Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $140
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 8.2oz
    Women: 6.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
    Women: 5mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Feb 2018
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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.
  • Some users were surprised that the underfoot platform saved the knees from tension or discomfort.
  • 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.
  • As claimed by some, the fit was snug but yet able to accommodate a comfortable toe-splay.
  • A lot of wearers gave positive remarks to the forefoot cushioning and responsiveness.
  • Many runners reported a comfortable wear right out of the box.

6 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.
  • Several consumers reported that the fit was too narrow; there wasn’t enough room for the foot to relax.

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.

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Expert Reviews

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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.