Who should buy the Hoka Mach 5

The Hoka Mach 5 if you're looking for a: 

  • road running shoe that's lively and enjoyable for fast and easy runs
  • lightweight yet cushioned trainer that can go the distance

Hoka One One Mach 5 hoka

Who should NOT buy it

Although it's a well-loved shoe by runners, the Mach 5 also has its share of flaws. One of which is its lack of grip on wet pavement. If you want a shoe that clings regardless of conditions, the better alternative is the Hoka Mach Supersonic.

Hoka One One Mach 5 forefoot

It also gets easily dirty. If you want a dirt-resistant Hoka shoe, get the Hoka Rincon 3 instead. 

Hoka One One Mach 5 vs. 4

"This might be the shoe to convert any remaining Hoka haters," and "It's a considerable upgrade" are some of the remarks from experts regarding the overhaul done to the fifth version of the Hoka Mach. 

Curious what changed? Here they are: 

  • A new and improved midsole makes the shoe more energetic. So much so that a runner has this to say, "The HOKA Mach 5 is back and bouncier than ever." 
  • It has a new and more supportive upper, which according to another reviewer "improves the match 4 in every way possible." Another even dubs this iteration the "best version yet." 

Hoka One One Mach 5 midsole

The ride is the real star

The Mach 5 from Hoka, as one road runner describes, "feels really energetic!" He then continues to say he ended up "taking off much faster than [he] intended to run." It's snappy and bouncy; another tester claims that it's easy for him to give a "two thumbs up for the upgraded ProFly+ foam." 

Hoka One One Mach 5 ride

The shoe has "a little bit of bounce but isn't anything overly poppy," explains another. Another runner even condenses his thoughts about the shoe's ride with this statement: "HOLY SMOKES!" He leaves this comment because according to him, the shoe literally knocked 1:30 off his mile time.

It's easy to glide in the Hoka Mach 5 

"The ride throughout is rockered," remarks one long-time runner. The shoe's meta-rocker geometry allows each step to feel "buttery smooth" as one critic describes. 

Looks heavy but is quite the opposite on foot

The Hoka Mach 5 is very cushioned, and it looks very cumbersome. But it's actually very light. It's even lighter than the average speedster (232 grams/8.1 ounces vs. 248 grams/8.7 ounces in US men's 9). 

And runners' experiences only make this even truer. Among them is a road runner with muscular dystrophy. He says the shoe's weight "helps tremendously in keeping [him] from tiring quickly." 

Hoka One One Mach 5 weight

With the shoe's snappy ride and non-draggy ride, a reviewer commends Hoka, stating that it's a "hard combo to knock."

Ready to ground you

And we don't mean this weight-wise. We mean this stability-wise. The shoe has a heel that flares out which makes it very stable when cornering. The midsole is also a touch firm, which adds support underfoot.

Hoka One One Mach 5 stability

Made for comfort

The shoe's midsole is a lot of things. It's peppy, stable, energetic, and it's even comfortable. Here are some of the reviews left by runners: 

  • "cushions your stride as you rack up the miles" 
  • "has a dreamy feeling overall" 
  • "absolutely zero 'break-in' time needed" 
  • "extremely comfortable! 

Hoka One One Mach 5 comfort

It's softer than its predecessor, which makes it homier to the foot. But it's not overly soft that it compromises stability. 

Shields the foot

The shoe has a highly stacked design, which means it offers loads of impact protection. "As my foot landed, the Profly+ took the brunt of the impact," happily shares one running expert.

The fit is everything you could ask for

There's no heel lift, the midfoot is locked in, and the toe box is roomy. Overall, the Hoka Mach 5 has a solid lockdown. And with its roomy forefoot, even wide-footed runners love it! 

Hoka One One Mach 5 fit

The form-fitting upper is also complemented by the gusseted tongue (attached to the sides). "You can securely strap yourself on the ride. Two times over," remarks one running shoe reviewer. 

The Mach 5's upper takes comfort to new heights

"Supremely comfortable" is how one running athlete finds the upper. It has light padding through the heel and collar, which doesn't cause rubbing or hot spots. The padded tongue also acts like "thin pillows" that prevent lace pressure. 

Hoka One One Mach 5 forefoot room

Comfort aside, another upper perk from the Mach 5 is that it's reflective. 

Not for wet days

On dry pavement, the shoe has good traction. But come rainy days, it becomes slippery. 

Dirt magnet

It only took 30 miles before the upper became dirty. Add in the copper stitching; it looks even more rugged. 

Hoka One One Mach 5 upper

A great investment

On average, speed trainers cost $132 a pair. Although the Hoka Mach 5 is more expensive at $140, road running athletes still consider it a great-value purchase. Why? 

Because it's responsive for fast days, cushioned enough for long runs and comfortable for easy days. "For all that at $140, it's really a steal," commends one runner. 

Complete lab-specs overview

  Hoka Mach 5 Average
Whole shoe
Weight (g) 212 271
Drop (mm) 5.7 8.6
Flexibility of the shoe (N) 20.3 30.7
Flexibility of the shoe (Freezer 20 min) (N) 36.0 42.4
Flexibility of the shoe (% of change) 77.3 41.1
Longitudinal flexibility (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 2 3.2
Torsional flexibility (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 2 3.3
Thickness - Tongue (mm) 4.3 5.8
Width Upper - Forefoot (mm) 95.4 98.2
Width Upper - Heel (mm) 73.1 75.4
Flexibility of the heel counter (1-5 scale, 5 being the stiffest) 3 2.8
Tongue: gusset type semi-gusseted -
Heel: pull tab none -
Width Midsole - Forefoot (mm) 113.0 111.7
Width Midsole - Heel (mm) 96.7 88.6
Stack - Forefoot with insole (mm) 25.0 24.1
Stack - Heel with insole (mm) 30.7 32.6
Durometer Midsole Heel (Room temperature) (HA) 15.0 27.9
Durometer Midsole - Heel (Freezer 20 minutes) 24.0 42.4
Durometer Midsole - Heel (% of change) (TEST) 60 41.1
Outsole thickness (Heel) (mm) 7.8 3.6
Durometer Outsole Heel (Room temperature) (HC) 57.0 80.7
Insole Heel Thickness (mm) 4.2 4.5
Insole: removable yes -

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.2oz
Drop: 5mm
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging / Treadmill

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