Hoka One One Constant Shoe Review

featured image January 31, 2015

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It’s finally here – a Hoka with width! Let’s take a look at the Hoka Constant.

INITIAL IMPRESSION

The Constant is designed for the runner looking for maximum cushioning with built-in stability.  Those runners also looking for a wider width – the Constant may be your answer. The sizing fit true to size.

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You will notice an asymmetrical tongue to allow reduce pressure on top of the foot while providing a sock-like fit. You will also notice the thickness of the tongue to allow for more comfort.

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You will notice the medial lycra wrap in the upper around the midfoot.

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The midsole is a combination of EVA and Hoka’s RMAT material that wraps the medial side to add stability to the shoe.

Hoka’s call it the “oversize active foot frame”, basically you have the high sidewall wrapping the shoe for the foot to ride securely in the shoe.

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There is a strategically placed rubber outsole for the high wear areas (yellow sections pictured above).

ROAD TESTED (SOME TRAIL)

The overall ride seemed flat – note: I general run in non-stability shoes. I had to keep in mind that the Constant are designed for maximum cushion with stability. As per the design, the Constant have a late-stage met-rocker which provides stability in the forefoot. The overall comfort and fit was nice. I especially liked the wider toe box. The Lycra overlays make the shoe less breathable but keeps the foot secure.  The shoes worked well on the road and on non-technical trails. The Constant is designed for the runner looking for the Hoka thick midsole for maximum cushioning while adding stability in the right places.

Tech Specs

  • Heel: 30 mm
  • Midfoot: 26 mm
  • Offset: 4 mm
  • Asymmetrical Tongue
  • Stability Shoe
  • No Rock Plate
  • Midsole – EVA with Hoka’s RMAT
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China
  • Women’ Version

Weight Table

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CONCLUSION

The Constant does deliver the shoe designed for maximum cushion with stability and a wider toe box.  The shoe won’t be for all runners, but it is another option to the growing Hoka line-up.

SIDE NOTE: Hoka is launching many shoe models. From my perspective, it is very difficult to determine which shoe would be the best for a specific type of runner and many have asked me – “which model is more cushioned/soft?”  It would be nice to have a comparison chart or be able to compare the various shoe models based on stack height, meta-rocker, etc. and an added criterion – “softness”.

 

  • beaker

    I currently have the mafata speed and feel the toe box is to tight for me. Can’t wait to give this a try and see the difference. A thicker tongue will be nice also.