Facts

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.

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
$140
Weight
Men: 8.2oz
Women: 6.7oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A couple of runners found the Hoka One One to be a lightweight shoe.
  • One user was surprised with the knee support provided by the shoe.
  • A satisfied wearer commended the effortless energy return of the Mach.
  • Several reviewers were happy that the shoe did not give them blisters. One user was mostly contented that the arch blisters that they used to get in the Clayton were no longer in the Mach.
  • The fit was snug but still enabled a comfortable toe splay, claimed by some
  • A lot of wearers gave positive remarks to the forefoot cushioning and responsiveness.
  • Many runners reported a comfortable wear right out of the box.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A disappointed user disliked the poor shock absorption of the sole unit.
  • Some wearers felt the Mach had a stiffer cushioning than the Clayton, which was its predecessor.
  • A customer wrote that the mushy underfoot resulted in poor proprioception.
  • The tongue was too thin, according to many users.
  • The ride was neither soft nor bouncy and lacked the “race feeling,” a buyer lamented.

Bottom line

Although the Hoka One One Mach received many satisfactory reviews, others could not help but compare it in favor of its predecessor, the Clayton. While most of the Mach’s users admired the design and structural elements, and many others found it pleasant to wear, some found faults in the shoe’s fit and feel. Overall, the Mach was a comfortable shoe, but some improvements are necessary for a completely praiseworthy performance.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 11 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

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91 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Connor • Level 3 expert

    Overall, I felt like the Mach was a great performance trainer. I'll continue to use it for a variety of training needs but I'll definitely be using it most for tempo workouts or faster long runs.

  • 89 / 100 by Run the Seacoast • Run the Seacoast • Level 1 expert

    I would encourage you to try them out. You know if you want a shoe that's light enough to race in but still provides good support. I think this should be on your short list of shoes to try.

  • 98 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    At a tiny 8 oz. the Mach provides a powerful blend of cushion, response, support and we expect durability. It is a great single shoe choice for training and longer racing on road and even smoother trails.

  • 97 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    I’ve logged just over 100 miles in the Mach and like it a lot. I wasn’t sure how much I would but new shoes are always fun to try (if they are appropriate for your foot). I haven’t had any issues, or blisters, which is essential as well. I’ll keep the Hoka One One Mach is my rotation until the cushion is gone.

  • 94 / 100 by Motiv Running • Brian Metzler • Level 3 expert

    Runners who like a lightweight and responsive shoe will love the feel and performance-oriented ride of the Mach.

  • 93 / 100 by Gear Institute • Gear Institute • Level 3 expert

    The Mach is one of the best well-rounded road shoes we’ve tested and as one tester put it, “If I could only have one road shoe this would be the one.” It had the whole package; it’s lightweight, responsive, cushioned and just whole lot of fun to run in.

  • 92 / 100 by Coach • Nick Harris-Fry • Level 3 expert

    The Mach is suitable for pretty much any type of daily training on road or track, has enough grip for light trail running and is an excellent road racing option too, especially at distances of a half marathon and above.

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Dominick Layfield • Level 3 expert

    Personally, I run far more on trail than pavement, and have enjoyed using the Mach off-road in terrain that is not too rough or slippery.

  • 89 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Ben Zuehlsdorf • Level 3 expert

    Overall, the Mach is a great option for all types of road-running and trail runs on less aggressive terrain.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Andrew Leibowitz • Level 3 expert

    The Mach is a good solid shoe and is worth at least a test run with a reciept just in case that upper does not fit your foot just right.

  • 98 / 100 by Road Runner Sports • Martin Sandman • Level 2 expert

    To sum it up: Style, lightweight support and just the right amount of security. This shoe is perfect for daily runs, training runs and is fashionable enough to wear with your favorite pair of jeans. Hoka married amazing tech with just the right amount of color.

  • 78 / 100 by Test 4 Outside • Test 4 Outside • Level 2 expert

    We certainly liked the Hoka One One Mach that enabled us to train well with a comfortable cushioning. For competition it is comfortable with a rebound that is less powerful due to the cushioning under the forefoot. A very good [shoe], well-finished and with a striking design.

  • 98 / 100 by Heel Striker 954 • Phil Patterson, Jr. • Level 1 expert

    I highly recommend this shoe to anyone looking for a good versatile running shoe for all types of runs, fast, slow, short, long, training, racing; whatever! I really hope the re-branding of this shoe is a success and it sticks around for a long time!

  • 96 / 100 by Run Oregon Blog • Nikki Mueller • Level 1 expert

    I haven’t been brave enough to wear them on a really long run yet, because my recent 20 miler in the rain didn’t seem to be the time to leave anything up to chance, but I am very confident that they will perform well for my long runs in the very near future.

  • 95 / 100 by Runner's Alley • Runner's Alley • Level 1 expert

    ...the initial standout for me is the snappy, responsive ride. Significantly firmer underfoot than most other Hokas, the Mach feels fast, stable, and effortless.

  • 80 / 100 by MidPack Reviews • MidPack Reviews • Level 1 expert

    I really like the looks of this shoe as far as Hoka shoes go this is a really good I mean this is a good looking shoe period I think we've seen some pretty funky designs coming from from Hoka and this is definitely the better looking shoes.

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Updates to Hoka One One Mach

  • The Hoka One One Mach is part of the brand’s three-shoe Fly Collection, a series that delivers a versatile comfort and a streamlined design that lets wearers “fly through” their runs. The Mach is promoted as an ultimate performance trainer; it brings the runner speed through its minimal design and ample cushioning, making it a suitable shoe for fast-paced runs.
  • Many users and even the brand consider the Mach as a descendant of another running shoe – the Clayton 2 – based on the similar geometry and the intended benefits of maximum cushioning and responsiveness inside a lightweight structure.
  • The Mach retains the engineered mesh upper but has done away with the thermoplastic lattice and the midfoot overlays. Instead, the mesh includes open- and closed-knit patterns in strategic areas for breathability and support, respectively.
  • An evolution of the brand’s PRO2Lite midsole, the PROFLY™, makes its way into the Hoka One One Mach. It still has the dual-density structure, but now with improved benefits. The shoe sits on a classic RMAT® outsole for the ultimate combination of elasticity, durability, and grip.

Hoka One One Mach size and fit

The Hoka One One Mach is built following a standard running shoe length, and it is available in a variety of sizes. It has a structure that is similar to many Hoka One One shoes, which supplies maximum room for the forefoot and toes and a snug reinforcement for the midfoot and heel. Runners with low to moderate foot volume will fit best in this shoe. The Mach is available in medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions.

Outsole

The RMAT® is an outsole material made from a blend of injection-molded rubber and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). This combination results in a compound that is elastic and brings higher-level rebound for improved running performance. The rubber-and-foam mixture also gives the outsole a fantastic balance of durability and traction,

The tread pattern of the outsole displays a wishbone design, as well as parallel siping on strategic areas. This layout ensures a flexible unit for smoother transitions and an overall enhanced stride.

Midsole

Thanks to the PROFLY™ material, the midsole of the Hoka One One Mach is able to offer a snappy and responsive ride, while also providing calculated cushioning in specific areas: softer in the heel for a protected landing, and firmer in the forefoot for enhanced propulsion.

The midsole is constructed following a unique geometry called the Meta-Rocker. This shape means the midsole has a low stack height and a slightly elevated forefoot that forms a fulcrum, like a rocking chair. With this structure, the runner’s natural foot motion and most efficient gait cycle are promoted. Moreover, the Meta-Rocker has an early-stage transition zone, which is behind the metatarsal heads. What this means is that heel-to-toe transition is smoother and quicker.

Upper

The Mach’s lightweight, engineered mesh permits a comfortable and contoured fit while permitting maximum-level breathability for a luxurious feel. The vamp and midfoot areas employ an open-knit pattern as airflow is essential in these parts. Conversely, the arch and heel have a close-knit layout to enable support and structure for a problem-free ride.

Meanwhile, the interior of the shoe features a no-sew construction, which allows a seamless and irritation-free fit and sensation. Such a form reduces the chances of blistering and chafing.