Who should buy Hoka One One Cavu 3 

You will love the Hoka One One Cavu 3 if you want a neutral running shoe that s breathable, flexible and at the same time offers reliable tractions and responsive rides.

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Updates to the Hoka One One Cavu 3

  • The upper is now a stretchy knitted fabric for form-fitting security
  • The enhanced midsole offers smooth heel-to-toe transitions
  • The underfoot platform has been molded to follow the curvature of the foot.
  • The external pad utilizes rubberized foam to provide surface grip and extra oomph to the platform as a whole

Hoka One One Cavu 3 whole

Targeted shielding on the Hoka One One Cavu 3 outsole

The outsole unit of the Hoka One One Cavu 3 is made of rubberized ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). This technology offers surface traction, yet it retains the spongy nature of EVA to add some more structure to the underfoot experience. It independently covers the contact points of the forefoot and heel to ensure targeted shielding from wear and tear.

Hoka One One Cavu 3 forefoot outsole

Flex grooves permit the whole underfoot platform to bend in conjunction with the wearer’s foot as it transitions from the heel to the toe during the step. Added flexibility can also enable versatile gait styles, such as midfoot striking, because the foot won’t feel limited or restricted.

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Energized foot experience with the Hoka One One Cavu 3 midsole

Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of a full-length EVA base. This accouterment is tasked with mitigating the impact shock generated by the foot strike then energizing the foot as it prepares for the liftoff phase. The slightly generous thickness ensures consistent support that lasts. 

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Hoka's PROFLY technology

PROFLY is a cushioning technology that is placed right above the EVA base. This feature is tasked with providing a soft heel structure for impact mitigation, as well as a firm forefoot design for an increase in propulsive power.

Hoka One One Cavu 3 profly

Even landings with the Hoka One One Cavu 3 midsole

The Meta-Rocker is a slightly convex platform shape that ultimately benefits the quality of the running session. The curve of the heel facilitates an even landing of the foot. At the same time, the similarly bent forefoot further elevates the energized toe-off. Instability won’t become a problem because the weight of the runner would flatten the platform naturally when standing idly.

Hoka One One Cavu 3 meta rocker heel

Snug fit in the Hoka One One Cavu 3 upper

An adaptive stretch knit is used for the upper unit of the Hoka One One Cavu 3. This element is meant to deliver a hug that doesn’t limit the natural movement capacity of the foot. It has a seamless construction to prevent hot spots and chafing from occurring during the run.

Hoka One One Cavu 3 upper toes

Version 3 moves away from the collar-and-tongue design of the previous iterations of the Cavu, employing a wraparound shoe-opening that accommodates the feeling of being wrapped by a seamless sock. Unlike most slip-on running shoes, the design of this model gives space for padding to grace the collar. The added cushioning has the goal of shielding the foot from impact and preventing it from wobbling.

Hoka One One Cavu 3 tongue

Zonal perforations on the upper unit are tasked with delivering a means of ventilating the foot inside the shoe. These breathing holes aren’t too obvious, yet they are strategically placed to sustain a cool and dry ride.

Hoka One One Cavu 3 holes

A traditional lacing system is placed on top of the upper unit. Flat shoelaces traverse a set of discreet overlays, causing the upper to adapt to the adjustments that are done to them. Giving the ability to tighten or loosen the fit promotes a custom in-shoe feel that can heighten the confidence during the activity.

Hoka One One Cavu 3 laces

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 7.2oz / Women 5.2oz
Drop: 5mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 25mm
Heel height: 30mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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