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

6 reasons to buy

  • The Air Mesh provides breathable coverage to the foot as noted by quite a number of runners.
  • A Reinforced Toe Cap protects the forefoot area from any debris or aberration that may come to it.
  • Many runners appreciate the mid-sole unit, which offered adequate cushioning for them during their adventures.
  • The Rapa Nui Trail Wp has a Balanced Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry, which is a mid-sole shape that’s likened to a rocker for a more efficient stride.
  • High Abrasion Rubber encompasses the outsole unit and it offers protection against wear and tearing, according to several comments.
  • The Trail Outsole is a design that specifically lets the shoe function optimally on the trails.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This running shoe has an expensive price.
  • Some runners felt it to be a bit too stiff that it limits the freedom of their feet’s movements.
  • The men’s version of the Rapa Nui Trail Wp is noticeably heavier than the women’s version.

Bottom line

The Rapa Nui Trail Wp from Hoka One One is a popular choice for those who want to have a secure experience when tackling the trails, even the snowy surfaces. It’s a trail shoe that has efficient, supportive mechanics.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 42 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The Rapa Nui Trail provides what I look for in a trail shoe: snug fit, comfortable ride, and firm grip on rough surfaces.

  • 85 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    This shoe has an awesome upper and an outsole that’s extremely grippy in all sorts of conditions and terrains.

  • 85 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    A little less of the Hoka One One "cloud", more flexibility, less weight. What I have been waiting for from Hoka One One in a longer run trail and also road runner.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    Those who had previously run in Hokas, however, observed that the stack heights were lower with this model, making the ride more stable, and the rocker feel helped them roll through each stride, creating a smooth, trail-swallowing sensation.

  • 85 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Eric Schranz • Level 3 expert

    Rapa Nui comes in at $130 – less than some of it’s bigger brothers.

  • 82 / 100 by Run And Become • Adrian Tarit Stott • Level 3 expert

    The best thing about these shoes is I don't notice them. Good kit disappears and lets you get on with your race. Afterwards you think oh yes that worked.

  • 79 / 100 by Gear Institute • Jacob Waltz • Level 3 expert

    The Rapa Nui 2 offers a smooth responsive ride and long haul comfort, yet manages to weigh the same or less than most of its competition.

  • 94 / 100 by Trail Ferret • Trail Ferret • Level 1 expert

    Grip was good, stability was good and I didn't need time in getting used to running in these shoes - one foot in front of the other.

  • 89 / 100 by The Tri Guy • Peter Prestley • Level 1 expert

    I can now run half-marathon or longer distances on pavement with no foot pain.

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Updates to Hoka One One Rapa Nui Trail Wp

  • Hoka fans will know right away the benefits of the least bulky trail shoe with the least stack height and with more flexibility in the Rapa Nui Trail WP. While this remains to be a shoe with oversized cushioning, the slightly lower stack height gives it a better heel to toe movement as this maximizes the benefits of the “rockered” sole. Besides having a more efficient and effective gait cycle, the Rapa Nui Trail WP gets a boost in stability through its lowered stack height alone.
  • The outsole uses a trail-specific, opposite-facing, a 4mm lug configuration that gives the shoe superb traction and durability. As the lugs are evenly spaced, they have the moderate ability to shake off mud and add a little cushioning.
  • The “Bucket-Seat” style, where the heel is really secured from unnecessary movement, gives the shoe excellent stability on uneven trail.
  • Most Hoka fans will know that the difference in weight, despite not being that substantial, will go a long way in getting a more enjoyable, nimbler, and slightly faster ride.

Hoka One One Rapa Nui Trail Wp size and fit

Like most Hoka trail shoes, the Rapa Nui WP has a very generous space from the heel to the forefoot. With good volume and width in the forefoot, most runners will find the fit really accommodating and comfortable. Medium is the offered width in this shoe. The sizing runs true with choices from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

4mm lugs of Chevron-type pattern deliver superior bite on uneven trail. These lugs are also opposite facing that running uphill or downhill will not be a problem. The shoe has good mud-shaking ability as the lugs are evenly spaced.


Midsole

A large chunk of EVA continues to be the main midsole feature because it gives the shoe plush cushioning and adequate responsiveness. As large as the midsole is, it is only 1.5% more as opposed to the other models, which are twice more cushioned than regular shoes. The extra cushioning is designed to make every run less stressful on the knees and the joints. Another result of this oversized cushioning is the “Bucket Seat” type of the heel as it can really sink into the cushioning for a more stable ride. As always the “rockered” sole or the Balanced Meta-Rocker provides that curvature to allow the shoe to flex before takeoff. Without the “rockered” sole, it is highly impossible to get a decent transition as the oversized cushioning and thick rubber outsole naturally gets in the way. Even by maintaining its trademark massive cushioning and large outsole, the shoe continues to roll forward with each strike mainly because of the Meta-Rocker.


Upper

A synthetic upper made of very breathable mesh and synthetic overlays lock the foot in superb ventilation and support. This winter-protect shoe allows runners to run during light drizzle or snow as the upper keeps the shoe fairly dry. Hoka’s one Quick Lace System delivers fast cinching in a really comfortable fit. Runners who are prone to toe bruising will be very glad to know that the forefoot is covered with serious protection. A 2mm Ortholite add comfort and wraparound feel.