The launch of the Hoka One One Rincon has been kind of unexpected in terms of what actually arrived. The shoe is this crazy mix of speed and cushioning that I don’t think anyone was expecting especially with the release of the Carbon X. I mean who would imagine a just over 7oz shoe to be paired with almost 30mm of stack height, it’s a little crazy… but it’s becoming the norm. The Rincon is also not being pitched as this crazy evolutionary shoe, yet the promise of what it can do is pretty awesome. So we dug in.
The upper on the Rincon takes its marks from the Carbon X given that it is made of a single layer of engineered mesh and nothing else. That upper is ultra-lightweight, it has no support, and it is meant to be something to literally hold that midsole and outsole to your foot and little else. It will not stand up to the weather, but it does feel great. The shoe does seem a little narrower in the upper than other Hoka shoes so wider feet will definitely not appreciate this.
The midsole is just straight full compression EVA with Hoka’s patented Metarocker design. It features a fat 29mm of stack height and a 5mm drop. It is almost simplistic to some degree, just a big fat piece of compression foam under this thin little upper.
The outsole will be very familiar to most Hoka runners. There are high impact abrasion zones where your foot contacts the ground most, but this is really just more EVA that has been rubberized. It runs and tracks like most Hoka’s always have in the past.
Style & Aesthetics
It comes in a couple colors for men and women and let’s be honest and say it doesn’t look particularly impressive. It’s not flashy in any way despite the fact that it’s more performance skewed. That being said, it’s not necessarily a bad thing because it means it will be more accessible for more people. Overall, it looks like a Hoka with a fat amount of cushion.
Running in the Rincon is dreamy and plush, the rocker design delivers an easy transition during a run, the ride is super cushiony due to that 29mm of EVA under your foot. The upper is almost nonexistent, it basically just hold that midsole to your foot and nothing else like we mentioned above. It’s just a really simple shoe. The thing is sometimes simplicity is exactly what you need. This shoe is going to feel more accessible to more runners then probably the Carbon X. It also still will encourage more performance and more speed than something like the Clifton, so it has this nice sweet spot where it’s a very simple accessible shoe for a lot of recreational runners who want to drop some time. To that end, the Rincon is actually pretty awesome.
Honestly, I was shocked by how light these shoes were given how much cushion they have. As a Clifton super fan, I was a little skeptical, but the Rincon was definitely better than I expected. I really appreciated the additional cushioning, but I think in terms of the upper I still prefer a little more structure as I like the support so the additional overlays in the Clifton are better for me. In the end, this was a lot better shoe than I ever thought it would be.
We were all surprised by the release of the Rincon and regardless of the fact we knew it was coming, I don’t think everyone was prepared for how simple and yet effective the shoe would be. It finds a really nice sweet spot under the Clifton 6 and kind of feels more like what the Clifton was originally and maybe even what the Huaka was way back in the day. It does run narrower, so wider feet will not be happy with it at all and will probably feel like they will roll, so beware. If you are looking for a faster alternative to your Clifton, then this may be a great spot to look.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 7.7oz (size 9)
- Drop: 5mm heel/toe
- Cushion: 29mm
- Type: Neutral Cushioned Road
- MSRP: $115.00
- Available: Now