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

Hoka Rincon 3 vs. Clifton 8

These two Hoka shoes offer similar configurations on paper but translate into different running experiences.

For example, testers note that the Clifton feels more cushioned despite its identical stack height (29 mm under the heel). However, the underfoot feel is even softer on the Rincon.

In terms of energy return and bounce, the Hoka Rincon 3 has the advantage thanks to a more responsive configuration that offers a smoother ride.

On the other hand, the fit is slightly narrower on the Clifton. However, note that both models are available in a wide version if needed for runners with wide feet. But not all stores have it, so you may have to take a bit of time to research.

Rincon or Clifton: Which One to Pick?

While the Clifton is a very good road running shoe, the balance tips in favor of the Rincon for its lighter design and more responsive ride.

However, its lower durability might understandably encourage some to opt for the Clifton instead, which offers better value overall.

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 Clifton 8 is a versatile lightweight running with a soft and comfortable cushioning.
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
9.5
Foot lockdown
9.5
Stability
9
Durability
8.5
Value
9
Design
9
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9
Durability
9
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)210 g250 g
Weight (women) 176 g215 g
Features
Athletes
Release year20212021
Technologies
Outsole Hi-Abrasion Rubber, Full Ground ContactZonal Rubber, Flex Grooves
Midsole CMEVA, Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry CMEVA, Meta Rocker Geometry, OrthoLite
UpperEngineered Mesh100% Vegan Engineered Mesh
Cushioning
Cushioning Soft Soft
ResponsivenessHigh Medium
Utilisation
DistanceMid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
Speed Slow, Moderate, Fast Slow, Moderate
WorkoutsDaily running 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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