Available January 2017 – MSRP $130.00
With the Arahi, Hoka One One is taking square aim at the likes of the Brooks Adrenaline and Saucony Omni, and even the ASICS GT 2000 and Nike Structure. The Arahi is being built as a true support shoe.
All Hoka shoes (excluding the Tracer) are inherently stable. This is due to three factors: Active Foot Frame, broad platform, and low heel-toe offset of 6mm or less (note: the Tracer lacks a Dynamic Foot Cradle and does not have a broad base). As such, Hoka shoes tend to work well for mild or moderate overpronators, even though most of the shoes are technically neutral.
Even though Hoka shoes are stable, they currently have two shoes with enhanced support for overpronation. The Infinite and the Constant 2 both have a geometrical design element that reduces excess pronation. However, the Arahi takes pronation support a step further.
Utilizing a J-Frame construction, the Arahi has a thin wrap of firmer EVA that connects to an outsole pattern to provide lightweight support for overpronation. The J-Frame combined with the Active Foot Frame, broad base, and 5mm offset creates a very supportive shoe. That being said, the shoe is still highly cushioned.
The Arahi is also quite light. It’s in the same weight range with the ASICS DS Trainer, adidas adizero Tempo and Mizuno Wave Catalyst. However, the Arahi offers way more cushioning and support than these shoes. With the Arahi, you get a shoe that rivals the weight of uptempo trainers, with the support found in traditional everyday trainers, with the maximal cushioning Hoka is known for. So while it appears Hoka is going more traditional with the Arahi, they stay true to one of their stories: a great cushioning-to-weight ratio.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 29mm heel, 24mm forefoot, 5mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.3oz (men’s size 9), 7.8oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.