Hoka One One Clifton – Quick Look

I picked up a pair of Clifton’s from an online retailer. With a discount they were only $110. This is a deal in my opinion as they are not priced in the same range as most other running shoes. My initial impressions are as follows:
  • They are very light weight – 8.5 ounces for my size 10.5 shoes as compared to 12.8 ounces for my well worn Bondi B 3s.
  • They are not as marshmellowy as the Bondis. In fact I think the more recent Bondis are not as marshmellowy as the originals I bought when the first came to the USA a few years back.
  • The toe box is high. On all the older Hokas I have tried (except the Bondi 3) I had to take the insole out to keep my two smallest toes from rubbing on the top. The stock insole does just fine in this model. I have not yet tried the included Ortholite insoles. As a side note I have never had any issues with running even 100 miles without insoles in the shoes.
  • They are more flexible than other Hokas I have tried.
  • The uppers are very thin in the front 1/2 of the shoe. Not sure how well they will hold up over 500+ miles I normally put on a pair.
  • They have no wrap around toe guard, thus not sure how they will do on the trail. Might try them out this weekend in the Mountains.
  • They are true to Hoka size. I wear a 10.5 in every style I have tried. No difference here.
  • The soles look to be similar in durability to the Bondis
The big take away is how light and how normally priced these shoes are. Even if they only last 300 – 400 miles the price allows much quicker replacements than traditional hokas. I have only wore them a few times so far and all on either treadmill or road. The first time I wore them my mind took a few miles to get used to them. I am not a barefoot runner except playing yard soccer with my family, so I am not really used to having this little amount of weight on my feet. After a few runs in these and then strapping the Bondi’s on I found myself missing the Cliftons. They may just become my goto shoe for all but the most technical trails.
In conclusion I love these shoes so far. I think they could be a big game changer in the shoe industry. If you are a Hoka fan or not they are worth a try. I will write more about them as I get some more miles on them.
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How to Carry a Smartphone When Running

I like to take my smartphone with me when I run. It functions as a camera and music player all in one with the added benefit of a map, gps, and phone if I need it (assuming there is cell service). I have a small Ipod Shuffle, but still find myself carrying the phone mainly for the camera on it. On long runs when I wear a pack it is easy to throw it in a front pocket. On runs where I carry nothing or a hand bottle it normally stays at home, until today.

Last night I found an old soft glass case. The kind with the clip on the side. I remembered reading this article on Anton Krupicka’s blog a while ago. It is a FAQ and he states he carries a camera in a soft glass case tucked into his shorts. My phone was a little too wide to fit in the case, so I ripped the seam out and placed some Duct tape in the gap to make it big enough to hold my phone. Today on my 8 mile run I tucked it into my waist band on the side and off I went. It never bothered me and after a while I did not even notice it was there.

My biggest concern with this method is the moisture that builds up in that area, especially in the summer. My phone is in a waterproof case, so this is not an issue for me, but it is something you may want to consider before trying this out. Today’s run was hot and humid and hard, so I generated a lot of sweat. At the end my phone and case were dry. The fake leather glass case did a good job keeping moisture away from the phone even through my shorts and shirt were fully soaked.