Shoe Review: HOKA Bondi X

A side view of the HOKA Bondi X.

HOKA’s signature max-cushion shoe, the Bondi, gets a unique upgrade in the new Bondi X.

The HOKA Bondi X combines the same pillowy softness runners have come to expect from the brand with a propulsive carbon fiber plate.

The result is a smooth, soft ride that works for both amateurs and experienced runners alike.

Fleet Feet reviewers tested the Bondi X on easy runs, long runs and tempo days. Here’s everything you need to know about HOKA’s latest creation.

Tech Specs

HOKA Bondi X

Weight

9.1 oz (W), 10.6 oz (M)

Drop

5 mm

Category

Neutral

Use

Daily training, speedwork, racing

Surface

Road

Comfort Meets Performance in the Midsole

The sole of the HOKA Bondi X.

The HOKA Bondi is designed to provide maximum cushion and comfort, and the Bondi X is no different.

The HOKA Bondi X sits on a thick slab of compression-molded EVA midsole foam, giving each step a cloud-like feeling. The foam extends out behind the shoe for a stable landing pad and smooth transitions.

“When I first stepped into these, I couldn’t believe how soft and cushy they were,” one reviewer says. “I really like the sensation of sinking down into them, and HOKA hits the balance just right. Even though this shoe feels soft, it’s not mushy.”

But the Bondi X is more than just a cushioned shoe.

A carbon fiber plate is sandwiched between the midsole foam, providing maximum energy return and an ultra-smooth ride.

“When it was time to pick up the pace for strides, I could feel how responsive and propulsive they were. The transitions felt silky smooth,” says one reviewer.

The outsole features strategically placed rubber in the heel and forefoot, areas that usually see the most wear and tear.

HOKA’s signature meta-rocker lives on in the Bondi X, making heel to toe transitions quicker and more efficient.

The HOKA Bondi X is about 2 ounces heavier than the bestselling HOKA Carbon-X, so it’s definitely not the lightest shoe in their lineup. But if you want the propulsive speed of a carbon-plated shoe without sacrificing comfort, the HOKA Bondi X is the perfect choice.

Lightweight Upper Won’t Hold You Back

A top-down view of the HOKA Bondi X.

The HOKA Bondi X features a lightweight mesh upper with 3D hotmelt yarns, providing impressive breathability and durability.

Reviewers noticed that the upper fit much better than that of the Bondi 7.

“It feels a lot more snug and, in my opinion, a much better fit. I usually have to go half a size down in the Bondi but these felt just right,” one reviewer says.

“I usually have to cinch down the laces in a new pair of HOKAs, but these didn’t require that much adjustment,” says another reviewer.

The midsole of the Bondi X isn’t the only piece that’s designed for comfort.

A plush, padded heel collar wraps seamlessly around your feet while a thin gusseted tongue locks down the fit.

“The thin tongue has a suede-like feel, so it’s really comfortable against my skin,” says one reviewer.

The HOKA Bondi X also features a reinforced toe box, keeping the upper material away from your feet while providing extra support.

HOKA Bondi X vs. Bondi 7

A side by side comparison of the HOKA Bondi X and the HOKA Bondi 7.



Tech Specs

HOKA Bondi X

HOKA Bondi 7

Weight

9.1 oz (W), 10.6 oz (M)

8.9 oz (W), 10.7 oz (M)

Drop

5 mm

4 mm

Stack height (heel)

31 mm (W), 33 mm (M)

31 mm (W), 33 mm (M)

Category

Neutral

Neutral

Use

Daily training, speedwork

Daily training

Surface

Road

Road

Strictly comparing the specs from the HOKA Bondi 7 to the new HOKA Bondi X, there doesn’t appear to be a huge difference.

While the Bondi X has a slightly larger heel to toe drop, the stack height remains the same. This goes to show that the Bondi X didn’t skimp on any of the cushioning that makes the original Bondi such a favorite.

The main difference between the two shoes is the addition of a carbon fiber plate in the Bondi X. Runners can experience the same soft comfort they know and love with an extra pep in their step.

While the HOKA Bondi 7 is used primarily for everyday runs, the Bondi X can be utilized for faster efforts thanks to the carbon fiber plate.

“The underfoot sensation is still soft, but this shoe can handle picking up the pace. Given the size and the stack height, it’s impressive how light they feel,” one reviewer says.

The men’s Bondi X weighs 0.1 ounces less than the Bondi 7, while the women’s Bondi X weighs 0.2 more than the Bondi 7. Reviewer’s didn’t notice a big difference between the two, but they did note that the Bondi X may be too heavy for runners who prefer a lighter shoe for speedwork.

Final Thoughts

Runners no longer have to sacrifice speed for support, thanks to HOKA’s newest creation.

The HOKA Bondi X combines plush cushioning with a responsive carbon fiber plate, making the latest advancements in shoe technology accessible to all.

“This is a great shoe because it’s so versatile. It works well for slow recovery runs and also for faster efforts. Whether you want a race day shoe with extra cushion, or you're just looking to upgrade your daily trainers, this is a great option,” says one reviewer.

The cherry on top is a lightweight upper made with thoughtful details and luxurious materials.

If you’re looking to pick up the pace in the most comfortable way possible, you can count on the HOKA Bondi X.

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