Named for the Māori word for strength and support, the Kaha delivers both. With surprising speed, it makes the ups easier and the downs quicker. When hiking over long distances, this trekking shoe will deliver you to your destination in comfort and safety. Unequaled in its weight-to-cushion ratio, the Kaha offers the full HOKA ONE ONE® package—proprietary foams, patented geometries and exceptional Vibram® Megagrip traction. Soft and smooth, but inherently supportive, the Kaha features an eVent® waterproof bootie that’ll keep your feet comfortable and dry regardless of the conditions. And an adjustable lacing system provides a lockdown fit regardless of your foot type. The world is your oyster.
• Full-grain, waterproof leather for a durable and supportive upper
• EVA Top layer for plush comfort next to the foot
• Rangi bottom foam offers durable cushioning and a responsive feel
• Vibram® Megagrip hi-traction outsole with 5mm lugs
• Multidirectional lugs for supreme grip on varied terrain
Before taking these shoes bush walking, I tested them by taking a brisk 8km walk, half on hard surfaces, concrete/asphalt, half on compacted dirt road similar to many walking trails. I wore thin socks on purpose to test if they cause blisters. The Good parts: - cushioning is superb and sufficiently firm to maintain stability - the sole's grip on surfaces is very good - the shoes fit my feet well The REALLY bad parts: - the inserts have relatively sharp and hard edges that are not curved away from the foot and point straight up. This produced multiple blisters along the low edges of both my feet where they rubbed against the inserts. This is a disappointing design in a relatively expensive shoe that sells on comfort. The inserts need to be redesigned. - the top of shoe has edges sown with a narrow and relatively hard piece of tape (as can be clearly seen in the olive green version). The problem is that on one of the shoes this tape was sown a little too tight and top edges curve towards inside. The end result is that it rubs against the back of my shin. On the 8km it only produced redness, but would also cause a wound if I was on an full day or longer walk. The top edge of hiking shoes NEED TO BE PADDED, with no hard edges on the inside. This needs to be fixed in the next redesign of this shoe. I replaced the inserts and I think this will stop my feet getting blisters. I am not sure what to do about the upper edges rubbing against my shins (for this I take one star off as I had not been able to fix or compensate for the problem). If I had taken these shoes out on a full day walk without change, they would have destroyed my feet. I still love them because I think they offer superb protection over rocky terrain and I think the problems with them can be fixed... but am a little disappointed that obvious things were missed and no more thought was not given to walk testing and designing them for all around comfort.