(See comments at the bottom for DrToothy’s review of the women’s version!)
These Hoka OneOne Clifton 3’s are yet another pair of wonderful training shoes. The first couple of miles I was astounded with the soft cushion until my body adjusted and I no longer noticed–like running on clouds! I had run in the Clifton 1’s before but it had been longer enough ago that I forgot just how comfortable they were. At the time of writing this review I have literally a hair under 100 miles on them (99.8!) and I have been really liking this newest model.
I’ve had them everywhere–lots of pavement, but also grass and trails too and they’ve kept my legs and feet happy. Light and responsive but also super cushioned–a great combo for a training shoe. While I can obviously do my long, slow distance in them, I can also just as easily pump out a speed workout in them too, which is pretty darn cool.
The only difference from the original Cliftons I can notice is that Hoka moved from a really thin tongue in the original back to more of a traditionally-tongued shoe. I rather liked the thin tongue of the original, but this new model seems to working just fine.
Overall this has been another great trainer from Hoka–I will report back with any further thoughts once I max out the miles on them or have any other epiphanies in the meantime.
Weight: 8.60 oz (for a size 9)
Heel-to-toe drop: 5mm