The HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 2 offers a stable maximalist design that will meet the needs of many. Running shoes come in many different iterations, meeting the demands of many different styles and theories of running. The early part of this decade saw the rise of barefoot running and minimalist styles like the New Balance Minimus 10v1 and it is only fitting that the response would be the so-called maximalist style championed by HOKA ONE ONE, a brand touted by marathoners and that wild breed of runner known as the ultramarathoner. The maximalist style provides tons of cushion, more than 20mm, but a pretty limited heel to toe drop to provide a more natural landing and gait.
Last year we took a look at the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 3 and gave it the Top Pick for Stability Award. This year, we compared it to HOKA ONE ONE Arahi and we are confident that the Arahi deserves that crown. We maintain that the Clifton 3 is a fine, no fuss shoe that deserves attention, but if stability is the drive, the Arahi deserves the longest look. It is also worth noting, as with the Clifton 3, the Arahi also look something like the faddish Skechers Shape Ups from a few years ago, but once we took them out and put some miles on them, we came around and saw their great qualities.
Our Top Pick for Stability, the Arahi, has been updated to the Arahi 2 this spring.Continue reading to learn more about the specifics of these updates.