Every brand is coming up with its own version of shoes that can make us runners FLY! When do we really need to fly?
Learning to pick out the shoe that works for you can be a tedious process. As a self-taught runner, I explore a lot of options when it comes to shoes. I have been running since 2014 and hired a coach in 2016 to learn more about the running game. I run right now in the following shoe brands: Nike, Hoka, Adidas, Skechers, and Saucony.
The Hoka One One Mach was released in February 2018. I entered this shoe into the rotation starting in May 2018 to December 2018. I put in about 150 miles using this brand and shoe. Hoka One One has since released a Mach 2 version. I can easily get another 300 miles out of them.
Since Hoka has released a new version you can find them from $70-$130. I believe this is an excellent cost, and well worth the money.
A few opinions. If you are using other Hoka brands like the Clayton or Clifton, these will be a perfect addition for your tempo runs and speed workouts. They can easily support a half marathon and full marathon distance.
The outsole of the shoe is rubber so it can handle high mileage and has that well known Hoka springy bounce.
The ride is very soft. It definitely cushions your stride.
- Weight: 6.5oz (US women’s size 8.0)
- Category: neutral
- Drop: 5mm, 24mm heel/19mm forefoot
- Fit: true to size (I bought the 8, depending on the brand, I wear 8/8.5)
- Upper: fully engineered knit upper with a denser knit on the medial side compared to the lateral side
- Midsole: ProFly dual density that is softer in the heel and firmer in the forefoot
- Outsole: RMAT, a fairly durable and soft rubber by outsole standards that holds up well and provides adequate grip
The shoe itself is a great addition to any rotation. I definitely will not harm your running gait and may help with it to allow you more energy. It is extremely light and you do not feel like your feet are lugging around a heavy shoe. This helps with a quick change in pace.
The Mach also uses their new PROFLY system that is designed to give you that forward launch. The heel has a soft feel, and forefoot does seem to have good support.
The material is very breathable and I found my foot rarely sweating. I wore them during winter months, fall, and summer of 2018. The midfoot's open construction design allows it also to breathe better as well.
I have worn these shoes on several pavements.
- Road running - The shoe does well on the road. With the extra cushion or springy bounce, I feel the impact from the road has less of impact on your body. Also, the way the shoe is designed, it actually seems to like the pavement of the road.
- Packed trail pavement - The shoe was able to handle a clean trail run. When I mention clean, I mean the terrain was simple, no major variation like rock, slate, or sand, etc. The bounce was not as springy.
The shoe does promote having a wishbone design in the tread and it does help grip the ground, allowing good traction.
I also felt I could run in these shoes with no problem during rain and snow and still had running
I have my favorites, but I definitely will keep buying this shoe to have in my rotation. I personally use this shoe for my 6 to 8-mile runs that are between an 8:00-8:30 pace. Definitely, this shoe can handle a full marathon distance, plus.
I initially gave this shoe a 95 because of price, ride, and distance capabilities. I think they will only handle 200 miles before the springy feeling starts to feel flat. That is why I only gave it a 90.
The wear starts to show as you can see in the photo. However, for the price, they can easily be an affordable option for your current HOKA collection or rotation.
Before I throw these shoes out or give them to a friend I don’t like, I decided to take some pictures and write this review. I have been icing my feet every few hours for the last 2 days and taking anti-inflammatories round the clock BECAUSE OF THESE SHOES!
The cushioning is sorely lacking. I love Hoka. I just ordered several more pairs of Clifton 2 off eBay. I am wearing my Clifton 3 till they fall apart. But I’m not sure if I can forgive Hoka for the Mach.
These are attractive shoes. They are lightweight, and look like shoes you would want to wear every day, not just for running. They are low profile and don’t have the typical Hoka HUGE outsole.
However, a closer look reveals open pores. This allows for a very lightweight design and breathability BUT allows any moisture on the ground to immediately go right into your shoe and soak your feet.
If you jump thru a mud puddle, see those pores? The mud will be soaking your sock. Is it raining? The rain will immediately drench your sock and then your foot.
The weather where I live is extremely unpredictable and mud season is long. If I have to plan my runs around when the roads will be dry as bone and there is no chance of slush, mud, or even a slight sprinkle, I’d never make it outside.
The tongue is lightly padded. There is a nice reflective loop on the back. The colorway is actually quite beautiful and understated. Nothing screams running shoe or Hoka when you are wearing these shoes.
Overall, aside from the open pores, I really like the aesthetics of these shoes.
Fit & Comfort
Aside from the minimal padding (addressing in the section below), the fit is excellent. These shoes feature a nice wide toe box with plenty of wiggle room.
The size runs similar to other Hokas- about a half a size bigger than typical running shoes. I wear an 11 in Asics and a 10.5 in Hokas.
The tongue is padded enough to be comfortable. The laces are flat and stay tied. The shoe is extremely lightweight and makes it seem like you aren’t wearing running shoes.
Dear Hoka, you forgot the cushioning! Yeah, this shoe feels like a flat board on the inside. I tried overlooking it. I tried an easy run on the treadmill - pain. I tried a run outside on soft mud/dirt-pain. I tried another run on the treadmill - still pain.
I switched to different shoes- no pain. They feel so flat on the inside. Hard and flat.
And as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, after one of my treadmills runs in these, the lack of support in the forefoot area caused enough inflammation to my foot to require round the clock ice and Advil. I am not happy.
The Hoka Machs have decent traction but not great. The lugs are about ¼ inch deep at the most. Even with minimal use, I can already see signs of wear. I would not feel comfortable using these on wet terrain as the lack of traction would make them slippery.
If you notice in the picture, I managed to get a small stone jammed into the groves. The groves are odd shaped (look at the plus-shaped groves towards the toes). I think Hoka missed the mark in the sole on this model.
After wearing these for 34 miles, I had to stop because they caused severe pain and inflammation in my forefoot. Just in that time, I can see noticeable wear on the sole.
I think the open pore design of the upper is a huge mistake and will cause this shoe to die an early death either from the elements going through the pores or road debris catching on the pores. Maybe on an indoor track, these shoes would last longer.
Any shoe that requires me to ice my foot for 2 days and take Advil round the clock, gets a low rating.
I’ve never had that happen from any other running shoe. The lack of cushioning is horrific. I can’t recommend this shoe.
Good to know
- 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.
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.
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 that is perfect for the roads.
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.
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 the heel-to-toe transition is smoother and quicker.
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. In comparison, the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4 utilizes Jacquard mesh in its upper, which intends to provide a sock-like fit by adapting to the shape of the foot.
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.