Hoka Clifton 9 vs. Arahi 6: Which One? (2024 Comparison)

Hoka Clifton 9 vs Arahi 6

The Hoka brand offers a complete of road running shoes. However, while all of these shoes share common features (comfortable cushioning, low heel-to-toe drop), some have notable differences.

This is the case with these two very popular models: the Hoka Clifton 9 and the Hoka Arahi 6.

Pronation Type

The main difference is the support they provide runners to stabilize their ride while running.

Simply put, if the back of your foot tends to roll inward while running, you may be pronating. Don’t panic! It’s not serious and often doesn’t require any special attention.

However, sometimes it’s more comfortable to run in a ‘stability’ shoe when you tend to overpronate. The Hoka Arahi is one of these shoes.

Hoka Arahi 6

Thus, the Hoka Arahi 6 has a frame (J-Frame) to guide your foot and prevent it from rolling. Therefore, the ride is more stable, which can be reassuring, even if you don’t overpronate.

The Hoka Clifton 9, on the other hand, is a neutral shoe for runners who don’t want extra support.

This difference leads to a significant weight difference: the Clifton is lighter than the Arahi, with 0.6 oz/16 g less for the men’s version.

Cushioning and Ride

The Hoka Arahi offers less cushioning with a 35 mm heel stack height compared to 40 mm for the Clifton. The drop of both shoes is 5 mm.

In practice, the underfoot feel is still a little softer on the Clifton. Indeed, despite its higher stack, the Arahi is firmer.

Finally, note that the Clifton 9 offers a more responsive ride with its decent bounce. Thus, the transitions are smoother and easier.

Hoka Clifton 9

Sizing and Foot Lockdown

Both models run true to size and offer a precise foot lockdown. However, the Clifton 9 is looser and has more volume inside the shoe.

If you have narrow feet, the Arahi may be a better choice.

Durability

Overall, reviewers note that the Clifton 9 is a bit more reliable.

Indeed, the Hoka Arahi is pretty light for a stability shoe, and it seems that Hoka skimped on the rubber and overlays in the upper. This makes for a more fragile shoe, although it’s still pretty decent.

Arahi or Clifton: Which One Is Better?

The Hoka Clifton appears to be a better choice with its greater comfort, good responsiveness, flexibility, and lightweight design for a daily trainer. Plus, it’s versatile enough for official races like the half or full marathon.

Nevertheless, its main drawback is its slight lack of stability.

If you need a stable shoe with an optimal structure to better support your foot, then the Hoka Arahi 6 is a compelling alternative.

Side-By-Side Comparison Table

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Overview
Description The Hoka Clifton 9 is a lightweight running shoe combining comfort, versatility and cushion. The Hoka Arahi 6 is a comfortable, stable shoe for recovery and long runs.
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9.5
Durability
9
Value
9
Design
9.5
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 height40 mm35 mm
Forefoot stack height35 mm30 mm
Heel-to-toe drop5 mm5 mm
Weight (men)248 g272 g
Weight (women) 205 g230 g
Features Vegan, Recycled materialsVegan, Recycled materials
Athletes
Release year20232022
Technologies
Outsole Durabrasion RubberRubber
Midsole Compression-molded EVA foam (CMEVA), Early Meta-Rocker Geometry CMEVA, Late Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
UpperBreathable technical mesh, gusseted tongueEngineered mesh
Cushioning
Cushioning Balanced Balanced
ResponsivenessMedium Low
Use
DistanceMid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
Speed Slow, Moderate, Fast Slow, Moderate
WorkoutsDaily running 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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