Strategically placed zonal rubber on the outsole provides significant weight savings and a 5mm heel to toe drop delivers a best-on-ground cushion-to-weight ratio.
WA-based professional duathlete Matt Smith noticed an immediate difference between the Rincon 2 and Rincon 3 when lacing up to take the new release through its paces.
“It’s definitely more responsive and bouncier than the Rincon 2, softer through the midfoot and springer through the toe-off,” he said.
Featuring a 100 per cent vegan mesh upper, a moulded EVA sock liner and asymmetrical tongue construction provides weight savings and comfort.
Signature HOKA cushioning is guaranteed thanks to the compression moulded EVA midsole and it’s the early-stage Meta-Rocker that allows for a quick acceleration.
“Straight off the bat the first thing you’ll notice is how light they are on your feet. It honestly feels as light as an athletic spike. And the biggest upgrade I feel compared to the Rincon 2 is the new foam seems to be a little bit livelier especially under the midfoot as you toe off it seems to give a little bit more back,” Matt said.
“I think for threshold or track work and for the triathletes running off the bike I think this shoe is a good upgrade if you don’t want to run in a carbon-plated shoe, the Rincon, along with the Mach 4, going to be an option for you.”
The loud launch release colours of fluoro orange uppers for men and electric pink for women measures up to the promise of performance in the looks department as well.
Triathlon Australia president Michelle Cooper says she’s integrated the Rincon 3 into her regular shoe rotation and will be wearing them to race at the Sunshine Coast 70.3 on September 12.
“I use them for anything up to a half marathon making them perfect for the Sunny Coast half,” she said.
“They’re lighter than the Clifton 8, meaning I can keep my speed work ticking alongside my slightly longer tempo runs. I’ve also added them for my Thursday hill runs as they spring beautifully up through the return to help me bound up the inclines, yet protective enough on the downhill recoveries.”