The Hoka One One Bondi X is the first max-cushioning running shoe to bring the added propulsion of a carbon plate tech to all runners.
Out now, the new Hoka One One Bondi X takes the carbon-plate technology of the Carbon X 2 and applies this to the brand’s signature max-cushioning Bondi shoe. The Bondi X promises age-group friendly plushness along with the efficient propulsive technology that has seen so many new triathlon run records set in recent years.
The carbon plate is designed to provide a stiffer, more energy-efficient movement through each stride, giving snappy responsiveness without sacrificing the Bondi’s legendary comfort. The Bondi X also includes Hoka’s early-stage meta-rocker tech, essentially a sculpted shape that helps your feet get smoothly from heel landing to toe-off. This is further enhanced in the Bondi X with an extended heel – a feature that’s becoming a must-have for heel-striking runners and superior downhill smoothness.
The Bondi X’s high stack height – which allows all that cushioning – is tempered by a wide footprint for stability and also uses the lightest compression-moulded EVA foam the brand has used to date. Up top, there’s a mesh upper with 3D hotmelt yarns designed to combine low weight with maximal breathability and durability.
In terms of weight, the Bondi X comes in at 300g (men’s US 9) and 257g (women’s US 7), so a couple of grams lighter in the men’s model and a couple heavier for the women’s compared to the Bondi 7 – that’s taking into account the new extended rocker.
With the Bondi X, Hoka is the first company to focus on giving carbon tech to regular runners and triathletes, rather than just elites. With the added spring of the carbon plate combined with Hoka’s max cushioning expertise, the Bondi X could be the ultimate training shoe for long miles that also doubles up as a long-distance racer.