Runner nerd alert!
Yes, I track the mileage on my shoes; and yes, I assign each pair a number.
With my first pair of Hoka One One Bondi Speeds (HBS1) at just over 200 miles and with a coupon for trisports.com in my possession, I picked up a second pair (HBS2) this week.
I originally wasn’t sure about Bondi Speeds, having been firmly committed to my Kinvara 3s for quite some time; but, I was looking for options to address my knee issues during June/July (which ultimately ended up being my IT band.) I already run trails in Hoka Stinson EVOs, so I knew and loved how those ran and figured the road shoes would be just as good – maybe even better. After reading a bunch of reviews, I went for it and fell in love.
The Bondi Speeds have just the right amount of support and cushion, without the weight – some think they look “heavy,” until they give them a try (they only weigh 1.8 oz more than the K3.) They have almost the same drop as the Kinvara 3s too (4.5mm vs. 4mm), so I haven’t sacrificed anything really with the switch – speed, comfort, etc. They have also worn well, showing minimal overall tread wear after 214.81 miles.
Bottom line: I’m sold.
I ran in my Kinvara 3s one day last week and still like them; but my primary road shoe is now the Bondi Speeds. I was torn at first, but not anymore.
Don’t worry HBS1, you’ve still got miles to go and are still in the rotation!
Training Journal – 8/21/13:
- Current plan: Mix of running and biking: Bicycling focus week
- Today’s session: 1-hour ride
- Comments: I rode for 1:13:38 for 21.13 miles @ 17.2 mph avg & avg cadence of 87