On average, he runs miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy. Paul Ronto on Sep 13, Reviewed using methodology 1. Learn more. Cons Awkward heel Not breathable. Any color. See deal. Check stock. Life Style Sports. No stock. Comparison to similar hiking shoes. See more. Its stouter-than-most heel provides double the amount of cushioning and rearfoot support.
The same chunky heel also mitigates shock on impact and smoothens transitions. Caveats: It lacks a heel brake, so downhill negotiations in the shoe require some skill, particularly on slick slopes. PFCs or perfluorocarbons are like plastic—they do not break down easily. Almost all if not all pre Hoka were stiff.
Tables turn a bit on downhills, particularly more technical ones as the softness, roominess of the upper if well held and flexibility make the shoe not quite as stable as traditional hikers or Hoka stablemates such as Kaha Low for sure and Speedgoat.
Dominique: Vibram Megagrip outsole with multi directional 6mm lugs. Great protection and traction. Even though there is massive outsole, I might select to wear my Anacapa when hiking more mellow trails and save my Kaha for rough terrain. Sam: The MegaGrip outsole is exceptionally aggressive and massive, maybe overly so for most terrain but in our testing shined everywhere including mud and some snow. Reducing the lug height somewhat and moving the rubber to more coverage for durability and also to add stability might be something Hoka considers.
Sam: In terms of coverage we have 2 areas of rubber: heel and forefoot with exposed midsole elsewhere so expect some wear there. The softness of the midsole is likely causing some pulling and tugging of the outsole. Dominique: The extended-heel is not over pronounced but is enough of an extension to create a smooth heel to toe transition.
The extended-heel geometry is a fairly recent development in Hoka shoes, running, hiking, lifestyle, recovery, and something that I appreciate as a heel striker. Sam: Smooth and flowing on flatter terrain and uphills, this big stack hiker is light on the foot, has a pleasing combination of the extended heel for landings, soft cushion, and that front rocker plus flexibility combination mentioned previously.
There is a lot of trail feel but with plenty, plenty of protection and any terrain traction. I have many, many trail running shoes and hikers and for more mellow trails Park City hikes but with plenty of vertical during the test period I reached for the Anacapa everytime. Something about the smooth ,soft ride… I was more cautious than usual on the downhills than in many but that was a tradeoff I was willing to take.
Or… as Dominique was nursing a bum ankle we made the hikes up or flatter and took the lift down. Conclusions and Recommendations. Dominique: The Anacapa Low GTX delivers the best comfort zone for my feet when hiking and they are runnable given their forefoot flexibility in the forefoot. I was surprised at how well they perform on the uphill as I found myself speed hiking going downhill is not my forte and even running a bit on the flat.
Less clunky than the Kaha and more protective than the Toa, the Anacapa is my choice when hiking this summer, though I may still grab my Kaha when hiking rugged trails in the White Mountains. The sustainable platform of the Anacapa adds to the appeal of the shoe. Disclosure: I wore a pair of insoles with added support with a molded piece of orthotic glued at the arch under my arch left foot , which added a substantial amount of height half an inch ; something I would not recommend doing as my ankle started to rub against the collar, which led me to loosen up the shoelaces, and at some point, my foot landed on a small rock and I twisted my ankle.
Sam: Not a recycled Speedgoat or a board firm hiking shoe, the soft and pleasing Anacapa is a smooth cruising, incredibly well cushioned, stoutly lugged choice for long, long days on smoother trails and especially long uphills.
It is primarily a day hiker but if your trails are smoother I think it can go multi days with a lighter pack. With a very comfortable and roomy upper with plenty of hold, as with the ride, the Anacapa does not remind me of a Hoka running shoe or any hiker. It is of course a Hoka with a massive stack of soft cushion, the extended heel, Meta Rocker and new to Hoka front flexibility but its on trail personality while using the technologies is all its own.
The outsole change might affect the incredible grip a bit on softer ground and snow but would make the shoe more versatile. Ride: 9. Sam: The Kaha has a firmer midsole and incredible rear stability and overall upper hold back to front from its thick all leather upper.
It is a far stiffer, more substantial shoe suited to more technical terrain than the Anacapa and also makes a great rugged work shoe. Also with a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane due to its dense upper it runs warmer than Anacapa. Sam: The higher top Kaha has a firmer more traditional boot feel underfoot and a similar easy and generous fit as the Anacapa with far softer leather than its low cut Kaha sibling.
It like the Kaha Low has a rigid rocker profile with no flex as the Anacapa has and thus is more stable. Its boot high collars add more security. If I was carrying a pack on smoother terrain I would select it over the Anacapa but for day hiking on such terrain the lighter Anacapa is plenty of shoe. Sam: Lower stacked, lighter, firmer and with lower profile lugs the mid height Toa also has a lighter, less supportive upper. If you want cush for long and more mellow terrain hikes go Anacapa.
Sam: A study in contrasts. The G has an agile, less cushioned trail shoe chassis underfoot and a relatively light mid height upper with comparable support to the Anacapa. For fast hikes on rough terrain it is superior to the Anacapa but is no smooth comfy cruiser on the more mellow. How is the width of the shoe compared to the speedgoat? I find the SG4 to be snug after some trail time so I need to try the wide. I have not run a wide SG.
Note the Anacapa is clearly more hiker than trail runner Sam, Editor. Post a Comment. Pros: Dominique: A sustainably crafted shoe made with nubuck leather, soy based and recycled materials. Fast on the uphill due to rocker plus some flexibility Great grip on every surface Protective upper with a supple feel.
Stats Approx. Upper Dominique: A sustainably crafted upper made with gold-rated waterproof nubuck leather and GoreTex footwear fabric that is protected with a PFC-Free water repellency treatment. Outsole Dominique: Vibram Megagrip outsole with multi directional 6mm lugs.
Ride Dominique: The extended-heel is not over pronounced but is enough of an extension to create a smooth heel to toe transition. Conclusions and Recommendations Dominique: The Anacapa Low GTX delivers the best comfort zone for my feet when hiking and they are runnable given their forefoot flexibility in the forefoot.
It is identical but for a higher mid height which may make it more suitable for more technical terrain and backpacking. The Anacapa Low Gore-Tex and its mid height sibling are available now. Some tested samples were provided at no charge for review purposes others were personal purchases. RoadTrail Run has affiliate partnerships and may earn commission on products purchased through affiliate links. These partnerships do not influence our editorial content The opinions herein are entirely the authors'.
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