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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.
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WeightMen: 9.6ozWomen: 8.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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: 34mmWomen: 34mm
Forefoot heightMen: 30mmWomen: 30mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Release dateJul 2018
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An advantage for some and a liability for other I realize, but I think some fine tuning could be done to increase security, particularly if they dialed in the tongue/wrap and made the shoe more bootie like as was done with the Torrent.
A touch more foot wrap and structure to the upper would perfect the EVO Mafate. Maybe a finer gauge softer thread in the weave, a fuller, more padded tongue and/or a midfoot internal strap or bootie? Some lower profile lugs would be welcome and make the shoe faster yet on hard surfaces.
It retains many of the aspects that made the shoe popular in the first place, such as generous midsole EVA cushioning, rocker geometry for smooth transitions, and outstanding outsole grip for stability.
The Evo Mafate feels like it has more Meta-Rocker than other HOKA models, despite HOKA listing the same geometry. This is not a bad thing. On uphills, the shoes maintains great traction with best-in-class Vibram Mega-Grip rubber and 5mm lugs. On flats, the Evo Mafate transitions responsively from the heel through the ball of the foot. On the downhills, this shoe is like an Enduro mountain bike. It absolutely rips.
- The Hoka One One Evo Mafate is a running shoe that’s designed for the trails. It is also optimized for those who have neutral pronation. Its trail-ready outsole makes sure to hold onto the dry and wet ground. Semi-prominent gripping lugs help with surface control.
- A blend of rubber and EVA make up the base of the platform. It comes in contact with the ground, which is why a reinforced structure is necessary. A top layer of EVA cushions the foot.
- The upper unit features the MATRYX® technology, which is a mix of fabric and Kevlar strands. It’s utilized as a protective layer that wards off the abrasive elements on the trails.
The Hoka One One Evo Mafate is true to size. Runners can purchase one that follows their regular sizing preferences. The width option for the men’s version is D – Medium; for women, the choice is B – Medium. Its design accommodates those who have medium foot-dimensions.
The Vibram® Megagrip is the compound that’s used in the Hoka One One Evo Mafate. This outsole technology is responsible for providing traction over the surface. It has also been optimized to take on slippery ground. Like the Evo Mafate, another trail running shoe that utilizes the Vibram® Megagrip outsole is the Altra Olympus 3.0.
Semi-prominent gripping lugs heighten the capacity of the shoe to clamp onto the surface. The multidirectional arrangement of these protrusions makes them useful during upward and downward traversals.
Flex grooves in the forefoot allow the toe joints to engage appropriately as the runner transitions towards the toe-off.
The R-BOUND is a full-length unit that’s made from the amalgamation of ethylene vinyl acetate foam and rubber. It serves as the base of the platform, giving form and steadiness to the entire underfoot experience. Part of it is even exposed to the ground, helping the rubber layer when it comes to doling out surface grip.
The midfoot section has an arch pod which cushions the arch and keeps it engaged when moving and when standing idly.
An EVA Top Layer carries the foot and keeps it comfortable throughout the running session. Furthermore, it aims to maintain a lightweight and flexible performance.
The brand's proprietary Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry is a midsole configuration. It’s fundamentally a rocker shape that guides and allows the foot to transition smoothly through the gait cycle.
The MATRYX® technology is a Kevlar-reinforced fabric that serves as the primary cover system of the Hoka One One Evo Mafate. The double-weave bolstering prevents the elements on the trails from causing any damage to the façade.
The upper is non-wicking, yet it has numerous micro-pores that quickly drain water. Such a feature allays any worry about being exposed to wet conditions such as rain, puddles and other water sources on the trails.
The midfoot section features an extra helping of Kevlar wires to assist the lacing system in maintaining a snug and secure fit.
Semi-flat shoelaces permit the tightening and loosening of the fit. They are anchored by discrete eyelets which, in turn, are fortified by a transparent overlay.
Thin overlays are printed onto the sides and rear of this running shoe. The purpose of these add-ons is to keep the foot in place and to prevent the upper unit from sagging or losing structural integrity.
A Microfiber Tongue protects the top section of the foot. It has been padded to add a bit of cushioning, as well.