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WeightMen: 7.2ozWomen: 6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 3mmWomen: 3mm
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: 21mmWomen: 19mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 16mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateMar 2018
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85 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
Hoka One One Evo Jawz: The lightest trail shoe from the sky
When you hear the word Hoka, the first thing that comes to mind is cushion. Hoka is known for its marshmallow-like soft cushioning and comfort.
That's what I also thought until I met the Hoka One One Evo Jawz. I’m not saying that it is not comfortable but in terms of cushion, it is lesser in a good way. Let me tell you my experience with Hoka Evo Jawz.
It looks so cool that you wouldn't want to use it on the trails. The combination of blue and a little yellow is very appealing. It is like the blue sky and the yellow sun. Perfect time to fly.
The upper is somehow waterproof, my feet didn't get wet on minimal water splashes unless the shoes are soaked or the water reach the middle part of the tongue.
The tongue has some holes for breathability.
The outsole is made of Profly for a unique balance of Propulsion and Protection combined with Vibram Megagrip hi-traction with 6mm lugs.
I felt very stable running downhills and the grip is superb when I tackle the uphills and muddy sections.
It is light as a feather with only 7.20 oz or 204 g for a men’s size 9 (US). The heel height is 21mm and forefoot height is 18mm which means a 3 mm drop. It makes the shoe very stable when running downhill and on uneven trails.
There's the bleeding blue tint of the interior sleeve when it gets wet for the first time until the third. After using it the 4th time, I no longer see blue tint on my feet.
I spent at least a total of 75km before I decided to write a review on the Hoka Evo Jawz.
I started with a walk, hike and jog on the trails in my first try on these shoes, around 30km in total cumulative distance.
This was followed by a 21km trail race in Soleus Cross Country where I place top 5 overall and a bonus of 2nd place in my age category.
It was the perfect time to test the shoes because the route consists of the mixed terrain - from muddy downhills to steep uphills, slippery road and wet sections. Hoka Evo Jawz never failed during the slippery sections, even when I landed on some stones and rocks going down to Casili.
I felt the stones, which is normal, because of its low stack height and also a good thing because it is more stable compared to shoes with very high stack height. After the u-turn, I experienced minimal slips when I tackled the downhill sections which are very steep and slippery.
The next test is at the Trail Mania race event where I joined the 25km category and won the top spot overall.
The terrain is mostly runnable, some road pavements and wide trails except for the muddy sections. I got stuck several times in the knee-deep mud but my Hoka Evo Jawz didn't leave me. It is still intact on my feet - good fit and laces.
The grip is also an advantage during this race, I only experienced minimal slips and the mud doesn't stick that long. I also felt that this shoe encourages me with faster turnover, maybe because of its low stack height and drop.
The downhill is also not a problem because of the Vibram MegaGrip outsole. This is also the lightest shoes I have ever used.
racing shoe, especially for shorter races with muddy trails and technical terrains.
I would recommend using the shoes specifically for trail races. The price is not that expensive compared to other shoes with the same specs. I would also love to get an extra pair if I can get a great deal.
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They're light, responsive. They feel good I thought they were tight in the beginning something. They're a little type of not bad they're gonna loosen up. They are not a traditional Hoka the grips are huge you feel and that's great. They're light, responsive. They feel good I thought they were tight in the beginning something. They're a little type of not bad they're gonna loosen up. They are not a traditional Hoka the grips are huge you feel and that's great.
This Top Pick for Lightweight Design is our favorite for training runs and race days. The uber-sticky lugs provide great traction while the lightweight design makes it feel like you're not running at all! Just beware of potential durability issues and don't expect these babies to be waterproof!
It’s Hoka One One’s best race shoes [sic] available with a traction that will keep you focus [sic] on the run and not on the surface. It’s not an everyday trail shoes [sic] as I’d rather reserve Evo Jawz for more technical trails.
Updates to Hoka One One Evo Jawz
- The Hoka One One Evo Jawz is a running shoe that’s designed for those who don’t have any problems with pronation. It’s also optimized for use on the trails. It doesn’t have a bulky façade; instead, it has a clean fabric construction with thin overlays for support.
- The midsole is constructed with a broad base that’s meant to keep the foot steady as it traverses the irregular topographies. A foam platform that’s soft in the heel yet firm in the forefoot encourages agreeable landings and energized toe-offs.
- An aggressive outsole design ensures traction over the surfaces. Prominent gripping lugs the area and perimeter of the external pad, providing surface control.
Hoka One One Evo Jawz size and fit
The Hoka One One Evo Jawz is half-a-size smaller than the usual measurements, so it’s recommended for runners to get the half-size-up option to get a more pleasant in-shoe experience. When it comes to width, the choices are B – Medium for women and D – Medium for men. The upper has a semi-curved shape, but the platform has a wide configuration to deliver more foot-to-surface steadiness.
The Hoka One One Evo Jawz makes use of the Vibram Megagrip, which is an abrasion-resistant and high-traction compound that’s responsible for tackling the outdoor paths. It’s built to last long and to resist unintentional lug-removal.
Aggressive gripping lugs pockmark the surface of the outsole. These clamp-like protrusions hold onto the surfaces, thereby heightening grip and steadiness. Moreover, they’re also placed along the edges of the platform for additional stability and surface control. As another trail shoe, the Asics Gel Venture 6 also display a similarly constructed silhouette.
The PROFLY™ is a foam compound that serves as the underfoot cushioning system of the Hoka One One Evo Jawz. It’s soft in the heel section, so it’s able to attenuate impact shock and give the advantage of PROtection. On the other hand, the firmer forefoot delivers PROpulsion.
The Moderate Active Foot Frame involves a broader forefoot, a more forgiving midfoot, and a snugger heel. These elements work together to provide responsible steadiness on the ground.
Woven rip-stop serves as the primary fabric of the Hoka One One Evo Jawz. It has a sturdy configuration to prevent debris and rough surfaces from tearing holes into the façade.
Thin overlays reinforce the midfoot and heel sections. These printed add-ons also help when it comes to providing a snug and secure wrap.
The traditional lacing system with discrete eyelets ensures a customizable fit.