Terrain: Road
Arch support: Motion control
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 10.6oz | Women: 8.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm
Pronation: Severe overpronation
Arch type: Low arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Foot Condition: Flat feet
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 32mm | Women: 32mm
Forefoot height: Men: 27mm | Women: 27mm
Release date: Dec 2018
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Narrow, Normal, Wide | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $150
Colorways: Blue, Black, Grey, Red
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88 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Grounded Running | | Level 2 expert

    It's got a fantastic, very very stylish look to it. It's got some suede offerings as well as that breathable engineered mesh.

  • 91 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

    If you are looking for a responsive and lightweight stability running shoe, I would recommend giving the Hoka One One Gaviota 2 try. While it isn’t the lightest running shoe, it offsets some of the weight with a responsive feel.

  • 92 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 4 expert

    The [Gaviota 2 is] quite comfy as a walker, making it an option the next time I play tourist or have to be on my feet all day. They’re very forgiving on your soles.

  • 81 / 100 | Running Northwest | | Level 4 expert

    For us, it just felt a bit clunky and we really didn’t like that overall enclosed feeling, almost restrictiveness around the foot itself.

  • 79 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 4 expert

    The more I ran in the Gaviota 2, the more frustrated I got. I want to love these shoes. I really do. It’s just that I can’t get my foot locked down well.

  • 95 / 100 | Road Runner Sports | Level 3 expert

    Long story short: the HOKA ONE ONE Gaviota 2 does everything you could ask it to.

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  • From printed mesh, the upper material was updated and replaced with engineered mesh. According to Hoka One One, there was a significant amount of complaints about the upper not being breathable enough. Hoka listened and made the upper more stretchable with better ventilation.
  • Guidance loops for the shoelaces were added on the base of the tongue and towards the tip. These loops hold the laces in place, preventing them from moving side to side while the runner is in motion.
  • Formerly, the structural component that supports the heel was part of the upper. On this new version of the Gaviota, the heel counter was made separate, allowing the upper to be more flexible and breathable.

The Hoka One One Gaviota 2 is available in standard lengths for both men and women. Runners who wish to own a pair can make use of their usual size preferences. As for the width, runners can choose from medium to wide - 2E is available for men while D is for women. It's also important to remember that an Ortholite sock liner improves the fit from within.

The outsole is made up of standard rubber and Hi-Abrasion rubber. The standard rubber is placed on areas that need the most flexibility. The lightweight Hi-Abrasion rubber, on the other hand, was strategically placed on high-wear areas for durability and increased traction.

The tread is made up of segments separated by deep flex grooves. These grooves allow the bottom of the shoe to move without inhibition. Each segment's contact area has been designed with a honeycomb pattern for better traction and grip on different surfaces.

On the midsole is the RMAT J-Frame. RMAT is a material made with a combination of soft and standard foam. It's more durable and resilient compared to the usual EVA foam. It was shaped like the letter J, and placed along the medial side of the shoe, around the heel, to control the excessive inward rolling motion of the foot without using a traditional medial post. A comparable alternative to the motion-control function of the Gaviota 2 is the Brooks Beast18.

The midsole platform was engineered to have the Late Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry. Designed to have a curve with the transition zone placed in front of the metatarsal heads, the platform creates a more stable base of the forefoot support, as it smoothens the transition from one phase of the running cycle to the next.

The upper is made up of Engineered Mesh which is lightweight yet offers better structural integrity compared to standard mesh. It caters to different foot shapes and it hugs the foot in all of the right places without making the runner feel constricted. The mesh material also allows air to pass through the shoe easily, making it well-ventilated.

The midfoot area is wrapped by a component called Arch-lock Wings. These wings can be found on both sides of the shoe, and they act like a cage, minimally locking the midfoot into place. The wings don't stabilize the midfoot completely, but they do aid in minimizing overpronation.

A heel counter has been added for better support. Just like the Arch-lock Wings, the counter doesn't immobilize the heel completely, but it still serves as a structure that slightly cups the heel into the right alignment.

At the back of the shoe is a loop which serves as a feature that allows for the easier slipping on of the shoe. Runners can pull on the loop so their heel can slide into the shoe without much effort.

Inside is a molded Ortholite Sockliner which acts as an extra layer of comfort and cushioning for the underfoot. In addition, it also keeps the inside environment of the shoe ideal as it manages moisture effectively.