Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Air Mesh fabric on the upper gives a well-ventilated experience to the runner.
  • The TPU External Heel Counter secures the rear section of the foot, preventing accidental shoe removal.
  • The wide toe box is a great feature for those who have wider feet.
  • The Constant 2 has a padded tongue for additional comfort.
  • The combination of EVA and RMAT technology offers durable support, according to some reviews.
  • The Active Foot Frame lets the foot relax and sink into the mid-sole unit, essentially delivering an underfoot platform that’s specific to the needs of the wearer.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It is an expensive shoe.
  • Its weight is moderately heavy.
  • There were runners who noted that the outsole rubber wore off easily after a few months.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Constant 2 is a reliable stability road running shoe. It can function well for long distance runs and daily training, as well. The construction of the shoe provides enough cushioning and adequate support. Given all the negative and positive comments, the Constant 2 still needs some improvement but should be able to deliver average performance for casual runners.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
It has never been more popular than this July

Expert Reviews

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    Built for the runner seeking maximum cushioning and dynamic stability; with a breathable air mesh upper, along with a lace-up closure for a secure and adjustable fit.

  • First look | Running Warehouse | | Level 4 expert

    Utilizing a blend of RMAT and EVA technologies, the Constant 2 creates a high level of support with ultra-sized cushioning.

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    The first thing that you are going to notice about these guys is that oversized midsole that has Late Stage Meta Rocker technology. That's gonna help keep your foot nice and balanced as you go from heel to toe throughout your transitions. It's also extremely long-lasting and shock absorbing.

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  • Hoka’s most stable ride gets a moderate revamp in the Constant 2. Even at first glance, what is most noticeable is the removal of the massive overlays and neoprene panels. Hoka uses less overlays and more mesh throughout the shoe. This makes the shoe extremely breathable and looks substantially more streamlined than before.
  • Hoka uses a softer cushioning in the 2nd version of the Constant to contrast the very solid stability features of the shoe. The update gives a nice touch of softness when landing and reduces fatigue during training sessions. A comparable shoe would be the Asics Gel Kayano 25, which is also a road shoe targeted towards overpronators.

Hoka’s standard anatomic last is a trademark that is very apparent in this shoe. It means that runners have adequate room in the heel and the forefoot without being sloppy. The midfoot gets a really solid wrapping for security. This is generally a medium fit that should make most runners comfortable. Sizing is standard in this shoe like the original. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Hoka’s proprietary RMAT rubber provides exceptional durability and a little bit of cushioning in the outsole. This area is enhanced by the presence of industry-grade carbon rubber as well.


Hoka relies on what it calls the Oversized Active Foot Frame instead of the standard plastic shank. This technology functions like a wall that guides the runner’s every stride and keeps moderate overpronation at bay. A standard EVA and Hoka-exclusive RMAT technology in the midsole add support to the arch to truly rein in excessive overpronation. The unique late-stage Meta-Rocker is the curved or “rockered” shape of the sole just before the metatarsals. It allows much-needed flexibility in a shoe that has premium stability and cushioning features.


The upper features more engineered mesh than before for added ventilation while Lycra overlays help secure the midfoot and add overall support to the shoe. An asymmetrical lacing enables runners to get the right fit while a near seamless interior with plush cushioning all throughout is the perfect spot for a very comfortable ride.

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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