Hoka One One Odyssey 2

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Hoka One One Odyssey 2 Facts

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 features the same platform-like midsole that many Hoka shoes do. The shoe is made for the road but can handle other surfaces just fine. It’s made for neutral runners who have no issues with overpronation. Although the shoe looks quite hefty at first glance, it’s made to compete. It’s fairly lightweight and is a popular option for those who want a lighter shoe while still retaining a good amount of cushioning and protection underfoot. The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 also delivers good support and can be used for runs of any distance, making it a versatile shoe to add to your arsenal. The shoe has been updated a little bit since its first iteration and by all accounts the improvements have gotten positive feedback. The midsole has been changed and vastly improved. The upper has also gotten a bit of a makeover.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Very well cushioned
  • Supportive
  • Comfortable and secure fit
Cons
  • Pricey shoe
  • A bit too rigid
  • Some fit issues (narrow midfoot area)
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 has an outsole that takes up a lot of surface area. It offers great traction thanks to the Hi-Abrasion rubber found in the sole. The rubber is also lightweight. The Odyssey 2's outsole is made to last and the rubber pods found underfoot help to increase durability in areas that get the most impact. Surprisingly, the shoe has excellent ground feel despite its chunky midsole and maximalist appearance.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is where the Hoka One One Odyssey 2 shines. The shoe has an oversized chunky midsole filed with EVA foam that provides nice soft cushioning. Despite the midsole's big footprint, it manages to be 30% lighter than regular EVA foam. The midsole also manages to provide support underfoot. Runners will feel higher off the ground but they will still find they feel stable enough on their runs. The shoe also features Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry construction. This design allows for a more efficient toe-off and all around movement for the runner during their stride.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 features a seamless upper made of air mesh. The open mesh allows for breathability and keeps the weight of the shoe down. There are also 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 tongue is nicely padded, but some runners found it was a bit too stiff for their liking. Some runners also commented on the shortness of the laces. It's not too difficult to switch out laces, though, if you prefer something longer or even shorter. The heel cup has a bit of a snugger fit than the original Odyssey and most runners found this to be a positive as it helped with support.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 looks like a clunky, heavy shoe at first glance. The midsole foam is actually an impressive 30% lighter than the standard foam. That's significantly lighter than regular midsole foam! The shoe weighs in at 8.8 ounces. For such a maximalist design, the Odyssey 2 is very lightweight. It will please runners who are looking for high cushioning to protect their joints and make their runs more comfortable. They won't have to sacrifice the weight of the shoe for those coveted features.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 features an air mesh upper which is made to let a runner's feet breathe. 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 must mean there are no serious issues to be had.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Hoka One One Oddysey 2 is super comfortable thanks to its sizeably cushioned midsole. The soft EVA midsole delivers a cushioned ride that feels like running on a cloud. The upper fits comfortabley and securely, keeping runners stable throughout their runs, whether long or short. Some runners found the midfoot was too snug. Most runners who mentioned these fit issues had previously run in the first iteration of the Odyssey and found the midfoot fit very differently this time around. Quite a few runners commented that the tongue of the shoe was way too stiff and dug into their ankles. There is a hard overlay on the Odyssey 2's tongue that seems to be the cause of this discomfort.
Style
Style

Style

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 looks quite chunky and heavy. They're most likely not a shoe you'll be wearing to and from the gym since they are definite eye catchers. Their platform design looks a bit conspicuous even during a run. Still, the Odyssey 2 features a nice fresh design that looks modern and fun. The colors offered are bright and attractive. If you enjoy standing out a bit during a group run, the Odyssey 2s will certainly have other runners staring at your feet.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole of the Hoka One One Odyssey 2 is made of durable Hi-Abrasion rubber. The quality rubber is meant to last for miles. There are also pods on the sole of the shoe which help to protect from use in high-impact areas. The cushion should also 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 soles of their shoes too quickly.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Hoka One One Odyssey 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 the Odyssey 2. 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.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The cushioning in the Hoka One One Odyssey 2 is nice and soft. The padding underfoot is comfortable but there isn't much in the way of energy return with this shoe. A plusher ride means this is the drawback. That's all well and good, since the Odyssey 2 has great ground feel. Despite the chunky midsole, runners found that they felt grounded and aware of the surfaces they were running on. Some runners did feel that the shoe was a little more responsive than other Hoka shoes.
Support
Support

Support

The full-length EVA midsole on the Hoka One One Odyssey 2 isn't just there to provide fabulous 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. Some runners found that rigidity in the Odyssey 2 was a bit too much. They commented that they preferred the cushion of the Odyssey's previous iteration and that the stiff feeling underfoot was an unwelcome change to the Odyssey model.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 is meant for the roads but could easily be taken out on the trails for a weekend jaunts in the wilderness. The shoe has great traction, breathability and works for long runs or short runs on virtually any surface. Runners were happy to take the Odyssey 2 on whatever run they had scheduled that day, rain or shine. This shoe has a tough outsole that will manage various surfaces quite well. You'll definitely get significant mileage out of the Odyssey 2 thanks to its durable construction.
Price
Price

Price

This is the one big drawback of the Hoka One One Odyssey 2. It's quite pricey. Some might say that the versatile nature of the shoe and its maximalist design are worth the price. 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 platform-like design might also take a few runs to get the hang of. Still, the fact that the shoe can be worn for various uses is a definite plus. Its excellent cushioning allows it to be used for long runs and its lightweight construction make it a good option for intervals and speed work.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 does a good job at keeping runners stable throughout their run and good traction plays a bit part in this. The High-Abrasion rubber underfoot is long lasting and helps keep runners on track even in wet conditions. Runners will feel stable footed when running in the Odyssey 2. Going downhill quickly is not a problem with this shoe. You'll feel secure underfoot and you'll be well protected from the impact.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexible is not an adjective that would be used to describe the Hoka One One Odyssey 2. The shoe provides great ground-feel and a nice cushioned ride, but it's fairly rigid underfoot. Runners found it stiffer than the previous Odyssey version. The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry helps to contribute to a comfortable and efficient toe-off. The rocker-like design makes up for the inflexibility of the shoe. Some runners still might not like the stiff feeling underfoot, though.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 is not a stability shoe by any means. It's a neutral shoe made for those who do not have issues with overpronation. Runners will find they are firmly supported while running in the Odyssey 2. The full-length EVA cushioning does a good job at offering support underfoot. The overlays featured on the upper also work to secure runner's feet in the shoe and help avoid slippage. The snugger heel cup also ensures that runner's will feel secure inside the shoe.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Hoka One One Odyssey 2 features a nice chunky cushioned midsole made of EVA foam. The shoe looks a bit like a platform, but there is a heel to toe drop of about 5mm. Some runners commented that they would have preferred a zero drop fit but the rocker-like shape of the shoe still allows for a comfortable toe-off regardless.
Key Features of the Hoka One One Odyssey 2
Key Features of the Hoka One One Odyssey 2

Key Features of the Hoka One One Odyssey 2

  • Well cushioned midsole

  • 30% lighter EVA foam

  • Good protection underfoot

  • Good ground feel

  • Fairly lightweight

  • Versatile shoe

  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    You can run for miles in the Hoka One One Odyssey 2 and feel protected the whole way through without feeling like a brick is hanging off your foot. The shoe is maximalist in design with its thick EVA foam midsole, but it still manages to be fairly lightweight. Runners can use the shoe for racing, speedwork, fartleks and they can also take the Odyssey 2 out for long Sunday runs. The shoe also provides great ground-feel despite its thick midsole. It's a bit stiff underfoot, but the 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.