Just posted this as a product review for Holabird Sports. Thought it told a pretty good story, so I'm sharing it here:
I have been a Brooks promotional runner for 20+ years. That ended in 2014. So, I am a ship at sea without a rudder.
I'm 58, probably 200+ marathon and ultra events to date. I am slowing down and the shock and jarring of running is getting to me. I have been watching the Hoka movement...this year at the Umstead 100 mile, almost half the field was Hoka.
So when Holabird offered an amazing sale price I got a pair of Bondi 3's. Amazing cushioning, but that wasn't enough. I'm desperate, so I slipped a pair of Dr. Scholl's Active Sport inserts inside. The ride is so cush it's like having mattresses under your feet.
Big problem is that I'm a size 13 and these play out way too wide. Maybe it's the big platform the shoes are build on, but with these Hoka's, I'm running on them, more than in them. But at this stage of the game, I'll adapt to get the cushioning I need.
Will Hoka's let me eke out a few more years, a few more miles? Time will tell.