Hoka Rincon 3 vs. Bondi 8: Which One? (2022)

Hoka Rincon 3 vs. Bondi 8

The Hoka Rincon and Bondi shoes are fundamentally different in their approach. In fact, they are so different that it should be straightforward to make up your mind. Imagine picking between a hamburger and a salad. Well, we’re not far from that.

Weight

Indeed, the main point of difference is the weight. While the Hoka Rincon 3 is at only 7.4 oz/210 g for the men’s version, the Hoka Bondi 8 is at 10.9 oz/308 g. Let’s just say that’s quite a difference!

Cushioning and ride

Of course, a heavier shoe like the Bondi can have some advantages. First, it’s notably more cushioned. The Bondi 7 has a 33 mm stack height under the heel, while the 8 jumped to 39 mm! In comparison, the Rincon’s 3 midsole is more modest, with 29 mm in the heel. Both shoes have a low drop as the rest of Hoka’s collection.

Underfoot, this translates into a plush ride for the Bondi. It’s ideal for long runs and recovery sessions when your legs need a rest, but you still want to put the miles in. The Rincon is also soft and comfortable, but not as much as the Bondi.

However, the Rincon has the advantage of offering a more versatile and responsive ride. Do you want to do a speed workout (e.g., interval training)? It’s perfect for it. Do you want to do a long run for an upcoming marathon? That’s fine too. In comparison, the Bondi is much less impressive when you pick up the pace. It offers quick transitions but no bounce and the outsole is not very flexible.

Hoka Bondi 8
Hoka Bondi 8

Fit and lockdown

Both shoes run true to size. The new Hoka Bondi 8 is more spacious than the Bondi 7 and the Rincon 3, especially in the toe box. The lockdown is precise with these shoes. However, being broader, the Bondi feels a bit more stable.

Also, like most Hoka shoes, these models are vegan and use recycled materials to some unknown extent.

Durability

The advantage of heavier shoes is that they tend to be sturdy. It’s also the case here. The Hoka Rincon 3 is an ultra-lightweight daily trainer, and its durability is inferior as its outsole uses less rubber.

Hoka Rincon 3

Rincon or Bondi: Which One to Pick?

Overall, it’s mainly a matter of cushion. Are you looking for the ultimate cushioning to run longer comfortably? Then the Bondi is the better choice. However, if you’re after responsive running shoes suitable for fast workouts, then we recommend the Rincon.

If you’re beginning and you narrowed down your choices to these two shoes, then the Hoka Rincon is likely to be a better pick as it’s more versatile and can do virtually anything.

Also, note that the Bondi also exists in a carbon-plated version: the Hoka Bondi X. It’s pretty much the identical shoe but with a snappier ride. However, it’s not that bouncy overall and quite expensive, so the value is poor from our perspective.

Side-By-Side Comparison Table

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Overview
Description The Hoka Rincon 3 is a lightweight, versatile, comfortable running shoe for daily training or long runs. The Hoka Bondi is a good maximalist road running shoe, especially comfortable for daily runs.
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
9.5
Foot lockdown
9.5
Stability
9
Durability
8.5
Value
9
Design
9
Comfort
0
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9
Durability
9
Value
8.5
Design
8
Facts
TerrainRoadRoad
Support NeutralNeutral
Heel stack height29 mm33 mm
Forefoot stack height24 mm29 mm
Heel-to-toe drop5 mm4 mm
Weight (men)210 g323 g
Weight (women) 176 g252 g
Features
Athletes
Release year20212020
Technologies
Outsole Hi-Abrasion Rubber, Full Ground Contact
Midsole CMEVA, Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
UpperEngineered Mesh
Cushioning
Cushioning Soft Soft
ResponsivenessHigh Low
Utilisation
DistanceMid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
Speed Slow, Moderate, Fast
WorkoutsDaily 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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