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WeightMen: 9.3ozWomen: 7.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 5mmWomen: 5mm
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Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 28mm
Forefoot heightMen: 24mmWomen: 23mm
WidthMen: normal, wideWomen: normal, wide
Release dateJul 2017
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Performance Review of the Hoka One One Clifton 4 - The First 50 Miles
I am going to review the new the Clifton 3s so I will base my comparisons on that model.
Before I get into some of my thoughts, I am 5’8” and about 145 lbs. I have wide feet bordering on very wide.
It has always been very difficult for me to find shoes that fit without making some small adjustments such as sizing up. I have tried several manufacturers that make shoes in wide widths and have had very little luck with just a few brands and lines that I enjoy running in.
The first thing I noticed out of the box was the look and composition of the new Hoka Clifton 4s. The upper looks completely different with a new look & style, which I really like. I always thought the Clifton 3s were terrible looking.
I went with my usual size of 8M and after putting them on in the living room, I got a little concerned because they felt a little snug even though the new design was supposed to have a slightly roomier mid to front foot area.
Luckily, I also ordered an 8.5M as well to compare and those felt a little better. I ended up keeping and running in the 8.5M.
I walked and ran in the living room and the next thing I noticed was the feel. This version did not seem as pillow-like and soft like the previous versions and seemed to feel a little heavier.
I checked the weight and it was a little heavier compared to the previous version. So while the feel was not as soft, the feeling you get is more responsiveness which seemed to propel me forward more even when just walking around the house.
The laces and ankle area fit as expected.
Looking at the sole, I can see the tread and pattern was a little different than the prior version and seemingly strategic additions of rubber material where the wear and tear might happen. And from feel, it felt like the Clifton 4s would be more durable than prior versions.
I have since run about 55 miles on my new Clifton 3s which I didn’t expect as I really liked the pillow-like softness of the Clifton 3s.
This version provided me with more responsiveness for when I wanted to go a little faster the shoe responded and provided excellent support and feel. When I slowed down, I felt like it provided the necessary softness in the tradition of the Hoka brand that I expected.
The upper seems to be pretty flexible and supportive as well and allows my wide feet to comfortably move around in the shoe.
Granted I have only done long runs of up to 10 miles so it's hard to say if my toes will continue to feel this relaxed when upping my long runs. So far so good.
The upper also provides enough support around the midfoot (I have a higher arch) the heel feels very snug and I didn’t get any movement or coming out feeling.
So far the sole has seemed to be only ever slightly worn.
There is almost nothing you can see (I bet I could even return these if I cleaned them up) just to demonstrate that the sole is holding up very well.
The upper has held up very well as well with very little look of being worn. All good signs.
In terms of responsiveness and performance, while I am mainly running on these during my slower long runs, I have tested the shoe by upping the tempo and even sprinting at times to test the transition to a faster cadence.
The Clifton 4s in this manner really outperforms the previous version. I felt like the transitions were easier and the shoe more responsive.
I effortlessly changed speeds and never really had any concerns with the shoe during runs. So the RMAT and meta-rocker technology really did its job!
So far I am very pleased and impressed with the Clifton 4s. I was able to get them under $100 which makes this an even better value. While the shoe seems a little heavier, I really didn’t feel it that much.
The look and redesign of the new Hoka Clifton 4s and the other lines is a huge improvement (I no longer feel like I am wearing ugly but comfortable shoes).
I love the responsiveness and the ride of the show and I am looking forward to longer distances on my Sunday long runs.
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It'll continue to be a great go-to for those of you looking to run marathons, long distances, long training runs, the occassional need for tempo or speed work, it'll hold up.
The original Clifton and the Clifton 2 were superior shoes over this.
It’s a pleasant riding shoe that feels pretty good for long, easy miles without getting beat up.
Updates to Hoka One One Clifton 4
- The Hoka One One Clifton 4 has received main updates to its upper. The design on this part of the shoe was redone to cater to a more adaptive fit. The Air Mesh material was replaced with a more durable Engineered Mesh. This material is still breathable but it offers more support on key areas of the foot.
- The standard overlays were replaced with a 3D puff print frame which gives better lightweight support to the dorsal part of the foot. More specifically, the new overlay material and design enhances the foot’s lockdown and aids in retaining the shape of the shoe.
- On the midsole, the full-length compression molded EVA referred to as Hoka’s proprietary HIP CMEVA was replaced with a standard full-length EVA foam package. This switching of the material was primarily for improving the longevity and rebound of the midsole.
- Newly introduced into this new version, a molded Ortholite Sock liner enhances the in-shoe cushioning while providing anti-bacterial properties to the shoe. This feature helps absorb foot sweat and aids in keeping bacteria at bay.
- The former version of the shoe was only available in regular or medium width. Hoka One One found it necessary to provide variations with a widened midfoot. This is why the Clifton 4 now has wide width options for runners with wider feet.
Hoka One One Clifton 4 size and fit
The 4th version of the Clifton comes in standard running shoe length. Those interested in a pair will be able to order the shoe in their usual size preferences. As for the width, both male and female runners will be able to choose from regular to wide width measurements.
The outsole is equipped with a hi-abrasion lightweight rubber that has been strategically redesigned. This material has been placed on key areas of the outsole to improve the traction and heel-to-toe transition the shoe offers. This full ground contact material not just enhances the grip of the shoe, but it also amplifies the energy return experienced by runners.
Targeted at improving the responsiveness and durability of the midsole, Hoka One One uses a full-length EVA. The upgraded foam package ensures that the signature Hoka cushioning can still be experienced, but with a more consistent feel throughout the shoe’s lifespan.
A key feature of the shoe that encourages more efficient running mechanics is the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry. This technology was engineered with a lower-than-usual heel-to-toe differential as well as a sculpted radius. A transition zone was placed behind the metatarsal heads to encourage a smoother ride and a faster transition to the forefoot.
On the upper, the material was upgraded into Engineered Mesh. This type of mesh still has elastic and breathable properties, adapting to the shape of the foot while allowing airflow within the shoe. The main difference with the former material in the 3rd version of the Clifton is on the upper material’s durability. The Engineered Mesh offers better lightweight support and is more durable.
Complementing the durability of the upper is the 3D Puff Print Frame. This design improves the foot’s lockdown, keeping the foot in place during runs. It also assists in retaining the shape of the shoe, as well as providing a sleeker design that makes the Clifton 4 look athletic yet stylish.
A molded Ortholite Sockliner has been added to the shoe to help enhance the in-shoe comfort and environment. Because this insole is molded, it provides premium in-shoe feel by mimicking the plantar foot’s natural contours. The insole’s structure and formulation also help to move moisture away from the foot, while also fighting fungal and bacterial growth.