First Look Shoe Review: Rincon 2 with Lucy Clark
Victorian-based marketing manager, adventurer and running coach Lucy Clark has been testing herself and the new HOKA ONE ONE Rincon 2 shoes and has found the lightweight road runners the perfect addition to her shoe rotation. She tells us why in this first look review of the Rincon 2.
I’ve been running in the first version of the HOKA ONE ONE Rincon for the past 12 months. They are my go-to road shoe and I wore them while training for and during my 3,000km FKT along the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. They protected my feet from the constant daily pounding – try running 50+kms on the road for 3 days straight and you’ll know what I mean.
Since getting my hands (or, should I say, feet) on a pair of the Rincon 2, I’ve run well over 200km in them. I typically run two speed sessions a week, ranging from 12 x 300m intervals to 1km repeats, plus a solid long run of 20+km on the weekend.
The latest model has retained the same lightness and cushioning as the original. It’s actually surprising how light these shoes are given they have a 26mm stack [the women’s Rincon 2 weighs 204g]. The deep heel cup also means there is no slippage, especially for those with skinny feet like myself. The handy heel tab makes them easy to pull on and off.
The early-stage Meta Rocker adds a little pop to my stride and encourages me to run on my mid to forefoot. The wide toe box also ensures that I don’t get any black toe-nails during those long, grinding weekend runs (nor did I get any in NZ, which is a minor miracle.)
The biggest difference I’ve found between the first release and the updated second version is the all-new upper. It is slightly thicker and more stable than the original, giving the shoe a glove-like feel. My foot is secure and I feel like I have more control during speed sessions, especially when running corners on a track. Whilst the upper might be thicker, the shoe is extremely breathable and my feet never run hot.
I genuinely get excited whenever I pull these shoes on. I feel fast and nimble, and that boost of confidence helps me to nail my workouts.
If you’d like to learn more about the Rincon 2 and the difference between this neutral road running shoe and the best-selling Clifton 7 check out HOKA shoe guru Roger Hanney’s explainer on our YouTube channel.