Hoka One One Cavu Performance Review
By Nick Klastava
The Cavu is part of the new, three-model Fly Collection from Hoka, aimed at creating the lightest shoes in their lineup. I managed to put about 50 miles in this shoe, from easy days to intervals on the track.
Out of the box, I loved the feel of this shoe. It is a neutral shoe that has only a 4mm drop from heel to toe and weighs in at 8.5 oz for a size 10.5 shoe. Of the three models in the Fly Collection, the Cavu is the lightest. It is similar in specs to the Mach, but instead of a knit upper, the Cavu features a seamless and engineered mesh upper. This was one of my favorite parts of the shoe— simplistic but breathable, and the lycra comfort-fit bootie underneath the mesh fit my foot nice and snug. I felt the shoe was versatile enough to handle every type of run. I ended up preferring it for easy days and long runs, but I would also have no issue using it for track workouts. The midsole uses Hoka’s PROFLY cushioning, designed with a softer heel for shock absorption and a firmer forefoot for propulsion and energy return. I found this to be true, as the shoe felt great and forgiving in my landings, and firm in the forefront which was responsive for the push-off. This support felt really great when I was running my harder workouts and really needed the transition speeds from heel to forefront along with the support for each foot strike.Shop Hoka Cavu
In terms of the outsole, the shoe uses Hoka’s RMAT technology, which has been around since 2014 and uses a proprietary blend of EVA foam and rubber. While the outsole (combined with the midsole) provides that nice ride and support mentioned above, the shoe does not offer a lot of traction and I slipped often wearing it on some surfaces. I mostly used it on the roads, but any time I stepped off and hit a small amount of mud turning a corner the shoe showed its potential to slip quite easily. I also took it out on a flat trail run, but there was some mud on it and I knew instantly this shoe was a bad choice for that run. The shoe is obviously not designed for trails, but I would prefer a little more stability if I were to encounter other types of terrain on my runs.Shop Hoka Cavu
The Hoka One One Cavu Conclusion
When Hoka launched the Fly Collection, I’ll admit I was a little confused about the models, but I love the Cavu and will continue to recommend it to road runners as a daily trainer. Personally, the Hoka One One Cavu was the shoe I wished the Clayton would have been for me. I wanted to love the Clayton but I just couldn’t enjoy it for my runs. On the other hand, the Cavu really had a great ride on the road, and it supported me nicely as well. The shoe fit was true to size for me and it locked in really well during runs. I loved feeling comfortable and recovered in my easy runs while having a lighter shoe to wear. Lastly, I loved the low-key look of the shoe— it’s not flashy, but its aesthetics looks clean and natural.
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