Rapa Nui – Hoka One One Runinng Shoe Product Review

  [caption id="attachment_9650" align="alignright" width="259"]rapa nui - hoka one one - running - product review Source: Running Warehouse[/caption] Rapa Nui.  No clue what it means but I can give you my interpretation in the same amount of characters:  Love ‘Em. It is no secret that I am a Hoka One One shoe wearer and unofficial brand ambassador.  I say unofficial because Hoka has not contacted me to write blog posts and deliver social media updates about my glowing and growing praise for the shoes.  This time around I will be giving you my review of the Rapa Nui, which is one of three shoes I recently purchased because they were all on clearance. At the time of the purchase the Stinson Tarmac that I had been using for nearly a year were wearing down on me and coming to the end of their life span, although I still have them in my possession for those just in case moments.  Along with the Rapa Nui, I purchased a pair of Conquests which I will be testing out this upcoming week as I take on a high volume running week in preparation for Ironman Chattanooga.  The third pair I purchased was the Stinson Tarmac Trail Shoes which will get their workout in once I begin training for Rocky Raccoon 100 in October. As you may know I do not write reviews for shoes until after I have run 50 or more miles in them.  I think that after 50 miles you have a good idea of how the shoe is going to respond, how you are responding to the shoe and can give an honest and open opinion. You have probably guessed from the first paragraph that I love the Rapa Nui and you would not be wrong (way to go Columbo!)  From the moment I put the shoes on I could tell I was going to like them.  The first idea I got that these were going to be keepers was that they were white and they probably shined coming out of the box the way that gold aura shines out of the briefcase when Marcellus opens it up in Pulp Fiction. Once out of the box and on my feet I put in a handful of short 3 mile to 5 mile runs.  I did not want to run too long in them as I needed to make sure that there would be no issues as I passed that 5 mile marker.  For the past two weekends I have conducted broken 9 and 12 mile runs.  These put me into the 50 mile category and gave me the opportunity to write the Rapa Nui product review. Hoka One One is known to have a rather large sole on their shoes and these are a tad less in terms of size than the Bondi or Stinson yet they responded well.  From the first few steps until the last portion of the run on Sunday morning I could feel the response of the shoe in terms of landing and push-off.  I was surprised by this, only because with less of a maximalist look I was not 100% sure that the shoe would act the way the Hoka was intended.  Sure enough the Rapa Nui did exactly as it was intended which was to provide maximum cushion which allowed me to run as much as I did while cycling 265 miles in one week. In my review of the Bondi B shoe I noted that the shoe was stiff and to this day I can still feel the stiffness although it is not a hindrance to running, or running fast.  What the Rapa Nui does is it bridges the gap between the Stinson Tarmac and Bondi B in terms of stiffness.  The Stinson is relatively loose in comparison to the other two and the Rapa Nui provides a bit more stiffness which is relatively unnoticeable but is still there. Just like the three previous pairs of Hoka I have reviewed, the Rapa Nui provides for maximum recovery.  These shoes are amazing when it comes to being able to get back out the door despite the miles that you are putting on.  In addition to that recovery, the shoes allow you to run further and further because the impact is minimized by the fact that they are in the maximalist category. I know a lot of people choose to not run in Hoka because aesthetically they are not appealing and I get it. I was that way too but today I have made the decision that the Hoka One One, including these Rapa Nui, will be the only shoes I run in.  The level of comfort they provide, the ability to go further, and more often are enough for me and isn’t that the reason we run?  Do we really care that the person who is on the sideline injured or not able to get back out the door thinks when it comes to the look of the Hoka?  I for one do not as I know I am maximizing my time on the road.

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Jason Bahamundi

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.