17 users: 4.2 / 5
1 experts: 70 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.7oz / Women 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 5mm / Women 5mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 8.2 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • Many appreciate the lightweight construction of the Hoka One One Odyssey 2.
  • The Odyssey 2 provides more cushioning as compared to the original version.
  • The upper delivers seamless construction and added midfoot support.
  • Some mentioned that the design of the 2nd version is as good as the original version.
  • A  few mentioned that the Odyssey 2 is a durable running shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It is an expensive shoe.
  • Some testers found the shoe to be too narrow and too stiff.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 delivers lightweight cushioning with added support and protection. It is equipped with the necessary technologies for a more responsive ride. Designed for long and short distance runs, the shoe gained mix reviews from users. But overall, the Odyssey 2 is considered by some as a worthy investment.

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  • The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 features a new midsole. It comes with oversized EVA midsole foam. It is lighter and softer than the traditional EVA foam. This midsole foam delivers a lightweight cushioning for effective underfoot protection.
  • The upper of the Odyssey 2 was also improved. Aside from the seamless construction, the tongue was also padded. It delivers a plush fit for a more comfortable ride on the pavement.

The Odyssey 2 is available in standard running shoe length. The medium fit in the heel and the midfoot area is identical with the original version. The forefoot is a bit narrow. This shoe provides an impressive fit to those narrow footed runners. This shoe is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s respectively.

The full ground contact platform of the shoe provides great ground feel while giving increased traction and promotes a smoother heel-to-toe transition. The outer sole uses the Hi-Abrasion Lightweight rubber that is extended in the entire sole for traction and durability. The rubber pods also provide added durability on high wear areas without sacrificing cushioning.

The midsole of the Odyssey 2 uses an oversized EVA midsole that delivers soft cushioning. It is lighter and is 30% softer as compared to the traditional EVA midsole foam. It also provides enhanced cushioning and added support. The Nike Zoom Strike 2 is another running shoe with a similarly constructed midsole that makes it perfect for races.

The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry is designed to provide a smoother ride and enhanced propulsion.

The upper of the Hoka One One Odyssey 2 features the seamless air mesh upper that delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage. The no-sew midfoot support delivers added support and stability.

Hoka One One also includes a synthetic support strapping on the Odyssey 2, which is designed to hold the foot in place while running and give lightweight support. The padded tongue improves the step in feel for a comfortable fit.

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How Odyssey 2 compares

This shoe: 73
All shoes average: 86
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This shoe: $130
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 8.7oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
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.