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WeightMen: 9.4ozWomen: 7.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 5mmWomen: 5mm
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 heightMen: 30mmWomen: 30mm
Forefoot heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
WidthMen: normal, wideWomen: normal, wide
Release dateJun 2018
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Hoka One One Clifton 5: Another step in the right direction
If you didn’t like the Clifton 4, this shoe isn’t for you. But if you did, you will love the 5. I picked up a pair of Hoka Clifton 5 last October 2018 after being confirmed into the double-super-elite-secret society of marshmallow cushioned semi-orthotics known as “Those Weird HOKA People.”
We tend to get little smirks because of the Rocket boot, clown shoe nature of our chosen footwear. I say let them smirk.
I started with the Bondi 6 and have become a missionary delivering numerous pairs of Hoka’s to friends and family members this past Christmas. I also grabbed a pair of Clifton 4, but that is another review for another day.
I had high standards for these Clifton’s backing down from the Bondi 6 knowing they were a step down on the cushion. Also knowing the Bondi is more for the LR and Recovery, while the Clifton reached a little further into the Tempo/Threshold runs.
Of course, I wouldn’t use these for speed work since they are just so massive. But who would? These kind of Hoka’s are for comfort, not setting land speed records.
Having already owned the “Black Iris” color scheme in the Bondi, I opted to buy the same Black Iris scheme for the Clifton 5. Right away the colors popped out of the box.
The subtle difference in the two shoes was most prevalent in the vertical lines from toe to heel making the shoe look streamlined and less bulky than its more round and wide counterpart.
I always adorn my shoes with lock laces and a nice pair of orange laces complemented the already Brunswick green and orange shoes. The lace holes were a bit difficult to have round eye laces through flat eye holes.
The mesh upper is very soft, feeling more like cotton than nylon, and the little holes integrated throughout the mesh are not only fashionable but functional too in their breathability.
The midsole is rocking that patented Hoka cushion from heel to toe, on top of its standard meta-rocker giving the shoe not only a streamlined appearance, but a curvy one at that.
The outsole leaves a little to be desired in terms of durability. Instead of a fully covering rubber outsole to protect against the elements, there are only strategically placed rubber patches through the hot spots of a runner’s foot strike, the heel, the ball/midfoot and the toe.
The rest of the outsole is the soft foam which unfortunately gets scuffed up pretty fast and compromises the integrity of the rubberized hot spots.
The Insole is what I’ve come to expect as a standard insole from Hoka - not excessively thick, but pretty springy.
The lycra inner and heel were delightful to slip into wearing spandex socks. The heel hugs your Achilles and roots you in place in the shoe giving a feeling of security.
The fit was a bit narrow. I felt a bit compressed in the midfoot up to the ball of my foot.
The toe box is snug, but it doesn't rub my toes. I also have frog flippers for feet so it might not be an issue with the shoe, and more so an issue with my genetics.
I tried these out on a 10 miler and wasn’t exactly as thrilled with them out of the box. I had been with the Bondi’s, but I chalk it up to the shoes needing to break in a bit, as usual.
The insole tended to slip away from the ball of my foot, and I felt a small pinch where the gap between the insole and midsole had happened. I found myself giving a good sideways stomp every 5-6 miles to slide the insole over back into place.
After about 40 miles, I stopped noticing this and assume that I got it in place with use. You may want to consider custom insoles with these if you have wide feet since the midfoot can be a bit narrow.
The cushion isn’t the same in the Clifton as the Bondi, but the rest of the runs left my legs feeling rested and refreshed. That was only about 100 miles with these shoes. I found that when running at my threshold pace, the shoes had better energy return than the Bondi’s.
Moral of that story? I use the Bondi for the LR and recovery and the Clifton for the tempo/threshold. I wouldn’t use these for speed work based on the "disconnected feeling" from the ground with extra cushion, as well as the slippage of the insole.
- Great looks
- Very comfortable
- The insole slips
I love the color scheme and streamline appearance. It is comfortable and well cushioned. The upper is in great condition after a 100-mile run. Also, the 8.5 heel is great, and the lock laces work well with the shoe.
On the other hand, I find these shoes to be a little narrow, and during a run, the insole often slips. The outsole foam after a 100 mile is breaking down faster than I wanted.
Overall, this is still a great shoe for me. It has its vulnerabilities, but I'm looking forward to Clifton 6.
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Um, did we mention how soft these puppies are? Legendary level 5 cushioning makes this a must-have for comfort lovers but the modern dialed-in fit sure is a nice addition as well. Not to mention Clifton 5’s maximum impact absorption, a grippy outsole and reinforced durability. These resilient shoes are quite simply a perfect choice for daily wear that’ll give your feet and your joints plenty of love.
The Hoka Clifton 5 is amazing and I think you guys should give them a try.
If you are a Clifton fan and enjoyed running in the Clifton 4, you will definitely like the Clifton 5. These are versatile shoes and are great for tempo workouts and supportive enough for longer runs. With regards to sizing, I still recommend ordering a 1/2 size up. I wear a size 11 in Brooks and Saucony and wore an 11.5 in the Clifton 5. I prefer running these for 6-8 mile runs while I usually wear the Saucony Hurricane ISO for long runs.
Updates to Hoka One One Clifton 5
- The Hoka One One Clifton 5 is a running shoe that’s designed for those who have neutral pronation. It features a sizeable cushioning design that’s prominent in all of the iterations in this series. The 5th version is actually advertised as a marshmallow-like running shoe.
- Ethylene vinyl acetate or EVA is still the cushioning unit of this product. It has been updated to be softer than the one used in the previous model, the Clifton 4. A rocker shape allows the foot to transition smoothly through the gait cycle.
- The upper unit is still employing the engineered mesh cover system. The cloth-like material offers a soft and flexible wrap. The change is in the printed overlays; they’re fewer and less obtrusive of airflow.
Hoka One One Clifton 5 size and fit
The Hoka One One Clifton 5 was crafted using the regular measurements. So, when it comes to length, it’s able to follow the usual preferences of runners. Widthwise, the options are D – Medium and 2E – Wide for men, and B – Medium and D – Wide for women. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural curve of the human foot.
A High-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber is placed in critical areas of the outsole. The job of this material is to stave off the abrasive nature of the ground. Moreover, it is the one responsible for doling out surface traction.
Flex grooves allow the platform to be more adherent to the natural movement capacity of the wearer’s foot. Such additions are beneficial to the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.
The midsole unit of the Hoka One One Clifton 5 features the compound, ethylene vinyl acetate. This EVA foam is the one carrying the foot and keeping it cushioned. It mitigates the impact forces generated by the foot-strike. Also, it’s configured to be softer than the one used in the previous version of the Clifton.
An Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry aims to smoothen the heel-to-toe transitions. It is fundamentally a rocker shape that enables the vigor of each step.
The Molded Ortholite® sockliner adds some more cushioning. It has a curved middle for arch support. Its antimicrobial and anti-sweat properties maintain a clean and healthy environment for the foot.
The engineered mesh upper offers a soft and flexible coverage. It has a cloth-like quality to it, making it more of a second skin than a cover system. Breathing pores allow air to seamlessly enter the foot-chamber, thus maintaining ventilation.
A 3D Puff Print Frame reinforces the façade and makes it more visually engaging. This system of overlays is not as prominent or persistent as the set that’s used in the previous Clifton shoe, yet it still helps in locking the foot in place. The 3D Puff Print Frame is also used in another Hoka running shoe, which is the Arahi 2.
A traditional lacing system with flat laces and discrete eyelets allows a customizable fit.
The padded tongue and collar further secure the foot, preventing it from wobbling in the foot-chamber or exiting the shoe unintentionally.
A pull tab is stitched on the heel part of the collar. Its purpose is to help the runner when it comes to wearing and removing the Hoka One One Clifton 5.
What makes Hoka One One unique
Hoka One One is one of the fastest growing running shoe brands in the premium shoe industry. Hailing from France and launched by two life-long runners, Nicolas Mermoud and Jean-Luc Diard in 2009, Hoka was initially embraced by marathon runners for its enhanced cushioning and inherent stability. As the shoe brand evolved with time, it now offers a wide range of shoes for all types of athletes who appreciate the unique ride that the Hoka running shoe provides and here are the technologies that make a Hoka One One running shoe unique.
Cushioned Midsole - This is what the Hoka brand is known for. The running shoe’s wide midsole is made to be super thick and lightweight to deliver maximum cushioning, optimized stability, and unique comfort. The shoe’s cushioned midsole is generally lightweight yet packed with excellent shock absorbing properties.
Meta-Rocker Geometry - With a unique low heel to toe differential and sculpted outsole, the Meta-Rocker propels the runner forward while encouraging a natural running gait.
Active Foot Frame - Another unique thing with about a Hoka shoe is that it sits the runner’s foot deep in the midsole rather than on the top of it. This guarantees inherent stability for all types of runners without the limitations or weight of extra support material.
The Rise of the Clifton Series
The Hoka One One Clifton was first introduced in 2014 and has quickly become a favorite cushioned running shoe for different types of athletes. But what makes the Clifton series remarkable? Same as with other Hoka One One running shoes, the Clifton is reliably soft and smooth. This running shoe is made different in a way that it is surprisingly lightweight. The Clifton family has remained to be light and very responsive from the 1st release all the way to the 5th addition.
Hoka One One Clifton 1
For a limited time, the much loved Clifton 1 is back exactly as it was when it first released. This neutral running shoe is built to be rather fast for race day yet also cushioned enough for long distance runs. The Clifton 1 features a lightweight and breathable upper which is complemented by the EVA midsole for a springy, comfortable ride.
Hoka One One Clifton 2
The award-winning Clifton gets an update focused on making the upper more lightweight and comfortable in the Clifton 2. The softer and lightly padded tongue provides increased protection across the foot while the structural overlays improve support in the midfoot area. The shoe’s outsole goes through some slight updates to the rubber placement to enhance durability.
Hoka One One Clifton 3
The Clifton 3 is an even more improved version of the 2nd Clifton. It combines ultra-soft cushioning and comfort into a lightweight package that delivers a smooth ride. This shoe feels like the perfect combination of its two predecessors as it has brought back some features from the Clifton 1 which is the wider toe-box and the increased durability from Clifton 2. The combined features embedded in this shoe makes it truly lightweight with the right amount of cushioning support.
Hoka One One Clifton 4
As expected from Clifton 4’s award-winning lineage, this running shoe is light, comfortable, and very fast. It uses the famous Hoka One One’s midsole geometry which has been given an upgraded foam package to guarantee consistent cushioning support through the life of the shoe. The Clifton 4 has an improved fit and an even more adaptive forefoot which allows for a smoother ride. Not to mention the shoe’s surprising new look, this running shoe will surely be a head turner.
Hoka One One Clifton 5 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 5 Knit’s Upper
The 5th Clifton model from Hoka One One is more interesting than its former counterparts because it does not only come in the typical Mesh version, but Hoka has taken a leaf out of Nike's or Altra’s book by also introducing a Knit version of its flagship model. Here’s a side by side comparison to note the difference between the two upper construction.
Hoka One One Clifton 5’s Upper
The Clifton 5 uses an open engineered mesh construction with fewer printed overlays. Compared to its previous versions, the upper on this shoe appears to be more breathable and comfortable on an overall scale. When compared to the Clifton 4, they will look similar except with the overlays removed. The Clifton 5 now also features reinforced eyestays for added durability and the heelcup locks down well while the padding around the ankle is made to be more comfortable.
Hoka One One Clifton 5 Knit’s Upper
The Clifton 5 Knit is made to be different. It sports a full knit upper with varying densities throughout the shoe which allows for a decent level of control, guidance, and stability. It delivers comfort and breathability just as well as its mesh counterpart. The real difference of the Clifton 5 Knit is found in the ankle and heel area. The shoe still uses the heelcup just like in the mesh version, but the ankle features absolutely no padding which makes zero degrees spacing from the material and the wearer’s ankle making it comfortable. Despite the said comfort, the material being this close to the ankle might require some getting used to depending on the comfort level of each and every user.