Ever since the shoe was announced in mid-2015, we've been fielding calls and questions as to when the lightweight and responsive Clayton would be available. Well, the wait is finally over. Here's a first look at what you can expect out of Hoka's highly anticipated trainer.
Heel/Toe Offset: 4mm (24mm heel/20mm forefoot)
Weight: 7.2oz (Men's)/6.1oz (Women's) - Over an ounce lighter than the super light Clifton 2.
The Clayton has a roomier, more ample fit through the forefoot--a bit of a change of pace for Hoka, as a few of their models tend to fit on the narrower side. Despite this extra width, narrow footed runners shouldn't worry about the shoe feeling too sloppy--the no-sew TPU lattice overlays around the toebox do a great job of securing the forefoot. In the heel, the shoe lacks a counter (stiff plastic insert that comes up around your heel to increase support), but the midsole of the Clayton cradles the foot very effectively, so it still maintains a supportive fit.
As with most Hoka One One shoes, the midsole is the difference maker and the Clayton is no different. On this shoe, you'll still get Hoka's signature Oversize cushion, but with a key twist: the PRO² LITE 10 midsole is firmer through the forefoot and softer in the heel and midfoot. What this means is that the Clayton will give you a soft, smooth laydown through the back half of the shoe with more propulsion through the forefoot.
The first thing you'll notice here is that there are no rubber pods as you would find on models such as the Clifton 2 or Bondi 4. Instead, there is a full-length, one piece outsole made of a lightweight and responsive foam Hoka calls "RMAT." This adds to the overall "snapiness" of the shoe while reducing weight.
The Hoka One One is now available at both Future Track locations. Come in and be one of the first to check it out for yourself today!