Hoka Kawana Reviews | Gadget Masti

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If you’re a runner on a budget, you’ll likely use your road running shoes at the gym rather than investing in a separate set of indoor shoes. As long as they’re not muddy, what’s the harm? Hoka has recognized this fact with the Kawana, which is designed to allow you to comfortably switch between pavement and treadmill – and it finds a (very) comfortable middle ground.

It is an exceptionally soft shoe. Not only do you get acres of spongy foam in the midsole, there’s also a lot more padding in the tongue and collar than we’ve come to expect from most Hoka running shoes. The overall result is an extremely comfortable fit, with an upper that can be laced up and snug without bothersome chafing. The high heel tab is particularly gentle on the Achilles area, and we can see this being a great shoe if you’re recovering from an injury.

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It works well for training runs of any distance and is surprisingly well ventilated despite its relatively tight jacquard mesh. As promised, he also feels at home in the gym; all that foam means it’s not weightlifting, but it cushions the impact of treadmill running really well and is great for bodyweight HIIT classes. The oversized sole provides good grip on all surfaces, including smooth wood and wet asphalt.

We’re not sure if the SwallowTail design heel is really necessary for a general purpose shoe. That means we’re inclined to keep the Kawana for workouts rather than occasional use, and it doesn’t sit well with some cardio machines.

Hoka Kawana running shoe

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