2019 Kona - Top 15 Pro Men Run Gear

No one run shoe dominated the top of the men’s Kona field, but there were two pairs of Asics, Nike and Hoka One One, plus a single New Balance among the top seven finishers. However, the 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 15th place finishers wore variants of the Nike Vaporfly shoes.

1. Jan Frodeno

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 165 lbs.
Run Split: 2:42:43
Overall time: 7:51:13

Clothing: Ryzon Myth aero suit
Running shoes: Asics Tokyo 2020 prototype
Insoles: Yes
Sunglasses: Oakley Radarlock

2. Timothy O’Donnell

Height: 6’0”
Weight: 164 lbs.
Running time: 2:49:44
Total time: 7:59:40

Clothing: Castelli all out
Running shoes: Hoka One One Carbon Rocket
Sunglasses: Oakley
Other: Garmin Forerunner 945

3. Sebastian Kienle

Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Run Split: 2:49:56
Overall time: 08:02:04

Clothing: Orca RS1 Dream Kona custom design
Running shoes: New Balance prototype
Insoles: custom
Sunglasses: Oakley Ever Blade
Other: Polar Vantage V

4. Ben Hoffman

United States
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 159 pounds
Running time: 2:43:08
Overall time: 8:02:52

Clothing: Zoot Ultra Custom kit
Running shoes: Nike Next % Custom Flyknit upper
Insoles: Nike
Sunglasses: Oakley EVZero Blade
Other: Garmin Forerunner 920 XT

5. Cameron Wurf

Height: 6’ 0”
Weight: 157 pounds
Run split: 2:55:03
Overall time: 8:06:41

Run kit maker: Castelli
Running shoe: Nike Vaporfly
Eyewear: Koo
Other: Garmin Watch

6. Joe Skipper

Great Britain
Height: 181cm
Weight: 76KG
Run split: 2:53:30
Overall time: 8:07:46

Clothing: Endura QDC tri suit
Running shoes: Hoka One One Rincon
Other: GPS watch broke in swim so no watch, elastic laces (a cheap pair off Amazon).

7. Braden Currie

New Zealand
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Run split: 2:46:25
Overall time: 8:08:48

Clothing: Cannibal sleeveless Tri-Suit
Running shoes: Asics Tartherzeal
Sun glasses: Oakley
Other: Garmin forerunner music

8. Philipp Koutny

Height: 184 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Running time: 2.57.51
Total time: 8.10.29

Clothing: Skinfit Bullet Trisuit custom made
Running shoes: Nike Vaporfly Next %
Sun glasses: Oakley Jawbreaker
Other: Garmin Forerunner 645, Omius Headband

9. Bart Aernouts

Height: 184cm
Weight: 75kg
Running time: 2:51:08
Total time: 4:19:47

Clothing: Bioracer Custom Speedwear
Running shoes: On Cloudflow 2
Insoles: standard On Cloudflow insoles
Compression socks: yes or no: no
Sun glasses: Uvex Sportstyle 116 black
HRM Polar Vantage Titan

10. Chris Leiferman

Rider Height: 6'
Rider Weight: 170lbs
Running time: 2:52:19
Total time: 8:13:37

Clothing: Craft
Running shoes: Nike Vaporfly Next %
Sunglasses: Uvex
Other: Orca speed laces and Polar Vantage Titon

11. Jan van Berkel

Height: 179cm
Weight: 72kg
Running time: 2:47:36
Total time: 8:15:19

Clothing: Odlo
Running shoes: Nike Vaporfly Next%
Sunglasses: Oakley Radar EV Path
Other: Garmin Forerunner 935

12. Tim Reed

Height: 170 cm
Weight: 63kgs
Running time: 2:55:51
Total time: 8:17:37

Clothing: Santini Triathlon Prototype
Running shoes: Nike Vaporfly Next %
Sunglasses: Oakley Sutro
Other: Polar Vantage V watch

13. Michael Weiss

Height: 188cm
Weight: 79kg
Running time: 02:54:34
Total time: 08:18:02

Clothing: LeXXi AeroSmartSuits
Running shoes: Nike Vaporfly Next%
Insoles: custom
Sunglasses: Oakley Radar
Other: Omius headband and forearm units (cooling technology)

14. Andy Potts

United States
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 165 lbs
Run Split: 2:58:58
Overall time: 8:19:30

Shoes - Altra Aloha Escalante Racers
Socks - CEP Ultralight Socks
Headwear - Boco AP Racing do-rag and funky headband
Sunglasses- Koo Open Cube
Nutrition holders - Nathan quick shot and Infinit flasks

15. Daniel Baekkegaard

Height 190cm
Weight 78kg
Run Split: 2:49:50
Overall time: 8:19:38

Run kit maker: Castelli
Running shoe brand and model: Nike Vaporfly 4%
Footbeds/Insoles: Snow Fun insoles
Eyewear: Oakley Sutro
Other Garmin GPS

Photographs by Timothy Carlson: 1-7, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 15; Photographs by Ingo Kutsche Photography: 8, 10, 11.