We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many testers appreciate the durable construction of the Hoka One One Vanquish 2.
  • It provides more cushioning as compared to the original version.
  • It is available in different color options.
  • Many runners found the upper built breathable and comfortable.
  • A few attested that the shoe runs true to size.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Ultra expensive.
  • Based on some reviews, the shoe feels too tight and narrow.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Vanquish 2 is a road running shoe that provides maximum cushioning for impact protection and resilient ride. The shoe gained positive and negative comments but the negative ones are not enough to overshadow the positive comments. It is ideal for daily running, walking and for long distance runs.


Update: Hoka One One Vanquish 3
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.8oz | Women: 8.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 32mm | Women: 32mm
Forefoot height: Men: 27mm | Women: 27mm
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Low drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $170
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Yellow
Small True to size Large
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A top rated Road running shoe

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | #goanddo | | Level 1 expert

    So, if you're… looking to try and run or even do walking and you need some great shoes, I cannot recommend these enough. I absolutely love them.

  • 81 / 100 | Run Jim | Level 1 expert

    Found this Vanquish 2 and really loved running in it.

  • 97 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    Not only is the Vanquish 2 considerably lighter (almost 2 full ounces lighter per shoe!), it also rides more smoothly and is more responsive than the original.

  • 81 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    A top layer of soft foam delivers the trademark highly cushioned feel, while at the ground level a more responsive base layer supports and propels your stride. 

  • 86 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 4 expert

    Very comfortable fit and ride, with the only knock being the breathability of the upper.

  • 85 / 100 | Running Without Injuries | | Level 4 expert

    If you are looking for a highly cushioned shoe that feels awesome and won’t rob you of energy, theVanquish 2 is your shoe.

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  • The Hoka One One Vanquish 2 comes with an enhanced midsole layered with two EVA compounds. It comes with ultra-size cushioning that provides high impact protection and efficient energy return for a more responsive ride.
  • The Vanquish 2 also comes with an improved upper built. It comes with a seamless upper construction with asymmetrical external web specifically designed to provide zonal support and added breathability.

The Vanquish 2 same as with its latest version, the Vanquish 3 is true to its size. The heel and midfoot are of standard measurements while the forefoot is a bit narrow. This shoe is ideal for those narrow-footed runners. Hoka One One is offering this shoe in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s respectively.

The full ground contact design of the shoe delivers an enhanced traction and ground feel. It also helps runners experience a smoother heel-to-toe transition. The high abrasion rubber is strategically placed in the sole unit to give added durability on high wear areas without adding too much weight on the shoe’s overall construction.

Same as in the popular Hoka One One Bondi 6, the shoe's dual layer EVA midsole delivers maximum cushioning and underfoot protection. The midsole provides efficient shock absorption and high energy rebound for a responsive rider. The combination of the high rebound EVA and the high cushioned EVA top midsole is a great feature this shoe offers. Also, the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry delivers a smoother ride and enhanced propulsion.

The upper of the Hoka One One Vanquish 2 features a seamless construction. The air mesh material with Zonal 3D delivers a breathable and lightweight upper coverage with added support. The external web design provides support and improved foot wrap.


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.