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.
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WeightMen: 10.9ozWomen: 8.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 5mm
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 heightMen: 26mm
Forefoot heightMen: 21mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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85 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews
The Rapa Nui Trail provides what I look for in a trail shoe: snug fit, comfortable ride, and firm grip on rough surfaces.
This shoe has an awesome upper and an outsole that’s extremely grippy in all sorts of conditions and terrains.
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.
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.
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 trails.
- 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.
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 a good mud-shaking ability as the lugs are evenly spaced. The Altra Lone Peak 4.0 is a great alternative shoe as it presents the same functionality as the Hoka One One Rapa Nui Trail Wp.
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 that allows 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.
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.