.
  • The shoe is said to be very comfortable straight out of the box which a lot of users like.
  • Some wearers like the Rincon for its unique aesthetic design.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user has mentioned that the outsoles of the Hoka One One Rincon wear down too quickly.
  • A couple of wearers have noted that the shoe’s rubber outsole is too minimal for their liking.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Rincon is a running shoe geared toward neutral runners, but it has just a hint of firmness and energy return that allows it to be versatile for a wide range of workouts.  It will appeal to runners who prefer a light, breezy feeling under their feet, no matter how fast or slow they prefer to run in it. Despite some durability issues, the Hoka One One Rincon is still appreciated for having the right amount of cushioning for recovery efforts. It is also lightweight enough for fast race days, making this Hoka shoe a versatile addition to any athlete's running shoe arsenal.

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- Inspired by the world-famous Rincon surf spot and its smooth waves, the HOKA Rincon as appropriately named, delivers the same feeling of the wave’s smoothness when worn. It packs an amazing amount of cushioning with its EVA foam midsole which absorbs shocks instantly and effectively.

- The Rincon is also made to be extremely lightweight with the help of its upper mesh construction. It does not only give out a weightless sensation during running, but it is also highly breathable. It keeps the foot cool throughout the competition or training. The Rincon’s upper also features an asymmetrical design and a stripped-back profile to give this neutral running shoe a speedy boost to the finish line.

The Rincon from Hoka One One runs in standard medium length sizing. It comes in medium size D for men and medium size B for women.  The shoe fits narrow in the rear but slightly roomy in the forefoot. The roomy space in the forefoot greatly assists the runner at higher speeds because it gives the toes room to naturally splay out and maximize forward propulsion as the foot lifts off the ground. The shoe's adaptable mesh upper allows the Rincon to fit a wide variety of foot types by delivering a snug lockdown. Although the fit and sizing details are stated when buying online,  it is still suggested that to get the best fitting shoe, trying on a pair in one's local running shoe store and reading about other user's reviews would greatly help.

The Hoka One One Rincon features an outsole design that is made to be flexible and durable. It is constructed from Hi-Abrasion rubber and placed strategically on high wear areas such as the forefoot and heel. This durable rubber outsole material helps increase durability and resist the traumas of heel strike for more extended wear. It also provides traction to handle longer miles while also offering a much lighter design than a full-length blown rubber outsole. The shoe’s outsole gives the runner firm control of the shoe’s movement across a wide range of different terrain over a long period of time. This reliable outsole anchors the runner into place, keeping them in a strong and controlled position while running.

Completing the Rincon’s outsole is the new flex groove system in the forefoot area. It encourages multi-directional movements, a little bit of flex and cored-out heel to further reduce the shoe’s weight.

The Hoka One One Rincon uses the full-length platform made of Hoka signature compression EVA foam. It resides underfoot for lightweight, responsive, and better cushioning. Exceptionally lightweight, the EVA midsole foam guarantees a high level of cushioning to keep the wearer comfortable even during the runs. It is also soft and durable enough to assist in protecting the joints during impact on hard surfaces.

The Rincon's EVA foam is made to be extremely firm, which allows it to absorb shocks instantly and effectively. This prevents the shoe from causing any damage to the sole of the foot. The energy produced from this will also be returned as a rebound, which adds an extra spring in the runner's step.

The early-stage Meta-Rocker is applied in the midsole to increase the shoe's running efficiency. Meta-Rocker midsole geometry is specifically designed with a low heel-toe differential and a sculpted outsole to create a unique fulcrum effect, like a rocking chair to encourage a guided gait cycle. This design supports a runner's natural form while promoting an efficient, smooth roll from initial impact to toe-off.

The Rincon's upper is constructed using a single layer mesh material which offers a comfortable fit and provides maximum breathability. This mesh upper material efficiently wicks away the build up of excess sweat and moisture, leaving the runner's feet feeling cool, comfortable, and most importantly, dry.

The upper mesh material also helps in the circulation of cool air inside the shoe. This encourages a healthier environment for the wearer's feet to thrive in.

Additionally, a heel pull tab is found on the Rincon's rear, allowing an easy wearing and removal of the shoe. It also features a slim tongue that reduces additional weight while sitting comfortably against the skin for all-day wear.

Finally, the shoe's upper incorporates a traditional lace closure system which locks down the midfoot for distraction-free strides.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.