The Arahi 6 much similar to the Gaviota 4 is a stability running shoe with a very high stacked sole.
Both are quite substantial stability shoes suitable for individuals with low and flat arches, that tend to Overpronate.
The Gaviota 4 has more interior padding than the Arahi and has a heavier and more comfortable feel on your feet. The Arahi on the other hand is more lightweight and has an especially grippy thin rubber outsole for wet and dry hard surfaces.
Overall you will find that these two shoe models are quite similar in features, however, the Arahi 6 could be a more expensive side, also with more colorways available.
The Arahi 6 makes for an excellent running and jogging shoe, you could even use it for training or on the treadmill, though many people have complained that the added rubber patches on the sole are too grippy. Thus I would not advise the Arahi 6 for fast running or for sprinting at all but rather just for regular training and jogging.
The Gaviota 4 is a slightly warmer and more padded shoe that is heavy for running, and more suitable for colder weather conditions. It offers excellent impact absorption and is ideal for foot pain and heel pain such as plantar fasciitis.
Overall the Gaviota is a much heavier and thickly padded shoe than the Arahi, which can also be more suitable for winter, as the Arahi is cooler and more breathable.
Hoka Arahi 6 or Gaviota 4
The Arahi 6 goes for between $199 and $280 which will depend on the model, size, and width of the shoe. It is expensive but worth the price.
The Gaviota on the other hand is around $140 to $250, which similarly depends on the size, color, and model that you choose.
The Arahi 6 is an excellent quality shoe with some ideal stability features.
Similarly, the Gaviota 4 is a well-constructed and good-quality stability shoe.
The Arah 6 is quite durable, however, the rubber outsole is only 2.1mm thin which could wear out fast.
The Gaviota 4 is a more robust and durable running shoe in dry environments for road running.
The Arahi 6 is a comfortable stable shoe with a moisture-wicking OrthoLite footbed. It is breathable and lightweight.
The Gaviota 4 is slightly heavier and has plush padding inside and a removable insole.
Arch Support & Pronation Control
The Arahi 6 is a stability shoe. It is ideal for Overpronation, and people with low or flat arches and a heel or forefoot strike.
The Gaviota 4 is also a stability shoe, with a little more padding for impact absorption. It is suitable for overpronation, low arches, and ideal for heel pain.
Surface & Terrain
The Arahi 6 has a very grippy outsole. It is suitable for roads and hard surfaces and offers a good grip n wet surfaces.
The Gaviota 4 has a durable and hardy outsole for roads and hard surfaces.
The Arahi has an EVA outsole with a 2.1 mm very grippy rubber tread.
The Gaviota 4 has a durable and stable outsole with a very high stack height and rubber grips.
The Arahi 6 has a firmer compression molded EVA midsole for stability. There is also a softer OrthoLite insole.
The Gaviota likewise has a firmer EVA midsole and very high stack height. It also has a thick, and removable cushioned insole.
The Arahi 6 features engineered mesh uppers with TPU overlays for stability. It has a roomy toe box and a comfortable padded collar.
The Gaviota 4 is much similar with a roomy toe box, and padded collar. It has Engineered mesh uppers and plenty of padding inside which makes it slightly less breathable.
The Arahi has a heel height of 35 for men and women. The height is quite a high stack, the shoe has a very thick platform sole design for good stability and shock absorbency.
The Gaviota has a much higher 40 mm heel stack height for men, and 37 mm for women.
The Arahi has a 30mm stack height in the forefoot. It is similar for men and women.
The Gaviota 4 has a 35 mm forefoot height for men and 32 mm for women.
The Arahi has a 5 heel-to-toe drop, and a large platform.
The Gaviota has a 5 mm heel-to-toe drop. It has a very wide and high-stacked platform.
Fit and Sizing
The Arahi has a general medium fit and a roomy toe box. It is available in wider widths.
The Gaviota has a slightly wider fit and roomy toe box design, with more width options available.
The Arahi 6 weighs 264 for men and 216 for women which is lighter than most Hoka shoes.
The Gaviota 4 is 323 grams for men, and 264 grams for women. As you can see it is much heavier and more padded than the Arahi 6.
Buy; Hoka Arahi 6 or Gaviota 4
Table of Contents
- Price Range
- Arch Support & Pronation Control
- Surface & Terrain
- Heel Height
- Forefoot Height
- Heel-to-Toe Drop
- Fit and Sizing