Verdict from 7 experts and 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Some users admired the lightweight design of the Hoka One One Arahi 3.
  • A few wearers noted that the shoe does not feel or look bulky at all unlike other Hoka running shoes.
  • Several narrow-footed lauded the overall fit of the Arahi 3; they said the shoe fits comfortably.
  • A significant number of runners were satisfied with the shoe’s maximum support.
  • The shoe has a roomy toe-box, said a few purchasers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few disappointed users mentioned that the shoe has poor cushioning compared to the Arahi 2.
  • Medium-footed runners found the Arahi 3 too narrow for their foot shape.
  • Some purchasers mentioned that the upper is too soft and lacks strength.
  • According to a few user reviews, the color options are unpleasant.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Arahi 3 gathered mixed reviews from users. Some admired the shoe’s lightweight design, stability, and comfort while others were disappointed with the shoe’s cushioning and fit. Overall, the Arahi 3 is still considered by some as an efficient runner, but there is still a significant room for improvement.

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Good to know

  • The Hoka One One Arahi 3 features a new upper design. It uses a breathable engineered mesh that keeps the foot cool and dry. The mesh upper also aims to provide the foot a lightweight and comfortable wrap.
  • This stability running shoe continues to provide overpronators with unique running experience by using the same midsole technology, but it has been refined to address issues from the past. The heel rocker in the midsole of the Hoka Arahi 3 has also been improved for a smoother ride.
  • Hoka also updated the outsole design of the Arahi 3 to provide runners with improved flexibility, durability and stability.

In the outsole of the Hoka One One Arahi 3 is the zonal rubber placement which is specifically placed on high-wear areas for durability. The rubber material is made from lightweight and sturdy materials. It also provides added traction without compromising flexibility.

As a reliable running shoe for overpronators, the Arahi 3 makes use of the Dynamic Stability with EVA J-Frame technology. It offers firmer cushioning with lightweight support. The midsole has been designed to encourage the foot to move naturally.

An early-stage meta-rocker has been installed in the midsole to promote an efficient heel-to-toe transition for a smoother ride.

Along with the meta-rocker are the flat-waisted geometry for a more stable platform and additional support in the forefoot.

In the upper of the Hoka One One Arahi 3 is an open engineered mesh which provides lightweight and breathable foot coverage. There are perforations in the mesh to promote excellent airflow, keeping the foot cool and dry.

The shoe has a padded tongue and collar that delivers added comfort and further enhance the overall fit and lockdown. There is also a heel pull tab to easily wear and remove the shoe.


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