How much do you really love your Hoka OneOne?

Some friends just sent us this pic in answer to the above question. It’s their way of saying ‘a lot’!

Thanks Shane & Belinda! I think you've covered pretty much every model.

Thanks Shane & Belinda! I think you’ve covered pretty much every model.

They even got the font right. :)

The Hoka OneOne Bondi – what makes this running shoe so different?

For Australian runners, the Bondi B/ Bondi Low/ Bondi Speed/ Bondi 2/ Bondi 3 in all its incarnations has been the shoe that grabbed so much attention when Hoka first came to Australia back in 2011, the shoe that most users of Hoka OneOne running gear will have at least one pair of, and that probably offers the clearest first experience to new wearers of what Hoka OneOne means.

See the grey ones in the middle – that was my first pair of Bondi Bs! It kind of gets me emotional, and then I just feel grateful for the new colour schemes :) Click on the picture for my first ever writeup of the Bondi B as well.

The Hoka OneOne Bondi puts 24.5mm of superlight cushioning under the forefoot, 29mm under the heel, and in the latest model – the Bondi 3 – it weighs in at 315g in a US8.5 men’s model and 267g in a US6.5W women’s model. You couldn’t possibly fit that much marshmallow under someone’s foot without tripling the weight of the shoe, but running on marshmallows is one of the most typical ways we hear new Hoka runners describe the feeling of the Bondi. Running on clouds, running on a trampoline, running on pillows – these are also common ways for runners to describe their first experience of the Bondi.

Fast forward 3 years, and the Bondi is a very advanced new animal with the same classic midsole and a number of champion endurance athletes singing its praises. #toldyouso

When you strap the Bondi to tired legs, or when you’re deep into a half-marathon or full marathon with less fatigue than you might be used to, suddenly the shoes weigh next to nothing and those clouds you’re running on feel like they’re racing toward the horizon. That, of course, is subjective. Read more of this post

What is the difference between the Hoka models?

One of the most common things we get asked when we’re at triathlon, health & fitness, and running expo’s or signing up new stores is this very question: What is the difference between the Hoka models?

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Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be answering this for you here at http://www.hokaoneoneaustralia.com by posting an individual overview of each model:

Kailua Trail

As well as talking about each model in individual detail, we’ll make some simple but useful comparisons by pointing out things like the benefits of the Bondi 3 to the runner with a higher volume foot relative to the Stinson Tarmac which deliberately fits more closely for a responsive feel, or how someone who wants the cushioning of a Hoka but feels they collapse a bit in the Kailua will find that the Conquest, while still a neutral shoe, offers a previously unknown level of control and guidance in a Hoka.

Simply click the little rectangle on the right hand side of your screen that says ‘Follow Hoka OneOne’ to get these articles and update notifications emailed to you as they’re posted over the coming weeks.

Stinson Trail

Hoka’s Julien Chorier podiums The North Face TransGranCanaria

Hoka OneOne’s recent 100-mile athlete addition is the European supremo, Julien Chorier. He has also recently picked up sponsorship from Compressport (copying Scott Hawker there maybe – nice one Scotty!). In the lead-up to the weekend’s epic ultra and 2nd event in the Ultra-Trail World Tour series for the year, Julien and a couple of his European Hoka teammates ran around the island demonstrating some of the upcoming new Hoka kit for 2014. Careful, some of these photos may get you over-excited, especially if you already have more than 4 pairs of Hoka OneOne in your current running rotation.

Endurance running champion Julien Chorier, in his high performance mystery Hoka OneOne, set for release July 2014

But of course, more important than the pre-event running around with photographers and trail journos was the team’s running across the island – 125km and 8,500+m elev. gain – for TransGranCanaria itself. Meghan M Hicks from iRunFar.com reports that Chorier’s strategy of running a controlled and steady race, persisting in the top 5 until opportunities became available later in the day paid solid dividends, with a move past Timothy Olsen in the final 20km allowing him to grab 2nd place behind legend & ultimate winner Ryan Sandes.

Hicks also reported after the event that there was shock as organisers called Sandes to say that he had been disqualified for failing to produce his space blanket at the finish line. However, they had asked for his ‘cover’, an expression which meant little to many of the competitors and he was reinstated shortly after once the confusion was cleared up, as he had indeed had his space blanket in his pack as required.

Julian Chorier (Hoka OneOne), Ryan Sandes (Salomon Running-Red Bull), Timothy Olson (The North Face)

For Meghan M Hicks round-up of the race, go here

For information about Hoka OneOne running shoes, local Australian running stockists, or to buy online, go here

From Broken Back to Endurance Running World Record: Kevin Muller

If you want to master the tyranny of the long run, take a few tips from Kevin Muller. In this great interview with Kevin Cassidy in the latest issue of Run 4 Your Life, he talks about everything from his first marathon to endurance mindset, ham & pineapple pizza and a renegade training regime.

He’s a mean competitor but also one of the nicest guys on the Australian, and now world, ultrarunning circuit.

Kevin Cassidy's profile of Kevin Muller in the latest issue of Run4YourLife magazine

Kevin Cassidy’s profile of Kevin Muller in the latest issue of Run4YourLife magazine

Running For Stroke – Dan Englund in Runner’s World

Was at the newsagent checking out the review of the Conquest in the latest issue of Outside Magazine when I spotted this one in Runner’s World. Dan Englund’s a longtime Hoka user with a big brave back story, and having fought his way back from stroke at a surprisingly young age he’s now clocking up huge mileage and big dollars fundraising for the cause closest to his heart.

Dan Englund profiled for his courage and fundraising work in the February issue of Runners World Australia.

Dan Englund profiled for his courage and fundraising work in the February issue of Runners World Australia.

Wild Women on Top

Wild Women on Top are an active group of trainers, trekkers, and fitness buffs who love a good challenge. A great big one that they help make possible is Sydney Coastrek, a mighty teams ultra event that generates massive and growing dollars for the Fred Hollows Foundation each year. Getting fit, training and encouraging many people – women especially – into their first 50 or 100km event, all while helping restore the eyesight of others really is a win-win-win.

Meeting with a number of WWOT’s organisers and trainers on the weekend was a great opportunity to hear what they’re up to and see some of the hard work they put in behind the scenes making sure that they’re as skilled up as they can possibly be to ensure that their clients and teammates all have the best preparation and event experience that they possibly can.

Click here for their latest newsletter and we recommend checking out the timetable for both their training and travel groups.

WWOT late Jan 2014 newsletter

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