GEAR CHECK: Hoka One One Clifton 4
Hoka One One Clifton 4: R2 150
The Clifton, which has become a lightweight training shoe and racing option as well as a long-run shoe for a lot of high-mileage runners, has undergone a complete overhaul. One result is that it looks sleeker – most noticeably due to a line of paint on the midsole that makes the shoe look like it’s closer to the ground, giving the appearance of a more traditional shoe.
The foam has changed too: you may sense a firmer ride underfoot. Hoka One One has tried to make this shoe more durable, so it won’t crush out as much as earlier versions did – yet every tester who picked up the shoe was surprised at how little it weighed.