Hoka One One Rincon 2

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The Hoka One One Rincon 2 is a lightweight and versatile running shoe for comfortable long runs.


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9.3Overall score
Very good all-round running shoe, lightweight and well-cushioned
The Hoka Rincon 2 is back after a first unanimously acclaimed version that took the world of running by surprise with its ultra-light and comfortably cushioned profile. Without further ado, let's dive right in: the Rincon 2 is the same shoe with a few small changes. The weight remains about the same but the sole is a little thinner with 29 mm under the heel for men and 26 mm for women. The drop is still 5 mm. Cushioning is still very comfortable with a good balance of softness and firmness. Runners who have tested the shoe agree that it is not as responsive as some of its competitors, especially those with carbon plates. However, the lightweight profile compensates for its absence to some extent. In other words, the shoe is naturally springy overall. The upper is the part that has evolved the most, but without radical change. The mesh is thicker and slightly tighter than before, which gives a better upper fit. If you have wider feet, don't worry: the Rincon 2 remains accommodating, especially around the toes. The outsole is the only part that draws criticism from testers. Indeed, the Rincon 2 has little rubber to protect the sole, which is made of exposed EVA foam. This configuration is not ideal in terms of durability as it offers little protection against abrasion. This is a recurring criticism from testers who have all noticed that the sole wore out quickly after only a few runs. The Hoka Rincon 2 is affordable but we would still like it to be more robust to be able to last at least 500 km/300 mi. Overall, the Hoka Rincon 2 is a very good, light, and comfortable road running shoe with generous cushioning and a great upper. The only real drawback is the fragility of the sole but this remains acceptable considering the great qualities of the shoe.
Value for money
  • 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

Model: Hoka One One Rincon 2



Heel to toe drop

5 mm

Heel stack height

26 mm, 29 mm

Forefoot stack height

21 mm, 24 mm



Weight (men)

218 g/7.69 oz

Weight (women)

185 g/6.53 oz

Release year


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  • 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?

This road shoe uses a normal sizing system. However, some runners have noticed that it fits a little large (like other Hoka shoes). So you can choose your usual Hoka size, but if this is your first pair of the brand, we advise you to try it on in-store to avoid surprises.

Is the Rincon 2 recommended for runners with overpronation?

This is a neutral running shoe. Thus, it is designed to fit all runners regardless of their type of pronation. It does not have stability features to balance the stride and prevent overpronation or excessive supination. In any case, please note that models for overpronation are no more effective than neutral shoes in preventing injury. Therefore, we advise you to choose your shoes according to their comfort. Indeed, this is the most important criterion. So you can choose this model independently from your pronation, as long as it is comfortable.

Is this model suitable for heavy runners (80 kg/176 lbs or more)?

Only one scientific study at present has observed the correlation between stack height, risk of injury, and runner’s weight. According to the conclusions of this study, shoes with a very thin sole (minimalist) may increase the risk of injury for runners weighing more than 71 kilos (157 pounds). Apart from this, there is no recommendation for other types of running shoes. The Rincon 2 has a moderately thick sole and thus should be suitable for you regardless of your weight.

Is it possible to run a marathon with these shoes?

This Hoka running shoe is well suited for different distances and types of training. Its generous cushioning makes it suitable for long distances while its lightweight build makes it pleasant for tempo sessions. This makes it a great shoe for the half marathon and the marathon. The most important is to trust your sensations: if you can run long distances comfortably with this shoe, then there should be no problem at all.

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.

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    Very good all-round running shoe, lightweight and well-cushioned.

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