Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $160
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.5oz
    Women: 8.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
    Women: 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 height
    Heel height
    Men: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Feb 2018
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Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe delivered good support.
  • Plenty of users appreciated the style and design of the shoe’s upper.
  • A few reviewers were glad about the level of responsiveness delivered. One mentioned that he felt enough spring effect during runs.
  • A majority of testers admired the Hoka One One Elevon’s lightness.
  • Most runners were glad that it did not require any break-in
  • Based on a few reviews, there was a good selection of colors for both men and women’s versions.
  • The upper was observed to be compliant, comfortable and breathable for many users.
  • Those whose first Hoka shoe was the Elevon mentioned that the cushioning was sufficient.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Both male and female runners felt that the size ran bigger than usual. Most had to go a half or full-size down to get the right fit.
  • One user mentioned that the interior felt firmer compared to other Hokas.
  • Those who have run in several Hoka shoes before observed that the cushioning wasn’t as plush.
  • One user mentioned that she had to remove tiny pebbles that got stuck on the outsole with a screwdriver every time she got back from running.
  • Some testers noticed that the quality was not as good. There were those who described the shoe as poorly stitched.
  • One user said that the outsole already showed signs of wear after running four times for three to nine miles.
  • Most were not pleased about how high the price was with the quality and cushioning delivered.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Elevon is a neutral, road running shoe that plenty of users appreciated for its responsiveness. A good number of reviews complimented the style, compliance, and breathability of the upper. On the downside, a lot of testers said that the size ran a half or full size bigger than usual. Hoka fans also mentioned that the plushness was lesser than they expected. The same goes with the durability of the outsole and stitching on the upper. Nevertheless, the Elevon was still found to be a shoe worth checking for those seeking a lightweight trainer with sufficient responsiveness and adequate cushioning.

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Updates to Hoka One One Elevon

  • On the outsole is a Zonal rubber placement which enhances the durability. The rubber covers high-impact areas that commonly receive the most beating during runs. With this in place, the outsole is strengthened as the traction is improved.
  • To help drive the runner forward, the Early Stage Meta-Rocker technology was incorporated into the midsole. Because of its sculpted outsole and low heel-to-toe differential, it aids in smoothening the transition of a runner’s running cycle while encouraging a natural gait.
  • A unique balance of PROpulsion and PROtection technologies comes in the form of the PROfly, located on the Hoka One One Elevon’s midsole. This dual-density topsole foam permits runners to have both protection and responsiveness. It lessens the landing impact by providing softer cushioning on the heel and augmenting the responsiveness with its firmer foam on the forefoot.
  • To support and minimally stabilize the heel, a TPU clip was introduced. It doesn’t totally lock the heel down, but it serves as an extra structure for security.

Hoka One One Elevon size and fit

The Hoka One One Elevon is available in standard running shoe measurements. For length, runners can make use of their usual size preference. As for the shoe’s width, runners can get it in standard measurements – B – medium for women and D – medium for men.

Outsole

What Hoka One One did was reinforce the key areas of the outsole for durability. On areas that normally receive the highest impact when running, a tougher rubber has been used. The middle area was left with a more flexible kind of rubber to permit movement that won’t let the runner feel restricted. Strategically, having Zonal rubber on the outsole also delivers sufficient traction on common surfaces.

The outsole is composed of deep and shallow flex lines and grooves that permit the shoe to move optimally. Since these lines divide the outsole into sections, the tread pattern helps the bottom of the shoe to adapt to uneven surfaces, improving the runner’s balance.

Midsole

The Early Stage Meta-Rocker has been introduced to the midsole to promote a smoother ride. It was designed with a low drop and a sculpted outsole to create a rocking chair effect as the runner is in motion. Because of this movement, the transition from heel to toe becomes almost effortless.

The midsole construction includes the PROfly topsole which is a foam technology that is softer on the heel for extra cushioning and proper shock dispersion, and firmer in the forefoot to help propel the runner forward.

To complement the function of the PROfly, a high rebound injection bottom frame has been added. It acts as a cradle to the foot, providing that extra spring with every step.

Upper

The upper is made up of an open engineered mesh that promotes breathability and a comfortable fit. On the forefoot area going to the midfoot, several holes can be seen on the mesh to encourage airflow and reduce hotspots. Meanwhile, in the rear area, a sturdier engineered mesh has been introduced for better support on the heel.

An additional TPU heel clip was added to prevent the heel from moving excessively without constricting it. The clip also serves as extra security since the TPU or Thermoplastic Utherane is a more solid material that can protect the Achilles from injuries.

The lacing of this shoe is standard, with flat laces. A guidance loop sewed on the tongue keeps the laces in place, preventing them from moving in different directions while the runner is in motion. Tightening the laces ensures a more secure fit.

For additional comfort, the tongue has been padded. This delivers a comfortable feel on the dorsal part of the midfoot while acting as a cushioned bed for the shoelaces to rest on.