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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 10.6oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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 height
    Men: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Dec 2014
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Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Air Mesh upper unit provides breathable coverage.
  • The Lyrca ComfortFrame in the upper makes the material stretchable and agreeable to the skin, letting the runner wear it without first using socks.
  • The TPU External Heel Counter locks the rear section of the foot and keeps it in place, effectively preventing accidental shoe removal.
  • The padded tongue and collar delivers comfort and snug security.
  • Runners appreciated the Early Stage Meta-Rocker design in the mid-sole, which encourages better performance and propulsive movement.
  • Many runners took note that this shoe is very comfortable.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some heavyset testers complained that the outsole unit wore off too easily.
  • This shoe’s forefoot area was a bit narrow and tight for some runners.
  • The Bondi 4 lacked proper arch support, as noted in some reviews.
  • This shoe has an expensive price.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Bondi 4 provides a smooth and well-cushioned ride. The overall construction and technologies used in this shoe provides responsiveness, support and comfort. This shoe was designed for road running, but it has enough traction for dirt tracks.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Josef Schuster

    My Thoughts on the Hoka One One Bondi 4

    I am here to review theBondi 5 at that point. However, these should drop in price a fair bit so I would try them out if you have not yet.

    See for yourself and I hope that this review has helped!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 70 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    It's great for long runs. Honestly, you can just throw a ton of miles at this thing, and it's really gonna kinda depend on how your body can put up with the miles, because the shoe will just go and go and go, and provide you with max cushion the entire way.

  • 90 / 100 | Phidippides TV

    The Hoka Bondi gives you maximum cushioning, maximum protection, and yet at a relatively lightweight package.

  • 82 / 100 | Solereview

    The Bondi 4 is the quintessential Hoka One One, with all the necessary ingredients of Hoka One One’s maximal midsole alchemy. Its stack heights (33 mm rear, 29 mm front) towers above most, and is rivaled only by its closest relative – the Stinson.

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Updates to Hoka One One Bondi 4

  • The 4th version of the Hoka One One Bondi comes with a new and enhanced upper. The stretchable property of the fiber was designed to give maximum comfort and sock-like fit.
  • It features a new TPU External Heel Counter that offers a secure heel fit. It also gives added stability and support around the rear foot.
  • The updated padded tongue compliments well to the enhanced upper construction of the shoe. The foam in the tongue offers additional comfort to runners.
  • The Hoka One One Bondi 4 comes with an enhanced outsole unit to help runners experience a smoother transition. The new outsole of the shoe offers an increased ground contact and durability.

Hoka One One Bondi 4 size and fit

The Bondi 4 has a standard sizing. It comfortably accommodates medium-footed runners since the heel, midfoot and forefoot areas are of standard measurements. Those who experienced a good fit with the Hoka One One Bondi 3 will experience the same fit on this version.


Outsole

The Hi-Abrasion Rubber that is very lightweight was purposely placed in the shoe’s outsole for an enhanced traction and durability. This made the shoe not only ideal for road running but also for light trails.

The Hoka One One Bondi 4 provides a smoother heel transition through the 10 Deg Heel Bevel. The Heel Bevel is new to this version that increases durability and ground contact.


Midsole

The midsole of the Bondi 4 uses the full-length soft EVA foam. It is 30% softer compared to the traditional EVA foam. The soft EVA in the entire midsole provides an enhanced cushioning and addition support.

The Early-stage Meta-Rocker element was placed behind the metatarsal heads. It is designed for increased propulsion and to deliver a smoother ride.


Upper

The Bondi 4 has an air mesh on its upper. The air mesh comes in a lightweight construction and gives excellent airflow for unmatched breathability and comfort.

The upper unit uses the Lycra ComfortFrame that is highly stretchable. The lycra fibers give runners a sock-like feel and its recovery properties offer added shoe durability.

For added medial and lateral support, the shoe utilizes the TPU External Heel Counter. Aside from the added stability it gives, this technology also offers a more secure fit in the heel area.

Another element found in the upper that compliments well with the breathable air mesh and comfortable sock-like feel is the padded tongue. The enhanced shoe tongue gives added comfort to runners.