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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.

Price
$160
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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 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The overall construction of the Stinson 3 Lite offers comfort which is noted by most runners.
  • The TPU Support Strapping reinforces the secure fit.
  • The no-sew light weight upper remains breathable just like the previous versions.
  • Added padding on the tongue for added comfort gained positive feedback from runners.
  • The HIP CMEVA mid-sole unit is a high quality material that offers protection from ground impact.
  • The Sticky Rubber Compound in the outsole gives reliable traction even on wet surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This is an expensive running shoe.
  • Some runners took note the narrow mid-foot and forefoot area, which is uncomfortable for those with wide feet.
  • The mid-sole of the Stinson Lite 3 wore out quickly, according to some reviews.

Bottom line

The Stinson 3 Lite from Hoka One One has the combination of cushion and support needed for road running. The latest version provides an improved fit, added protection and support. It is a great neutral shoe for daily training and short runs.


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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 88 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Sean Felty • Level 1 expert

    Overall I think there are better options available. At a certain point the extra cushion feels a bit overkill.

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Updates to Hoka One One Stinson 3 Lite

  • Hoka made some light changes in the introduction of the Stinson 3 Lite. This new version uses a lighter mono mesh upper and provides small cutouts in the midfoot to enhance the shoe breathability.
  • The Quick Lacing System is replaced by flat laces. Hoka offers these laces because of their texture, which keeps them tied throughout the run. These laces are also more durable than the past version.
  • An improved late-stage meta rocker makes the transition better without feeling unstable when standing. The new placement of the “rockered” sole helps the gait cycle in an ultra-sized shoe.

Hoka One One Stinson 3 Lite size and fit

Fit and sizing are referred to by Hoka as regular, however, this runs a bit narrower and smaller than the past versions. Hence, runners may consider getting one size up to get the best fit. When the right fit is found, the shoe has medium heel, midfoot, and forefoot. The toe box offers generous space for the toes to splay. Available widths are D and B while sizes are 6 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole features moderate treads that are covered by Hoka’s Sticky Rubber Compound. As the name suggests, this rubber delivers very nice traction on the road.


Midsole

The midsole features a full length compression molded EVA. It is an industry-grade foam that is light, resilient, and offers adequate responsiveness. Hoka’s iconic “rockered” sole acts like a fulcrum that moves the runner from the heel to the forefoot without much effort. For a shoe with ton of rubber and cushioning, which makes flexibility during the gait cycle very difficult, the “rockered” sole enables the forward momentum. This meta-rocker sole is moved a bit forward in this shoe so the rocking motion is not as noticeable when standing.


Upper

A lighter mono mesh makes the shoe breathable while TPU Support Strapping or synthetic overlays provide support. The seamless upper makes the interior more comfortable and lessens the risks of hot spots. A slightly padded tongue, a toe cap, and a lace-up closure rounds up the upper construction.