The running community has been anticipating this release since the Clayton’s initial announcement. Finally it is available and living up to its buzz. Hoka finally has been listening to their consumers, and decided to extend the toe box and provide a wider cut. One new concept introduced with this model is the RMat technology. This keeps the weight extremely low, while producing a durable and stable frame.
Another interesting concept with the Clayton is the deep hell counter. The EVA cushion foam is designed to cradle around the heel to increase stabilization without sacrificing efficiency. It is still classified as a neutral shoe with Hoka’s new Meta-Rocker technology.This enables the runner to strike either mid-foot or heel-to-toe. Which grants more options while still offering a responsive and smooth running experience.
The upper is very flexible and does not offer much structure. The heel portion of the shoe is not reinforced so it does bend and flex without much effort. This shoe is designed to give the highest level of cushion while being as light weight as possible. Several factors that allow the ultra light feel are the upper fabric incorporated in the design. The materials used are noted as TPU Lattice which are seamless and highly breathable. Hoka’s Clayton offers extra room and volume inside perfect to fit a thick orthotic or any insert. Overall, this model is excellent for those looking for a light weight trainer, who prefers the lightest option possible. If you have interest in this model please stop in to try it on to get a better feel for the product. Thanks for reading!