Hoka Mach 5 review: a fast training shoe that can also hold its own on race day

When Hoka released the Mach 4, the running world embraced the shoe with open arms. It was priced keenly, yet packed a hell of a performance punch. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The Hoka Mach 5 takes learnings from the Mach 4, as well as the marque’s Mach Supersonic, blending the two great shoes. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Alas, the Mach 5 doesn’t go quite as minimalist as the Supersonic, but features a new, stripped-back creel mesh upper and lighter midsole set-up. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
We’ve been hitting the road in a pair for a number of weeks and here’s how we got on… (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The tongue has been redesigned, so it now lays flat against the top of the foot, while Hoka has introduced a variety of new colour schemes. It looks badass. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Plus, new creel jacquard engineered mesh upper offers a new tactile element, which feels softer and more figure-hugging on foot. It's also highly breathable. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
With a 5mm heel-to-toe drop, it’s not the highest stacked shoe on the market, but it offers a good amount of rocker to promote the appropriate foot striking. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The Hoka Mach 5 is a fantastic training shoe, offering enough cushioning to make even the toughest runs more bearable. It’s also intrinsically peppy. (image credit: The Gear Loop)