The original Clifton was a home run for Hoka, and has garnered a faithful following. Round 4 keeps the momentum going by dialing in the upper while maintaining the expected ride. The upper is a nicely done combination of closed mesh with printed overlays that wrap the foot effectively, providing a comfortable fit. Subtly textured linings manage moisture well, while providing an almost-plush feel against the foot. The midsole continues with the rocker geometry which defines the Clifton; its thick foam layer cushions nicely without impeding faster running. The outersole continues with a very minimal design: just a few pieces of carbon rubber at the heel and toe, strategically placed in the highest-wear areas of the sole. The performance of the Clifton 4 is what’s expected of a Clifton: lightweight, quick, and well cushioned.
Testers: ”Love the foot-hugging fit. Light and cushiony— like a cloud, but responsive.”
Updates the Clifton 3
Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 5–11 B,D
Weight: Men 10.4 oz. (size 11); Women 8.3 oz. (size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Geometry: rocker bottom