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REVIEW: Hoka One One Arahi

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Disclaimer:
This pair of shoes was provided by World of Sports Singapore for the purposes of a shoe review. 

Hoka One One has been known primarily for its maximalist highly cushioned neutral running shoes, but it has dipped its feet in the stability market once or twice before. Previous stability models by Hoka One One include the Hoka Constant v1 and v2, and Infinite. This year, Hoka discontinued the Infinite, and replaced it with two new stability models - the Arahi and the Gaviota.

The Arahi is positioned as the "responsive" stability shoe, with a slightly lower claimed weight, and the Gaviota is the "cushioned" stability shoe. The Arahi is in fact the first stability shoe from Hoka I've had the pleasure of trying, and indeed one of the (very) few stability shoes I've worn in the past few years.

Let's start with the basic specs.
Heel stack: 34mm Forefoot stack: 29mm Drop: 5mm Weight: 9.88oz (280g) (US9.5) Note: advertised weight is 9.5oz (269g) for US…

REVIEW: ASICS Gel Tartherzeal 5 Wide

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Disclaimer: these shoes were provided by ASICS Singapore for the purposes of a shoe review

I have had the ASICS Tartherzeal 5 in my hands for quite a few months now, but the review has taken longer than usual, primarily because this is a racing flat, and it's just harder to chalk up the miles in these bad boys. It may come as a surprise to some people, but this is in fact the only pair of Tartherzeals I have ever owned. Previous versions always felt a little too firm and minimal for my taste when I tried them on in the shops.

What's different about version 5? They put FlyteFoam in the midsole. I've become a huge convert to the vibration dampening properties of FlyteFoam ever since they hit it out of the park with the Noosa FF. The version i received is the "wide" version, which is a common size option in the Japanese shoe market. It's not strictly speaking a 2E width shoe, but marries a 2E-ish toe-box with a standard D width heel and mid-foot. The resultant p…