Just received my new pair of the Hoka One One Rapa Nui 2 Tarmac’s. This is not a review, but just some detailed pics of these much anticipated trainers. I was fortunate to have been one of the few in the States that was able to get a pair of the original Rapa Nui’s (Trail version), as they were not released to the US market.
I’ve tested both the Stinson Evo Trail’s and the original Rapa Nui Trail’s with mixed results. While the cushion and ride in both shoes was undeniably great, I found the upper to just be far too uncomfortable for my liking. The Rapa Nui 2, however, sports the new Hoka seamless upper design, which I am hopeful will cure this shortcoming.
The 2′s were shipped with the usual speedlaces, but the folks at Hoka also included a nice set of standard laces, as probably 50% of users tend to NOT like the speedlace system. This is something that they did not do with the first version. The trail and tarmac versions are the same, with only the addition of the Hoka lugs on the sole of the trail version to differentiate them. I opted for the tarmacs in an effort to bridge the gap between road and trail, though 90% of my running is done on trail. I am hopeful that they will perform well on standard access road and most semi to non-technical single track. I also think that this version is BY FAR the most appealing color scheme they’ve put out!
As far as I know, Boulder Running Company is the only US online retailer to handle this model. I have to give BRC a big plug here. They shipped the incorrect shoe and size on my first order, but after being contacted about the mistake, quickly sent the correct shoe and size without even waiting for the return. Excellent customer service! Looking forward to getting these out and seeing how they perform.
“Less money. Less problems.” I’m a Dakota Jones fan. I hope he wins this weekend at TNF50 San Francisco. The guys at Mountain Magazine caught up with Dakota for, errrrr, an interview…I guess. The only info I got from it was that he hates Red Bull, likes Matthiessen books, and is aware of the link between alcohol ingestion and insomnia. Still, it’s always good to hear from Young Money…even if there aren’t any of those Jones-patented graphs included. Read it here
Only 4 more sleeps til we all find out if we get an invitation to Squaw next year. Though we have to wait, some folks are already in. So, how’d that happen? In an effort to increase selection transparency, RD Craig Thornley published a list of all the pre-lottery automatic entrants…and more importantly, how they got in.
— Craig Thornley (@lord_balls) December 3, 2013
Well, it’s 10 days til ultrarunner Christmas! Check out the final registration and ticket count for the big enchilada here. All of us here at Team RFO (me!) would also like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We have much to be thankful for…especially if your name is yanked out of that hat next Saturday!
I’ve been a fan of Patagonia gear for some time now. I think my first purchase was a Synchilla pullover somewhere around 25 years ago. Since then, I’ve purchased numerous pieces from their range and I’ve never been disappointed. As we sit on the cusp of one of the most disgusting examples of our Western gluttony, Black Friday, I find this short film to be rather poignant. Though I admittedly possess far more than I could ever need, I am constantly trying to reduce my footprint and use my possessions to their end-point. The lessons in this film are great food for thought. Hope you enjoy!