Who should buy the Evo Mafate
The Evo Mafate from Hoka One One is a comfortable trail shoe that is built for endurance and distance. This shoe might be for you if:
- You want a trail running shoe that is compatible with forefoot or midfoot strikers
- You have a moderate to high arch and prefer a cushioned shoe that can go long distances on the trails
Updates to the Hoka One One Evo Mafate
- Trail-ready outsole grip onto wet and dry surfaces with ease, coupled with semi-prominent lugs for surface control
- A blend of EVA and rubber make up the base of the platform, topped with another layer of EVA for cushioning
- The upper unit features MATRYX technology, which is a mix of fabric and Kevlar strands, serving as protection from abrasive elements
Optimized traction with Vibram
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.
Lightweight and flexible ride with R-Bound
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 that 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 Evo Mafate's snug and secure fit
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.