The Hoka One One Clifton 2 update brings a padded tongue, updated upper with more welded overlays, and an additional upper eyelet for more lacing options. Overall it is a solid update. My only disappointment with the shoe is the extra weight. The padded tongue and overlays add almost an ounce of weight when compared to the Clifton.
The padded tongue is comfortable and opens the shoe to a wider audience. Personally I never had a problem with the minimal tongue and would prefer to save the weight on the shoe. That said, the extra weight is hardly noticeable and didn’t affect my enjoyment when running in the shoe. I remember loving the original Clifton on my first run. The Clifton 2 on the other hand felt like it needed a break in period. It took 20 or 30 miles to get them to the same point as the originals.
After the short break in I found the fit of the Clifton 2 to have the same comfortable feel I enjoyed in the original. It has the same narrowness in the toe box as the original. If you have wide feet this shoe still isn’t for you.
The outsole is the same as the Clifton so it wasn’t a surprise that I noticed the same early wear around mile 80 that I had on the original. The wear slowed and only progressed as the high abrasion rubber started to wear down over the next several 100 miles.
If you’re a road runner and haven’t tried a Hoka One One shoe give the Clifton 2 a test drive, it’s an excellent shoe. If you loved the original Clifton give the new update a spin. You can find my review of the Hoka One One Clifton here.
- Clifton 2 feels more durable than the original.
- Seamless upper is breathable
- Low drop for the stack height (24/29 5mm)
- A little narrow
- Still light but heavier than the original Clifton