The Arkali heralds a new breed of hiking shoe. There’s off-road, off- trail and then there’s off the map. HOKA ONE ONE® has just gone vertical with the Arkali. A combination of running shoe innovation (light and comfortable), climbing shoe technology (exceptional grip and traction) and hiking boot engineering (rugged and protective), the Arkali looks ready for anything. And with a MATRYX® upper, high-abrasion toe cap and adjustable heel and ankle straps, it is.
It features a PROFLYTM midsole, which has a softer heel and more responsive toe off, plus 5mm multidirectional Vibram® Megagrip rubber lugs. The Arkali is waiting to take you to the top of the world.
Out of the box shoes have a solid feel due to protective rubber toe box and substantial Vibram sole. Fit up was great with lacing down to the toes and a Velcro strap around the ankle for full adjustment. Walking in the shoe felt secure and comfortable, not as cushioned as my Hoka Challengers but pretty good for a 'Hiker'. Need to do some multi day hikes with a pack, but first impressions indicate I have made a good choice for my lightweight hiking trips.