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WeightMen: 9ozWomen: 7.3oz
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 2019
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My thoughts on the Hoka One One Clifton 6More photos
I bought the Clifton 6 as my new distance shoe to cover long, slow sessions. I quickly discovered that it is much more of an all-rounder than I thought.
It provides excellent cushioning and light feel for speed work.
The Clifton 6's upper is made of engineered mesh—soft, stretchy, and breathable. The tongue and collar are plush and comfortable.
The eyestays are reinforced for durability, while a wide-winged heel counter offers loads of support and stretches around to the H of the printed Hoka logo.
Mid-foot embroidery does a decent job of locking your foot down in the middle. However, peek inside the shoe, and you'll see it is exposed internally, which could irritate sock-less runners.
The Clifton 6 midsole is full compression EVA and extravagantly stacked. Hoka's early stage Meta-Rocker counters the moderate heel to toe drop of 5mm.
Meta-Rocker is the significant rocking chair effect that gives Hoka their distinctive ride. By early stage meaning, it is placed just behind the ball of the foot.
Even just walking along in these shoes, I feel a notable push at the end of every step. While some may find this jarring, the effect really enhances my running.
At slow tempos, the maximalist cushioning provides plenty of protection while remaining responsive.
When I lean forwards during speed work, the angle and positioning of the rocker add a sublime 'downhill' feel on flat ground and an encouraging push on the toe-off.
Hoka strategically strengthened the outsole with high abrasion rubber sections, without getting too heavy.
There's a J-Frame of firmer foam that spans from the heel up towards the ball of the foot. It adds some support along the length without obliterating the flexibility.
I did find the shoe a little stiff at first, and it hasn't loosened up much. After 150k of use, there is no sign of any wear to the material.
It provides excellent traction on road surfaces and gravel paths, and even on slick, damp or mossy running surfaces.
In true Hoka One One style, the Clifton 6 has a rather slim sole. The mid-foot fit is snug to tight.
This issue is exacerbated by Hoka's 'Active Foot Frame'—the 'bucket seat' shape, with the foot being cradled deep within the midsole rather than sitting on top of it.
I have quite a narrow foot, so for me, this is all ideal. Even if it is a little tight, the upper mesh is stretchy enough to accommodate some tightness comfortably.
However, if you have a wider foot, I can imagine this being an uncomfortable fit.
Even when fit perfectly, the slim design does present one notable weakness. If you try to tackle a sharp corner at speed in these, the high stack and slim sole make for a scary ride.
It feels as if your ankle will roll over like a double-decker bus pulling a handbrake turn.
Despite the slim middle, the toe box is roomy. The collar supports the ankle well without feeling too tight. I've had no friction problems, and they ran very comfortably straight out of the box.
In terms of support, there's quite a prominent arch bump which some runners will appreciate. I have a neutral foot, and it doesn't get in the way despite feeling noticeable on first wear.
I love this shoe. It fits me perfectly and feels snug and plush. It is a little heavier than other similar models such as the Rincon. But, it feels feather-light considering the cushioning it provides.
The build quality is excellent, and the overlay on the upper is nicely placed for longevity—no mesh toe-holes here.
The ride is smooth and soft, with a kick. The midsole provides luxurious cushioning but still feels responsive.
During speed work, the meta-rocker gives a fast toe-off and feels like a push in the right direction, especially on tired legs.
The style of the shoe is fresh and striking, and there are some really nice colour combinations available. Those featured in this review are Poppy Red, fading to Rio Red.
These would fit very well into rotation for long training runs and even long-distance road racing, and can also handle speed work capably.
For races shorter than marathon distance they are a little on the heavy side, but for a marathon and up, they will provide ample protection while allowing you to fly.
- Luscious cushioning—a dream for the legs and knees
- Rocking chair midsole shape gives an encouraging toe-off
- Durable and comfortable
- Excellent traction
- Could easily be too slim for some
- Feels unstable when cornering at speed
- Exposed internal embroidery could irritate sock-less runners
- Lacking a little in flexibility for me
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Nice to see the Clifton start making strides again.
That's why not only is this one of our best shoes for runners, specifically people doing longer stuff, but people on their feet.
Cushioned without being squishy, the Clifton 6 is a banger for daily miles and is made for the long run.
If you are looking for a neutral running shoe that is responsive, lightweight, and fast, you should give the Clifton 6 a try!
- The Hoka One One Clifton 6 caters to those who enjoy daily running sessions and those who welcome a generous midsole unit that could deliver high-tier comfort for their activities. The foam that’s used for the cushioning system is touted to be softer in this iteration than the one used in the previous one, the Clifton 5. The raised arch and the heel bevel are designs that smoothen the gait cycle.
- The façade has been updated to be secure and form-accommodating. Extra space has been added to the forefoot section to permit the natural spreading capacity of the toes. An engineered mesh that has improved softness and stretchiness graces the silhouette while a mix of printed overlays and embroidery help with the quality of the fit.
The Hoka One One Clifton 6 was constructed to be true to size. Runners are welcome to get a pair using their usual choices of size. When it comes to width, the available variants are D – Medium and 2E – Wide for men, and B – Medium and D – Wide for women.
It is worth noting that getting a pleasant in-shoe experience would be more approachable if one tries on the shoe first or get ideas on the size and fit via consumer reviews.
The outsole unit of the Hoka One One Clifton 6 uses Hi-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber. This layer has been fashioned on the contact points of the platform, ensuring traction and protection against wear-and-tear.
Flex grooves allow the sole to bend in conjunction with the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. The toe-off phase is the part of the movement that benefits the most from this feature.
The Full Ground Contact design involves the rubber pad and the base of the midsole foam being able to touch the ground with ease. Such a configuration could potentially heighten traction and overall balance over the ground.
The primary cushioning unit of the Hoka One One Clifton 6 is made of Full Compression EVA. This feature has a generous thickness which allows the foot to experience a plush yet reactive ride. Though its stack height is noticeable, the weight isn’t as hefty.
The Early Stage Meta-Rocker is a rocker shape that facilitates a smooth heel-to-toe transition. This structure is a staple in many of Hoka’s options, including the well-known Hoka One One Bondi line.
The Moderate Heel Bevel involves a slanted rear portion that allows the heel to rest and stay steady. It works with the upper unit to keep the foot in a locked-in position, thus staving off in-shoe wobbling.
The upper unit uses the engineered mesh. This textile has a soft and stretchy construction to wrap the foot in a sock-like manner. There are ventilation holes on its surface to welcome air into the foot-chamber.
Printed overlays grace the toe box, the instep, and the heel. These synthetic prints are meant to bolster the durability of the exterior fabrics while also helping with the security of the foot.
The sides of the silhouette have embroidery on them. These stitch-reinforcements buttress the structural integrity of the upper unit while also allowing for a well-defined in-shoe hug. They fundamentally act as overlays, but they weigh significantly less than prints or extra layers.
The padded collar and tongue are tasked with holding the foot in place and preventing it from quivering during the run. These parts of the upper also cushion the heel, the ankles, and the bridge of the foot from impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle.
A pull tab is stitched onto the back of the collar. This fabric loop is helpful when it comes to widening the opening of the inner compartment and facilitating the foot into the shoe. It can also be used as a strap for stowing the shoe on a hook.