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Mar 04


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Cooper 3 and Silas 1 getting crunk to G6.

Aug 07

Well they finally did it.  Hoka One One built a Bondi that actually looks cool.  Check out the Anthracite/Orange/White pair at rei.com.  Make sure you check through the colors to get past the usual White/Grey/Citrus.

Anthricite-Orange-White Hoka Bondi BBondiB_Mantorgwht1

Jun 24

Hoka Bondi BIt’s official.  It’s going to take a pretty awesome shoe to get me out of my Hoka One One Bondi B.  I’m planning on getting the Maffette next week for our hill runs.  The sole has a harder surface that I think will be better for the hill runs and not wear out the sole on my Bondis as quickly.  Of course with the Bondis you have about 3/4 inch of sole to go through.  I’ve heard people concerned about tread wear on the Bondis.  But really, how much tread do you need on a road run.  I can’t remember a time, when there is no ice, on the asphalt that I slipped because of tread wear.  As long as I have the cushioning and there is no hole leading to the foot, I’m good.

If you’ve purchased a pair of Hokas I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.  I’ve rarely heard of read a bad review on these shoes.  I’ve got over 200 miles on mine so far and there is at least a couple hundred more in them.

May 22

Results

Photos

Course Map

This year’s Ogden Marathon was like all the others that I have run.  Great race, great support and great friends.  I saw some people complaining on facebook about the Expo but I thought for having to bring a bunch of it indoors at the last minute that it went pretty well.  Many people just like to cry and whine a lot.  After I read some of the comments on the Ogden Marathon facebook page I felt a lot better about the way my 4 and 1.5 year old behave.

I ended up with a 3:44:04.  I was really hoping that I could beat my PR, 3:41, but when the race started I was pretty sure that I didn’t have the legs for it.  Considering how that felt I am very pleased with my finish time.

I’ll post some of the pics from the start when I get them downloaded.

2010 half

May 09

Hoka Bondi B

So far I’ve logged 78 miles in my Hokas and I’m still impressed by them.  I went for a 20 mile run Saturday and was on my feet the rest of the day after that for my son’s 4th birthday party.  I’ve had little to no knee pain after my runs since buying this shoe. 

My wife has mentioned after both of my long runs that I seemed to have more energy after these two runs than I usually do after 20+ milers.  I’ve mentioned before that they tend to give you a little sticker shock at $170, however, if they can give me a few more good years of running they’ll be worth it to me.

The Ogden Marathon is in 2 weeks.  My previous best is a 3:41.  As usual my goals are in this order.

  • Finish the race
  • Finish below the 4 hour mark
  • Run a PR which, for this run, my goal is 3:40

After the marathon we’ll be getting back into the Boise Foothills.  I plan on getting me a pair of the Hoka Mafates.  I went down to Bandana Running in Boise last week and held both the Bondi B and the Mafate.  The tread on the Matate seems to be more durable and the shoe seems a little heavier.  I’ll need the more durable tread for the foothills considering the Bondi Bs tread is very soft and wears pretty quickly.  I don’t see this as a big issue for the Bondi B considering you have over an inch of sole and don’t really need a lot of tread on the roads.

Apr 26

Hoka Bondi B

My 22 mile run Saturday just confirmed what I said before about this shoe.  Right now it is the shoe of choice for me taking over the Nike Vomero.

After 22 miles of running I felt no pain in my knees and very little in my feet.  I am very bow legged and very very flat footed so these are just pains that I have dealt with since I started distance running 5 years ago.  I love this shoe and will continue running in them.  I’ll write updates if I run into any issues with them.

These shoes look like they sit higher than they actually do.  If you look at the yellow line on the men’s Hoka One One Bondi Bs, that is approximately where your foot will be sitting in this shoe.

Most noticeable benefits:

  • Lots of cushion and shock absorption.
  • Great for downhill running especially if you heal strike.
  • Less time to recover since I don’t feel as beat up after the long runs.
  • Wide base to help with footing on uneven surfaces.
  • I ran over pretty decent sized pebbles and didn’t even feel them.

Downsides

  • May be a little warm.  The material the upper is made from doesn’t allow for much air flow.
  • Tread is soft and may wear out faster than other shoes.  However, the actual shoe is rated at 500 to 600 miles so for road runs this won’t affect you too much.  I looked at the Hoka One One Mafate and it looks like it has a more durable surface for trail running.
  • Runs 1/2 size small.  I wear a 10.5 in most shoes and had to move up to an 11.  Really not a downside but you may want to check the exchange policy, this is a review of where I bought mine, if your order online or try the shoes on before you purchase.
  • Not available in a lot of stores yet.
Apr 19

My legs were fatigued before we started the run so I wasn’t sure that I was going to give the Hoka a decent shot at a review but after the run I was impressed.

They didn’t necessarily help the fatigue disappear, which I wasn’t expecting but I had no knee pain after the run at all.  This is unusual for me having bowed legs and flat feet.  I even wore the Forest Gump shoes for 6 months as a toddler to straighten out the legs but they are still quite bent.  I tell myself that chicks dig bowed legs.  This may not be true but don’t tell me if it’s not. 

Hoka One One Bondi B I was a little worried about them taking away a little power since they are so cushioned but I didn’t see this as a problem.  I also ran a 4 miler last night and didn’t notice it there either and didn’t feel it in the knees.  The way the shoe is designed it gives you a natural roll from the midfoot through the toe.  After the first couple of runs I like them and I hope that the knee pain issue will continue to be improved.  I’ll post again after wearing them for awhile.  This is where I bought mine, mpgear.com.  They had great customer service when I ordered the wrong size and had to send them back for the correct size.  They seem to run a little small.  I wear a 10.5 but had to get an 11.  I’ve also read a similar review where someone else had the same issue. 

These are a great shoe but be prepared for a sticker shock moment.  These beauts run $170.  Good news is that’s after title and docking fees 🙂

Apr 15

I received my new size 11 shoes today and sent the 10.5s back to www.mpgear.com.  I’ve read a couple of other blogs that said they also had to move up 1/2 a size to get the shoe that fits.  I ran last night so I’ll only be doing a couple of miles tonight to give them a test run.  New shoes, I have to try them out.  I have a 12 mile run tomorrow morning so I’ll post the review on them after that.  I’ll also post another one once I have run in them for a month or so.  If all goes well in these first few runs, I’ll be wearing them in the Ogden Marathon in May, 2011.

Apr 13

Hoka Bondi B

Review of my first run.

Sum Biotch!  Well my Hoka running shoes came today so I made and extra special trip home to pick them up during my lunch break.  When I got them back to the office, they were too small.  I was so looking forward to running in them tonight.  So now Part Deux is going to be Part Tre’ and this is Part Deux.

Apr 12

Review of my first run.

OK, so right now the only review I can give on the Hoka One One is that they are insanely ugly.  🙂

I’ve read reviews on this shoe and decided that it was a moral imperative to give them a try.  Out of all there shoes this gray one is the only one that I could muster the courage to wear.  However, if they live up to the expectations that I have placed on them I will wear any color that they put out.

I believe it was Jim, someone that I’ve only had the Hoka Bondi B The ones I orderedpleasure of running with once, came out  couple of Saturdays ago in these beasts.  I can’t remember if it was his knees or back that he had surgery on that was hindering his running.  He said since he bought these he hasn’t had any issues.  He outran my ass.  I wouldn’t have really noticed the shoe if someone else wouldn’t have been talking to him about them.  Then again maybe it was just a matter of time.

I went into Bandana, a local running store here in Hoka Bondi B Unisex, What were they thinking with these colors?Boise, to check them out.  I didn’t realize that I was going to be 2 inches taller wearing these shoes.  I’m psyched, they are very squishy, technical term.  I ordered mine online from www.mpgear.com.  I found a coupon code that took $17 off the price and they shipped for free over a certain price.  Since the Hoka is $170, I got free shipping.  I would have bought them at Bandana at regular price had I known that they sold them before I went online.

I’ve been a Nike Zoom Vomero guy for quite some time now and it’ll take a really good shoe to pull me away.  I’m hoping the Hoka Bondi B is that shoe.

Stay tuned for Part duex on this shoe.  🙂