Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Some users admired the lightweight design of the Hoka One One Arahi 3.
  • A few wearers noted that the shoe does not feel or look bulky at all unlike other Hoka running shoes.
  • Several narrow-footed lauded the overall fit of the Arahi 3; they said the shoe fits comfortably.
  • A significant number of runners were satisfied with the shoe’s maximum support.
  • The shoe has a roomy toe-box, said a few purchasers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few disappointed users mentioned that the shoe has poor cushioning compared to the Arahi 2.
  • Medium-footed runners found the Arahi 3 too narrow for their foot shape.
  • Some purchasers mentioned that the upper is too soft and lacks strength.
  • According to a few user reviews, the color options are unpleasant.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Arahi 3 gathered mixed reviews from users. Some admired the shoe’s lightweight design, stability, and comfort while others were disappointed with the shoe’s cushioning and fit. Overall, the Arahi 3 is still considered by some as an efficient runner, but there is still a significant room for improvement.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 4% most popular running shoes

Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Run Moore | Level 1 expert

    I really wouldn't recommend this shoe for somebody who's doing work like side to side gym stuff. We get that question a lot on pretty much all Hokas if they can wear this shoe like a Zumba class or CrossFit class. Even though that's got a lower heel-to-toe drop than so many rainers out there at 5-mm. It's not a shoe I'd really recommend for a lot of side-to-side mobility.

  • 76 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 5 expert

    When you don the HOKA Arahi 3s, it's hard not to immediately feel fast and ready to fly. It's a bulky maximalist shoe, but you can barely feel its weight, especially when you take a step or bound off and feel the energy return. It's honestly kind of crazy running in these, given what they are: big ol' stability shoes. They excellently blend support and noise-reduction with comfort and speed, which is why they won our Top Pick for Stability Award. We spend the rest of this review exploring why we found them to be among the best running shoes on the market for stability.

  • 88 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 4 expert

    If you study the HOKA lineup closely, it’s abundantly clear that the brand is becoming more mainstream. I ran in the first Bondi, and it was an ugly shoe; the upper started separating prematurely from the midsole. Likewise, the first Clifton raised many eyebrows (whereas the Clifton 5 tends to get lost in the shuffle now among a sea of competitors vying for impressions online or in-store). HOKA is obviously no longer the niche brand it once was. That’s good news though!

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    The Hoka Arahi 3 is one of the most responsive running shoes I have worn. This makes for a versatile trainer built for any type of workout. It handled the long runs because of the cushioning and short fast runs because of the weight and responsiveness.

  • First look | ffencino

  • First look | Road Runner Sports | | Level 4 expert

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  • The Hoka One One Arahi 3 features a new upper design. It uses a breathable engineered mesh that keeps the foot cool and dry. The mesh upper also aims to provide the foot a lightweight and comfortable wrap.
  • This stability running shoe continues to provide overpronators with unique running experience by using the same midsole technology, but it has been refined to address issues from the past. The heel rocker in the midsole of the Hoka Arahi 3 has also been improved for a smoother ride.
  • Hoka also updated the outsole design of the Arahi 3 to provide runners with improved flexibility, durability and stability.

Despite some runners claiming that the size runs half-a-size larger than usual, according to Hoka, the Arahi 3 runs true to size. The shoe has a medium fit from the heel to the forefoot. It has a narrower forefoot than the previous version but wide options are also made available for medium and wide-footed runners who need a more spacious environment. The men’s and women’s Hoka One One Arahi 3 are available in both medium and wide with options.

In the outsole of the Hoka One One Arahi 3 is the zonal rubber placement which is specifically placed on high-wear areas for durability. The rubber material is made from lightweight and sturdy materials. It also provides added traction without compromising flexibility.

As a reliable running shoe for overpronators, the Arahi 3 makes use of the Dynamic Stability with EVA J-Frame technology. It offers firmer cushioning with lightweight support. The midsole has been designed to encourage the foot to move naturally.

An early-stage meta-rocker has been installed in the midsole to promote an efficient heel-to-toe transition for a smoother ride. This feature could also be experienced in the Hoka One One Bondi 6, which is for neutral pronators.

Along with the meta-rocker are the flat-waisted geometry for a more stable platform and additional support in the forefoot.

In the upper of the Hoka One One Arahi 3 is an open engineered mesh which provides lightweight and breathable foot coverage. There are perforations in the mesh to promote excellent airflow, keeping the foot cool and dry.

The shoe has a padded tongue and collar that delivers added comfort and further enhance the overall fit and lockdown. There is also a heel pull tab to easily wear and remove the shoe.

Author
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.

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