Hoka Clifton 8 vs. Hoka Bondi 7/X (2021)

Hoka Clifton vs. Bondi

The Hoka Clifton 8 is much lighter than the Bondi 7, with a difference of over 70 g/2.5 oz. Admittedly, the Bondi offers more generous cushioning with a 33 mm heel stack height for men and 31 mm for women (versus 29 mm for the Clifton). However, the cushioning to weight ratio is clearly in favor of the Clifton.

The Bondi gets lighter with the X version (2021), but the weight difference is still significant (50 g/1.8 oz).

Next, the cushioning of the Clifton 8 is more responsive, which gives a smoother ride and allows for uptempo sessions. However, the new Bondi X now offers a carbon plate to improve the energy return. The result is convincing but not enough to surpass the Clifton 8 because of the heavy build of the Bondi X and its massive heel.

Clifton or Bondi: which one to choose?

We recommend opting for the Hoka Clifton 8 for its greater versatility that makes for a fun ride at any speed.

Nevertheless, the Bondi remains an exciting choice if you want very soft cushioning for your long runs.

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
A very good lightweight running shoe with high-stack soft cushioning.
Great comfort
Soft, high-stack cushioning, which is responsive enough for daily runs
Bigger upper suitable for runners with wider feet
Breathable (and vegan!) mesh
Lightweight shoe
Lack of stability, according to some testers
The looser fit of the upper can be tricky to adjust for athletes with thin feet
A good maximal cushioning shoe for comfortable long-distance running.
Soft and very comfortable cushioning
Great comfort for long runs
More responsive and smoother ride than before thanks to the plate
Effective and comfortable foot lockdown overall
  A wide shoe that will suit wide feet
The large, wide, and soft heel is not for everyone
Heavy shoe
Steep price increase from version 7

Hoka Clifton 8

Hoka Bondi X

Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop5 mm5 mm
Heel stack height29 mm33 mm
Forefoot stack height24 mm28 mm
Weight (men)250 g/8.8 oz300 g/10.6 oz
Weight (women)215 g/7.6 oz257 g/9.1 oz
Release year20212021


OutsoleZonal rubber, flex groovesRubber, Full Ground Contact
MidsoleCMEVA, Early Stage Meta-Rocker GeometryCMEVA, Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry, Carbon plate
UpperEngineered mesh (100% vegan)Engineered Mesh


Softness (1-5)4 – Soft 5 – Very Soft
Bounce (1-5) 3 – Moderate3 – Moderate


SpeedModerateSlow, moderate
Distance10K, half marathon, mid-distance, marathon, long-distanceMid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathon
Workout Daily running, recoveryDaily running, recovery
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