After the whole 100km in my Brooks Trailblade....I was ready for a change.
My feet can no longer bear any more thoughts of further foot strikes in those shoes.
Can't blame them.
The 100km was very tough on 'em.
But then deciding to retire my Brooks Trailblade brought me back to square one with the issue of finding the IDEAL and PERFECT trail shoes.
(please refer to previous post regarding my gripes on finding the ideal shoe)
I was very certain I didn't want another pair of Trailblade. Neither do I want a pair of Cascadia (will explain this one in another post when I FINALLY do the write up review on my Trailblade).
I'm pretty much done with the whole minimalist shoe theme when it comes to the combination of ultras and trails.
It's just not worth it.
And frankly...who wants to feel the earth beneath the battered feet 80km into the race!?!?!?!
I know I don't.
So I asked around....did a bit of reading on trail shoe reviews.....and despite my initial repulsion, I decided I was gonna give Hoka One One a go.
Hoka One One is everything a minimalist shoe isn't.
For one....it has a bloody thick sole.
For another.....you are guaranteed to not feel that much under the sole.
I've seen quite a few people wearing them.....Winnie and Mo-maniac were amongst them.
Like every other trend that preceded, it was ugly at first sight.....then once you get used to seeing them, they began to look less tragic....then rather appealing.....and before you know it, you can't imagine life without it.
Hokas are kinda like that.
First.....you are appalled at how humongous-ly thick the soles are.
Then after seeing them on a few more runners, you start getting warmed up to the idea of the shoe and how it looks.
And then once people who swears by them keep on singing their praises.....they become a bit more appealing.
Once you've tried it....you can't imagine what a dumb arse you've been for sticking your nose up at it!
I don't think it's available in Malaysia yet.
Most people I know got it from Singapore....which by the way, unless you've managed to snag a pair from the old season which was massively discounted, they are ridiculously expensive.
I am thankful for Gracie who helped buy this pair of Hoka One One Mafate for me, retailed in the US of A at USD150.
(it isn't cheap.....but extremely affordable when compared to the repulsive price of SGD290. You do the math!)
I know they have been famously spotted around in the shade-your-eyes-or-go-blind-YELLOW but I rather liked the subtlety of the blue/white colour that I've seen Amy wearing at HK100.
I took it out for my very first wear-in at Kiara trails.
If first impression counts for anything....then I'd say I'm a true believer in LOVE at FIRST WEAR!!!
Amazingly light....even lighter than my trail blade.....
Plus great traction and grip.....holds up really well on loose soil and gravels.
Soles being not too soft nor too firm.
So far only issues being the fact that I can't lace them up tighter to prevent slippage of heels (which can be altered by replacing current shoe laces with lock-lace. This trick works every time!) and shoes getting dirty awfully easy (considering its white upper...but am sure once it's more worn in, I couldn't really be bothered by how un-clean it is).
Anyway watch this space.
Will do a FULL review after a 100km in the trail......most likely after TMBT (yes....signed up for the 100km).
I figured if I still love it after 100km, then this is a definite gem!!!!
Also...for Brooks fans out there....will be writing up on my Trailblade after I return from Kenyir Triathlon, happening this weekend.
To all tri-buddies heading up North for the weekend.....good luck and see you all soon!