Shoe Review: HOKA ONE ONE Zinal

The side of the HOKA Zinal

By the Fleet Feet Review Team. With over 80 years of combined experience, our review team is dedicated to providing in-depth gear and shoe reviews to help you find the best shoes and gear for your next run.

Stay light on your feet and the trails in the all-new HOKA ONE ONE Zinal.

This quick and nimble trail shoe brings together the best of HOKA’s road shoe cushioning and rugged trail performance so you can fly over single track.

Tech Specs

HOKA ONE ONE Zinal

Weight

7 oz (W) 8.5 oz (M)

Drop

4 mm

Category

Trail

Use

Daily Training, Trail Races

Surface

Roads, Trails

Built on a bed of ProFly midsole foam, the Zinal is responsive and bouncy, while packing enough protective cushioning to handle uneven terrain. Combined with an ultra-light upper and Vibram MegaGrip outsole lugging, the Zinal is HOKA’s lightest, fastest trail shoe yet.

Our reviewers loved the lightweight, rebounding feel of the Zinal and can’t wait to flex them at their next trail race.

Here’s everything you need to know about the HOKA Zinal.

(Pro)Fly Over Trails With Responsive Cushioning

Women's HOKA Zinal heel counter.

The Zinal is a responsive trail runner powered by HOKA ProFly midsole foam, making it lighter than both the HOKA Speedgoat and Torrent.

As seen in the HOKA Mach and the Carbon X2, ProFly foam delivers cushioned landings and propulsive take-offs so you can reach top speeds, effortlessly.

“You immediately feel the level of propulsion that is accelerated by the plate in the shoe,” says one reviewer. “This is an exciting shoe and will pump a lot of energy into the trail category!”

The Zinal uses a low stack height to encourage rolling, fast transitions and help you stay nimble on the trails.

Our reviewers loved the way the low stack height and ankle profile work together.

“When you combine propulsion, lower stack height, and the lower profile around the ankle this shoe is agile,” says one reviewer.

Outsole lugging of HOKA Zinal trail shoe

But don’t let the responsive cushioning fool you, the HOKA Zinal is more than capable of taking on rugged trails thanks to the Vibram MegaGrip outsole.

Multidirectional lugging is strategically placed at the heel and forefoot to power your uphill climbs and downhill descents over mud, roots and rocks.

“While the lugs aren’t large, they give me all of the traction that I need,” says one reviewer.

Whether you’re zipping through a single-track trail or taking on muddy slopes, the Zinal has everything you need to sail over obstacles with confidence.

Lightweight Upper Is Durable and Protective

Profile view of Men's HOKA Zinal

HOKA designers knit the Zinal from recycled yarn to create a lightweight, breathable mesh upper.

Typical of HOKA shoes, the Zinal is instantly comfortable and boasts a roomy toe box that accommodates natural toe movement as you run.

“I love the upper on this shoe. It has a really secure fit in the heel and midfoot, but the toe box has a good bit of volume,” says one reviewer.

One thing that stood out to reviewers is the lower ankle profile compared to other HOKA trail and road shoes.

“I noticed that the profile of the shoe rides a little lower on my ankle which on the trail is a fantastic thing so you can be agile around the rocks and roots,” says one reviewer.

Top view of Men's HOKA Zinal

Though the ankle is lower in profile, the heel collar is well-padded and provides a secure fit that is tough enough for the trails, yet smooth enough to prevent chafing.

The Zinal features a gusseted tongue and reinforced toe bumper to protect your foot on the run and keep debris out.

“I like the minimal tongue and its suede-like layer that protects against rubbing on the top of my foot,” says one reviewer.

Together with the tight knit mesh upper, the Zinal is durable and protective enough to take on tough runs while remaining lightweight and flexible so you can handle obstacles with ease.

Final Thoughts

Get back to trail racing with the feather-light HOKA ONE ONE Zinal.

HOKA designers took the best of their trail and road shoes and married them to create the perfect blend of propulsion and durability in the Zinal.

ProFly midsole foam provides just right cushioning and responsive bounce to each step. Multi-directional Vibram MegaGrip lugging on the outsole helps you feel confident and nimble on the trails.

The thin mesh upper is breathable and protective, providing a secure fit that allows the flexibility you need to reach top speeds.

As HOKA’s lightest, fastest, trail shoe yet, the Zinal encourages fast turnovers and record times on any trail.

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