Written by Julie Elkær
HOKA ONE ONE has created the successor to their cushioned stability training shoe Arahi 3. This time they are launching a shoe, which resembles the predecessor quite a lot – but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
HOKA has decided to “re-use” the sole from the predecessor and instead focused on increasing the ventilation and comfort, which has helped to deliver a new and functional upper.
So, if you liked the Arahi 3, then you will definitely be loving the new Arahi 4!
Read the complete review of the HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 4 below and find out what the new model can and the reasons why you should consider the Arahi if you are looking for a good stability training shoe.
Short and sweet on the Hoka One One Arahi 4
The French Hoka One One is a growing brand, which we are only starting to see more and more from.
Especially within the last couple of years they have been growing significantly and, compared to before, they are now offering more options for different needs and running styles.
Hoka One One Arahi 4 is the fourth version of their stability Arahi-model. It is particularly suitable as a training shoe for the moderate to overpronating runner, who needs extra support and stability.
The Arahi 4 ensures good support, shock absorption, and not least stability for the foot, which is due to the HOKA J-Frame Technology and the shoe’s highly cushioned Marshmallow midsole.
The fourth version of the Arahi also has a new and improved upper, which offers an increased breathability and comfort throughout the run.
One of the lightest stability shoes on the market
When I first tried on the Hoka One One Arahi 4, I was surprised by the light feeling of the shoe.
With a weight of merely 225 grams (in a size 39), the Arahi 4 is one of the lightest stability shoes on the market.
The standard stability shoes are normally quite chunky in size and weight, but HOKA has managed to redefine this in the Arahi-model.
They have cut out the classic stability functions and instead focused on making a light midsole, which supports and keeps the foot in place throughout the run.
The Arahi 4 is actually a fairly voluminous shoe, but you do not get this feeling at all when wearing it.
When I run in this shoe, I feel much lighter than I have ever experienced in any other stability shoe, which gives me a completely different and faster running experience.
Stability via the HOKA J-Frame Technology
Besides the light weight, the Hoka One One Arahi 4 also provides for the comfortable and renown “HOKA-feeling”. But this time in the wrapping of more stability.
The Arahi 4 is developed with the innovative J-Frame in the shoe’s midsole, which is made in a firmer EVA foam. This helps to prevent the inward rolling of the ankle and will guide every stride for a more natural finish.
Additionally, the shoe’s midsole is made in a highly cushioned Marshmallow foam, which gives an incredible shock absorption.
Updated upper on the HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 4
As mentioned, the most significant update on the Arahi 4 is the new upper, which is created with a focus on increasing the shoe’s breathability and comfort
This time the upper is designed in a simple and light mesh material, which not only increases the shoe’s breathability, but also adds extra support.
This is because HOKA has decided to add a rubber-overlay from the middle of the foot all the way around the heel, in order to make it perform as a stability component.
And I personally feel like this provides an improved comfort. The rubber material helps keep the foot in place inside the shoe, so you get more stability and a safe feeling while running.
A resemblance with the predecessor Arahi 3
If you liked the Hoka Arahi 3, then you will without a doubt love their fourth version, as this model resembles the predecessor quite a lot.
Hoka has decided to incorporate the exact same midsole and outsole from the Arahi 3 into the Arahi 4, which gives the shoe the same nice and light feeling as you know it from the Arahi 3.
Furthermore, the shoe’s visual expression has not changed much, as Hoka has decided to keep the smooth and elegant look, but it has instead been improved because of the new upper on the Arahi 4.
However, I personally do not mind that the changes on this model are minimal because the Arahi 3 was a favourite amongst pronating runners and has on several occasions been proclaimed as one of the market’s best stability shoes.
If it is not broken, do not fix it.
Highly recommended for the pronating runner
Once you start wearing the Arahi 4, you do not wish to take them off again. At least that is how I felt when I slid my feet into them and started running.
Because the Arahi 4 is exceptionally comfortable and one of the best stability shoes I have ever tried and provides for a light and fast running experience.
Additionally, I really like the beautiful design, which combines HOKA’s normally chunky look with an elegant and more smooth finish than their other “clumsier” models.
Therefore, I can highly recommend the HOKA Arahi 4 if you are looking for a good and dynamic stability shoe for both the long and short distances.
This is because the Arahi is a very unique stability shoe, which feels incredibly balanced and dynamic to run in.
Please be aware that the sizing of this model feels a little big. I, personally, went down half a size from what I normally wear, which I would also recommend you do.
If you are usually running in a more classic stability shoe with a 10mm drop, then please do remember to allow your lower legs to get used to running in this model.
This is because the Arahi 4 has a drop of only 5mm, which means your calves need time to adjust to the increased workload.
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