The Hoka Clifton 8 is a well-padded and extremely comfortable shoe. It offers excellent bouncy and energizing underfoot cushioning, with grippy patches on the outsole. Generally, the shoe has quite a wide fit in comparison to other Hoka shoes, with a very roomy toe box. It has a slight rocker sole and is well-padded inside. Keep in mind that the additional padding may cause the shoe to be quite warm. The Clifton 8 might be slightly on the heavy side, though it looks much heavier than it is. It has a wider platform and wide and roomy fit, sometimes it is advised that you should opt for a narrower model if you have medium or narrow feet. The Clifton will make the perfect winter running shoe, that offers plenty of shock-absorbing padding under your feet.
The Hoka Mach 5 is an overrunning and jogging shoe that can be used for long-distance and marathon running, as well as for daily jogs and runs. It has a dual-density midsole, and a slightly more flexible sole, with a Meta-Rocker sole design. The Mach 5 has a much more sleek design, and a medium to a snug fit, quite the opposite of the Clifton 8. The Sleek Mach 5 is perfect for speedrunning and races, the Rocker sole takes the pressure off your feet, and provides excellent shock absorbency for running on hard surfaces. The shoe is much more breathable, with less padding than the Clifton 8.
Hoka Clifton 8 or Mach 5
The Clifton 8 is around $200 and up depending on the model, and size of the shoe.
The Mach 5 is surprisingly affordable and will cost between $130 and $170 depending on eth retailers.
The Clifton 8 is a good quality shoe, with some lovely features that make it well worth its price tag.
For such an affordable shoe the Mach 5 is good quality but with fewer features and hassles.
The Clifton is quite durable for road running. It has additional rubber patches on the outsole for durability and more flexible uppers.
The Mach 5 though is not as durable as the Clifton 8. Keep in mind it has an EVA-based outsole and regular mesh uppers.
The Clifton 8 is very comfortable and well-cushioned, however, it can get quite hot in summer.
The Mach 5 offers a more snug and comfortable fit and is lightweight and breathable with dual-density midsole cushioning.
Arch Support & Pronation Control
The Clifton is a Neutral shoe that is very well cushioned. It is suitable for neutral and high arch types, and neutral pronation.
The Mach 5 is also a neutral shoe however if you have a higher arch type I would rather o[t for the Clifton 8.
Surface & Terrain
The Clifton is suitable for roads and hard surfaces. It offers superb grip with additional rubber patches on the outsole.
The Mach 5 has an EVA and rubber blended sole and should only be used on roads and hard surfaces. I would also say that the Clifton 8 provides a better grip than the Mach 5.
The Clifton 8 has a very grippy and durable outsole. It has an EVA outsole with plenty of rubber patches.
The Mach 5 has more of an EVA outsole which some rubber inserts. It also has a Meta-Rocker-style sole.
The Clifton features a bouncy and soft well cushioned midsole and removable insole. It offers soft underfoot cushioning, and good shock absorbency.
The Mach 5 has a dual-density EVA midsole that is full-length. It offers slightly firmer cushioning.
The Clifton 8 has more flexible uppers. Because of its padded interior, it is a much more warm and cozy shoe.
The Mach 5 has very lightweight and breathable mesh uppers, with overlays, and offers a medium fit.
The Clifton has a heel height of 29 mm for men and 27 mm for women
The Mach 5 also has a heel height of 29 mm for men, and 27 mm for women.
Similarly, Clifton and Mach 55 have the same forefoot height. The height is 24mm for men and 22 mm for women
The Forefoot height for the Mach 5 is also 24 mm for men, and 22mm for women.
The Clifton 8 has a regular heel-to-toe drop of 5 mm.
The Mach 5 also has the same heel-to-toe drop at 5mm.
Fit and Sizing
The Clifton 8 has a very roomy and wide fit. There are also width options available.
With the Mach 5, the fit is generally snugger, and more of a medium fit with a roomy enough toe box.
The Clifton weighs 250 grams for men and 210 grams for women. It is a medium-weight shoe with plenty of padding.
The Mach 5 has less padding, but still a dense midsole. It is 232 grams for men, and 192 grams for women, slightly lighter in weight.
Buy; Hoka Clifton 8 or Rincon 3
Table of Contents
- Price Range
- Arch Support & Pronation Control
- Surface & Terrain
- Heel Height
- Forefoot Height
- Heel-to-Toe Drop
- Fit and Sizing