DiscontinuedUpdate: Hoka One One Gaviota 2
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WeightMen: 10.5ozWomen: 8.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 5mmWomen: 5mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 28mm
Forefoot heightMen: 24mmWomen: 23mm
WidthMen: Normal, X-WideWomen: Normal, Wide
Release dateJan 2017
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88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
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.
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.
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.
- 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.