Hoka Mach 5 vs. Rincon 3: Which One? (2022 Comparison)

Hoka Mach 5 vs Rincon 3

These two shoes from the Hoka series are similar in many ways. They have the same stack height (29 mm at the heel) and heel-to-toe drop (5 mm).

The Mach 4 was heavier than the Rincon 3 (about 0.7 oz/20g), but that’s not the case with the Mach 5. Both shoes are very light for daily trainers!

Testers who tried both shoes note that the Mach 5 is a bit more stable with its wider, firmer platform, especially in the heel.

However, the Rincon has the advantage of being a little more responsive with its more bouncy midsole.

Last but not least, the Mach 5 is more robust, while the relative fragility of the Rincon is a weak point noted by many runners.

Mach vs Rincon: the Verdict

Based on the points below, we recommend the Mach 5 if you’re looking for a versatile, fun, and lightweight daily trainer.

If you don’t have stability issues and are willing to sacrifice a little durability for more bounce, then the Rincon may be a better choice.

Side-By-Side Comparison Table

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Overview
Description The Hoka Mach 5 is a brilliant road shoe to go faster and longer comfortably. One of the fastest trainers out there, it's a truly unique pick for daily workouts and races! The Hoka Rincon 3 is a lightweight, versatile, comfortable running shoe for daily training or long runs.
Comfort
10
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9
Durability
9
Value
9
Design
10
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
9.5
Foot lockdown
9.5
Stability
9
Durability
8.5
Value
9
Design
9
Facts
TerrainRoadRoad
Support NeutralNeutral
Heel stack height29 mm29 mm
Forefoot stack height24 mm24 mm
Heel-to-toe drop5 mm5 mm
Weight (men)212 g210 g
Weight (women) 193 g176 g
Features Rocker
Athletes
Release year20222021
Technologies
Outsole Rubberized EVAHi-Abrasion Rubber, Full Ground Contact
Midsole EVA Sockliner, Profly+ CMEVA, Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
UpperJacquard Mesh, Articulated Heel CollarEngineered Mesh
Cushioning
Cushioning Firm Soft
ResponsivenessHigh High
Utilisation
DistanceMid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
Speed Slow, Moderate, Fast Slow, Moderate, Fast
WorkoutsDaily running, Racing Daily running
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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