Hoka One One Mach 2 Review Facts
The Hoka One One Mach 2 is the newest addition to the Hoka FLY collection, along with the Hoka Cavu. The Mach 2 brings a breath of fresh air with the simplified, yet efficient sole and a breathable mesh upper. This is a simple shoe for runners with simple desires: cushioning, responsiveness, comfort. With a price that counts on you falling in love with the beautiful design, the Hoka Mach 2 offers all of the above-mentioned three things and more.
The PROFLY outsole of the Hoka One One Mach 2 running shoe is simple and innovative: it’s made of the same rubberized foam as the midsole, or better yet, the midsole and the outsole are the same material, without any additional rubber on the outsole. The build and the choice of materials for the outsole create a grippy running experience with soft ground contact. The tread pattern features shallow, diamond-shaped grooves, along with the horizontal flex grooves throughout the entire outsole. The deepest flex groove is positioned in the midfoot in order to provide a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
One of the major changes, compared to the Hoka One One Mach 1, is exactly the midsole of the shoe. The Mach 2 features a dual-density single layer rubberized foam, while the Mach 1 featured a dual-density ProFly midsole and rubberized foam outsole. The single layer build of the midsole is aimed at eliminating the often unnecessary connective glue between two distinct layers, in order to provide a smoother transition. The single layer construction makes the shoe a bit firmer than its predecessor, which increases the responsiveness of the sole. The midsole also features flex indents on the sides of the sole that have a primarily aesthetic function, although they do encourage overall sole flexibility to an extent.
Another big change in the shoe build has happened in the upper, which now makes use of mesh material, instead of knit. The mesh is a single layer firm material that wraps around the entire foot and features laser-cut perforations in order to provide airflow inside the shoebox. The sleek upper feels clean and without unnecessary additions that could affect its lightweight nature, and the tongue is structured and lightweight as well. The internal seams are minimal, while there are no visible overlays on the mesh upper. The only stitching is positioned around the collar, which is slightly padded and offers continued comfort. Overall, this is an efficient upper that doesn’t complicate things: it’s lightweight, breathable and simple – just what you need of a road running shoe.
The Hoka One One Mach 2 weighs 227g or 8.0oz for a half-pair of US size 9 and 187g or 6.6oz for women’s half-pair in size 7. The shoe is lauded as an extremely lightweight shoe, when in reality it would be just that a few years ago, now it just has a moderate weight that won’t knock anyone of their feet. This is a non-issue, though, given the fact that the shoe is by no means heavy, but keep this weight in mind if you require a truly lightweight shoe for short sprints and marathons alike. Given the light upper, the only way to reduce the weight of the shoe would be to change the midsole, which the company obviously didn’t want to do. However, whether the shoe weighs 8 or 7.5oz isn’t a make-or-break aspect of the entire product, but if you’re used to modern lightweight shoes, the Mach 2 might feel like a downgrade at first – until you get used to the ride it offers.
The laser-cut perforations on the upper, as well as the mesh material used in its construction, provide good ventilation across the entire surface of the upper. The mesh itself is firm and feels a little plasticky, so some runners had their doubts about the airflow being sufficient to offer a healthy environment for the foot. However, breathability and airflow are more than enough to eliminate over sweating. The minimal seams on the inside of the upper lower the chances of blisters forming.
A vast majority of runners feel like the Hoka One One Mach 2 is the best Hoka shoe they’ve ever worn when it comes to the level of comfort it offers. One of the biggest surprises, given the sleek construction of the upper, was how roomy the toe box was – you can comfortably stretch and flex your toes inside the Mach 2. The cushioned midsole provided a soft running experience, so there are no issues regarding the underfoot comfort. One thing to really be careful about, though, is the sizing of the shoe. The Mach 2 is wider and feels a bit longer than the first version, and the increased volume resulted in some runners ordering half-size to a size smaller shoe than they are used to! One runner said that while the shoe didn’t feel sloppy on the foot, it sure had a lot of space, regardless of his relatively low arches. That being said, the runners with wider feet will be happy with this slight change, even though the Mach 2 is said to come in standard widths for men and women.
The design of the Hoka One One Mach 2 resembles its interior build – it’s simple, yet effective. The thick sole features a dual-toned look that looks especially modern and fresh, while the upper dons a smooth, ombre effect that accentuates the simplicity of the mesh material. The Hoka One One
logo is positioned on the side of the heel and the tongue, while the collar has the same-colored lining as the vamp, tying the entire look together.
The durability of the Hoka One One Mach 2 depends almost entirely of the performance of the rubberized foam midsole, how fast it flattens, does it bald and/or chip, but given the fact that rubberized foam isn’t the most resilient material, to begin with, it’s safe to expect average to above-average longevity of the Mach 2’s outsole at best. The mesh used in the upper construction, however, is firm and more durable than a knit one, so tearing and loosening it won’t be as easy as one would think from the looks of it.
There wouldn’t be much use of the thick, substantial-looking midsole if it didn’t offer great cushioning and underfoot protection. Even though this is a road running shoe, the rubberized single layer foam is slightly firmer than in the Mach 1, providing more underfoot protection in case you stray to the off-road path. The combination of the meta-rocker construction and the dense cushioning of the sole create an enviable level of impact absorption. The upper, even though it’s not waterproof, will hold quite well on light rain or faced with a puddle splatter and it won’t absorb nearly as much fluid as a knit upper would.
The PROFLY single layer rubberized foam is firmer than regular EVA foam soles, resulting in more energy-return, bounce, and springiness in the stride. Additionally, the dual-density element of the sole is noticeable in different levels of responsiveness in the forefoot and the rearfoot of the Hoka One One Mach 2, with the heel being softer and more cushioned, and the forefoot being firmer so as to provide a faster and more energized toe-off. All in all, the Mach 2 sole achieves a good balance of cushioning and responsiveness, preventing the foot from sinking into the midsole without any help in snapping back into position, on one hand, and preventing the foot from feeling worn down and tired from the firmness of the sole, on the other.
The Hoka One One Mach 2 is made for runners with neutral pronation
, so if you’re a supinator or an overpronator, you should definitely pick a more supportive shoe. This is especially important with the Mach 2, since the insole is a bit narrower in the arch area than the shoe platform itself, so if you’re overpronating slightly, you’re bound to feel the slightly uncomfortable empty space that is created between the end of the midsole and the beginning of the insole. The mesh upper provides just enough support needed for comfortable road running experience, with the mesh wrapping around the foot and the laces securing the foot in place to avoid wiggling and twisting.
The Hoka One One Mach 2 is a running shoe made to be used on roads, pavements, concrete, treadmills, track, and all the other flat surfaces. That being said, it can even be used on light, non-technical trails due to its firmer and substantial cushioning, which is a good combination for runners who like to try something new every couple of weeks. The weight of the shoe doesn’t make it an ideal long-distance or marathon
runner, especially if you’ve had prior experience with running in a 7-oz shoe. However, this is probably one of the best medium-distance shoes on the market at the moment.
The combination of design, cushioning and sleek upper, culminating in utmost simplicity, may be enough for some Hoka lovers to splash the cash on the new addition to the Hoka FLY collection. However, we would be lying if we said there weren’t equally as good options that run $40-50 lower than the Mach 2. That being said, if you’re sold on the look and minimalist approach to footwear, this shoe is likely to be in your mind often – so why not buy it?
The rubberized sole of the Hoka One One Mach 2 received mixed reviews thus far, ranging from great to average, depending on the user and the terrain. A lot of runners were very satisfied with the tackiness of the PROFLY sole, especially on slick surfaces, while others were far from impressed with its performance, especially on snowy roads. One runner expressed his satisfaction with how the shoe performed on wet pavements. We’d venture to say that most runners will be satisfied with the Mach 2’s traction
, as long as they don’t take it on snowy, icy or rainy surfaces – which, depending on where you live, should be easy to do.
Regardless of the deep flex groove in the midfoot and a series of shallow flex grooves throughout the outsole of the Mach 2, the mere thickness of the sole prevents this shoe from being too flexible. The transition from the heel to the forefoot wasn’t impressive to a number of runners, but it was satisfactory. Given the responsiveness
of the shoe, this lack of sole flexibility feels somewhat counter-intuitive, but it’s definitely not a deal-breaker. The firm mesh upper tends to soften up after you log a few miles, which increases the upper’s flexibility.
The minimalist approach to the upper doesn’t leave too much room for extensive stability properties – the Mach 2 is made for runners who don’t require almost any additional stability features in a running shoe. The upper is firm, the heel counter prevents the foot from slipping from the shoe box, and the lacing system secures the foot in place – that’s about everything you’re getting with the Hoka Mach 2, apart from the wider heel area of the sole, which protrudes from the shoe platform, increasing lateral stability
, especially for heel strikers.
The heel stack height of the Hoka Mach 2 measures 24mm, while the forefoot comes at 19mm, leaving a 5mm drop. Some runners would consider this a low-drop shoe, while others view the 5mm as a compromise zone between the heel-strikers’ favorite, the 10mm drop, and the barefoot-running lovers’ darling, the zero-drop shoe. The firmer forefoot won’t perform well for forefoot strikers, and if you’re able to adjust your stride to strike with the heel or the midfoot first, the shoe will perform better.
● PROFLY outsole
● Single layer rubberized foam midsole
● Mesh upper with laser-cut perforations
● Very breathable
● On the heavier side of the lightweight category
● Great modern design
● Average durability
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Not too flexible
● Good responsiveness
● 5mm drop
The Hoka One One Mach 2 is a shoe that would be much worse if it was more complicated. Sometimes, less is more, and Mach 2 is the perfect example of this philosophy. It has a simplified, yet both cushioned and responsive sole that offers good traction on slick surfaces, a simple, breathable upper that secures your foot in place – and you’re good to go. Nothing elaborate about the Hoka Mach 2, just the cushioning
, bounce, breathability and the road ahead.