It’s so soft, said a tester, “it makes other shoes feel like running on granite.”
The RW Takeaway: The Bondi 7 is an incredibly soft shoe that provides a cloud-like feel on your run.
- Full-length EVA foam that provides maximum cushioning
- Lower stack height and offset than past models
- New memory foam heel collar
Weight: 303g (M), 252g (W)
Hoka One One’s lightweight shoes, like the Rincon, have challenged our perception of the brand. But its maximalist reputation is preserved with models like the Bondi 7, a shoe that doesn’t disappoint with its generously cushioned midsole. The thick slab of full-length EVA foam creates the sensation of “running on clouds,” one tester said.
- New memory foam collar for a secure, comfortable fit
- Hoka’s most cushioned running shoe
- Wide for narrower feet
- Thick upper causes overheating
For many of our testers and myself, the Bondi is the ideal shoe for all-around comfort on the run. It’s not for speedwork—the shoe is even heavier than its predecessor—but it’s the perfect excuse for runners to pull back and run at recovery pace. For those who gravitate toward highly cushioned trainers, the 7 is a dependable maximally cushioned shoe for long runs and marathon base building.
“This is a really great training shoe for anyone who likes a lot of cushion,” said a tester. “I am currently training for my next marathon so testing these shoes was a dream while building up my mileage.”
Lower Stack Heights and Offset
The Bondi 7 has a low offset compared to past models, which ranged between 7mm to 10mm. Despite the shoe featuring Hoka’s meta-rocker technology (curved geometry for smoother heel-to-toe transitions), I felt toe-off required more effort due to the 4mm drop.