The first three generations of the Hoka One One Clifton (my review of the Clifton 2) were wonderfully plush and lightweight. They were widely adored, to the degree that Hoka recently re-released the Clifton 1 for a limited time.
But v1, v2, and v3 were not flawless. Specifically, the fit was too narrow and low-volume for most; the uppers and outsole didn’t hold up; and the midsole foam lacked resiliency.
With the Clifton 4 (my review) and similar Clifton 5 (my review), Hoka went in a different direction. These versions worked for more runners, because of the wider last, higher-volume interior, and more accommodating upper; and the midsole was firmer and more durable. They’re less fun, but they’re more suitable for everyday use.
The upcoming Clifton 6 is a mix of the old and new generations. It’s lighter and softer than the Clifton 4 and 5, but better fitting and more durable than the Clifton 1, 2, and 3.
The Clifton 6 will be released in June 2019, with an unchanged MSRP of $130. It weighs 9 oz (255 g) for men’s size 9, and 7.4 oz (209 g) for women’s size 7, which is a reduction of 0.3 and 0.4 oz over the Clifton 4 and 5, respectively, but still more than an ounce heavier than the earliest iterations. At this price and weight, few other shoes match the Clifton 6’s cushioning and durability.
The upper is made exclusively of breathable tech mesh, which is deliberately knit to lock down some areas of the foot (like the arch) and to accommodate it in others (like across the crease). Hoka hopes it is the perfect combination of control and comfort. The TPU overlays have been removed entirely.
The outsole has been re-mapped, with more coverage for improved wear-resistance.
The Clifton 6 rides 2 mm lower than earlier generations. Its stack height is 27 mm and 22 mm at the heel and forefoot, respectively, for a drop of 5 mm. The midsole is softer than the Clifton 4 and 5, although not as soft as the Clifton 1, 2, and 3. Resiliency should be more similar to the Clifton 4 and 5, preserving it for everyday use.
The last, midsole, and outsole have been widened under the arch by a few millimeters in order to improve stability and to fit more feet. I’m uncertain how this will affect those with narrower feet. Hoka says that the upper should provide sufficient lock down, but I wonder if some control will be lost.
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