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  • 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
    $170
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 12.2oz
    Women: 10.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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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.

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Expert Reviews

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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.