Team #MyPursuit have had a big summer. Our group of everyday athletes from SportPursuit HQ have taken on new challenges, pushed themselves further than before, and generally made the most of the awesome events out there. The one thing that was with us every step of the way, from early morning training sessions to crossing the finish line? Top notch kit from brands we tried, tested and loved.
For our keen runners and hikers a crucial piece of kit is getting footwear that feels right, connects you to the ground and enables you to perform your best. With the help of our friends at Hoka One One we tested a wide range of shoes over many conditions. Some of the team had tried and loved Hoka’s footwear at our night running session, some were completely new to the brand and the maximum cushioning design. Here’s how we got on…
I started to run in the Hoka Clifton 5 and they are so comfy. Especially as I was building distance the lightweight cushioning kept my feet much more comfortable than I expected – it feels like running on clouds and my feet approve! Now after a more chilled summer after the marathon my Hoka’s are still the best answer to the questions, “what shoes should I run in today?”Melanie ran her first marathon at Edinburgh this summer.
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With a trip of this scale I really wanted to be confident in my kit choices – you don’t have much margin for spare kit or poor performance so you want to be able to rely on a few key items. Hoka Kaha boots were my boot of choice for this trip: really lightweight, comfortable and sturdy!Ben hiked the Manalsu circuit, a remote path in the Himalayas taking in altitudes of up to 5,100m over 15 days of trekking.
After my first triathlon at Ironman New Zealand I was looking to push my performance a step further. On a challenging run leg in the Welsh slate quarries of Snowdonia I was really grateful for the balance and comfort from the cushioning of the Hoka Mach, in a remarkably light race-ready shoe.Will raced the Legend distance at the Slateman Triathlon by Always Aim High Events, a tough trail triathlon in the heart of Snowdonia.
A group of runners from SportPursuit’s London HQ headed up to the iconic Snowdonia Trail Marathon – some running their first marathon, half, or even the 60km Ultra distance! The legendary Hoka Speedgoat seemed like the perfect tool for this type of challenging trail running.
Ultra distances really put your resilience to the test, and the tough, technical terrain around (and over) Snowdon really added to the challenge. It was great to feel confident that the Hoka Speedgoats could take everything in their stride. Aggressive grip on the sole kept you rooted on the mountain and maximal cushioning can soak up the miles even as fatigue starts to set in – especially useful on the final descent off Snowdon!Sophie ran the Ultra distance of the Snowdonia Trail Marathon, a stunning route ending with the ascent and descent of Snowdon, taking in more than 2,200m of ascent over 60km.
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