HOKA ONE ONE Rincon 3 running shoe review - Women's Running

HOKA ONE ONE Rincon 3 running shoe review

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  September 13, 2021

Holly puts the new Rincon 3 to the test – is it worth the hype?


HOKA ONE ONE Rincon 3 | £105 | Tester: Holly Taylor

The classic Rincon from HOKA ONE ONE has had an upgrade – a lightweight and cushioned shoe, it's a perfect neutral runner for racing or hitting the roads

The HOKA ONE ONE Rincon is famous for delivering incredible cushioning in a featherlight package, and the latest upgrade is true to form. The Rincon 3’s vented mesh upper increases breathability, with an EVA midsole that offers HOKA’s signature comfort. The speedy Meta-Rocker tech that you’ll recognise from the Rincon 2 has been given a boost too, giving you quicker acceleration. What’s more, these beauties are vegan: perfect for a runner powered by plants.

Test run

I couldn’t wait to try these out: HOKA shoes are a staple among the Women’s Running team, but I’d never owned a pair and these were my first. The first thing that struck me when I unboxed them was the weight – they really are light as a feather, despite their chunky cushioned sole. The slim, flexible tongue and little pull tab made them easy to slip on and I had no teething problems on the first run: they were supremely comfortable and fit me like a glove from the off.

I tend to size up by half size whenever I’m getting a new pair of runners, and this was a good move with the Rincon 3 –there was a perfect amount of room in the toe box, which my feet thanked me for on each strike. HOKA also offer a wide fit on all their shoes, too, so you’re all the more likely to find your ideal pair of runners.

The improved Meta-Rocker tech in the sole is evident, and I felt as though I was springing off each landing. Even little old me could pass as speedy in these, and they’d make for excellent racers. Above all, though, the comfort is what reigns supreme, and I find myself able to run for longer before my feet start complaining: the perfect training shoe, so that’s what I’ll be using them for. They’re only my first pair of HOKAs, but I may very well be in love!

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

Meet the team

We use cookies to give you a better experience on womensrunning.co.uk. By continuing to use our site, you are agreeing to the use of cookies as set in our Cookie Policy.

OK, got it