Facts

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Update: Bondi 5
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Maximalist
Price
$150
Weight
M: 301g | W: 255g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 33mm | W: 33mm
Forefoot height
M: 29mm | W: 29mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

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.



World wide, Bondi 4 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Hoka One One, is the 9th most popular.

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 538 ratings

5 star
67%
4 star
20%
3 star
7%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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79 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 90
    GregoryLevel 4 expert
    by Phidippides TV
    The Hoka Bondi gives you maximum cushioning, maximum protection, and yet at a relatively lightweight package.
  • 88
    Saltmarsh RunningLevel 1 expert
    by Saltmarsh Running
    It is a massive, massive sole. But it also provides incredible cushioning.
  • 82
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by 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.
  • 82
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    The Hoka Bondi 4 panders to all your cushioning needs. Bottomless midsole and pleasing transition quality.
  • 80
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Some testers found the upper constrictive, while others gave it top marks.
  • 80
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    With one of the thickest midsoles in the marketplace, the Bondi is an extreme class of high-off-the-ground, oversized cushioning shoes.
  • 75
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Competitor Running
    It might not be the best starting point for a runner new to max-cushioned shoes, given how high off the ground it is. But it definitely has a short learning curve.
  • 92
    Jason SaltmarshLevel 4 expert
    by Salt Marsh Running
    The cushioning is so effective, that it may also hide poor foot strikes and result in compromised running form.
  • 90
    Believe in the RunLevel 4 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    These shoes have proven to be extremely durable and can handle lots of terrain.
  • 88
    DavidLevel 3 expert
    by The Ultra Running Company
    I would wear it if I'm on my feet all day, at work. It's in the comfort cushioning category, so it just compliments your muscles and all those aspects.
  • 84
    LennyLevel 3 expert
    by Lenny Sunday
    No blisters and that's all you can ask for. So, Hoka, you did good on this one.
  • 70
    Ethan NewberryLevel 3 expert
    by 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.
  • 70
    Jonathan SavageLevel 3 expert
    by Fellrnr
    The Bondi has a horribly small toe box, but once its cut open the shoe works quite well. The Bondi has a reasonable balance of soft cushioning and weight, but has been surpassed by the Clifton.
  • 50
    Gear InstituteLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The shoes had an awkward fit, but did fit true to size in length. The shoes were too narrow and kept my small toe cramped in along the lateral side.
  • 45
    Zachary RodastiLevel 3 expert
    by Active Gear Review
    I felt like I had strapped some pillows to my feet. They felt too high off the ground, unstable, and a bit like walking on swampy mountain flood plain after a spring thaw.
  • 98
    Cara BruceLevel 2 expert
    by Holabird Sports
    If you are looking for maximum cushioning you need to check out the Hoka One One brand. The new Hoka One One Bondi 4 offers a plush running experience.
  • 85
    Jerod KillickLevel 2 expert
    by Jerod Killick
    Does it fit amazing? Yes. It's really just like running on marshmallows.
  • 86
    TJ MurphyLevel 1 expert
    by TJ Murphy
    I really find it to be a comfortable shoe. I was a little bit nervous as it's tall as it is, that there would be a problem with, you know, ankles rolling or anything like that. Definitely did not have any problems with that.
  • 85
    Jason JonesLevel 1 expert
    by Runners Forum
    Max cush, but just pure comfort for you there.
  • 84
    Chris World TVLevel 1 expert
    by Chris World TV
    It feels good on my feet. It feels good and it's given me the kinda performance that I want, the kinda cushion that I want.
  • 70
    Daisy GomezLevel 1 expert
    by Fit Wanderlust Runner
    I thought at first it was just because maybe I was wearing the wrong socks. But then on my race day, I got the worst blisters of my life.
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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Along with an early-stage Meta Rocker design for increased propulsion and a 10-degree heel bevel for a smooth heel transition, the Bondi 4 is a great option for high-mileage training.
  • The Athlete's Foot Australia
    Impact. Every step, pounding, pounding, pounding. Just a 10K run is 10, 000 impacts. So, the Bondi 4 deals with that by providing a super cushioned forefoot ride, an oversized base that the foot is deep within, which not only disperses impact beautifully but gives a really stable feel on the foot.
  • April Shop Zappos
    That midsole is ultra-lightweight and made with Active Foot Frame midsole geometry that actually allows your foot to sink within the midsole design for a fantastic cushioning, because your foot's sitting inside of the cushioning instead of on top of it.
  • David Torrence SportsShoes.com
    The Bondi 4 is the most cushioned shoe in the Hoka One One lineup. This style is ideal for a runner who is looking for a guided, ultra-cushioned and smooth ride, while maintaining comfort and managing impact.
  • Tony Grassi Holabird Sports
    The Bondi 4 offers plenty of inherent stability in a super cushioned package.
  • Rachel Road Runner Sports
    This shoe offers tons of cushion without adding weight, at only 9 ounces and with a 4 mm drop. The new Bondi is great for the road and lighter trails.
  • Jason Hill RunningShoes.com
    What we wanted to do with the shoe is really take a solution-based approach to building in the shoe. We won't look into changing anything other than making slight improvements.
  • David Torrence SportsShoes.com
    With a full EVA midsole, a unique rocker design revered for its balance and simplicity, the Bondi 4 features an unmatched combination of performance and cushioning.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With a full EVA midsole, this daily trainer provides signature Bondi cushioning for a soft, cushioned ride.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    You have this oversized midsole that's two-and-a-half times the volume of standard running shoes. It's designed to give you excellent shock absorption, a sense of weightlessness, and a really stable ride that'll help reduce fatigue in your legs.

Updates to 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.

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.


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