Hoka Conquest – 175,00€
Hoka One One shoes have a love-hate relationship with most runners. You either love their superior cushioning or you dislike their bulky clown style looks. Hoka have been around since 2010 and have a keen following in the ultra-running community with their greater level of support, cushioning and stability that in theory allows you to run for longer because of its decreasing impact upon your body. The higher the impact, the higher the chances of injury, so Hoka shoes provide a possible solution to runner’s injuries.
I purchased my first pair of Hoka’s, the Bondi 2, on the basis that my legs took a battering on my way to my first marathon in more minimal shoes, the New Balance 1400V1, and knowing that I was training for my first Ironman in September 2014. With mileage being around 150-180km a month, but with more km spend on the bike my requirements were something a little more protective. Yet I only managed around 85km in the Bondi’s before giving up on them. Why? Simply put, I massively disliked them. To bulky and heavy, and made me feel like I was running with 5kilo weights around my ankles. So I was excited to hear that Hoka were releasing a new trainer that offered superior style of cushioning, but at a much lighter weight.
The Hoka Conquests when released seemed to answer all of my needs and can be defined as performance oriented shoe with maximum cushioning for high-mileage runners. It’s innovative Rmat midsole compound for lightweight protection results in a slightly firmer and responsive ride to any of Hoka’s previous offerings. This is addition to a no-sew upper to ensure your foot stays in relative comfort throughout the run.
Ultimately the proof is in the running! From March – August 2014 I have pretty much run exclusively in the Hoka Conquest to the tune of 935km. I don’t think I could have run this mileage in my Newton’s or any of my other racers. But the Hoka Conquest have delivered upon their promise of a well-cushioned, responsive ride, yet light enough to feel like your floating at times. Their no-sew upper meant no irritation, and even after my first few runs in them I had no blisters or heat spots. The Conquest feel faster, lighter and more responsive than their previous models, but for me they still don’t work as racing shoes, but for mileage running they are my favorite shoe. After the majority of runs in them, my legs dot feel shattered and this can only be good in the long term. Their levels of comfort are simply unseen in other brands. This means that including my high-mileage biking each month and having the increased cushioning means that I can protect my legs as much as possible, and ensure a relative high training volume. Impressive alone is that after 935km the Hoka Conquest still feel brandnew, and do not look like they need replacing!
With the Conquest being slightly lower sitting than Hoka’s previous models and it looks having been toned down, I can see them moving from the Ultra-running market to a wider audience. Runners like myself who might not run an Ultra anytime soon, but who appreciate the added protections, cushioning and stability the Conquest provide. I don’t believe that I have gotten quicker since using them, but I my legs have become stronger and I know that if I do a longer run that I m still able to run again the next day.
It is simply a great ride.
- Under Meta 27mm – Under Heel: 33mm (Drop 6mm)
- Weight: US8 330gr
- Lacing: Quick Fit system
- Cushioning: Rmat Midsole Material
- Water Drainage System
- Closed Mesh on upper
- No Sew Construction – Seemless Interior