Shortly after my last blog, I returned the Bondi 3s. They were the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever run in, but the soles were over half worn at only 50ish miles. That makes the Bondi 3s, in my opinion, a very expensive pair of slippers.
I brought the a pair of Hoka Stinson Lites home and so far I am very pleased. Although the cushion seems less than in the Bondi 3s, the rubber compound seems much more durable. Going into the warmer months, I also like the very vented upper. This model comes with two inserts. The thicker one adds just a little more support and cushion, which feels very good in these shoes.
The warmer the days get, the less I run and the more I bike. However, my knees are still pain free and my pace continues to drop. I am very happy with the Hoka brand and the customer service I experienced at Ragged Mountain Running Shop.
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HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 3 Shoes
I want to give you my take on the Hoka Bondie 3 shoes I purchased from Ragged Mountain Running shop a couple weeks ago. I have a very broad background in running. In high school, I made the All American Track and Field team, competed at the Kinney Cross Country National meet (known now as Foot Locker Nationals), and attended college on a full scholarship. However, after injuries and many years away from any kind of training, my return to running has proven to be difficult and painful. My runs now are not much more than a jog.
I’ve been trying to implement running as a supplement to my cycling training for months now. Knee pain, however, has crushed my motivation to do so. This winter’s cold and snowy weather has been brutal on my cycling training. Riding a bike in 20+ degree weather against the cold wind, well, just ruins the fun of biking for me. The answer, put my running shoes on and suffer through the pain.
I’ve read and heard great things about the HOKA shoes. I also learned they are not cheap, $130.00+. I really wanted to try a pair, but thought it would be a waste of money. How could a shoe make that much of a difference? Maybe people are writing positive reviews to help justify to themselves the amount of money they spent. After a couple months, I had to try something.
Walking around the shop in several different models of the Hoka brand, I felt what many people had written about in their reviews. Walking on a cloud is the best way to put it. I thought, this is neat, but I’m not sold and it seems gimmicky. Do I really want to spend money on these?
I should also mention, my first answer to my knee pain was to not run on the pavement. Throughout my running career, I ran on grass and gravel to stay away from injuries. However, these days I find myself lazy and only finding the motivation to run straight from my house where the only option is pavement. I need lots of cushion and the Bondi 3s seems like a good gamble.
My first run in the Hoka far exceeded my expectations. I only had time for a couple miles, but that’s all it took for me to fall in love with these shoes. I had no knee pain the first day, nor the following several days. I’ve been running almost every day now for two weeks and my legs, although tired, are still pain free. This experience couldn’t have come at a better time. The several inches of snow recently have kept me off the bike, but not out of my Hokas.
I will follow up with this post over the next few months to let you know how the Bodi 3s perform. The only possible issue I see so far is that the mid foot area of the bottom sole seems to have a very soft compound rubber and therefore, may not be very durable.