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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10oz
    Women: 8.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 33mm
    Women: 31mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the reviewers felt comfortable while wearing the Hoka Bondi 5.
  • The wide toe box should be a welcome change, particularly for those who have slightly wider feet.
  • The extra widths available should be even better good news for those who require more room up front.
  • Some runners noticed how light the shoe is despite the oversized cushioning.
  • A handful of reviewers really liked the lightweight and breathable upper.
  • Some of those who have had foot, back, or hip problems felt better when running in the Hoka One One Bondi 5.
  • The traction is quite good for a road shoe that it can do adequately well on light trails, according to a few.
  • A small number of runners mentioned their stable rides in this shoe.
  • Several of those who are up on their feet most of the time during work valued the shoe’s cushioning.
  • Outsole durability gets a boost with the addition of more rubber.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some loyal fans of the Bondi did not like the stiffer midsole, which took away their pleasure during long distance runs.
  • A good number of Hoka fans bemoaned that it still lacks the room in the toe box despite the added space in the latest version of the Bondi.
  • A handful of runners observed that the meta-rocker technology felt dead in this shoe and removed the smooth transition through the gait cycle.
  • The price of the Bondi 5 is quite expensive.
  • A few runners had problems with the tongue as it caused rubbing or irritation.

Bottom line

Hoka markets the Bondi 5 as its most cushioned runner, which is quite a feat in itself as the Hoka brand is known for its oversized cushioning. The latest version of this ultra-cushioned trainer has decent arch support, more room in the forefoot, excellent ventilation, and the added benefits of an extra wide option. While some loyal fans of the Bondi are hotly divided regarding the shoe’s performance, Hoka offered upgrades that have been generally well-accepted and welcomed by runners.

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85 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

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Updates to Hoka One One Bondi 5

  • The Bondi 5 features an updated upper that provides breathability. The Comfort Frame hugs the foot with maximum comfort with a sock-like feel while the padded tongue delivers added comfort while enhancing the fit.
  • The midsole of the shoe was also modified to deliver an enhanced underfoot protection and durability. It offers a more responsive ride while running on the road.
  • The outsole was also updated. The shoe features an updated lug pattern and new rubber material to improve traction and durability.

Hoka One One Bondi 5 size and fit

The Hoka One One Bondi 5 comes with an enhanced fit. It offers a snug fit from the heel to the forefoot area and is available in standard running shoe length. It is available in medium and wide widths in sizes 7 to 15 for the men’s version and medium width with 5 to 11 sizes for women’s.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the shoe has an updated lug pattern that delivers enhanced traction while running on the road. The shoe also features the Zonal Rubber Placement that is designed for improved durability.

The Hoka One One Bondi 5 also utilizes the moderate Heel Bevel that is specifically designed not only for a smoother heel to toe transition but also for added durability and enhanced ground contact.


Midsole

The midsole of the Bondi 5 features the improved full-length EVA cushioning that gives a durable and responsive cushioning for a more satisfying running experience. Aside from the technical updates, the midsole unit also has an updated design for a fresh look.


Upper

The Hoka One One Bondi 5 comes with a breathable upper coverage that keeps the foot dry and comfortable all throughout the run. The Comfort Frame delivers maximum comfort and the 3D Puff Print Frame offers a lightweight and added support.