Hoka One One Bondi 6 Review
Released in August 2018, the Hoka One One Bondi 6 turned out to be a perfect upgrade of its predecessor the Hoka Bondi 5. Both designs feature midsoles that are much thicker, yet softer than the standard running styles. Featuring a Meta-Rocker technology, this upgraded model helps create a “rocker” effect to make it easier for your foot to roll. This is due to the midsole that narrows at the front and the back allowing for a rolling transition throughout your stride. Furthermore, the sole of the 6th iteration is also wider than other running models, providing the wearer with stability on her/his daily runs.
Another addition to the upgraded model is the new mesh upper. This construction, although it feels plush, it provides decent breathability. However, according to some runners, it is of less quality when compared to the Bondi 5 version. At the back of the upper, the redesigned heel area constructed of lycra is another notable upgrade worth mentioning. In addition, the overall design fits well, leaving plenty of room for your toes to wiggle freely in the forefoot area. The simple, self-adjustable flat lacing system helps keep your foot locked down.
Regarded as the most cushioned design in the Hoka One One road-shoe lineup, this style maintains a pillowy soft, smooth and balanced ride for all runners and all distances.
- Comfortable Upper
- Smooth Ride with rocker technology
- Plenty of cushioning
- Highly protective
- Quality materials
- Slightly less breathable mesh material
- Some durability concerns
- Slightly bulky
A number of runners loved the thinned and silkier feel of the mesh on the previous version, and are quite disappointed with the less breathable and more absorbent upper on the upgraded model. Many wearers agreed that when they are running in hot and humid weather, theses Hoka running shoes seem to lack the ability to wick away sweat.
On the other hand, despite the less breathable and more absorbent mesh, some runners considered that the new redesigned upper is actually an improvement, in terms of flexibility.
In addition, there is a lot of cushion under the foot, which feels great on tired legs. Even though the Hoka 6 is not as soft as the Hoka Clifton, which is known to be the softest in the Hoka family, this model still maintains its softness even after extended wear. Some runners complained that the Bondi 5 model had lost some of its signature cushioning, but the upgrade on the Hoka 6 has brought back the marshmallow feel that the early Hoka trainers were famous for. Much like its predecessors, the Hoka 6 features a rocker design that makes the transition smoother.
Furthermore, the redesigned heel area of the upper is highly praised, and considered to be one of the best upgrades applied to the 6th iteration. This time around, the heel area is made of lycra, and many runners agreed that it improves comfort and gives the Hoka 6 design a premium feel. Adding to the overall comfort of the Hoka 6 model is its lightweight, besides the bulky look. A number of runners agreed that this model has been very comfortable, so much so that even after hundreds of miles, the Hoka 6 caused no rubbing and left them blister-free.
Many customers agreed that Hoka 6 is made of premium quality elements that make this design highly durable. They said that even after hundreds of miles, the rubber outsole still remains its original shape and the cushioning is as soft as day one. Other customers complained about some durability issues where the upper meets the midsole. They said that over time, the glue between the upper and the midsole started to fail, which caused the top to separate from the midsole.
Both Bondi 5 and Bondi 6 styles don’t offer a lot of flexibility. Much like its predecessor, the Hoka One One Bondi 6 has a meta-rocker technology applied to its sole that lets you gently rock onto your toes and spring you forward, thanks to which you don’t need a lot of flexing. The new responsive mesh upper is supposed to allow more natural foot movement which helps a lot during long runs and walks. While some customers said that the soft, rocking feature of the sole gave them some flexibility, others agreed that the Bondi 6 design had a stiff feel.
This high abrasion rubber is strategically placed along the entire length of the lateral side of the Hoka 6, exactly where the impact is the highest.
Also, wearers who have multiple foot problems, have wide forefoot with metatarsal issues and work long hour shifts, agree that the Hoka Bondi 6 design offers plenty of room in the toe box, and their feet don’t hurt after wearing this model.
The mesh upper stops the foot from overheating, while the heel lift helps some wearers with their Achilles problem.
The second update is the redesigned heel area, made of a lycra comfort frame and designed to provide better stability. Customers are also satisfied with the wider forefoot that allows for a comfortable room space for your toes. This gives your toes the ability to maintain a natural position throughout your easy day runs. In addition, the roomy toe box accommodates wider feet, making them desirable amongst many athletes and runners. When you add the padded collar and tongue together with the Ortholite footbed, you know you have an extremely comfortable design.
Despite its bulky look, the Bondi 6 is deceptively lightweight. This is due to the light midsole constructed with a very lightweight EVA foam. While this model may not be great for racing, it is ideal for running and walking. Some customers were very disappointed in the style in terms of look since it is not very fashionable. Not only does it feel big in both height and width, but it also looks very bulky. However, they all agreed that since it is so cushioned, comfortable and lightweight, they don’t mind the “ugly look” of the upgraded model. Weighing 9.3 ounces in a woman’s size 7, the Bondi 6 carries more weight than you need in a running model, but it surely gives you lasting softness in return. They will certainly not let you run fast, but it will allow runners to relieve pain and stress from their back and knees.
With a padded tongue and collar, self-adjustable lacing system with an extra pair of holes, and an Ortholite footbed, the Hoka 6 is great competition amongst sneakers with superior comfort. The outsole has more rubber added to it, and it has proven to be slip-resistant, providing excellent grip on rain and snow, and various type of terrain. The Hoka design is made of high-quality materials, and it is supposed to be durable, but some runners complained about the upper separating from the midsole very fast. Despite its bulky appearance, the sneaker is not that heavy. Weighing only 9.3 in a woman’s size 7.5, the Hoka 6 is not designed to make you fast, but it gives you long-lasting softness in return.
The Hoka 6 upgrade is an excellent option for daily low-intensity training, long distance runs and walks, or for people who spend long hours at work.
Overall, the Hoka One One Bondi 6 model is a nice upgrade to the Bondi line. If you are looking for comfort, this model makes a great choice. However, if you want to be fast and feel light, and look stylish at the same time, you may want to look somewhere else.