Available January 2018 – MSRP $130.00
New in 2017, the original Arahi helped introduce HOKA’s J-Frame™ technology as an innovative support system that does not rely on a conventional, rigid post. With the HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 2, designers retained the core elements of the shoe while making small tweaks to the upper that should improve the overall experience.
To maintain the underfoot feel and support of the original version, the midsole and outsole of the Arahi 2 are unchanged. Designers use the same J-Frame support system to guide the foot through the foot-strike transition and the same early stage Meta-Rocker for a smooth ride. If you like the underfoot feel of first Arahi, the Arahi 2 should serve you well.
The upper of the Arahi 2 is where designers spent the bulk of their attention. The fabric and overlay placement are completely restructured in order to increase breathability in the midfoot and the forefoot, and the reflective detailing in the heel is redone in an effort to improve low light visibility. Additionally, the mesh lining within the heel is softer and smoother than the original, which should increase comfort while running.
As a result of the changes to the upper, the men’s Arahi 2 is 0.2 ounces lighter than its predecessor while the women’s shoe is 0.1 ounces lighter.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 29 mm heel, 24 mm forefoot, 5 mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.3 oz (men’s size 9), 8.2 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.
Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.