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  • 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
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 10.5oz
    Women: 8.6oz
  • 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
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal, X-Wide
    Women: Normal, Wide
  • Release date
    Jan 2017
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88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | John Daniels | Level 3 expert

    It feels good when you're running. It's responsive enough where it's not too cushiony. So, I think they did a really good job on that.

  • 92 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

    This shoe offers a balance of support and cushion. The forefoot was wider than expected and the heel held my foot perfectly, something that I struggle to find with running shoes.

  • 85 / 100 | Holabird Sports | Level 3 expert

    Out on my first run, I immediately noticed and fell in love with the Late-Stage Meta-Rocker technology. Every stride felt so incredibly smooth from heel to toe. 

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  • The Hoka One One Gaviota is a high-cushioned shoe that’s designed for runners who require maximum-level stability during their running sessions. It features a thick midsole that’s prominent in many of Hoka’s stable of shoes. Aesthetically, it has a set of color-schemes that allow it to be more pleasing to the eyes.
  • The upper unit makes use of a lightweight mesh material that’s able to wrap around the foot securely. Fused directly on top of the mesh are overlays that are relatively thin and insubstantial. The padded tongue and collar provide extra cushioning to the dimensions of the foot, while also keeping it in place.
  • The midfoot section is treated with the Arch-Lock Wings, which are extra layers that connect directly to the shoelaces. They adapt to the tightening or loosening of the laces, so they’re able to deliver extra support as needed.
  • The mid-sole is the main component in the Hoka One One Gaviota that provides cushioning and stability for the underside of the foot. A traditional medial post isn’t used here, but a J-shaped add-on is added to the medial side, thus preventing pronation. A lightweight yet abrasion-resistant rubber is used in the outsole unit and it ensures traction, as well as protection against wear and tear.

The Hoka One One Gaviota has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular preferences of runners. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It accommodates those who have medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural curve of the human foot.


The outsole unit of the Hoka One One Gaviota makes use of the Hi-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber, which is a durable rubber material. It is able to shield the foam mid-sole unit from the potentially damaging nature of the surfaces. It also responsibly delivers the necessary amount of traction for road running.

Flex grooves mark the surface of the outsole. They basically make the platform more flexible, so that the foot can move more naturally through the gait cycle.


The RMAT J-Frame is a stability unit that’s used to prevent overpronated foot motion. Made from a blend of EVA and rubber, this firm material is placed in a J-shape from the medial side of the platform. Aside from keeping the foot stable and in a neutral position, it also heightens the overall durability of the platform, particularly in the external section. A similar technology to the RMAT J-Frame is utilized in the Brooks Addiction 13, which is also a motion-control running shoe.

The platform also has a Late-Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry, which means that it assumes the shape of a rocker. Such a design allows the foot to move more gracefully from the toe-off to the landings.

A Molded Ortholite foam insole adds a bit more cushioning to the immediate underfoot. It has anti-microbial and anti-moisture properties, so it’s able to keep the foot clean and healthy.


A lightweight yet breathable material is used as the main fabric for the upper unit of the Hoka One One Gaviota. It accommodates airflow, enabling air to enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry.
A breathable fabric lining provides the foot with a soft and comfortable in-foot sensation. It’s soft and it doesn’t have any unnecessary seams.

The tongue and collar are padded, so they’re able to provide cushioning to the upper dimensions of the foot. They also prevent accidental shoe-removals.

A convenient pull-tab is placed in the heel section of the upper, making it easier for runners to actually put on and remove the shoe.

The mid-foot area features the Arch-Lock Wings, which are extra layers that are connected to the lacing system. They help in terms of locking the mid-foot in place, stabilizing it, and potentially preventing it from sustaining discomfort or injury during the activity.

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