Why We Chose It: Lightweight, supportive, cushioned.
Hoka One One (pronounced Ho-Kah Own-ay Own-ay) was named after the Maori phrase that loosely translates as ‘fly over the earth’. Now that’s a pretty bold statement, but as running shoes go, they’re probably the company that comes closest to making this a possibility.
After bouncing onto the running scene back in 2009, Hoka One One quickly became well-known in running circles for their highly-cushioned shoes identifiable by a thick and wide layer of EVA foam that runs the entire length of the midsole.
Fast forward ten years and this is still the case, and they’re now bringing that technology and experience into the hiking boot world. The result: a collection of highly cushioned, comfortable and lightweight hiking boots called the Sky collection.
These, the Sky Kaha weigh a measly 508g per shoe, and they’re by no means stripped down and minimalist. What you’re getting is a fully-featured boot.
“The main guts of a Hoka One One shoe is of course through the liberal use of EVA foam to provide support, stability and cushioning.”
Hoka have managed to surround the upper with a full grain waterproof leather to give the boot supportive stiffness where it’s needed. For when the going gets wet and muddy, the Kaha hides an eVent lining behind the leather outer to give it full waterproofing combined with impressive breathability.
The main guts of a Hoka One One shoe is of course the liberal use of EVA foam. Here it provides support, stability and cushioning, particularly for when you’re walking downhill. The classic cushioned midsole also offers rebound for when you’re walking along the trail and comfort for when you’re lugging a heavy pack for long distances.