Verdict from 8.4 hours of research from the internet

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 overpronators. This shoe is a great partner for trail running and long-distance runs.

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Expert reviews:

  • 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.

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.

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How Mafate 4 compares

This shoe: 78
All shoes average: 85
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This shoe: $170
All shoes average: $130
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This shoe: 12.2oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.