Hoka Cavu Review
Part 1: A Short Introduction

The Hoka Cavu is part of Hoka’s new Fly Collection or PROFLY cushioning range of shoes. They are neutral, responsive training shoes. Ideal for faster paced runs but with enough cushioning for day to day miles too. At 230 grams for a men’s UK 8.5 they are certainly lightweight road running shoes. The initial heel strike is soft but not soggy, although not as pillow like as the heavier cushioned Hoka Clifton etc.. and the forefoot is firm and responsive to encourage quick, efficient form. This together with Hoka’s metarocker system gives the shoe a faster feel than the out and out training shoes.

The weight, stack height and feel is very similar to the original Hoka Clifton, which was the first shoe in the popular Clifton range. The Clifton 4 is a very different shoe to the original one so for those who preferred the feel of the original Clifton the Cavu will be the nearest shoe in the Hoka range to that shoe. Although it will have a bit more durability in the new improved midsole.

Currently the fit is very much the classic narrower Hoka fit. There may be a wider version in the future but this is not confirmed.

If you are looking for a softer cushioned neutral road training shoe then you could look at the Hoka Clifton 4, which comes in two width options for men and women. If you need a bit of overpronation support with the same pillow like Hoka cushioning then have a look at the Arahi 2, which is also available in two widths men’s and ladies. 

Part 2: Wear Test of the Hoka Cavu will follow shortly!

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