“Stability Without Compromising Comfort” – Reviewing the Hoka Gaviota 5

With the leaves changing colors and the skies turning to gray, it was kind of perfect to open up a box from HOKA and see a burst of spring before me. These beautiful Gaviota 5 shoes have already gained some puddle-marks and dirt spots from use.

My pair of shoes (thanks HOKA!) are Airy Blue Sunlit Ocean. I’m in for putting my shoes on the sidewalks rather than protected on the shelves. There is a lot more dirt to come for these shoes.

The thick cushion is forcing me to step a bit higher to avoid tripping over the uneven sidewalks in my neighborhood. That same cushion is also great for the growing puddles where the sidewalks end. The insoles are easily removable; maybe to help with drying. I’ll have to experiment with that option.

A portion of the bottom cover comes up over the front to provide a bit of extra guard against the rocks and sticks ahead. The fabric cover was warmer than I anticipated, and led to a change in sock plans during the second outing. I like how the branding is sewn on and appears durable without overtaking the rest of the shoe’s style.

In looking at the HOKA website to learn more about the details on the shoes, I came across the comments section. I appreciated that the company provided responses to the more negative reviews with offers of help or replacement. The overall rating was 3.9 out of 5 stars, demonstrating that HOKA wasn’t filtering out the responses or ignoring areas for improvement.

Thanks to spending time on the HOKA website, I also learned some things that my own miles could not have taught me. Gaviota 5 were designed for everyday running and walking, rather than trails or track miles. The details repeatedly include “cushioning,” “stabilizing,” and “technology.”

These folks put the science to work in crafting a supportive shoe for your neighborhood miles. And the fact the shoe is made from recycled materials and is vegan means perfect set up for a Portland runner or walker.


Hoka Gaviota 5 $175


  • Weight:9.1 oz (Womens 9)
  • Drop: 6 mm


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