|Weight:||Men: 4.6oz | Women: 10.9oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Heel height:||Women: 26mm|
|Forefoot height:||Women: 21mm|
|Brand:||Hoka One One|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
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Shoes with a big drop are most agitating to my recovering foot and I was impressed with the flat feel of the shoe that likely contributed to the comfort of running in the Kailua post-injury.
I really like the Kailua Tarmac and it has become my “go to shoe” for my road workouts. This shoe has all the things I like about Hoka shoes in a performance package: cushioning, stability, and it protects my knees.
- Hoka produces a trail racing shoe in the Kailua. As with most Hoka shoes, this is not the typical racing option runners go for. However, it has lesser cushioning than most Hoka shoes, having only 1.5x more midsole foam than the regular 2x of Hoka road warriors. Together with the quite snug fit, the firmer sole, and lower stack height, runners can have a solid shoe that delivers speed in the Hoka way.
- To get that racing shoe kind of feeling, Hoka also made the forefoot more flexible than most of its shoes. With the “rockered” sole in full effect, the more flexible forefoot creates a quicker and more effective toe off. Thus, speed is enhanced in this shoe.
- Finally, the Kailua brings something essential when it comes to performance shoes that are built for the competition. This has a lesser weight than most Hoka shoes with a really good platform for fast-paced runs.
Unlike most Hoka trainers, the Kailua is quite snug from the heel to the forefoot with adequate room for the toes to splay. The wraparound fit gives it runners a really nice feeling of security and foothold to pick up their pace with every run. Hoka retails the shoe under the medium width. The Hoka One One Kailua is exclusive for women's; it is available in sizes 4 to 11.
A full-contact outsole made of Lightweight High-Abrasion Rubber provides sufficient traction for runners to take their runs from the road to the trail. It is made of long-lasting compound for more durability as well. The outsole also shows moderately-aggressive lugs for versatile grip on different terrains.
Although the Hoka Kailua does not carry the same volume in cushioning, the midsole is massive enough for the “Bucket Seat” system to work. The foot, as it sinks into the oversized cushioning, is effectively guided for more stability and effective heel to forefoot movements. Providing decent midsole durability and responsiveness is a high-grade injection-molded EVA that runs from the back to the front. Meanwhile, for a more minimalist feel, trail runners might want to consider the Merrell Trail Glove 5, which is also race-ready.
Hoka’s signature Meta-Rocker construction gives the shoe a rolling motion and moves the runner from landing to takeoff with more ease and effectiveness.
The seamless upper supports an AirMesh that is very breathable while bonded TPU overlays provide just enough support and structure. A reinforced toe cap gives it enhanced protection against toe bruising when running on light trails. Hoka made the ankle and the tongue very well-padded for exceptional comfort.