- Great comfort
- Cushioning that strikes the right balance between softness and firmness
- Spacious yet snug upper slightly tighter than before
- Lightweight shoe
- Affordable price
- Fragile EVA foam outsole with quick-damage properties
- The outsole and midsole are one and the same on the Hoka One One Rincon 2. The outsole has exposed EVA foam on the outer part of the sole to provide more comfortable cushioning by reducing the use of rubber. This type of design can reduce the durability of the sole, but in general the EVA foam is strong enough to withstand the hardness of the road. In addition, you can run safely on the roads even when it rains thanks to the perfect grip of the outsole.
- Still, there are some durable rubber parts to improve traction and protect the foam where it can wear out quickly during the race (mainly under the heel and under the toes).
- Also, the outsole of this road shoe features flex grooves that allow the sole to follow your movements during the stride. Thus, they promise a greater bounce for more comfort.
- The midsole is compression-molded EVA foam. CMEVA is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate, a material known for its lightness and natural cushioning that is used in many running shoes. Its purpose is to disperse shock at the moment of impact throughout the run for greater comfort. Also, this technology aims to promote optimal energy return for a more exciting ride.
- On the other hand, there is the famous Hoka technology: Early Stage Meta-Rocker. Its unique design gives a curved shape to the sole to promote propulsion while running. Indeed, it must favor a natural rocking movement to allow the runner to adopt a more efficient and fluid running form. This configuration is particularly suitable for a heel strikers.
- The upper of the Hoka One One Rincon 2 uses an engineered mesh. This configuration is designed to locking down the foot securely while running for ideal comfort. Besides, it is naturally breathable to let the air circulate in the shoe and prevent your foot from getting too hot.
- Finally, the heel tab makes it easier to put on and take off your shoes. This is particularly useful if you need to take off your shoes to remove a small stone during training or a race.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
How does the Hoka Rincon 2 fit?
Is the Rincon 2 recommended for runners with overpronation?
Is this model suitable for heavy runners (80 kg/176 lbs or more)?
Is it possible to run a marathon with these shoes?
Comparisons – Hoka One One Rincon 2 vs :
Hoka One One Rincon (first version)
The two models are very similar: no need to break the piggy bank to buy the new version if your first-generation Rincon is in good condition or if you can find them for cheap. The Rincon 2, however, has a thicker upper with a better foot lockdown. The sole is also a little thicker even though the cushioning remains similar.
Hoka One One Mach 3
The cushioning of the Rincon 2 is softer than that of the Mach 3, which has a thinner sole. Besides, the Mach 3 has a narrower configuration that allows for a more precise lockdown but it may be less comfortable, especially if you have wider feet. The Mach 3 may be a better option if you are looking for a shoe with firmer cushioning. Overall, the Rincon 2 is more versatile and more comfortable.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37
Both running shoes have a similar stack height, but the Rincon 2 is much lighter with almost 60 g (2.12 oz) less on the scale. Their upper is excellent and offers a very good foot lockdown. Overall, the testers who tested both shoes preferred the Rincon for its lightweight and reactive cushioning. However, the Pegasus 37 is notably more durable thanks to the durable rubber that covers its outsole.
Hoka One One Clifton 6
Many runners consider the Rincon to be the little sister of the Clifton with its lighter profile and firmer cushioning. Tester reviews differ on which to choose, which seems to indicate that it is primarily a matter of preference. Go for the Clifton if you want soft cushioning, and for the Rincon if you prefer to feel the ground beneath your feet.