Watch the sizing..
Just bought a pair of Hoka Stinson Evo for the princely sum of £125.
Loved the shoe but after about 3 mile and a couple of puddles realized the UK 11 was more like a 10 and after 8 mile felt like someone had hit my big toe with a hammer. Totally unwearable for running so therefore useless and now muddy so no refund
Now I have to try and get some money back on them through ebay and fork out for a pair of 12's.
Just a warning to anyone thinking of buying a pair.
I have worked in running retail, so I can sympathise with the retailer who sold them to you but - The salient matter is not whether you have worn them outside, but whether the retailer can tell that you have.
You can clean them up and make them look pretty good. One tell that I used to look for, was whether tiny pieces of grit had got trapped between the lugs.
The retailer should definitely have made sure that the fit was correct before selling you the shoes.
I tried them at the London expo and all seemed fine so i bought them from an online retailer. Wasn't untill i ran that i realized they didn't fit.
First pair of 11's ever that haven't fitted. Took it for granted really.
Cleaned uppers today. Will clean soles tomorrow and see how they look but not hopeful
I have used Hoka One Ones for over a year now and love them. I get mine from Ian Corless at www.runwildrunfree.co.uk and I have always gone for a 7 when my usual shoe size is a 6 - 6.5. Sorry to hear that you got the wrong pair, extremely frustrating especially given the cost of them.
Yes Mimi totally peed off. I've managed to sell them on Ebay for £85 but now i'm reluctant to fork out £125 again only to try them. Can't waste more money the wife will kill me.
Ha Ha Got a pair of size 12's for my birthday and they are seriously good.
Done 10 miles straight out the box on Thursday and 20 today. I've had a few pain issues during runs since i finished the SDW 2 weeks ago but not today everything was good.
Hope they continue to impress as i fully intend on wearing them on the NDW100 next month..
Will do Ling but i must say I have high hopes for these shoes. They just seem so right.
I've been down the minamalist road and it's just not for me.
Mind you every six months i think i've found the ultimate running shoe. Except this time i have. Well maybe...
I've seen them mentioned a few times now - just wondered, are they good for trail even wet / muddy? And what about road sections - do you feel they have enough cushioning?
Birthday coming up, you see
I reckon they may just about have enough cushioning... have you seen them?!
It's hard to give judgement having only done 30ish miles in them but they seem to be at their best on harder trails. On the wet and boggy stuff they were slippy. Having said that i'm yet to find shoes that can handle the deep stuff and still offer any support or cushioning.
Felt real good on the harder stuff and soaked the tarmac up and yes they have enough cushioning.
Weird thing is you would think they were unstable or clunky but they are neither. I have owned Nikes that are unstable and inov-8s that are clunky but these seem a very nice ride. Your foot actually sits in that massive sole as opposed to on it which makes them very stable.
Anyway early days and i'll let you know how they really are after the NDW100.
Wetter is Better - lol, yes, I see you what you mean
Dill - thank you and really look forward to hearing how you got on with them at the NDW.
Coincidentally, noticed one of the ladies doing Badwater this year was wearing them - they obviously seem to stand up to the heat - not that this is of great concern in Blighty
For what its worth I have a pair and I strapped them on for the second half of the SDW100 race. They were absolutely superb. My legs and feet were really starting to feel trashed at the 54 mile point (particularly the downhills) and strapping these on saw me bounce out the aid station and had a really strong second half. They ride over stones, etc. and so were really good as I got tired and lost concentration as to where to put my feet! Would definitely recommend them!
Brilliant, thanks Giggster. Planning on doing the SDW100 next year myself, so it's great to hear that you got on so well with them.
Wore my Stinsons in thick mud today and they were rubbish. I slipped everywhere. I ran two loops of bewl water and could barely stay up right. Luckily i took some old Rocklites and used them on the second loop and didn't slip once.
I love my Hokas dearly and already have a new pair of Stinsons ready for the better weather. Has anyone tried the Mafates? I have read that they have a more aggressive grip. Just wondered if they handle the mud any better?
Did you wear them for NDW in the end? How did they go?
I've just ordered a couple of pairs of new shoes to trial over the next few months with a view to pick some ready for NDW this year.
I did indeed wear these for the NDW100 and they were fantastic. The only issue was the fact they are very flat and i finished with horrendous Achilles Tendonitis. The achilles problem started as a niggle but by the end of the race was a full blown injury.
Having said that they really do protect your joints from the constant pounding. Usually after a massive race my ankles, feet and hips hurt so much i can barely walk for days but after the NDW i had very little joint pain and my feet were not at all swollen. The toe box is slightly narrow even with the extra size and i lost both big toe nails.
If i can keep my achilles in check i will certainly be wearing these for each of this years 100s. They are not really suited for the mud or shorter fast stuff. Karl Meltzer may have something to say about that but i still run shorter training runs in Mizuno roadies or Brooks trail shoes. They take a bit of getting used to but once you do they are great.
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