Editor rating:
9/10 on
KRISTIN LASSEN
User's rating:

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Stable base
  • Highly Cushioned
  • More durable outsole, for HOKA

CONS

  • Narrow midfoot fit
  • Loose heel & more roomy fit than I prefer

OUR VERDICT

HOKA ONE ONE has expanded its well-cushioned line by introducing its first stability shoe, the Arahi, which offers a fabulous combination of support and stability fused with lightweight cushion, with an upper fit that is very similar to what I've experienced previously from HOKA.
SHOE INFO
Arahi
Model
Type
9.30 oz. (264 gr.)
Weight
130.00 US$
MSRP
5 mm
Heel Drop
Mar / 2017
Release Date
WHO IS IT FOR
This trainer offers low-moderate stability for those seeking support but also want a lightweight, highly cushioned ride. I recommend Arahi to those desiring such qualities in a running shoe - and also to runners who love HOKA's cushion but want the sole unit to hold-up for higher total milage on the shoe.

Arahi fits and rides very much like what I’ve experienced when running in the brand’s Clifton 2 and Challenger ATR 2. The midfoot is narrow yet the fit, otherwise, is roomy.

That sounds like a contradiction, but if I snug up the laces, the shoes pinch laterally for my average-width forefoot, and this leaves vertical room for the foot to move around, plus the toe box is wider than other brands.

A narrow foot or someone who likes a roomy fit, will really like the HOKA mold.

Hoka One One Arahi General Info

Runners who love HOKA’s signature cushion but also need a more structured shoe have been wanting the brand to offer a shoe with more stability.

Arahi is HOKA’s answer to this demand, and the shoe offers low to moderate stability similar to that of Brooks’ Ravenna 8 but with a higher degree of cushion.

The cushion is delightful but also absorbs a bit of energy rather than transferring everything applied into the toe-off.

Hoka One One Arahi Sole Unit

I find the most dramatic changes offered by HOKA toward increased stability and durability to come in Arahi’s sole unit.

Hoka One One Arahi - Sole

Hoka One One Arahi – Sole

In addition to HOKA’s standard wide base, Arahi features a more durable sole unit in key areas along the medial aspect and lateral heel, with the introduction of the brand’s J-Frame midsole technology as well as more durable rubber in parts of the outsole.

The “J” of firmer-density EVA foam wraps around the heel and extends medially, keeping the shoe lightweight while allowing it to withstand both repeated pounding and increased medial pressure from overpronation.

There is a bit of counter to that pronation as well, but the shoe’s highest strength is still found in its lightweight cushion.

Hoka One One Arahi Upper Info

The synthetic upper patterned with thin stripes molds to my foot just a bit better than Clifton 2’s, providing a more secure fit, though it maintains HOKA’s more narrow midfoot.

Hoka One One Arahi - Top

Hoka One One Arahi – Top

Too much tightening of the laces still pinches a bit laterally. The heel fit is loose, but using those “extra” heel-lock holes at the top of the laces keeps my heel from sliding around too much.

(This is the only shoe I’ve been able to use those holes on, anyway, without the laces cutting into my ankles! But it goes along with keeping the full lacing a bit more loose.)

Hoka One One Arahi Conclusions

Arahi came along when I needed a highly cushioned shoe to ease some pressure from the repeated pounding of high-mileage weeks (60-70 is high for me). It’s an excellent shoe for recovery runs, and, if you love the fit, for longer runs as well.

Hoka One One Arahi - Medial Side

Hoka One One Arahi – Medial Side

I ranked this shoe very highly because it lives up to the company’s claim to offer a lightweight, highly-cushioned shoe with “just a touch” more stability and support.

What have you found with running in HOKAs? Are you going to give Arahi a try? Let us know what you think!

We thank the nice people at Hoka One One for sending us a pair of Arahi to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.

Hoka One One Arahi Price Comparison

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