Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners liked the lightweight construction of the Hoka One One Clayton.
  • The shoe features the Pro2Lite Midsole that delivers soft cushioning in the heel and firm cushioning in the forefoot for propulsion.
  • Based on some reviews, many appreciate the RMAT outsole that provides high rebound cushioning and reliable traction.
  • The Clayton is breathable and comfortable to wear based on some reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Clayton is an expensive shoe.
  • Available in limited color options.
  • According to some testers, the treads wore out quicker than expected.

Bottom line

The Clayton is a neutral running shoe that offers a breathable and comfortable ride. The lightweight construction made it ideal for uptempo training. Despite being expensive, many testers still appreciate how fast the Clayton is. Overall, the Clayton is an average running companion that still needs a few improvements.

Facts

Expert Reviews

84 / 100 based on 31 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine | Level 5 expert

    The Clayton is the newest model in an already popular lineup from Hoka One One, which features lightweight but extremely oversized cushion shoes. The Clayton continues that tradition, but offers a soft and fast ride that is ideal for logging long, fast miles.

  • 86 / 100 | Gearist | | Level 5 expert

    To date, the Clayton is my favorite shoe from Hoka One One despite the blister thing.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    I think the Clayton wold make a really good racing/training marathon shoe. 

  • 88 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The Hoka One One Clayton is a superb light trainer racer, one of the best I have run in the last few years.

  • 83 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    You get a heck of a whole lotta shoe for a mere 7.3oz (W7.5).

  • 81 / 100 | Running Warehouse | | Level 5 expert

    So the Clayton feels more lively underfoot, and with the Pro2Lite design, it has more propulsion at toe-off than the Clifton/Odyssey.

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  • The Hoka One One Clayton features the brand’s innovative Pro2Lite midsole technology that delivers a responsive ride. It provides the necessary cushioning in the heel and forefoot area for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
  • It also features the RMAT outsole that provides added cushioning and reliable traction while running on the road. It comes in a lightweight construction and helps runners experience a more responsive ride.

The size of the Clayton runs small. Runners must purchase a half size larger than the actual size. The midfoot delivers a snug fit and the heel area is a bit narrow. The forefoot is a bit wider, accommodating those with a slightly wider forefoot. Hoka One One is offering this shoe in standard widths.

The full ground contact platform of the shoe provides improved traction and a smoother heel-to-toe transition. It uses the full RMAT outsole material that delivers high rebound cushioning for a responsive ride and reliable traction while running on the road. For a similar experience, the Saucony Kinvara 10 is also a neutral shoe designed for competitive running.

The shoe uses the Pro2Lite +10 midsole cushioning that provides a softer cushioning in the heel area and a firmer cushioning in the forefoot for propulsion. It also comes with an Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry that is specifically designed to improve runners’ running mechanism for high performance.

The air mesh material comprises the upper of the Hoka One One Clayton. It delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage all throughout the run. The no-sew construction delivers a seamless interior for the foot, reducing the possibilities of irritation and blistering. Along with this is the no-sew TPU lattice that wraps the foot securely for a supportive fit. An enhanced fit is also experienced through the microfiber reinforced midfoot support.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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