Most people are drawn to Hoka One One shoes because of the visually obvious amount of cushioning. However, just like any other shoe brand, there are varying degrees of “cush” in the Hoka lineup and today we’re taking a look at the most cushioned road shoe from the maximalist brand; the Bondi 5.

The Bondi 5 is a solid distance shoe and has become a big part of my training. We love it for long runs which shows since most of Lori’s runs in them were from 10-20+ miles. Although we wouldn’t consider it to be a “life changer”, it’s a great shoe that Lori has been reaching for lately to get the job done. It is stiff, but comfortable on the foot. She hasn’t had any issues with them, she just wishes they had some flexibility. If that is an issue for you as well, you will certainly be able to find cushion and flexibility in another Hoka model.

Pricing of the Bondi 5 is steep and $150 but pretty is much in the middle of Hoka’s price range. We don’t think it is a deal breaker, though, and you will certainly get your money’s worth with this work horse.

If you’re running in a more “maximalist” shoe, do you want something with more flexibility or something with more stiffness and pop in the ride? Tell us in the comments!

Check out the Bondi 5 from Hoka One One at the links below!*

*when you shop through these links, you get the best price and the retailers show Gearist some love with no cost to you – it’s a win-win!

Brandon Wood
Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

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