Meaghan: You know that drunk friend who’s fun to hang out with but also slightly embarrassing? That’s the Bondi 6. This is the maximal of the maximal shoes. I’m talking 37mm stack height. The 6th version isn’t a total overhaul, but there are a few notable updates. The new mesh upper construction feels plush, but also breathes well, as we’ve tested through this humid Baltimore Summer. The shoes fit well, they’re snug through the heel and midfoot, but leave plenty of room for toes to spread out in the forefoot. They come with a simple, flat lacing system. It does the job to keep your foot locked down.
Under the foot there is lots-o-cushion. It doesn’t feel quite as soft as the Clifton, probably due to the firmer consistency of the two-layer foam. However, much like the Clifton, you get that rocker design that creates a smooth, rolling transition throughout your stride. It’s a comfortable shoe, and feels great when you’re running on tired legs.
I would never take these shoes out for quality speed-work, but those early morning runs when you’re tired (and no one can see your shoes) they are great.
Thomas: The Bondi 6 is phenomenal for easy day runs. I sorta disagree with Meg on the cushioning as I find them softer than the Clifton. It might be that I outweigh her by 45 lbs. Comfort is the number one characteristic of the Bondi 6. The upper fits well and true to size, it even breathes well enough. Add in a padded tongue and collar, and an Ortholite footbed and you are ready to cruise in comfort. I really appreciated the Bondi 6 when my legs were beat and ready for some relief from the pavement. The two-layer rocker midsole does a wonderful job of creating stable cushioning with a smooth turnover. There is more rubber on the outsole than the Clifton which means longer life and better traction. The Bondi 6 is like a Clifton that went to the gym and bulked up. Bonus, if you need some extra height the Bondi will abide, I am about an inch and a half taller in these things.Shop Hoka Bondi 6
“The Bondi is like going out with friends and ‘taking one for the team’…and it turns out, she has a great personality.” –Jamison Michaels, Jami Reviews (Youtube Star)
Meaghan: You can probably guess the downside to all that cushion… my W7.5 weighs 9.3oz. That’s a hefty slab of foam.
Thomas: The Bondi 6 are not sexy. My grey colorway looks like it belongs on an accountant that works in a lab buried deep in a basement in Washington, DC. With great cushioning comes great weight, these boats weigh 12 oz. or 28 grams. You will need pretty strong legs to get these puppies moving fast. I am not saying that you can’t run fast in them, I am saying I can’t. I bounced my way through some striders in the Bondi 6, I won’t say it wasn’t fun.Shop Hoka Bondi 6
Hoka One One Bondi Conclusion
Meaghan: The HOKA Bondi 6 is a solid, durable daily trainer. While the midsole cushioning is the talk of this shoe, I think the rocking chair inspired ride is where it wins. The shoes just roll right along, pulling your tired legs with them. While I would still choose the HOKA Napali over this (simply based on weight), I believe you’ll get several hundred more miles out of this shoe. For $150, you can try them yourself.
Thomas: If comfort is your goal, then the Bondi 6 could be your cup of tea. If light and fast is your goal, you may want to try something else.Shop Hoka Bondi 6