This review goes out to all of the Hoka haters and skeptics out there. It’s for those who assume that Hokas are just big clunky shoes. Hokas, at least the Cliftons, are quite the opposite. The Cliftons weigh in at an astonishing 7.8 ounces for a men’s size 9. The average trainer is probably going to be around 10 ounces or even more so to create a maximally cushioned shoe at 7.8 ounces is quite the feat. The effect created by this unique combination of lightweight material and maximal cushion is a great feeling. It is a feeling of running on a soft bed of CMEVA midsole. This amazing material is large in volume yet tiny in weight. Versatility The best part about the Cliftons is that they can do anything. I have used them for the roughest trails that Sioux Falls has to offer at Leader’s Park or Good Earth State Park. They are light enough to run a road 5k or complete a VO2 Max test at the Avera Sports Institute. They have plenty of cushion for the weekend long run or a road marathon or beyond. There’s a reason that many ultra marathoners use Hokas. Durability This was my main concern both before purchasing these shoes and again in the early stages of running in them. They have a mostly exposed midsole on the bottom of the shoe and this foam is not nearly as tough as a typical rubber sole. The uppers are also pretty stripped down to save weight. However, I can happily report that while the bottoms show wear early, they don’t wear much beyond the initial amount. The uppers are a bit dirty but fully intact. Hoka One One Clifton Conclusions The Clifton is currently the favorite shoe in my closet full of great shoes. The light weight and maximal cushion combo is hard to beat. They just feel so good! The Cliftons are also a 4mm heel to toe drop shoe so they can be a great transitional shoe if you want to try Altras or another more minimal shoe. If you are a neutral runner, you need to stop by the 605 Running Co. to at least try on a pair of the Hoka Cliftons.