The Arahi 6 is a stability shoe in comparison to the Clifton 8. It is a stable running shoe for Overpronation with a roomy toe box fit and comfortable OrthoLite sock liner. The Arahi is suitable for running long and short distances and is perfect for individuals with a lower arch type. What I love about the Arahi 6 is the slightly firmer and more supportive compression molded EVA midsole for stability, which is well complemented with a softer and moisture-wicking OrthoLite sock liner for comfort.
The Clifton 8 is a substantial running shoe that is more suitable for colder weather conditions. The shoe has a very wide fit with plush padding inside, and very soft and bouncy underfoot cushioning. The Clifton 8 also offers a good grip on most surfaces with grippy rubber patches on the outsole. The uppers are slightly more flexible however not as breathable as the Arahi 6 model The Clifton also offers a removable insole that will allow you the use your your own orthotics.
The basic difference between the two shoes is that the Arahi is a stability shoe, whereas the Clifton is more neutral, and the Arahi is more suitable for all weather conditions, whereas the Clifton is ideal for colder weather conditions.
Hoka Arahi 6 or Clifton 8
The Arahi is priced between$170 and $200 which has much to do with the width and color options that you choose.
The Clifton 8 is available for around $130 up to 200, depending on the model, size and width that you choose.
The Arahi is a durable and excellent quality shoe that is reliable and worth its price as a stability shoe.
The Hoka Clifton is a good quality shoe with many features making it well worthy as a quality model.
The Arahi shoe itself is quite durable however the rubber part of the outsole is slightly on the thin side and can wear out quite fast.
The Hoka Clifton 8 is generally quite durable with thick padding and stretchable construction. The additional rubber patches on the outsole also improve durability.
The Arahi is a stiffer soled shoe that provides stability, and firmer under foot cushioning. It is breathable with a comfortable OrthoLite insole.
The Clifton 8 is comfortable and well-padded. It will feel like your feet are surrounded by clouds.
Arch Support & Pronation Control
The Arahi is a stability shoe for overpronation and persons with low or flat arches. It is the complete opposite of Clifton 8.
In terms of pronation and arch support the Clifton 8 is a complete neutral shoe, with plenty of cushioning for high arches.
Surface & Terrain
The Arahi has a thin but very grippy rubber part on the outsole that is suitable on wet or dry hard surfaces. However as a shoe for running fast, it will not be ideal.
The Clifton 8 is suitable for hard surfaces and roads. It is very grippy and known to do well on wet hard surfaces.
The Arahi has an EVA foam sole that has a 2.1mm rubber tread that is very grippy and slip resistant.
The Clifton 8 has a durable EVA and rubber outsole with additional rubber patches for grip. It also has a slight rocker style sole.
There is a slightly firmer Compression molded EVA midsole for stability. The Arahi 6 also features a comfortable and moisture-wicking OrthoLite Sock liner.
The Clifton has a very plush and bouncy midsole, with a soft and plush insole for plenty of cushioning.
The Arahi features Open Engineered mesh uppers, with a smooth moisture wicking lining, and TPU overlays for structure. It has a roomy toe box and a comfortable fit.
The Clifton 8 features mesh uppers that are more flexible. It is well-padded inside with a very wide fit.
The Arahi 6 will have a very high stacked 35 mm heel. The entire Meta-Rocker sole will have a high stack height.
There is a heel height of 29 mm for men and 27 mm for women in the Clifton. The height is quite average in most Hoka shoes.
The Arahi will have a 30 mm forefoot height which is quite a high stack height.
The Forefoot of the Clifton is 24 mm for men and 22 mm for women
There will be an average 5mm heel to toe drop in the Arahi 6 which is general for most Hoka Shoes.
Similarly, the Clifton 8 will also have a 5mm heel-to-toe drop.
Fit and Sizing
The Arahi 6 has been improved to have a much wider fit and toe box. It is also available in different width options.
The Hoka Clifton 8 is also a very wide fitting shoe, with a roomy toe box. There may be more width options available depending on the specific model.
The Arahi weighs 264 grams for men and 216 grams for women. It is reasonably lightweight.
The Clifton 8 is slightly lighter in weight. It is 250 grams for men and 210 grams for women.
Buy; Hoka Arahi 6 or Clifton 8
Table of Contents
- Price Range
- Arch Support & Pronation Control
- Surface & Terrain
- Heel Height
- Forefoot Height
- Heel-to-Toe Drop
- Fit and Sizing