Who should buy the Arahi 2

The Hoka One One Arahi 2 is a running shoe that’s designed for overpronators who want to take to the roads. This shoe might be compatible with you if:

  • You are looking for a long-distance running shoe that can adequately support mild to moderate overpronation
  • You want a cushioned running shoe that works with forefoot and midfoot strikers

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Updates to the Hoka One One Arahi 2

  • Instead of utilizing a bevy of printed overlays to cover the mesh, the 2nd version now has fewer add-ons
  • The upper fabric now has a more open construction to accommodate more air into the foot-chamber

Hoka One One Arahi 2 arahi print

Flexible outsole to promote natural movements

The Hi-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber is a compound that shields the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It’s patterned purposefully on the critical areas to prevent them from wearing off or breaking down because of continued use.

Hoka One One Arahi 2 hi-abrasion

Flex grooves allow the platform to be more flexible and compliant to the natural bending capacity of the wearer’s foot.

Hoka One One Arahi 2 flex grooves

Smooth ride and transitions with Meta-Rocker

The EVA J-Frame is a mixture of two design goals in a single component. It primarily acts as the full-length cushioning unit for the entire foot. But it also serves as a stability unit because of a rigid section that curves from the midfoot to the heel. This J-shaped arc corrects overpronation. This feature is also present in the latest version of the Arahi.

Hoka One One Arahi 2 j-frame

A rocker shape is employed in the platform of the Hoka One One Arahi 2. It’s coined as the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry. Its purpose is to smoothen the gait cycle and lead the foot towards a more enabled toe-off.

A Molded Ortholite Sockliner is placed above the full-length foam. It adds a bit more cushioning for the runner. It also has antimicrobial and anti-moisture capacities which keep the interior environment healthy and odor-free.

Hoka One One Arahi 2 sockliner

Better air circulation with open-construction mesh

The upper unit of the Hoka One One Arahi 2 features a breathable mesh that has a more open structure compared to the original Arahi model. It seamlessly allows environmental air to circulate in the foot chamber.

Hoka One One Arahi 2 mesh

The 3D Puff Print Frame is different in this iteration of the shoe. It now uses thinner and more evenly spaced-out overlays to maintain breathability while still encouraging a snug and secure wrap.

The collar and tongue are padded. These elements cushion the foot and prevent it from wobbling inside the foot-chamber.

A pull tab is placed on the rear part of the collar. It makes donning or removing the shoe much easier.

Hoka One One Arahi 2 pull tab

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 261g / Women 218g
Drop: 5mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: Hoka One One Arahi 5
Forefoot height: 24mm
Heel height: 29mm

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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.