DiscontinuedUpdate: Hoka One One Arahi 3
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WeightMen: 9.2ozWomen: 7.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 5mmWomen: 5mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 24mmWomen: 24mm
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Narrow, Normal, Wide
Release dateJan 2018
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Similar to the original Hoka Arahi, if you want a lightweight and supportive stability shoe, I would recommend giving the Hoka One One Arahi 2 a try!
- 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.