Hoka One One Rincon 3
The cushioning isn’t as plush as some of Hoka’s higher-end stability trainers and swaps out plush cushioning for a responsive ride. I love this shoe because it’s perfect for those low-energy days where I just want to get out there for a short tempo run, but it also keeps up when tackling longer distances.
It comes in a wide variety of unique color options that are bound to generate a few compliments out there on the trails, and the light and breathable upper keeps your feet cool, dry, and comfortable all day long.
For runners looking for a durable and responsive running shoe that won’t drain your bank account, the Hoka One One Rincon 3 is worth checking out!
The Hoka One One Rincon 3 is a running shoe that is designed to adapt to your personal running style.
If you are on the hunt for a nice and easy daily trainer that provides a good deal of cushioning without weighing you down too much, this is a shoe worth checking out.
Early-stage MetaRocker propels you forward
Responsive full-length EVA midsole
Lightweight and breathable upper
The agile outsole is composed of a blend of exposed EVA and rubber
Weighs just 7.4 ounces
Wide toe box
Affordable price point
The midsole flattens out around 150-200 miles
The midsole of the Rincon 3 walks that fine line between cushioning and responsiveness. It is composed of a fully-compressed EVA foam midsole that provides ample cushioning to protect your joints with just the right amount of springiness to make you feel light on your feet.
It’s also important to note that this midsole is consistent throughout the entire shoe. You will get the same level of cushioning in the heel counter as the forefoot, which makes it perfect for running longer distances.
I also love that this design boasts Hoka’s patented MetaRocker that acts as a rocking chair for your feet. This rocker helps to naturally guide your foot through its gait cycle and helps to reduce strain on your muscles and joints. Many runners felt that they were able to squeeze out a few more miles while wearing this shoe.
One of the downsides to previous versions of the Rincon was that the midsole lost a little bit of its magic as time wore on. While the newest addition utilizes a new compound for their EVA foam, some runners have reported a loss of that initial magic around the 15-200 mile mark.
This midsole will flatten out a bit over time, but the durable rubber outsole holds up just fine.
There is a bit of a trade-off that happens in the performance of the outsole of the Rincon 3. This design is composed of a blend of durable rubber with a good deal of exposed EVA foam.
The rubber treads help to boost durability and traction when running on slick surfaces while the exposed EVA foam boost agility and overall flexibility. While this shoe is agile and lightweight, it isn’t quite as durable as other Hoka trainers.
It may be a bit lacking in its overall durability, but it’s a trade-off worth making for runners that need something that is light and agile that provides excellent traction when running on hard or slick surfaces.
What I love about this shoe is that the high amount of exposed EVA foam also helps to really grip the ground under your feet.
If you are running on slick sidewalks or over trails with wet leaves, the Rincon 3 is a great shoe that will really grip the ground under your feet!
The upper of this design is made from a sandwich mesh that is lightweight and breathable. While it isn’t quite as soft as other Hoka trainers, the mesh material helps to keep feet cool and dry as you run.
Compared to previous versions of the Rincon that were super stiff and scratch, the construction of the upper on the Rincon 3 is certainly a step in the right direction.
This shoe also boasts minimal padding on the tongue and the heel collar to help keep the shoe lightweight and agile. The tongue isn’t gusseted (boo!), but boasts a wide and flat racing design that will prevent the tongue from sliding around as you run.
Runners found that the simple lacing system made it easy to craft that perfect locked-down fit, and I love that the materials don’t bunch up on the forefoot no matter how much you tinker with the laces.
Overall, I would recommend this running shoe for those who like to go on nice and easy tempo runs around the neighborhood, or for long-distance runners as well. Whether you are an inexperienced runner or a veteran, this is a shoe that is designed to accommodate any style of runner.
The high level of cushioning and responsiveness also makes it ideal as your go-to daily trainer. While it’s a perfect running shoe, there are many users that simply wear the Rincon 3 as a casual walking shoe, or for those that need to stand on their feet all day long.
What makes the Rincon 3 great is that it is also incredibly versatile. The flexible and agile build of this shoe also works great when engaging in agility work such as CrossFit or HIIT.
It provides users with just enough firmness for weight training as well. If you like to spice up your daily running schedule with agility work or weight training, this shoe is a great choice.
Runners found that this shoe runs true to size. If you are a size 10 in other Hoka running shoes, the same can be said for the Rincon 3.
I love that the upper is composed of stretchy mesh materials that contour to the shape of your foot, and the wide and flat tongue boosts lockdown over the top of your foot while also preventing hot spots. The toe box is nice and wide and provides plenty of room to allow your toes to naturally splay to boost comfort as well as stability.
In fact, when compared to many other shoes in the Hoka lineup, the Rincon 3 boasts a wider toe box than most.
What I love most about the Rincon 3 is that it is one of the more affordable options in the Hoka lineup. If you are looking to give Hoka a try but are a little reluctant to pay the high price point for some of their more expensive trainers, the Rincon 3 is a perfect place to start.
It possesses many of the high-end features of the more expensive designs, such as a MetaRocker and Hoka’s patented EVA foam midsole, but at a much lower price point.
It’s important to note that the more affordable price point comes at a bit of a cost, so to speak. While they boast all of the high-end features of other Hoka trainers, they are a little lacking in the durability department.
While other Hoka’s are built for 500+ miles, the Rincon 3 will start to lose a little bit of its initial magic around the 150-mile mark.
Comparisons to Previous Versions
Previous versions boasted an upper that wasn't quite as breathable and it was made from materials that weren’t very soft. Hoka ditched the scratchy fabric and replaced it with a mesh material that is much softer as well as flexible.
The Rincon 3 also lost a little bit of weight when compared to previous versions. Older versions of this shoe weighed in at around 7.7 ounces, and this design weighs in at an impressive 7.4 ounces.
While this shoe is a little lighter than previous options, the outsole offers a bit more rubber for higher durability and increased traction as well.
This shoe clocks in at a super affordable price point that won’t break the bank, and still offers some of Hoka’s high-end features.
The Rincon 3 boasts Hoka’s early-stage MetaRocker that helps propel you through your gait cycle, and the responsive EVA foam outsole is cushioned yet incredibly responsive.
Overall, I would recommend this running shoe for just about anyone. For newer runners, it offers a good deal of cushioning in the midsole, as well as stability with the early-stage MetaRocker.
More experienced runners will appreciate the very lightweight frame, as well as the flexible rubber and exposed EVA outsole that is really made to move!