Hoka Clifton 8 vs. Hoka Bondi 7/X (2021)
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.
Soft, high-stack cushioning, which is responsive enough for daily runs
Bigger upper suitable for runners with wider feet
Breathable (and vegan!) mesh
The looser fit of the upper can be tricky to adjust for athletes with thin feet
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
Steep price increase from version 7
Hoka Clifton 8
Hoka Bondi X
|Drop||5 mm||5 mm|
|Heel stack height||29 mm||33 mm|
|Forefoot stack height||24 mm||28 mm|
|Weight (men)||250 g/8.8 oz||300 g/10.6 oz|
|Weight (women)||215 g/7.6 oz||257 g/9.1 oz|
|Outsole||Zonal rubber, flex grooves||Rubber, Full Ground Contact|
|Midsole||CMEVA, Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry||CMEVA, Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry, Carbon plate|
|Upper||Engineered mesh (100% vegan)||Engineered Mesh|
|Softness (1-5)||4 – Soft||5 – Very Soft|
|Bounce (1-5)||3 – Moderate||3 – Moderate|
|Distance||10K, half marathon, mid-distance, marathon, long-distance||Mid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathon|
|Workout||Daily running, recovery||Daily running, recovery|