Hoka One One Arahi 2
The Arahi 2 is the second edition of Hoka’s responsive stability trainer. Well-cushioned like the rest of the Hoka lineup, the Arahi features a unique geometry to promote a smooth ride and a specially designed midsole construction to provide wearers with an appropriate amount of stability. The second version of the stability shoe features the same outsole and midsole design with significant changes made to the upper. The Arahi 2 builds upon a solid first release without changes to components that didn’t need fixing. Why fix something if it works just fine? Overpronators looking for a good quality cushioned road shoe should consider the Arahi 2 for training purposes. Those running on well-groomed trails might find the Hoka brand shoe equally comfortable for off-road running purposes.
- Responsive ride feel
- Very stable and supportive
- Comfortable cushioning
- Improved breathability
- Some found the fit too roomy
- Durability issues
- For most buyers, Hoka One One Arahi 2s have made a positive impact on their activity.
- A large percentage of reviewers claim these shoes have helped them feel relief from common pains.
- Arahi 2s have provided relief from plantar fasciitis for many buyers.
- Several people mention that their usual struggle with heel pain was not an issue with these shoes.
- The design of these shoes has worked well for people with high arches as well as some with fallen arches.
- Many buyers say these provide good stability.
- With correct sizing, custom orthotics will work in these shoes.
- Several buyers bought these shoes at the recommendation of their podiatrist.
- Both avid walkers and runners praise these shoes.
- The tongue has enough padding to be comfortable.
- One reviewer noted, that with a wide size, he was able to comfortable wear these shoes with a foot brace. The fit was secure and stabilizing.
- The upper is breathable but has a snug fit that holds the feet in place.
- For some people Arahi 2s have worked well for marathon training and other long distance running.
- Several positive reviews come from middle-aged and older runners and walkers.
- The coloring on the outsole is different from some other Hoka models which is noted positively in reviews.
- The main complaints about Arahi 2s is about the changes made from the original model.
- A large number of negative reviewers claim there is less cushion and an overall narrower build than the first Arahi model.
- These shoes run narrow so finding the correct width has been difficult for some buyers.
- In the experience of some reviewers, sizing isn't standard across all Hoka shoes so ordering the best size took several tries.
- If you are looking for a running shoe with bounce, these are not the shoes for you. The cushion is adequate but not as springy as some other running shoes.
- Several reviewers noted that the arch of the insole felt too far back in the shoe.
- A small percentage of buyers were uncomfortable with the drop of these shoes. Compared to their other running shoes, they felt their heels were too low in these.
- One type of wear reported was of the overall stability. It took only a few months for the structure of the shoe to start feeling less stable.
- Another issue raised by a reviewer is on quick wear of the inner lining. It was noticeable after minimal miles were put on the shoes.
Some users did point out that they experienced issues with durability, especially with the shoe's sole component. A few noticed the outsole coming apart, peeling off the bottom of the shoe, or thinning out.
The shoe features a clever Meta-Rocker design, which helps provide a smooth ride. In addition, the rocker-feel of the shoe helps provide a little bit of an energy boost. Movement from heel to toe feels natural and energetic. For stability, the shoe features a J-Frame midsole.
Reviewers liked the comfortable cushioning calling it responsive and capable of providing good ground feedback. However, a few reviewers found the cushioning a little less snappy than before. The midfoot features a good amount of arch support, although some found the fit around the midfoot area a bit too tight.
Reviewers liked the lightweight, airy feel of the upper. Most agreed that it was a serious improvement compared to the original Arahi. Reviewers also pointed out the roomier design, which provided a better fit than before. Hoka One One brand shoes tend to favor a wide fit over a narrow one, so narrower footed runners may find the Arahi a little too roomy. The roomier fit felt a bit unstable for some reviewers while others noted the midfoot was too snug for their liking.
Even with such a generously cushioned midsole and stable design reviewers didn't find the shoe clunky whatsoever. The women's version weighs about 7.7 ounces and the men's weighs about 9.2 ounces. Overall, this is quite lightweight for a maximally cushioned stability shoe.
Overall, the Arahi 2 features a better upper construction that's more comfortable, provides better ventilation, and that's even more supportive than before. The roomier fit is perfect for wide footed runners or anyone who has a preference for well-cushioned socks and needs a bit of extra breathing room inside their shoe.
A few reviewers ran into fit issues, however. Some had issues with a 'too snug' midfoot, while others found the upper construction too roomy. It also may take some time to get used to the chunky midsole, but getting used to that plush sole is worth it in the long run.
Besides the outsole, reviewers didn't seem to have any issues with other parts of the shoe showing wear early on. Remember that heavier runners or those with certain footstrike patterns will tend to wear out their shoes quicker than others.
Most reviewers found the second Arahi quite supportive and liked that there was quality midfoot arch support.
- Mesh upper construction
- Rubber outsole for traction
- Meta-Rocker geometry
- J-Frame midsole for stability
- Responsive EVA midsole cushioning
- Ortholite sockliner
- 5mm drop height
- Midfoot arch support
The shoe contains a fair bit of responsive EVA cushioning that makes it great for those training for long distances. A stable ride and supportive upper make the Arahi 2 a top choice for overpronators who want protection from impact during long-distance training runs but don't want to sacrifice ground-feel and responsiveness.