Hoka Mach 4 vs Hoka Mach 5: More Improvements?

To help decide, which one is better, it’s worth noting that the Mach 4 was the first shoe to ever debut with Hoka’s unique “rocker” sole technology, which has been used in all Hoka shoes ever since.

Hoka Mach 4

Mach 4

Hoka Mach 5 (Winner)

Mach 5

The Hoka Mach 5 is the updated version of the Mach 4. It weighs in at 7.1 ounces, which is slightly lighter than the 7.5 ounces of Mach 4. Surprisingly both shoe features a similar heel-to-toe drop of 5mm which everyone arguably likes.

This article will compare the two shoes and help you decide which one is right for you.

Quick Overview of Hoka Mach 5 And Hoka Mach 4

In this overview, we will compare the two shoes regarding cushioning, size, upper, and technology.

FeatureHoka Mach 4Hoka Mach 5
Athletic StyleRunningRunning
Size4, 5, 6, 6½, 7, 7½, 8, 8½, 9, 9½, 10, 10½, 11, 11½, 12, 12½, 13, 13½, 145, 6, 6½, 7, 7½, 8, 8½, 9, 9½, 10, 10½, 11, 11½, 12, 12½, 13, 13½, 14
Heel to Toe Drop5mm5mm
UpperEngineered MeshEngineered Mesh
Durability400 Miles350 Miles
CushioningPROFLY midsolePROFLY+ midsole
Durometer TestMid-40s33
Hoka Mach 4 and Mach 5 Comparison

Hoka Mach 4 vs Hoka Mach 5: Sole

Mach 5: The new version of ProFly+ is absolutely incredible. It is much softer than the ProFly+ found in the Mach Supersonic, giving more bounce as you push off your toes.

Mach 4: Hoka One One used an improved version of their sole unit, featuring their PROFLY foam. This is the same foam used for Carbon X racing shoes, where they offer 35mm under the heel and 30mm under the toe-box (a 5mm drop).

Hoka Mach 4 vs Hoka Mach 5: Upper

Mach 5: Has a new and improved creel jacquard engineered mesh upper. This upper is thinner and more breathable compared to other Mach uppers. People who found the upper of the Supersonic to be too tight will be happy to know that the Mach 5 has a roomier fit.

Mach 4: Featuring an updated upper design and an anatomical Achilles tab for extra support. The shoe fits true to size and features a soft and breathable upper that is accommodating to wide feet. The only downside is the thin laces which can become untied quickly and cause pressure across the top of the foot.

Hoka Mach 4 vs Hoka Mach 5: Performance

Mach 5: Known for its maximum cushioning, lightweight construction, and dynamic grip on any terrain. It has a full-length EVA midsole for maximum stability and a curved rocker for a smooth ride. Overall, the Hoka Mach 5 is an excellent running shoe that is perfect for any type of terrain and to keep going beyond 350 Miles.

Mach 4: Lightweight, breathable upper and meta-rocker geometry provide a comfortable and secure fit, while the early stage meta-rocker provides a smooth transition from heel to toe. This running shoe will not only provide you with maximum performance but will also last you up to 400 miles making it a perfect shoe for any runner looking for an advanced and lightweight shoe.

Hoka Mach 4 vs Hoka Mach 5: Price and Final Verdict

Mach 5: The Current price of the Hoka Mach 5 is $140. I don’t think it’s that much expensive, compared to all the breathtaking features it offers.

Mach 4: The Current price of the Hoka Mach 4 is $117 and can go up to $222 depending on the size and special colors.

Final Verdict: After thoroughly comparing Hoka Mach 4 and the Hoka Mach 5, it’s clear that Mach 5 is the way to go. It has the perfect blend of cushion, support, and responsiveness that make it an ideal shoe for long distance running. The Mach 5 has a modern design and the latest technology to help ensure a comfortable and enjoyable running experience.

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