Hoka One One Clifton 6 Review

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Editor’s Conclusion
When the Hoka One One Clifton 1 hit shelves, runners couldn’t get enough of this lightweight and springy long-distance running shoe. Future iterations made small changes that strayed from the magic from the original until the Hoka One One Clifton 6 model!

If you need something that has a lot of cushion for training days where you put up to 20 miles behind you, this design is made to offer support and comfort for each and every mile. It has a springy midsole and has more space in the upper that is ideal for wide feet.

It’s important to note that the weight of this shoe is not ideal for speed of agility. If long distances are your number one priority, you have to give the newest addition to the Clifton line a try!

Plus, it recaptures the performance of the Clifton 1 with a few added features to keep you supported and protected.
Hoka One One Clifton 6 Review Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Incredibly durable

Helps correct overpronation

True to size

Excellent lockdown

Wide toe box

Cons

Not very flexible

Expensive

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Hoka One One Clifton 6 has an even distribution of rubber to EVA foam. The thick rubber sole offers a good deal of energy feedback not only in your heel but in your toebox as well. This provides excellent feedback in all points of your gait.

The thick outsole adds a little bit of additional weight, which means that it isn’t ideal for speed or agility. It also hinders your flexibility slightly, but not as much as previous iterations of this design.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

In addition to a thick layer of rubber on the outsole, this design also boasts a very thick layer of full compression EVA foam. This means that the midsole conforms to the shape of your foot as you wear it.

Full compression foam is slightly stiffer than other EVA foam options out there on the market. While it doesn’t offer as much movement as other designs, it is made to be incredibly durable to last for hundreds of miles before it loses its initial bounce with use.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of this design is basic and lacks a lot of bells and whistles. It is composed of a simple layer of lightweight fabric that conforms to the shape of your foot to promote an easy and comfortable lockdown. The toe box and midsole are slightly wider than most, which makes it ideal for wider feet.

What we also liked about this model is that it has a short tongue that barely comes up over the laces. This simple tongue means that it will eliminate rubbing on the top of your foot. It also prevents hot zones to keep your feet cool and comfortable.
Weight
Weight

Weight

What we love about these shoes is that they are incredibly lightweight and easy. Other Clifton options stumble a bit with heavier designs that are over 10 ounces, but the Clifton 6 weighs in at a mere 9.1 ounces.

A few ounces may not seem like a big difference, but it really weighs you down when running for long distances. The average running shoe weighs in at about 9.5 ounces, so Clifton 6 is lighter than most designs out there on the market.

When compared to other designs in the Clifton line, this option is much easier and lighter. If you were a fan of the Clifton version 1 but were left disappointed from the newer designs, the style and weight of the 6 shifts back to basics to keep things light and effortless.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

A simple layer of mesh keeps your foot cool and comfortable which is ideal for long runs. When you are out on the trails for runs that eclipse 10 miles, hot feet can create rubbing and chafing. The simplistic upper and lightweight mesh prevents hot spots so your feet remain cool and dry.

Unlike previous iterations of this design from Hoka One One, the mesh materials used are much softer and feel a lot more comfortable when laced up. A simple tongue and a low profile allow your foot to really breathe!

Some uppers have stiff and rigid spots to keep your foot securely in place. These structured areas provide additional support but create hot spots where your foot cannot breathe. By crafting a simple upper with minimal structure, there are very few hotspots that create an uncomfortable ride as you start to put miles behind you.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Extra room in the toe box is what makes this design so comfortable. The mesh upper doesn’t fit on your foot like a sock, but the good news is that this model is true to size. A wide midsole and open toebox prevent your toes from jamming at the tip of the shoe at the end of your gait.

With breathable materials, a simple frame, and a wide upper, the Hoka One One Clifton 6 is incredibly comfortable and perfect to take with you on long-distance training sessions.
Durability
Durability

Durability

For long-distance runners, durability is key. Since this shoe is made to rack up the miles, it is one of the most durable options in this line. So, what makes it so durable? The most important feature in this line is the full compression EVA foam found in the midsole.

The EVA foam is a little bit stiffer than most, but it means that it won’t wear down on long journeys. This shoe is built to give you excellent support for hundreds of miles before the foam begins to wear down and lose that initial springiness.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Keeping your knees and joints protected is incredibly important when running on hard surfaces. There are a few key features in this model to help take the impact off of your joints when running on sidewalks.

The rubber sole is slightly beveled to absorb much of the impact before it reaches your knees and offers a smooth transition. It also has thicker rubber zones on the outsole to absorb impact on key areas such as the heel that offers additional support where you need it most.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

When it comes to responsiveness, this design gets a B+. The materials used for the Hoka One One Clifton 6 offer excellent energy feedback, but it isn’t the lightest option out there on the market. The EVA foam and rubber is made to absorb the impact, but it is a little stiffer than most.

While some designs are built to feel like you are running on a cloud, this one doesn’t offer the same level of spring to your step. While it doesn’t have the same springy feel, your feet and joints are still protected in all points of your gait.
Support
Support

Support

Small key features keep your foot supported for long distances. A beveled heel absorbs the impact at the end of your gait which takes the pressure off of your knees. It has a simple and low-profile upper that prevents rubbing and chafing and enhances breathability.

The key feature is that a wide midsole and toe box help lock your foot in place. When your foot is securely locked in place as you run, it helps promote excellent support from launch to landing.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The design of this shoe is made for running on hard surfaces such as roadways, sidewalks, and treadmills. The rubber sole, drop, and traction on the foot gives you ultimate support and protection.

The design of the breathable upper and thick rubber is made to absorb the impact when running on unforgiving surfaces. The full compression EVA foam and thick rubber outsole absorb the impact from hard surfaces to be kind to your joints.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Ideally, these running shoes are made for running on roadways and sidewalks. According to previous users, these really shine in running in all types of weather. They have excellent traction when running on dry sidewalks, but they are also great for slick surfaces after it rains.

These shoes are built for hard surfaces, but they have enough traction on the outsole so that you can also take them out of the trails as well. Thicker treads compensate for uneven surfaces to always keep your footing.

The only complaints we found regarding the traction is when running on wet grass.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The downside to this model is that it has limited flexibility. When compared to other designs in the Clifton line, it has a little bit more flexibility and movement. However, if you need something for enhanced agility that feels light and easy, this design is a little less than ideal.

If you need something for speed and agility, this design is a little less than ideal. However, speed and agility are not things that long-distance runners necessarily need. If you're looking for a lot of support for long days out on the road, limited flexibility will not be an issue.
Stability
Stability

Stability

There are two key features that offer excellent stability and control through the full length of your gait. A beveled design in the rubber heel absorbs impact and enhances the control of each landing.

The full compression EVA foam midsole is enhanced with the addition of an Early stage Meta-Rocker that helps guide your gait.

Much like a simple rocking chair, this design keeps your foot securely in place to naturally help correct overpronation which can wear on your knees and joints.
Drop
Drop

Drop

What makes this design unique if the shallow drop. It boasts a drop of only 5 mm, which promotes a more natural running gait. If you don’t like to leave a lot of distance between you and the road (but still want a modest level of impact absorption), this is a great choice.

If you are into minimalist shoes, but still need a good deal of support to protect your joints, the Hoka One One Clifton 6 are just perfect. A slightly raised heel keeps you in control while still offering a bit of bounce in your landing.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the Hoka One One Clifton 6 lies at the high end of the spectrum. It isn’t the most expensive pair of shoes out there, but it packs a pretty high price tag. However, the durability of this shoe, as well as the high-quality materials used from the sole to the upper, makes it well worth the higher price point.

We feel that the price point is well worth it. The durability of this design lasts for hundreds of miles of continued use. This means that you won’t need to replace your shoes as frequently which saves you money in the long run.
Style
Style

Style

Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to the style of this option. It has a very basic and minimal upper that has a classic look to it. It comes in a wide variety of cool color tones such as basic black, gray, white, and blue.

What makes it stand out from the crowd is the low profile of the upper and bright beveled rubber sole that is bound to generate quite a few looks when running on the treadmill at the gym!
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Early-stage Meta-Rocker
Full compression EVA foam midsole
5 mm drop
Moderate heel bevel
Shallow tongue
Embroidery reinforced upper
Classic design
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Finally, the Hoka One One Clifton 6 has recaptured the magic from the first design in this line! Runners love that this shoe provides a lot of impact absorption when running on hard surfaces, and the full compression EVA foam keeps its shape and performance for hundreds of miles.

This shoe is made for those that love to train for long distances on hard surfaces such as sidewalks or even treadmills. It boasts a classic and basic upper design that won’t go out of time any time soon.

Simple design features enhance lockdown and protect your joints for long runs on hot days. If you need something that can keep up with you 20-mile runs, the Hoka One One 6 is worth checking out!