Shoe Review: HOKA Arahi 6

A side view of the women's HOKA Arahi 6.

The HOKA Arahi is a favorite amongst runners thanks to its structured stability and signature HOKA cushioning.

The latest version of the Arahi provides a unique combination of support and softness in a lightweight package while maintaining all the features that made the Arahi 5 a hit, including HOKA’s J-Frame technology and EVA foam cushioning.

Fleet Feet reviewers tested the HOKA Arahi 6 on long runs, easy miles and walks. Here’s what they thought.

Tech Specs

HOKA Arahi 6

Weight

7.6 oz (W), 9.3 oz (M)

Drop

5 mm

Category

Stability

Use

Daily training

Surface

Road, Track

Smooth Stability Provides Reliable Support

The sole of the HOKA Arahi 6.

The HOKA Arahi 6 strikes a balance between structure and lightweight cushion made of a plush blend of EVA foam cushioning. While the Arahi 6 provides a generous amount of stability, it does so without feeling overly stiff or rigid thanks to HOKA’s signature J-Frame technology - a J-shaped hook of foam that wraps around the heel and lines the medial side of the shoe.

“I’m always a little nervous to try out stability shoes because they typically don’t work for my feet, but these felt great. They are firm, but they still have a little bit of bounce to them,” says one reviewer.

The foam in the J-Frame is firmer than the rest of the midsole, which creates support and durability for runners who overpronate. Looking at the sole of the Arahi 6, you can see the J-Frame because it’s a different color than the rest of the foam.

HOKA also uses their signature Meta-Rocker midsole, designed to make your toe-offs and landings more quick and efficient. Combined with the combination EVA midsole, reviewers lauded the seamless heel-to-toe transition and smooth ride.

“I noticed how smooth these shoes felt during my runs. They didn’t feel heavy or clunky like some stability shoes do,” one reviewer says.

What’s more, zonal rubber placement, a firmer rubber that’s strategically placed on areas of the outsole that see the most wear and tear, adds increased durability and traction.

“I really enjoyed my runs in the new Arahi. They have plenty of cushioning so my feet didn’t feel like they were pounding against the ground,” one reviewer says.

Lightweight Upper Locks Down Fit

A side view of the women's HOKA Arahi 6.

A lightweight, engineered mesh upper tops off the HOKA Arahi 6. Recycled materials in the mesh lining help make this shoe more environmentally friendly.

HOKA shaved some weight off the upper, but it still delivers the same support as its predecessor. Zones of breathability provide ventilation while still maintaining a supportive feel.

“I enjoyed the breathable mesh upper. It moved well with my feet during the run. I forgot to apply Squirrel’s Nut Butter before this run but I experienced no blistering or hot spots whatsoever,” one reviewer says.

A plush tongue and an extended heel tab add to the overall comfortability of the shoe.

“I am a big fan of the heel’s high build, my thin heels are quite happy about that,” says one reviewer.

Some reviewers enjoyed the fit of the Arahi 6, while others felt it was a bit too snug.

“The shoes were quite tight through the toe box and the upper, which meant that my foot never really did have a chance to relax on the run,” says one reviewer, who has a wide forefoot.

A reviewer with a standard width foot felt the fit was just right, saying “HOKAs used to feel very roomy on me, but I think they’ve adjusted their fit. I can now wear my usual size.”

If you’re in between sizes or unsure about which fit is right for you, head into your local Fleet Feet for an in-person fitting. Want to learn more about our outfitting process? Read more here.

Arahi 6 vs. Arahi 5

A side by side comparison of the HOKA Arahi 6 versus the HOKA Arahi 5.


Tech Specs

HOKA Arahi 6

HOKA Arahi 5

Weight

7.6 oz (W), 9.3 oz (M)

7.8 oz (W), 9.7 oz (M)

Drop

5 mm

5 mm

Category

Stability

Stability

Use

Daily training

Daily training

Surface

Road, track

Road, track

Long-time Arahi fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The HOKA Arahi 6 is just a slight redesign of the previous model, keeping all the standout features while making a few improvements.

A lighter upper with recycled materials shaves some weight off the shoe, and a plusher tongue adds more comfortability.

The latest version of the HOKA Arahi keeps HOKA’s signature J-Frame technology for support, EVA foam midsole for cushion and Meta-Rocker for smooth transitions.

Overall, the HOKA Arahi 6 is a stability shoe that can work well for both overpronators and neutral runners who enjoy firm cushioning.

Final Thoughts

A close up view of the upper on the women's HOKA Arahi 6.

The HOKA Arahi 6 stays true to form as a moderate stability shoe with maximal cushioning.

A soft bed of EVA foam combined with supportive J-Frame technology allow runners to enjoy a stable ride without sacrificing comfort or weight.

“I’ve added these to my line up for easy runs and long runs. They do have a little bit of responsiveness, but not quite enough for a speed workout or tempo run,” says one reviewer.

All in all, the latest version of the HOKA Arahi is a great choice for runners seeking stability with plenty of cushioning in a lightweight package.


To make sure you have the right pair of running shoes for your unique feet, it helps to get fit by an expert. At Fleet Feet, we use best-in-class technology and personal expertise to find you the best shoes for your feet. Head into your local Fleet Feet or make an appointment to get fit.

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