Hoka Arahi 7 Review: What A Great Shoe!

The Hoka Arahi 7 is a moderate stability trainer that is built to be a daily trainer. It is a mix of traditional and non-traditional stability which makes it a truly unique model. I have really enjoyed testing this shoe over the past few months and I am looking fowrad to sharing my thoughts.

In this Hoka Arahi 7 Review I will be taking you through the good and the bad of this amazing running shoe.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £130

Stack height: 34mm

Weight: 272g

Usage: Daily training

Pros

  • Stable ride
  • Upper material
  • Meta rocker

Cons

  • Poor lockdown
  • Energy return: 8/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 9/10
  • Style: 9/10
  • speed: 8/10
  • versatility: 9/10
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Upper breathability: 8/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Width: 8/10
Overall rating: 83/100

Hoka Arahi 7 First Impressions

I tend to avoid white running shoes because of how easily they get dirty, however these feelings changed when I saw this shoe for the first time.

They were very aesthetically pleasing along with being sleek and stylish. The logo stood out against the white and you could very easily tell they were Hoka’s.

My first run in these shoes was a 5km run. I felt these trainers were very responsive along with being a bit stiff which resulted in good speed assistance.

They really impressed me on the first run due to the comfort, responsiveness and speed assistance. They did need broken in however after this short period I had no complaints.

Why Should You Buy The Shoe

If you are in the market for a fast daily trainer that also offers high levels of comfort then this is a great option for you. This

Why Should You Not Buy The Shoe

If you are interested in a regular stability trainer then this is not the trainer for you as the stability in this shoe is very unique as we will talk about more later on in the review.

Upper of the shoe

The upper of the Hoka Arahi 7 has had a few changes since its predecessor. The material used in this upper is an engineered flat knit which offers a medium amount of structure.

It is much more breathable which allows air to easily flow in and out, preventing sweat and moisture build up. There is also a new gusseted tongue which I found very comfortable.

One criticism I would have regarding the upper is the length of the tongue and where the laces sit. They rest on the very edge of the tongue which means when they are tied it puts a lot of pressure on your feet which I don’t like. This means I can’t tie the laces tight enough to hold my foot properly in place.

Foam of the shoe

The Hoka Arahi 7 uses CMEVA foam in the midsole which is the same as the previous model. It is the traditional responsive foam and has the usual bounce to it. The forefoot in this model is slightly firmer which helps promote speed however the drawback of this is that there is a little bit less comfort. So this shoe does prioritise speed a little bit more than comfort.

This shoe also contains Hoka’s standard J-frame which helps offer excellent stability. There is dual density in the midsole that runs from the forefoot on the medial side to the heel of the shoe. This offers a very unique and dynamic stability system. It helps balance your feet and reduces the impact of your stride.

Sole of the shoe

The outsole of the Hoka Arahi 7 is a thin layer of durabrasion rubber which is placed in areas of high impact to increase durability. This rubber also helps provide traction in both wet and dry conditions.

Conclusion to this Hoka Arahi 7 Review

Overall, I would highly recommend the Hoka Arahi 7 to runners who are interested in a faster paced daily trainer that also provides good comfort. One thing I would be aware of is that the stability in this shoe is very unique so if you are not open to new things then this isn’t the shoe for you.

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