On first sight the Hoka is heavy, large and overbearing but when you pick up and try the shoe you realise first impressions are wrong.
The Clifton is much larger than a normal trainer but remarkably light. I am amazed how light they are given how high the shoe is and how much cushioning there is built in.
Initially I was concerned there would be too much grip and would be awkward to run in but they are incredibly comfortable and offer excellent grip and bounce.
The toe box is roomy which allows the toes to move yet the heel holds the ankle firmly in place without pinching.
The over sized soles take the shock of the road but don’t disguise the terrain underfoot so you are in complete control.
The design encourages correct posture with my running position much improved. I felt that I ran taller with less strain on my lower back and thighs.
Completing several types of run (sprints, long runs, FARTLEK sessions), I noticed there was no ache in my legs or muscles after running in the Cliftons. The oversized frame takes all the shock and enables correction of the foot as it hits the ground.
Don’t let first impressions fool you. The Cliftons do look oversized and bulky but are lightweight and responsive. They offer fantastic protection and cushioning without inhibiting performance. They would be great for over or under pronators and offer great stability when running on road and paths.
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