Hoka Clifton 9

Running Shoe Reviews
Hoka Clifton 9

Category

Neutral Running Shoes

Summary

Weight: Men's 248g / Women's 205g
Heel Drop: 5mm
Stack Height: 29/24mm

 

This shoe prioritises comfort with premium cushioning. Encouraging smoother transition through its early stage Meta-rocker technology. Available in wide fitting (men's and women's).

Men's Hoka Clifton 9
Men's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£130.00

Women's Hoka Clifton 9
Women's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£130.00

Features
 

Upper:

  • 100% vegan
  • Laces are from recycled polyester
  • Seamless knit materials, allowing for a breathable fit
  • Gusseted, lighter tongue to keep feet secure
  • Heel collar has extra padding

Midsole:

  • 3mm thicker than previous models to improve shock absorption
  • CMEVA foam added to offer increased comfort
  • Meta-rocker technology promotes quick forward motionand responsiveness

Outer:

  • New durabrasion rubber reinforced in high contact areas to improve durability
  • Reflective panel on the heel for better visibility
Women's Hoka Clifton 9
Women's Hoka Clifton 9

Pros

  • Plush cushioning, comfortable and protects legs from impact
  • Meta-rocker encourages an efficient and effortless gait
  • Recycled materials are breathable and sustainably progressive
  • Reflective detailing makes it safer for low visibility runs

Cons

  • Standard fit may be narrow for some, but wide fitting options are available

In Testing

The expectation from Hoka is always that of a running shoe which provides a light, but incredibly comfortable running experience. I am pleased to report that this ninth, and newest version of the popular Clifton model has delivered just that, and more. The extra 3mm of CMEVA foam padding has made an observable difference to the comfort and cushioning, and I felt even less impact during my longer runs, which would otherwise result in soreness akin to shin splints.

The meta-rocker technology was not overbearing either and I felt that my natural gait was not being disturbed, only supported to improve in efficiency. The reflective detailing made it a great choice for my runs in the evenings or foggy mornings, and the convenience and comfort meant that I ended up using the Cliftons more often than my usual pair of running shoes.


Verdict

Ideal for neutral runners, the Hoka Clifton 9 offers much improved cushioning and a secure fit, preventing injury from high levels of impact. Its sustainable approach has proved successful, with the recycled materials offering a breathable and lightweight experience, suitable for those desiring comfort – whether for runs, walks, or even at work!

See below for wide fit options...

Men's Hoka Clifton 9
Men's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£130.00

Men's Hoka Clifton 9 Wide
Men's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£130.00

Women's Hoka Clifton 9
Women's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£130.00

Women's Hoka Clifton 9 Wide
Women's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£130.00

Similar Options

Men's Hoka Bondi 8
Men's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£150.00

Men's Asics Gel Nimbus 26
Men's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£180.00

Men's Hoka Mach 5
Men's Road Racing Shoes
£140.00 £120.00

Women's Hoka Bondi 8
Women's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£150.00

Women's Asics Gel Nimbus 26
Women's Neutral Road Running Shoes
£180.00

Women's Hoka Mach 5
Women's Road Racing Shoes
£140.00 £120.00

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