I have been running in my previous Cliftons (Click HERE for my review) for quite a while. Immediately when I heard Hoka One One is due to modernize this steadfast, light and cosy shoe I was more then keen to give it a proper jog. Let see how Hoka incorporates even more ease and better fit in the 3rd version of the Clifton.
When you think of Hoka One One you think of chubby and immense soles. There is no difference with the new Clayton. The sole comes in with an elusive stack height of 29mm in the heel and proper 24mm in the forefoot zone. Typically that means that you are dealing with a sluggish training shoe. Not so with the new-fangled Clayton. Hoka kept the bouncy and forward-thinking sense with the new model.
They call the full length midsole “HIP CMEVA”. It is the base for the brand-characteristic soft cushioned ride, the base for sufficient and high mileage training. However this shoe is light enough for decent up-tempo amusement.  Along with an Early Stage Meta-Rocker design, the Clifton 3 maintains a smooth and efficient ride from foot strike to toe off.
So what is the major change towards the Clifton 2? For me it undoubtedly is the fitting. Not too much has changed from the overall geometry and style. But the 2mm that have been added in the toe box are noteworthy and make a comfy shoe even snugger. Whilst this benefits the comfort it also added essential stability.
Similar to the Clifton 2, air mesh material on the upper is used and permits for great airflow and breathability. Structural Overlays provide necessary structure around the midfoot. No Sew Construction provides a seamless interior environment for reduced irritation and blistering.
I appreciated the diversity of undergrounds this shoe is able to tackle without any major problematic. With the soft sole running on dry trails is not a major issue. While the shoe has its natural home on the road, I loved to run off-road sections as well.
The Clifton vastly turned out to be my „go-to“ training shoe. It’s a fun shoe that safes the legs.
Although I appreciate the sole style and the soft and receptive feel, I had problems with the durability of the sole. This shoe is made for high mileage but the outside of the sole displays your training kilometres pretty fast.
A close-up of the Hi-Abrasion lightweight rubber that has been used in the outsole.
The Hoka One One Clifton 3 sole is comparable to the preceding Hoka One One Clifton shoe but does allow more space in the front part. Hoka followed to complaints by runners. All pictures show the shoe in the Blue/Red Orange colour style.
With a sheer 244 grams this shoe feels strange – Strange in a positive way. You expect a clumsy and sluggish shoe? You wont get it. The enormous cushioning combined with the weightiness is something else and makes this shoe so distinct and a lot of fun.
You decide – Training or racing? This shoe could is a smooth but also a fast partner – Hoka One One Clayton 3!

All pictures (C) Runssel

More Hoka One One Reviews on this site:

Hoka One One – Tracer
Hoka One One – Clayton
Hoka One One – Challenger ATR 2
Hoka One One – Speedgoat
Hoka One One – Huaka
Hoka One One – Clifton 2