The New Hoka Stinson Evo is a hybrid trail shoe that i had the chance to test. Thanks to Castlebergoutdoors, they have sent me one to test it.
A lower height shoe but still with 2.2 times the cushioning of traditional shoes, the Hoka Stinson Evo mens has a lightweight upper which is optimised for weight. The speedlace system works very well (normal laces also included) and best of all the sole unit has deep luggs on sole unit – ideal for off road terrain. It weights 320g (UK 8.5) and the RRP: £135.90 You can click here to get it from Castleberg Outdoors
The Hoka Stinson Evo shoe is a hybrid shoe – a lightweight road upper mated to a stable trail midsole. Light, slick and sleek, it’s a little lower that the Mafate and Combo shoes, but with plenty of cushioning it’s a great option for long distance running.
The Hoka Stinson Evo also comes with a lock lace system attached but if you prefer (although all the information so far is that it’s brilliantly effective) there are traditional laces included as well.
The higher sole makes you a bit awkward during the first attempts of our run. However if you get use to it it feels like that you are back in your child hood. You start hopping around downhill and uphills. I tested the Hokas in various parks and small hills like Richmond, Battersea, Kew Gardens, Barnes Trail… The Stinson Evo is designed for absolute racing performance and as such features a construction designed around precision and flexibility.
The Stinson Evo provides road racing performance. Thanks to a 50% forward rockering profile that creates a smooth, energy efficient stride transition from the heel strike through to the push off from the forefoot, allowing you to push ahead for optimum performance.
I really liked the lace system that Hoka has. You can lock the laces with the blue/black lace lock and position the excess amount of laces on the designated elastic bands. This is similar to Salomon`s quick lace sytem but stays external.
The Stinson Evo Tarmac uses oversized technology with 2.2x the EVA volume of conventional running shoes. This ensures high levels of impact absorption and a smooth underfoot feel that allows you to glide over hard-packed surfaces, without unexpected shocks or jolts and weights 320gr for maximum power and precision for your feet.
Hoka Stinson is better shoe that the previous one that i have tested http://www.geziyorum.net/hoka-one-one-combo-xt/. They improved the laces, the shoe is lighter and the sole has a better trail running style grip. The upper part of the shoe is definately seemed more breathable to me. My feet was very comfortable during 10-15km runs…
More About Hoka Shoes – how they work:
Hoka OneOne running shoes utilise a unique rolling motion to deliver superior underfoot performance. The sole features a 50% rockering profile to provide a smooth, energy efficient stride transition from the heel strike through to the push off from the forefoot. It is this progressive motion that propels you forward with each and every strike of the foot.
Hoka OneOne running shoes are the only shoes of their kind to make use of unique oversized technology. Using up to 2.5x the volume of EVA in the midsole compared to standard running shoes, they offer outstanding impact absorption and a highly comfortable underfoot feel. This oversized approach to design ensures a natural stride whether on smooth road surfaces or the most uneven trails.
Hoka OneOne running shoes feature a unique patented bucket seat design. This is recessed between 20mm to 30mm into the midsole so that the heel is firmly supported allowing for precision striking and optimum stabilisation of the foot. The recessed nature of the bucket seat also ensures that there is still a superior level of responsiveness between the foot and the ground, despite the high level of cushioning.
Hoka OneOne shoes aren’t just oversized in terms of height and cushioning; they also utilise a 35% wider platform that is designed to enhance underfoot stability. This profile works to counteract the height ensuring that you are comfortable and confident with every strike. All of our uppers are engineered with flexible, reinforced sidewalls, precision fit and close lacing systems to enhance the feeling of stability and support.
All Hoka OneOne shoes are designed to synchronise with the terrain on which you are running. That is why they feature a wide variety of tactile lug constructions with a selection of depth profiles best suited to the terrain in question. The midsole is also designed with grip in mind allowing for the correct amount of deformation, so as to provide constant contact with the ground.
Hoka OneOne running shoes are engineered with weight in mind. All individual shoes are considered first class in their respective categories. Being so lightweight they help to alleviate fatigue over longer distances and are ideal for those who crave high-levels of performance without being weighed down.
Hoka One One is the brainchild of two gravity sports enthusiasts Jean-Luc Diard and Nicolas Mermoud. Both men have been adventuring for as long as they can remember, and their trail running experiences have taken them across the globe.
Both Jean-Luc and Nicolas are committed to the values of freedom and enjoyment and feel that this is integral to the running experience whether running on the trail or in the city. With this in mind they started to look at the variables that affected the performance of different types of runners.
They quickly came to an important conclusion; fatigue, impact and muscle strain were challenges that runners of all stripes had to deal with every day. So Jean-Luc and Nicolas came up with a brilliant idea, why not design a shoe that would help to alleviate these problems – so that freedom and enjoyment could be guaranteed every time you go running!
From that idea Hoka One One was born. The word Hoka is derived from the ancient Maori language and roughly translates to “now it is time to fly”. That’s just how it feels to run in a pair of Hoka One One shoes; with each and every step your foot takes flight.
Today runner’s from around the world are learning about the benefits of Hoka One One, they have been used by marathon winners. 50 mile, 100 mile and even 2000+ mile ultra-runners as well as runner’s just like you or I who want to enjoy running, perform at their peak and feel that important sense of freedom whilst maintaining top physical performance and protecting against shocks, jolts and injuries.