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WeightMen: 12.2ozWomen: 10.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 33mmWomen: 33mm
Forefoot heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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80 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
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.
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.
It's not quite as breathable as I'd like, but it's not terrible.
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.
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.
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. The Hoka One One Arahi 2 features the same kind of outsole. Helping the “rockered” sole for better transitions and flexibility are the Outsole Flex Grooves.
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.
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.