Hoka Bondi 8 vs. Arahi 6: Which One? (2024 Comparison)

Hoka Bondi 8 vs Arahi 6

The Hoka Bondi is one of the brand’s bestsellers, alongside the Clifton (road) and Speedgoat (trail). Less known to the general public, the Arahi is a similar shoe that offers Hoka’s core technologies but with more support for overpronators.

In other words, the Arahi is a stability shoe with medial support to prevent your foot from rolling inwards while running. This is the main difference between the Bondi and the Arahi. Indeed, the Bondi is aimed at neutral runners who don’t need any specific gait support.

As for the rest, the shoes are very similar, with a few important distinctions. When it comes to cushioning, the Bondi has a higher stack height (39 mm in the heel vs. 35 mm for the Arahi 6) and a lower drop (5 vs. 4 mm).

Also, the underfoot feel is softer on the Bondi. While this may seem attractive in a running shoe, you have to consider that softer means less structure and less stability. Nonetheless, the Arahi, while not as soft as the Bondi, isn’t firm either. Overall, it’s quite comfortable.

The most surprising difference is the weight. While stability shoes tend to be heavier than neutral shoes, the Arahi is 1.23 oz (35 g) lighter than the Bondi.

Hoka Bondi vs Arahi: Which One Is Best for You?

Both shoes are very good for runners looking for max cushion for daily training and recovery runs. If you’re an overpronator, the Hoka Arahi 6 is your best bet between the two because of its enhanced stability and overall comfort.

If you’re a neutral runner, using a stability shoe may be overkill. However, we would only recommend the Bondi if you want extra cushioning. If not, you should take a look at the Clifton or Mach, which are lighter and more versatile.

Side-By-Side Comparison Table

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Overview
Description The Hoka Bondi 8 is a shoe with soft XL cushioning ideal for everyday running and recovery. The Hoka Arahi 6 is a comfortable, stable shoe for recovery and long runs.
Comfort
9
Responsiveness
8
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9
Durability
9
Value
8.5
Design
8
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
8.5
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9.5
Durability
8.5
Value
9
Design
9
Facts
TerrainRoadRoad
Support NeutralOverpronation (stability)
Heel stack height39 mm35 mm
Forefoot stack height35 mm30 mm
Heel-to-toe drop4 mm5 mm
Weight (men)307 g272 g
Weight (women) 252 g230 g
Features Vegan, Wide feet, Heavy runner, Recycled materialsVegan, Recycled materials
Athletes
Release year20222022
Technologies
Outsole Durabrasion RubberRubber
Midsole EVA foam, Ortholite Hybrid CMEVA, Late Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
UpperEngineered MeshEngineered mesh
Cushioning
Cushioning Soft Balanced
ResponsivenessLow Low
Use
DistanceMid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
Speed Slow, Moderate Slow, Moderate
WorkoutsDaily running, Recovery Daily running, Recovery
Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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