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.


Expert Reviews

91 / 100 based on 32 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 |

    Just what we’ve been waiting for with Hoka One One Rincon

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    Hoka One One has always been a shoe brand on my radar. Hoka is well-known for their “pillowy-soft” rides, yet the Rincon offers a whole new experience.



    The Rincon did not disappoint due to its lightweight, springy performance and the perfect amount of underfoot cushioning that keeps you comfortable at any distance.


    I’ve never had the opportunity to surf at the world-famous Rincon surf spot, but I’d imagine the swell would be a smooth ride. Just as the name implies, the Rincon running shoes offer that smooth ride every runner dreams of.



    There is nothing greater than a shoe that has the perfect balance between responsiveness and cushioning. If that is what you are seeking, look no further because the Hoka One One Rincon offers just that!



    I love that, irrespective of distance or pace, the Rincon continued to feel amazing on my feet. The Rincon is versatile enough for up-tempo track workouts, yet is cushioned enough for longer distance training.

    This shoe kept my feet happy mile after mile without feeling bogged down.


    Upper and aesthetics

    The Rincon’s upper makes a huge difference in not only weight but in performance. The upper is a breathable as it is comprised of a single thin layer of mesh.



    I have found with other shoes that overlays tend to cause hotspots, so I was elated that the Rincon had zero overlays! Despite being a simple single layer of mesh, the lockdown is quite snug thanks to the construction and material of the mesh upper.



    Don’t be fooled; the mesh isn’t stretchy like other mesh uppers seen on other brands of running shoes. It is somewhat firm, yet still flexible enough to remain comfortable.



    I loved that the mesh upper didn’t stretch out over time and provided great lockdown even after 50+ miles.

    Furthermore, the design of the Rincon is unlike the other Hoka models we are familiar to. The Rincons have a sleeker look, which makes them easy to love. I am a fan of no-nonsense designs, and the Rincons have just that.



    One thing additional feature that I love about this shoe is the oversized pull tab! I love the pull tab because it’s easy to use and prevents crushing the heel cup when putting your shoes on.

    The pull tab remains aesthetically pleasing while being completely functional. I’m a fan and use the pull tab frequently!


    Midsole and outsole

    As expected, the Rincon offers a cushioned ride thanks to its compression foam EVA midsole. If you aren’t familiar with Hoka’s Meta-Rocker, this technology encourages a more natural running gait which increases running efficiency.



    The Meta-Rocker technology boosts a smoother ride and assists with springy toe offs. Remarkably, I found the shoe to be much more responsive than I anticipated.

    I expected the shoe to be “mushy,” but this was not the case! To my surprise, the cushioning was just the right amount.



    The cushioning, coupled with the Meta-Rocker, made a beautiful combination that made me feel like I was running effortlessly on air.

    There are rubber pads on the high traction areas of the outsole most likely to preserve the overall weight of the shoe.



    Unfortunately, the Rincon shows signs of premature wear. Therefore the Rincon may sacrifice durability for comfort due to the high amounts of exposed EVA foam.


    Premature wear is shown here at approximately 20 miles


    I was a bit bummed when I got these shoes because they run big. The shoe just feels too long. Ordering them online didn’t allow me the opportunity to try them on before I received them, which left me with a shoe that was too big/long.



    I ordered a 9.5, but a 9 would have been sufficient. Live and learn. I just made sure to wear thicker socks to mitigate the sizing error.



    As always, it’s best if you can try any running shoe on first to find your correct size, but here is my size chart of various shoe brands for comparison while choosing the right size for yourself:

    Hoka One One Should be 9
    New Balance 9
    Reebok 9
    Asics 9
    Brooks 9
    Altra 9
    Nike 9.5
    Inov8 9.5
    Saucony 9.5
    Salomon 9.5
    On Running 9.5
    Topo Athletic 9.5
    The North Face 9.5
    Mizuno 9.5



    Here is a quick break down of the Hoka One One Rincon running shoe specifications:


    Weight 6.3 oz women, 7.7 oz men
    Heel-to-toe offset/drop 5 mm differential
    Type Neutral, Road running
    Cushioning Balanced (between plush and responsive)



    The performance of the Rincon was spectacular. I can’t stress enough how much I love the versatility that the Rincon offers as I was just as comfortable doing up-tempo runs on the track as I was out on longer distance runs.

    The Rincons are so lightweight that I always found myself running faster due to the lightweight nature of this shoe.



    Though the Rincon is classified as a neutral trainer, I felt as though it bordered stability.

    I like that the Rincon encouraged midfoot/forefoot striking due to the Meta-Rocker technology, which also facilitated greater toe-off during my up-tempo runs.

    I certainly see myself using the Rincons for more road racing in the future because of their lightweight nature and springy ride. These are shoes in which I believe one can easily set a new PR in!


    Wore my Rincons for a local 5K event


    I appreciated the weight-to-cushion ratio on my longer training runs where the Rincons provided just the right amount of cushioning without compromising the overall weight.

    Hoka tends to have a narrow forefoot, and I would venture to say that the Rincon is wider than other Hoka models, yet still narrow in the toe box. I do not have narrow feet, but I felt as though it was rather snug.



    I did have a short break-in period for the Rincons as I had some issues with blistering on my great toes, but there is a possibility that this issue was due to the incorrect shoe size.

    Otherwise, I was incredibly pleased with the overall performance of the Rincon.



    A few suggestions I would make for improvements for the Rincon are in regards to the tongue. I constantly found myself repositioning the tongue as it would move laterally on each of my runs.



    In my opinion, the tongue is on the short side, which could attest to the issues with its movement. I found myself repositioning the tongue frequently and pulling it upward to try to get it in a comfortable spot.

    Perhaps in future models, a gusseted tongue would keep the tongue in the appropriate place.



    Often, when pulling the tongue upward, it would cause a bit of scrunching where the tongue originates. Also, when syncing the laces down while pulling the tongue upward caused some irritation to the top part of my foot due to the scrunching.


    Showing mild scrunching


    Moreover, I love the flat laces, yet the laces were much too long.

    Lastly, the toe box of the Rincon is quite narrow. I found myself wishing for more space in the toe box, especially on my up-tempo runs to allow for greater toe splay.


    Very long shoelaces


    Lastly, I have concerns with regards to the durability and longevity of these shoes. I saw wear as early as 15 miles in the Rincons.



    My Rating: 93/100

    • Aesthetics: 10/10
    • Comfort: 9/10
    • Cushioning: 9/10
    • Durability: 8/10
    • Performance: 10/10
    • Value: 9/10
    • Breathability: 10/10


    • Lightweight and Agile
    • Meta-Rocker Technology encourages proper biomechanics
    • Versatile for various distances
    • Very breathable and allows ample airflow to the feet
    • Love the pull tab
    • Great balance between cushion and responsiveness


    • Narrow width
    • Short break-in period required
    • Durability concern
    • Issues with the tongue
    • Excessively long shoelaces


    Bottom line

    The Hoka One One Rincon offers lightweight protection that not only helps you hit that new PR, but also offers the perfect amount of cushioning for your longer runs.

    The Rincon is built for versatile performance and would be an excellent choice for race day. The Rincon checks all the boxes in regards to cushioning, responsiveness, and lightweight feel—light enough for speed work, yet cushioned enough for any distance.



    What are you waiting for? You need these shoes today!

  • 80 / 100 |

    Hoka One One Rincon: Hoka Clifton's "mini" version

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    The Rincon is designed to be a do-it-all cushioned, lightweight shoe. Other shoes in this category are the New Balance Beacon, the Skechers GO Run Ride, and the Pegasus Turbo.

    When the Hoka Clifton 1 was released in 2014, it stunned the running community and many regards it as one of the best running shoes of all time. Since then, there hasn’t been a shoe that could match its superlative ride or bottomless cushioning. The Rincon is the spiritual successor to the Clifton 1. 


    Upper & upper materials

    The Rincon’s simple upper is made from single-layer mesh, which is lightweight and breathable.


    The mesh is so airy; you can see your socks through the holes.


    The comfortable upper does its job in keeping the foot locked down but it feels “crispier” than the other premium, more expensive shoes. You can tell from the upper feel that this is a $115 shoe. It’s definitely not a Brooks upper.


    The wide wings of the tongue help keep the tongue in place and prevent it from sliding sideways.


    I got the shoes 2 sizes bigger than my normal shoe size, and they fit fine with thick socks. I was worried about the narrow fit of Hokas, so I ordered up a size.

    What I didn’t know was that Hokas differ in their sizing, being a half size difference when converting from US to UK. So, I ended up buying 2 sizes bigger than normal by mistake. Don’t get caught out by that one. 

    The built-up heel is packed with large amounts of foam and holds the heel in place during runs. I had no heel slipping issues.


    The biggest heel tab ever on a running shoe?


    There is an oversized pull tab that some might appreciate. I don’t use pull tabs due to a bad experience I had with a certain Epic React and me pulling too hard on the pull tab and the pull tab snapping. 

    Midsole & Ride

    I just don’t know how Hoka manages to do it. To create an EVA foam that is so thick in volume but light and cushioned at the same time. It seems like some kind of black magic.

    I thought that the cushioning to the weight ratio of the NB Beacon was high, but the Rincon is even higher. It’s responsive enough for short, tempo distances but also cushioned enough for long marathon distances.


    The thick midsole feels better when striking on the rear-foot due to a lumpy forefoot.


    My first run in them was a 15-mile Saturday morning run, and my feet and legs still felt fresh after the run. It has an early stage meta-rocker, which means that it is supposed to help roll the foot forward with a rocking motion of the midsole. 

    Transitions are not very smooth due to the flex grooves and lugs in the forefoot. I can feel the lugs through the thin insole every time the shoe flexes even if I wear thick socks.


    The midsole flares out underfoot to create a large, stable base: the anti-Nike VaporFly. They make my feet feel planted and put no stress on my ankles.


    The upper heel sits on a flared base, resulting in a “sink” into the wider base, which increases responsiveness.


    The shoe flexes in the forefoot and is much more flexible than the Clifton 6. While I normally appreciate a flexible forefoot, the flex in the Rincon works to its detriment.

    In other Hoka shoes, the stiff midsole allows the rocker to take action and propel you forward. With the Rincon, the midsole flexes instead of a rocking action taking place.


    The midsole curls upwards to promote a (muted) rocker effect.


    The insole is thin and glued down to the midsole. Being so thin, there is no step-in softness like the Clifton 6, so all the cushioning is contained in the Rincon’s midsole. The lack of sink-in insole cushion makes the Rincon so versatile.


    Taking a page out of the VaporFly, the pancake-thin insole is glued down.

    Outsole & wear

    There are rubber lugs placed on the high-wear areas, but the EVA areas not covered by rubber shred like butter on a hot pan. Wear is significant and looks ugly, especially on the lateral side. The only shoe I have experienced outsole wear just as fast is the Ultra Boost 1.


    Rubber is used sparsely to save weight.


    I wish Hoka had added more rubber to make the shoe more durable. I really wouldn’t care if the shoe was slightly heavier. 


    Outsole wear after just 50 miles.

    Clifton 6 vs. Rincon

    I see the Rincon as a budget version of the Clifton 6. A “light” or a “mini” version.

    The Rincon is a slightly lighter shoe, and not as cushioned. The upper materials of the Rincon are inferior to the Clifton 6 and the shoe overall doesn’t feel as luxurious as the Clifton 6.

    I prefer the Clifton 6 because I prefer a softer ride and a more durable shoe. The Clifton 6’s outsole has generous amounts of rubber, and I expect it to last twice as long as the Rincon will.


    • Jack of all trades shoe
    • Very attractive price
    • Stable but not firm


    • Outsole shreds at an accelerated rate
    • Slightly scratchy upper
    • Hoka sizing is tricky

    The verdict

    The Rincon is great value for money but isn’t as durable as the competition.

    The Pegasus Turbo, Skechers Ride, and New Balance Beacon will all last longer than the Rincon and have smoother, less lumpy ride transitions. Although it is ultra-light, the Rincon also feels too chunky to be a lightweight racer for me. 

  • 93 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    if you love Hoka and like some of their other products this so far is probably my favorite and Hoka shoe I've ever put on it's got a little lower profile feel has that fast transition through the new early stage Mehta rocker the cushioning is there light breathable mesh upper this guy's a winner

  • 94 / 100 | Run Moore | | Level 4 expert

    It's great for somebody who runs in the Clifton on an everyday shoe and then wants to have that special race day shoe or that shoe that they're gonna go in the track and do some mile repeats as they're getting ready for their marathon. But we'll also have people that will wear this shoe that are just a little bit lighter frame that want to have sort of a speedier shoe for everyday running it's gonna be a shoe that's going to accommodate a lot of people depending on what their needs are.

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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

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