Just received my much anticipated pair of Rapa Nui Comp’s, Hoka One One’s new “racing flat” for 2013. Very excited to finally get to slide these on! I’ve been combing the web for any info I could find on these. Not much out there. Though this isn’t a review of these shoes (I’ll trial these for a week or so before posting any opinions), I thought I’d give everyone a first-hand look at what these things look like just out of the box. A few observations. The midsole is actually not a true white, it is rather some sort of off-white, but not beige, possibly bordering on gray. The “leather” that rims the top of the ankle is also this grayish color. Of course, the Rapa Nui come with the Hoka speed lacing system, which is very nice. They also provide very helpful elastic loops along the top of the upper for securing the laces. The tongue of the shoe is unattached down both sides of the upper, but the lacing system does connect through the tongue at about the midpoint. This will hopefully reduce any side slide of the tongue while in action. The insole, as you can see from the pictures, is quite thin, bordering on nonexistent. My previous pair of Stinson Evo’s did come with several insole options. This is almost a non-issue for me, as I use Montrail moldable inserts in all of my shoes. I simply slide the insert over the existing insole and roll. There are also two nicely placed loops on the tongue and heel of the upper to assist in getting the Rapa Nui’s on. Very nice. The lugs are small but well placed and sturdy. I think they’ll provide superb traction on just about any terrain. I purchased a size 11.5 (US) and they feel very true to size. I’ve always felt that the Hoka shoes run a little big, so I usually size down a half-size. Perfect fit with my inserts in over the factory insoles. I can definitely feel the reduced stack height, in comparison to the Stinson Evo’s, but the cushion seems just about perfect. I’m betting it will take about a week of good wear to soften them up. Check back soon for my full review of how the Hoka One One Rapa Nui Comp’s perform out on the trail!