Facts

  • 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

    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

    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
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 7.2oz
    Women: 6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 3mm
    Women: 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 height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Mar 2018
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83 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Richard Akol Trailxph

    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.

    The Looks

    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

    It is made of woven rip-stop for durability and fit. The material is very different from Montrail, Altra, Salomon or New Balance which I usually use before.

    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

    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. 

     

    The Weight

    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.

    Cons

    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. 

    Performance

    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.

    Overall experience

    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.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 67 / 100 | Josie Lloyd

    Hoka Evo Jawz - Are they the new Mudclaw?

    I am not someone who follows a conventional trail shoe. So, when I found an aggressive trail shoe from Hoka, I jumped at the chance to try them out.

    Unboxing

    My first impressions once unboxed were the colour. Most trail/fell shoes are usually dark in colour with a small injection of colour to bring out individuality. But, not these shoes!

     

     

    This model has a bright blue upper with yellow detailing and a multicoloured outsole from Vibram. The shoe was extremely lightweight and flexible.

     

     

    The cushioning underfoot seemed to be adequate for even a long run. Once worn, I realised that the upper is very thin. Thus, I was a little worried about the level of endurance of the shoe.

    I was also concerned about the toe protection as there is no protective toe box unlike the Salomon Speedtrak or Inov8 Mudclaw.

    The Fit

    I have quite narrow feet and found the laces took a lot of effort to do up. I am used to the consistent tightness a Salomon quick-lace provides so this was a slight drawback.

    There was a nice amount of space in the toe box. The shoes are of a low heel-toe drop, which is good on uneven ground.

    My first outing

    My first run in these shoes was a 22 mile recce of a race in Shropshire named the ‘Corvedale Cake Walk’. The shoes fared well on the extremely uneven, wet ground of a field chimed up by cows.

    The top of the Brown Clee has marshy land. Due to the holes in the tongue of the shoe, any water/mud drained out quickly. The upper had dried out completely when I reached the hill's bottom.

    This descent was when I first noticed the outsole pulled away from the upper at the front. On their first outing, the outsole was already falling apart!

     

     

    It made me wonder if Hoka is aware of the harsh conditions that the shoes are exposed to in fell running. My feet had no hotspots after this run.

    But, I did find a pack of underfoot protection did leave my feet feeling more achy than usual after a run.

    The big race

    I continued to use these shoes for training including a run up on Cadair Idris for my birthday. They held well in the 70mph wind and bumpy grass on the off-trail descent from the top of Cadair.

    However, the grass got stuck in the same toe area and pulled the outer away from the upper even further. The big race to come was the Manx Half Mountain Marathon.

     

     

    Due to illness, my training took the hit. So, I decided to take on the half instead of the full race.

    It was such an amazing race! The Isle of Man is a very rocky island, and the race took us up to the highest summits with some amazing views!

     

     

    The shoes held very well, but the ache in my feet after running 13 miles of extremely rocky terrain left my feet in a harrowing state by the end of the race.

    Going forward

    I continued to wear these shoes for training and have had a Salomon quick lace fitted. But due to the lack of protection underfoot and the lack of durability, I sadly reverted to Inov8 X-Talon.

    Inov8 X have the upper hand when it comes to protection and durability. It also has a better fit than Jawz for a narrow foot.

    The Jawz do not seem to be able to withstand the rugged terrain. It would be better suited to light trail and wet days.

    The Vibram grip is perfect but would work better extended to the whole outsole. Doing so would probably fix the lack of underfoot protection. A thinner lace would help with the tightening issue.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 88 / 100 | Above All Explore

    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.

  • 80 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab

    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!

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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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.


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