The Hoka One One Mach is the newest Hoka model—the Clayton 2 is its predecessor. The Mach has many exciting features: it has a full RMAT® outsole, aiding with stability, durability, and traction. It’s extremely lightweight, meaning that you can grab it and go for virtually any type of run—although ideal for road runs of any length, the Mach’s terrain capabilities mean that it can also work for some types of trail runs. The midsole features PROFLY™ technology to help with landings. The shoe is stylish, has an excellent breathable upper, and it’s affordable—its durability means that you’ll get a great return on your investment. Although the Mach isn’t especially comfortable or flexible, it’s affordable, and its other good qualities are so pronounced that they cancel out its downfalls.
The fact that the knit upper dries so easily means that the Mach can travel in all types of weather and still keep your feet dry. Be aware, however, that the fabric’s weave is sufficiently open to let in fine dirt as you run. Be conscious, too, that this shoe is not the best choice for steep or intense terrain—because of the stretchy knit upper, the midfoot hold is not ideal. Its lack of lugs is also a detriment to its trail running capabilities; the Mach works better for road runs because of the flatter bottom. The Hoka One One Mach is okay with flat trails, but overall, stick to using this shoe for your road marathons.
• Very lightweight
• Extremely durable and stable
• Excellent traction