Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.2oz | Women: 5.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Grey, Blue, Purple, Black, Multi
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • 92 / 100 | Sean Kiffe

    Hoka One One Cavu 2: Light, light, light and responsive...Did I mention light?

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    Naming a shoe after a lightweight single person aircraft seems appropriate for a company that boasts the slogan ̈time to fly. ̈  Weighing in at 7.2oz, a full ounce lighter than the first iteration, the Hoka One One Cavu 2 is the lightest running shoe I've ever owned (however not the lightest offered by Hoka).

    Something about them just screams racing flat, and the impulse to run fast in these shoes is overwhelming. 

     

     

    My first run out in these was intended to be an easy couple mile jog, but it quickly turned into a speedy sub-20 min. 5K. The Cavu 2 is light, fast and nimble, yet boasts enough of the trademark Hoka cushion to keep things comfy.

    Specs

    Category: Road

    Type: Stability

    Drop: 5mm

    Wt.: 7.2oz

    Fit

    Right out of the box, the Cavu 2 felt like home. The fit is true to size, and the initial feel was comfortable and slightly pliable, almost broken in.

    The one-piece seamless mesh upper creates a nice airy wrap for the foot. Combined with the lycra comfort-fit bootie, your foot feels snug and secure in the comfortable, lightweight package surrounding the foot.

    The toe-box is on the narrow side, so beware of this if youŕe partial to a roomier fit. I typically like a little more room, but with the Cavu 2, I didn't mind the snug feel at all.

    The pliable lycra material allows your toes to do what they need to without rigid restriction. Given that this is a shoe geared for fast-paced road running with high foot turnover rates, it makes sense that you would want a snug forefoot.

     

     

    The tongue is gusseted and ties into the partial bootie that wraps the midfoot. The gusseted tongue is always a welcome feature to see on running shoes as it helps keep the tongue in place.

    Performance

    The Cavu 2 is one of the most responsive shoes I've run in. The shoe is exceptionally adept at adjusting the changes in direction on pavement at a fast pace. The PROFLY™ midsole rubberized foam gives enough cushioning to feel a little forgiving but not so much as to inhibit a quick foot return during high cadence running.

    The upper keeps your feet cool with well thought out ventilation. The upper also cradles the foot nicely, keeping it stable above the sole and in place during lateral movement.

     

     

    The X-shape design of the sole gives ample grip and traction on pavement and asphalt alike. I also did some 200m repeats in these shoes on the local high school track, and these shoes thrived on that surface.

    In the early morning September rain, the shoe held its own, with a reliable grip on wet cement and asphalt alike. The shoe doesn't get overkill on cushioning in the upper material, and in the wet conditions, this was a godsend. No water logging with the Cavu 2!

     

     

    Track athletes should take note of whether or not the colorways match their team colors. The Cavu 2 ́s is a superlative choice for tempo runs and speed work.

    The Cavu 2 ́s would be a great choice for shorter distance racing and even distances up to a ½ marathon. However, I'm not sure how they would fair in the marathon for the average runner.

    My caution stems from speculating on how long the cushioning will retain its performance on the long course. For someone like me who is bound to be (on my best day) out on the marathon course for 3:30 to 3:45 a shoe with more cushioning would be nice.

    That said, the Cavu is perfect for shorter distances, and on my longest run in them yet (12 miles), I didn't notice any change in the amount of perceived cushion.

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • The longevity of cushion for longer distances

    Overall

    The Cavu 2 is a great shoe for anyone looking for a lightweight performer that is ready to tear up speed work or shorter distance races.

     

     

    With just enough cushion to keep things comfortable, the Cavu still excels at being responsive and feeling agile. The Cavu 2 is light and wears like a racing flat, and in fact, that's my intended use for it this fall.

    From speed workouts, track sessions to 10K ́s the Cavu 2 is certain to come through. The simple, unassuming design and stylish look make the Cavu 2 an easy choice. With an MSRP of $110.00, the Cavu 2 is pretty affordable.

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  • The Hoka  One One Cavu 2 is a versatile road running shoe that holds a simple and bold appearance. The footwear is strategically designed for runners who have neutral foot mechanisms. Like its predecessor, it utilizes the PROFLY midsole. This material is made from rubberized foam. It is described to be durable, light and responsive which will make the runner run faster.
  • This running shoe is comes in a seamless construction that gives runners a smoother fit. Along with the seamless construction is the open engineered mesh. Its lightweight structure aims to provide added breathability and comfortable fit.
  • When compared to the previous model, the Cavu uses the Zonal RMAT in the outsole area. Its primary role is to provide durability to the high-wear areas of the platform. RMAT is crafted using the unique blend of foam and rubber that is highly elastic.

The second installment of Cavu from Hoka One One utilizes the standard running shoe measurements. It runs true to size. The shoe is sure to provide the wearer with a more secure and snugger fit that prevents any possible slippage and injury during the run. It can surely accommodate those runners with average to low foot volume. For both men and women versions, the available width profile is medium.

A rubberized foam outsole is integrated into the Hoka One One Cavu 2. This component of the footwear is essential in providing a softer and more responsive landing without compromising its lightweight structure.  

Strategic flex points are offered by the X-shape design. This provides flexibility whenever necessary.

Better shock absorption is encouraged by the PROFLY. This material is described as a dual-density midsole that is firm in the forefoot and soft in the heel. The softness of the heel section is meant to provide extra cushioning while the firmness of the forefoot is focused on adding propulsion. As a result, a quicker heel-to-toe transition and a more comfortable landing are experienced by the runner. When compared to other midsole compounds from Hoka, the PROFLY has a higher shock attenuation capability.

Like the Bondi 6, the upper section of the Hoka One One Cavu 2  uses an open engineered mesh. This material is vital to encourage better inflow and outflow of air.

The Lycra internal lining works well with the open engineered mesh upper. It provides a seamless layer underneath and a thin layer of wrap around the foot, creating a more individualized fit. It is meant to prevent irritation and encourage a second-skin feel.

Integrated into the shoe are the thin tongue and laces. This component of the Hoka one One Cavu 2 is essential in keeping the foot in place while running.

Utilized in the shoe is the embroidered HOKA ONE ONE logo. This feature adds to the appealing design of the running shoe.

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