HOKA Rincon 3s Review
- Made for running
- Molded EVA sock liner
- Compression foam molded midsole
- Zonal rubber placement for weight distribution
- Asymmetrical tongue
I wore this style for the duration of my half marathon training from January through April 2023. Because this was during the Colorado winter, I was looking for sneakers that were known to be durable through cold and snowy weather while keeping up with the sometimes-unpredictable terrain. I really liked that this model was ready to go as soon as I laced them up for the first time, no break-in time needed. “HOKA's offer a unique fit and comfort level that is beneficial for all types of working out/walking. They offer a wide-toe box which is necessary in order for feet to be in their most comfortable position and not cramped, cramped feet can lead to multiple foot issues such as bunions, plantar fasciitis and shin splints,” says Dr. Schaeffer. Right off the bat, I noticed the bounciness of the sneakers and the way they hug my foot curvatures in all the right places. I did notice my ankles get sore after the first few wears, but I expected a little adjustment time since I jumped right into running from being almost fully sedentary all winter.
Here was my mistake: not only did I wear these for my training, but I also ended up wearing them for just about every other physical activity that required sneakers, like hiking, weightlifting, walking and just daily wear. I was putting 20+ miles into these sneakers on a weekly basis, so that should’ve been the only activity I was wearing them for considering that’s plenty of wear. Add in the other activities, I felt like it made them break down a little more quickly. I still wear these exact pair for walking and daily wear, but the cushy support has dwindled a bit. I will add that the tread still has good traction and the fit is still sturdy, though, making them easily still wearable.
I got a second pair of the same shoes (yup, same color, too) and have been wearing them for about a month or so now daily walks and light weightlifting and they’re holding up beautifully with just as much cushioning and support since day one. My bunions are thankful.