Hoka One One Constant 2

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Hoka One One Constant 2 Facts

The Hoka One One Constant 2 features the same platform-like midsole recognizable in many Hoka brand shoes. The Constant 2 is a made for trail running and offers support for runners who require correction for their overpronation. The maximalist shoe isn’t as light as other Hoka brand shoes, so if you’re looking for a lighter shoe that’s well cushioned for race day, this might not be the best choice. Fortunately, it’s a good choice for runners who seek reliable stability inside a comfortable shoe. The Constant 2 serves well as a trainer for long distances and thanks to its highly cushioned midsole, it ensures miles of comfort. This second version of the Constant model comes with a few updates mainly in the construction of the upper. The midsole cushioning material has been modified a bit as well.

Pros
  • Very well cushioned
  • Supportive
  • Excellent protection underfoot
  • Wide toe box
  • Durable outsole
Cons
  • Rather expensive shoe
  • Not the lightest in Hoka's maximalist lineup
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Hoka One One Constant 2's RMAT rubber sole takes up a lot of surface area. The full ground contact allows for greater traction. The rubber also provides some additional cushioning. The outsole also features tough carbon rubber. The Constant 2's outsole is clearly made to last. The outsole can take a beating and is can perform well even on technical trails.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Hoka One One Constant 2 features an Oversized Active Foot Frame which helps to provide stability. This feature allows a runner's foot to sink into the shoe rather than sit atop the platformed midsole. The midsole contains EVA foam and RMAT material. The midsole cushion in the Constant 2 is softer than in the previous iteration of the shoe. The oversized chunky midsole contains ample cushioning which provides comfort and support to the wearer. The platformed midsole may take some getting used to but runners will still find they feel stable enough on their runs in the Constant 2. The shoe also features Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry construction. This design allows for a more efficient toe-off and enhances flexibility.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Hoka One One Constant 2 features an upper made of mesh. The open mesh allows for breathability and keeps the weight of the shoe down. There are also Lycra overlays on the upper, particularly in the midfoot area, that provide additional support for the wearer's foot. Runners will feel snug and secure in the midfoot area. The lacing system is asymmetrical. The interior of the shoe is almost seamless and contains a good amount of padding making for a very comfortable fit.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Hoka One One Constant 2 looks like a clunky, heavy shoe at first glance. It's not the lightest maximalist shoe in the Hoka lineup but it's still lighter than it looks. The shoe weighs in at about 9.4 ounces. For such a chunky looking design, the Constant 2 is fairly lightweight. It will please runners who are looking for high cushioning to protect their joints and make their runs more comfortable. The midsole contains nearly 2.5 times the cushioning of regular running shoes which helps to protect runners underfoot. For some, a little extra weight is a good compromise for extra protection.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Hoka One One Constant 2 features an air mesh upper which is made to let a runner's feet breathe. The Ortholite insole also helps to control bacterial growth and odor. There isn't anything stellar to note about the shoe's breathability. There's no impressive technology to help with excessive perspiration, just the standard mesh design seen in many running shoes. Still, runners didn't have anything particular to say about this feature. Most runners didn't comment on the breathability at all, which seems to denote that there are no serious issues to be had.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Hoka One One Constant 2 is super comfortable thanks to its sizeable and cushioned midsole. The maximalist shoe's midsole contains plush cushioning that will satisfy runners looking for added protection underfoot. The EVA midsole delivers a cushioned ride that feels like running on a cloud. The upper fits comfortably and securely thanks to the Lycra overlays. In this update of the Constant, the cushioning has been modified a bit. The midsole cushion is softer than in the first version of the shoe. Even with softer cushioned, the Constant 2 manages to provide adequate support. The shoe also features a nice wide toe box which provides room for toes to wiggle and ensures proper ventilation.
Style
Style

Style

The Hoka One One Constant 2 looks quite chunky and heavy. It's most likely not a shoe you'll be wearing to and from the gym. It's not exactly a stylish shoe. The platform design looks a bit conspicuous even during a run. The shoe is nice and stable and that's clear just by looking at it. It looks rock solid and pretty hefty. Thankfully, the shoe is lighter than it looks, but you won't be buying it to be fashionable. The shoe's white midsole stands out and fails to blend seamlessly into the design. It's clear Hoka wanted the thick cushioned midsole to be the star of the shoe, both in performance and visibility. If you enjoy standing out a bit during a group run, the Constant 2 will certainly have other runners staring at your feet.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole of the Hoka One One Constant 2 is made of durable industry-grade carbon rubber. The quality rubber is meant to last for miles. The outsole is designed to manage technical trails and to withstand repeated impact and use. The thick midsole cushion is also meant to last quite a while since there is so much of it. The rubber on the outsole is abundant so runners won't wear through the sole's of their shoes too quickly.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Hoka One One Constant 2 has excellent protection underfoot for runners. The hefty EVA midsole protects runners from impact for miles and miles. Runners who prefer to have extra cushion will like the soft foam in this version of the Constant. The shoe is perfect for runners who are prone to injury or who have lingering issues from past running injuries. Quite a few runners were happy to have the extra cushioning to help avoid impact injuries. On the trails, the thick midsole helps to protect runners from debris underfoot as well.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The cushioning in the Hoka One One Constant 2 is nice and soft. The padding underfoot is comfortable. With the Oversized Active Foot Frame runners sit deeper inside the shoe which allows for better ground feel and stability. Despite the chunky midsole, runners found that they felt grounded and aware of the surfaces they were running on. All this, without feeling too much of the impact and obstacles underfoot. All these features make up for the lack of energy return.
Support
Support

Support

The full-length EVA midsole on the Hoka One One Constant 2 isn't just there to provide outstanding cushioning. It's also there to add support to the shoe. Runners will feel like they have a stable base and won't feel that the high platform makes their runs feel wobbly or unstable. The reason for this is the Oversized Active Foot Frame which allows runners to sink into the shoe rather than sit atop the chunky midsole. Despite the softer cushion, this second version of the Constant provides the same great support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Hoka One One Constant 2 is meant for the trails and its tough rubber outsole is proof of that. Runners can still enjoy road runs with this shoe but the grippy sole is meant to perform for miles on various types of trail. The shoe has great traction, breathability and works for long runs or short runs on virtually any surface. Runners were happy to take the Constant 2 on whatever run they had scheduled that day, rain or shine.
Price
Price

Price

This is the one big drawback with many of the Hoka One One brand shoes is that they're quite pricey. The Hoka Constant 2 is no exception. It's suggested price is around $160 US. Some might say that the versatile nature of the shoe and its maximalist design are worth the price. It also provides good support. But it's an expensive gamble if you're trying out this type of shoe for the first time. The soft cushioning of the thick midsole may take some getting used to. The oversized design may not feel comfortable to everyone. Still, the fact that the shoe can be worn for various uses is a definite plus. Its excellent cushioning allow it to be used for long runs and thanks to its grippy outsole it can perform in various conditions.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Hoka One One Constant 2 does a good job at keeping runners stable throughout their run and good traction plays a big part in this. The quality carbon rubber underfoot is long lasting and helps keep runners on track even in wet conditions. Runners will feel stable footed when running in the Constant 2. The outsole is definitely tough and made to last since the shoe is made for trail running.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Hoka One One Constant 2 is fairly flexible despite its clunky looking midsole. The Meta Rocker design means that the shoe has a curved shape to provide more efficient movement throughout a runner's gait. This design allows for more flexibility. The shoe isn't super bendy and runners will still feel some rigidity underfoot, though.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Hoka One One Constant 2 is a maximalist shoe meant to provide stability for those who need it. Runners who have issues with overpronation and are prone to injury may find solace in the highly cushioned Constant 2. The shoe has numerous features that contribute to its stability label. The maximalist cushioning offers more than 2.5 times the amount of cushioning compared to other shoes in the same category. The cushioning not only provides shock absorption but also increases the stability of the shoe. There is ample support underfoot to help runners avoid overpronation. The shoe also features an Active Foot Frame design in the midsole. This ensures that a runner's foot doesn't sit atop the midsole cushion. The foot is meant to sink into the shoe which ensures the runner feels and is stable. In addition, the outsole's ability to grip surfaces also keep runners stable while they run in the Constant 2.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Hoka One One Constant 2 features nice chunky cushioned midsole made of EVA foam. The shoe does have a platform design but there is still a heel to toe drop. The drop is about 4mm.
Key Features of the Hoka One One Constant 2
Key Features of the Hoka One One Constant 2

Key Features of the Hoka One One Constant 2

  • Shoe features 2.5 times the standard midsole cushioning

  • Made for the trails

  • Good protection underfoot

  • Versatile shoe

  • Very supportive

  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    You can run for miles in the Hoka One One Constant 2 and feel protected and supported. The shoe's maximalist in design features a thick EVA and RMAT midsole that is meant to offer comfort and protection underfoot. The shoe is meant for the trails but can easily be transitioned to the roads if need be. The shoe also provides great ground-feel despite its thick midsole. Its rocker-like design allows for efficient and comfortable movement. It's a bit pricey so if you're trying out this type of maximalist shoe for the first time, make sure you're able to get a trial period. If you feel comfortable in the shoe, the price is well worth the mileage and versatility you'll get out of it.