The HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz is a trail-biting lightweight trail runner that won our Top Pick for Lightweight Performance! A brand new design introduced by HOKA ONE ONE, it does not follow the conventional super-cushioned construct of its cousins. This shoe is lightweight (weighing only 6.95 oz) and low profile with minimal cushioning throughout the midsole. It features a 3-mm drop, providing a little bit of cushioning in the heel, with little protection in the midfoot. The fit in the front of the show allows for toe splay (in narrow to regular footed individuals) with a heel that doesn't slip or move around.
The Vibram outsole is aggressive with malleable yet sticky rubber that stiffens in colder temperatures and squishes around rocks when warm. It won't slip or slide while swiveling down gnarly, steep switchbacks. That said, it is not water-resistant, and durability is quite questionable. It's an excellent option for river crossings as it dries out quickly and doesn't allow any particulates to permeate its continuous, thin upper design. It's a perfect trail runner for those searching for a technical trail running shoe that is lightweight and breathable. Just don't take it on the pavement.
Overall, the HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz wins our Top Pick for Lightweight Performance because of its great scores overall and its one-of-a-kind versatility for both technical trails and softer surfaces. If you're low on cash, consider a more durable option as this showed some wear and tear on both the upper and outsole after just 50 miles of use.