2 important things about this shoe. First, it only weighs 9.3 ounces in the men’s version. That’s really light. It’s more than an ounce lighter than both the Asics GT-2000 and the Brooks Adrenaline, two of the most popular stability shoes on the planet. Second, the heel-to-toe drop on this shoe is just 5mm, which is much lower than most of the other stability shoes on the market. The Adrenaline is a 12mm drop, and the 2000 is a 10mm drop. The light weight and low drop, combined with the high amount of cushion, make this a really unique shoe.
The Arahi is Hoka One One’s new stability shoe. Arahi is a Moari word that means “Guide”, so it’s an appropriate name for this shoe which uses a dual density cushioning system to guide our feet through the gait cycle.
So let’s take a look a look at the stability. The Arahi uses Hoka’s J-Frame technology to deliver support and protection while guiding your foot. The J-Frame starts around the heel and extends up to the area near your big toe. This J-Frame will provide dynamic stability during that fraction of a second you’re landing and moving through the gait cycle and it will support your foot and keep you aligned correctly from the foot upward.
The upper is seamless and full in the toe box. It won’t work for you if you wear a wide, unless you go up in size. Other than that it’s true to size.
Those of you who wear stability shoes owe it to yourself to try the Arahi. While the Arahi looks bulkier, the truth is that it’s both lighter and has a far more aggressive heel drop than other popular stability shoes. It just has more cushion- and that’s a critical difference. We carry the Arahi in men’s and women’s models and they retail for $130.