Hoka One One Clifton Low-Lacing Running Shoes have been designed to attract a special fanbase by increasing cushioning without adding too much weight. This is a shoe that people love to walk in, and when I tried the Clifton 4 for the first time, it was not long before I found out why.
Both the Clifton 4 and the Clifton 5 had a wonderfully soft feel that made them one. An absolute delight on light and restful days, with the padded feel of the shoe most noticeable in downhill running.
The only criticism I had about these two Clifton editions was that they were light but ultra soft. The sense of cushioning made it hard for them to run faster. They lacked the bounce that comes with more responsive, padded options like the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 or Adidas UltraBoost 1
The Clifton 6 is an improvement in this regard. While the shoe is still soft, the ride feels calmer and more responsive, and I found it much easier to maintain a faster pace than the Clifton 4 or 5. Slightly slower than my 10km pace and it did not feel too spongy ,
It would still not be my first choice for track or tempo runs where there are many firmer, faster shoes that are preferable, including the Hoka's Mach 2, but the Clifton 6 is better for this style of running as earlier editions while maintaining soft cushioning for long and easy runs.
The additional jump of the 6 also makes it a stronger option for long races, especially once you have driven marathon distance beaten. The Clifton line has always had impressive durability, so it's a great choice for someone looking for a shoe with maximum cushioning that they can use for a long workout and then for the race day itself.
Hoka has also updated the upper of the Clifton 6. The net is softer and more stretchable than its predecessor. I found it comfortable, with enough space in the toe box and a secure fit around the midfoot. The shoe is dimensionally stable and required in my opinion no shrinking.
The changes made to the Clifton 6 have not changed the texture of the shoe – it's still a soft, padded option that makes running a pleasure – but hobby crafting has made it better to run faster and get it done made an all-rounder. It's my favorite among the three Clifton shoes I've tried.
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Hoka Clifton 4 Review
The Hoka One One Clifton has starry advocates who describe their ride as "pillow-soft" or "as if walking on clouds". This is a shoe people love to walk in and I just needed a trip to find out why.
The Clifton 4 has added some weight compared to previous iterations of the shoe – at 265 g (mens size 8). It is about 30g heavier than the Clifton 3. However, it feels almost alarmingly light to the foot, given the cushioning packed on the sole.
This extra weight is not without reason, as the denser midsole is expected to last longer than previous Cliftons, and the new upper is more breathable and looks better, especially in the blue / jasmine color.
It is important that the updates do not cause the Clifton to lose the marshmallow ride for which it is famous. It's hard to overstate how comfortable it is to run in this shoe. Due to the light frame and the creamy transition from heel to toe, you will not be slowed down by the expansive damping during daily running. I was regularly surprised at how quickly the mileage notifications on light runs at the Clifton arrived – you just do not feel the road pass under your feet like other shoes.
Yes, this is positive For convenience, this is a disadvantage for those who prefer a more responsive shoe, especially during interval sessions or longer tempo runs. While the Clifton 4 is light enough for faster sessions, the extra cushioning gives it a slightly squishy feel that slightly detracts from the tempo effort of a stiffer, less padded shoe.
When the pace is not so good The Clifton 4 is a great all-around shoe that will carry you through all your training and racing. You will love every step you take. And even if you have a more responsive shoe in your arsenal for race day, the Clifton 4 is a great option for most training runs. It will certainly be the shoe I use for light runs this winter.