Available July 2017 – MSRP: $130.00
Over the years, the Clifton series has become a crowd favorite within the HOKA ONE ONE training lineup. The highly cushioned midsole packaged in an lightweight design makes it an easy choice for the runner seeking an ultra soft, daily training option. The shoe has made small updates since its original release, but version 4 looks to offer some pretty significant changes. With a complete redesign from top to bottom, the Clifton 4 should improve fit, durability, and traction, while maintaining the same soft underfoot feel it has become known for.
In order to enhance fit and offer new visual appeal, the Clifton 4 features an all new engineered mesh upper. Paired with a 3D puff print frame, the shoe is able to create a more adaptable fit (especially in the toe box) while still maintaining a secure midfoot lockdown.
The Clifton 4 continues to use a full length EVA midsole to create a highly cushioned running experience. The shoe should continue to offer a similar underfoot feel compared to its predecessor, but a new upgraded foam package will help deliver more consistent cushioning over the shoe’s life cycle. This midsole revamp should hopefully make the Clifton 4 the most durable version of the shoe to date.
Previous versions of the Clifton also had small issues with lack of traction. The shoe has a lot of exposed EVA and while the old rubber placement delivered some traction, it was not ideal. With the Clifton 4, we see new rubber placements with small and sticky lugs tightly packed together. While there is still quite a bit of exposed EVA, the new design looks like it will allow the shoe to perform better over a variety of conditions.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 28mm heel, 23mm forefoot, 5mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.3 oz (men’s size 9), 7.5 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.
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