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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • The 4th version of the Mafate provides more support and protection, as observed by some runners.
  • Many applauded the durable construction of the Mafate 4.
  • This version features an added medial support that is needed for long distance runs.
  • The no-sew light construction of the upper keeps the skin free from irritation and blistering.
  • It has Protective TPU Toe cap technology for added foot protection, especially when running on tough surfaces.
  • This shoe offers a wider toe box for a more natural forefoot placement when running.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The heavy nature of this running shoe didn’t sit well with some runners.
  • The price of the Mafate 4 is expensive.
  • Some noticed that this version looked bulky and feels firmer than the previous versions.

Bottom line

If you are looking for an added medial support, this shoe is the perfect option for you. The Hoka One One Mafate 4 is a trail running shoe that provides plenty of cushioning and support for over-pronators. This shoe is a great partner for trail running and long-distance runs.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 68 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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79 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 69 / 100 by Lenny Sunday • Lenny • Level 3 expert

    It's really long. Definitely a stiff shoe; very heavy. I don't know if I like the cushioning… It's very awkward on my feet.

  • 65 / 100 by Chris World TV • Chris World TV • Level 1 expert

    The Mafate 4 is exclusively a trail shoe, though it could be used as a hard-surface running shoe in a tight pinch. It's aggressive tread pattern, huge cushion from toebox to heel, massive sole, and excellent stability make it a very good choice off the beaten path.

  • 77 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    It's not quite as breathable as I'd like, but it's not terrible.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Thomas Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    I consider the mafate 4 to be the type of trail shoe sought out for specific reasons. Runners needing maximal cushioning with added support for the end of a long ultra can benefit from such a shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Top Ten Reviews • Top Ten Reviews • Level 2 expert

    Mafate 4 outshines many other trail running shoes with posture-promoting stability while navigating sketchier trails. 

  • 80 / 100 by Active Junky • Peter Reese • Level 2 expert

    With the same irrepressible spirit, Hoka One One’s Mafate 4 eclipses other mountain running shoes for unfailing, posture-promoting stability. 

  • 80 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Pete Stoughton • Level 2 expert

    These are specifically designed for lighter, quicker running on more technical trails, the max-cushion way. 

  • 84 / 100 by The Great Outdoors • Daniel Neilson • Level 1 expert

    Mile after mile my knees and joints felt great, and I absolutely put this down to the shoes.

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Updates to Hoka One One Mafate 4

  • Hoka addresses past issues of bulkiness and clumsiness in the Mafate line by introducing a 4th version that is more than 2 ounces lighter than the past model. This is a very significant weight reduction and should translate to longer, more nimble, and better performance on the trail.
  • A new svelte and well-fitting upper helps in the weight reduction and provides a more comfortable and foot-wrapping fit. Hoka pulls off this update by using thinner and lesser overlays.
  • Arch support gets a little better in this shoe as Hoka increased the density of the medial foam for better support, especially for ultra-long runs on the unpredictable and uneven trail.
  • The outsole flex grooves are much deeper. As the grooves are deeper, they greatly support the “rockered” sole in providing smoother transitions and adding flexibility to an ultra-cushioned shoe.

Hoka One One Mafate 4 size and fit

The fit and sizing are trademarks of most Hoka shoes. This offers medium space in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. The toe box has more than ample space for the toes to splay without feeling sloppy on the run. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

5mm lugs are scattered all over the outsole in the Mafate 4. These lugs offer incredible bite on challenging trails. Hoka carpets the outsole with Hi-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber of its own for enhanced durability and traction. Helping the “rockered” sole for better transitions and flexibility are the Outsole Flex Grooves.


Midsole

Another Hoka-exclusive technology is their own EVA, which is 30% softer than the standard EVA. This makes for a cloud-like feel regarding cushioning. The RMAT midsole is made of more durable material and is slightly firmer. When used with the Hoka EVA, they form the right mix of responsive cushioning, support, and protection. A design called the Active Foot Frame is basically the entire structure of the shoe that is engineered to envelop the foot and let it “sink” into the midsole. This takes away the unstable notion when runners see the ultra-sized cushioning and structure.


Upper

An Air Mesh makes the Hoka Mafate 4 very breathable. The seamless upper construction reduces the risk of irritation and helps make the interior more comfortable. For toe protection, Hoka uses a Reinforced toe cap. Traditional lace-up closure enables runners to get the right fit.