When President Jimmy Carter’s advisor coined this phrase in the seventies, we think he was predicting the updates from the HOKA Arahi 6 to the Arahi 7. Okay, while he may have had more important things to think about, HOKA designers took his advice to heart and kept the midsole the same in the latest version of the Arahi.
A compression-molded EVA midsole takes center stage in the HOKA Arahi 7. We found it to feel quite firm, which is typical of most stability shoes as it creates a more stable base than a soft, squishy slab of foam.
While I’m not personally a fan of firm shoes, the Arahi 7 is great for runners who prefer a rigid platform for takeoffs and landings.
“The underfoot cushioning felt great and kept me comfortable while covering longer distances. I ran up to eight miles in the Arahi” says Spencer, who runs exclusively in stability shoes. “The cushion felt somewhat stiff at the beginning of each effort, but softened up after a couple miles.”
Ashley agreed with this sentiment, noting that “the more I ran in the Arahi, the more it seemed to soften up.”
The latest version of the Arahi utilizes HOKA’s patented J-frame technology, the same technology used in previous versions of the shoe. This J-shaped hook of foam wraps around your heel and lines the medial side of the shoe, creating additional rigidity to keep your foot from pronating inward as you land.