Out of the box, I loved the look of this shoe and the match of the upper colour to the soles. The colours made it look less bulky than other Hoka trainers.
Despite the thickness of the sole, the shoe does feel pretty light—something I think is essential for running a marathon.
There are other colour options, all of which I think are pleasing to the eye. They are well worn in now.
The toe box felt quite wide. But, I was able to adjust the lacing to make my foot feel snug without needing to over tighten.
The heel did feel quite wide. Thus, I needed to lace lock to ensure as little heel movement as possible.
It did take quite a while and a good few runs to get them exactly how I liked them. But once I had it right, they didn’t require any further adjustments.
I started training in this shoe in April but needed to build mileage slowly after having six months of no running due to injury. I’ve done approximately 350 miles, which I think is decent from any running shoe.
However, I had hoped I’d get more out of them; they have now started to fall apart. A large chunk of the sole has started to come off, see the bottom of the shoe:
Although the sole has now started to fail, it has always felt really grippy and even in very wet weather, which we get a lot of here in the north of England.
Also, I’ve always felt secure on the downhill and have never suffered any slips.
Because of the heel not being as snug as I like, the heel movement has caused a lot of wear with holes appearing. Nevertheless, this hasn’t had any adverse effect on comfort.
I didn’t actually know these holes were here until the sole started to come off, and I began to inspect them more closely:
I did get them snug enough to feel safe running on pavements with any severe camber without needing to move into the road.
The sole cushioning has been fantastic. Moreover, I would certainly recommend this shoe for anyone carrying a foot injury.
It’s cushioned with enough responsiveness to feel like you’re always moving forward. I felt the extra cushioning have me the confidence to run long without worrying about re-injury (2nd metatarsal stress fracture).
The laces are nice and long with plenty length available to double tie if required. I did find they tended to loosen during long runs and have needed to stop and tighten mid-run, which isn’t great if you're using them for a race.
This isn’t something that’s just with these Hokas, the trail Hokas I have are the same. Perhaps, Hoka needs to upgrade their laces to something with a less silky and flat construction.
I felt the tongue could have done with being thicker to cushion the top of the foot from the laces.
My injury means the top of my foot is sometimes still tender so feeling the laces through the tongue is a negative for me. It’s nothing that an extra pair of socks or a thicker pair doesn’t resolve though.
I’ve worn Hokas for ultra trail marathons in the past, but this was my first experience of using them on the road. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another pair of these.
I really liked them and have, in fact, purchased the Arahi 3, which I hope are as good. This is a great shoe for long distances and anyone returning from an injury.
I have a Marathon in 4 weeks so once that’s done I will start to transition back to a more regular soled shoe.
Good to know
- The Hoka One One Arahi 2 is a running shoe that’s designed for overpronators who want to take to the roads. Its façade is mostly similar to its predecessor, the original Arahi, but the most significant change is in the upper. Instead of utilizing a bevy of printed overlays to cover the mesh, the 2nd version now has fewer add-ons. Moreover, the fabric now has a more open construction to accommodate more air into the foot-chamber.
- The technologies that graced the platform of the first Arahi model is still in the 2nd iteration. Hoka deliberately retained the sole unit because it was touted to be hugely successful in its design and purpose.
The Arahi 2 from Hoka One One is true to size. It accommodates the general preferences of consumers when it comes to length. The available widths are B – Medium for the women’s version, and D – Medium and 2E – Wide for the men’s version. It has a semi-curved last that welcomes the natural curvature of the human foot.
The Hi-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber is a compound that shields the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It’s patterned purposefully on the critical areas to prevent them from wearing off or breaking down because of continued use.
Flex grooves allow the platform to be more flexible and compliant to the natural bending capacity of the wearer’s foot.
The EVA J-Frame is a mixture of two design goals in a single component. It primarily acts as the full-length cushioning unit for the entire foot. But it also serves as a stability unit because of a rigid section that curves from the midfoot to the heel. This J-shaped arc corrects overpronation. This feature is also present in the latest version of the Arahi.
A rocker-shape is employed in the platform of the Hoka One One Arahi 2. It’s coined as the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry. Its purpose is to smoothen the gait cycle and lead the foot towards a more enabled toe-off.
A Molded Ortholite Sockliner is placed above the full-length foam. It adds a bit more cushioning for the runner. It also has antimicrobial and anti-moisture capacities which keep the interior environment healthy and odor-free.
The upper unit of the Hoka One One Arahi 2 features a breathable mesh that has a more open structure compared to the original Arahi model. It seamlessly allows environmental air to circulate in the foot-chamber.
The 3D Puff Print Frame is different in this iteration of the shoe. It now uses thinner and more evenly spaced out overlays to maintain breathability while still encouraging a snug and secure wrap.
The collar and tongue are padded. These elements cushion the foot and prevent it from wobbling inside the foot-chamber.
A pull-tab is placed on the rear part of the collar. It makes donning or removing the shoe much easier.