Built like no other trail shoe, the SPEEDGOAT is an expression of total technical domination. The form-fitting hydrophobic mesh upper hugs your foot, becoming intimate with its exact shape as you work together, seamlessly, with one of the best executed midsole-outsole arrays ever made available to endurance athletes looking for the perfect blend of dependable protection and dynamic performance. HOKA's injected EVA feels plush enough for long days on the trail but responsive enough for anything from obstacle racing to half-marathons. The 4mm lugs on the sticky VIBRAM MEGAGRIP outsole feel irresistible, carrying you quickly up soft clay banks and with precision across wet, angled rock faces. Fast, cushioned, grippy, and light, the shoe that carries Karl Meltzer's nickname in honour of his 50km SKYRUN couldn't have been better engineered. This shoe is a weapon. It certainly isn't built for everyone, but if you like it better the gnarlier things get, then it's definitely built for you.
Lightweight No Sew SpeedFrame Construction
Welded Synthetic Overlays Provide Support
Welded Microfiber Underlays Provide
Durable, Injection Molded EVA
Balanced Meta-Rocker Geometry
VIbram® Rubber MEGAGRIP Outsole with 4mm Lugs
Trail Specific Outsole Flexion Grooves Provide Stability
What can I say, other than what I had typed in the headline. Went for a short 9.5km run after work today and decided to try these out for my training, running both on road and trail surface. The grip and comfort was amazing, huge change from the 2015 Challenger ATR's I previously used where it left the top of my feet sore even after a short run. First wear of these shoes were amazing, nothing can beat a fresh clean brand new pair of Hoka One One's. Highly recommend these shoes to anyone that does any kind of trail running or even those that do a bit of road running, still felt great on hard surfaces. Will definitely buy another pair once these have run too many km's.
HOKA One One were recommended to me by a Triathlete - at the time I was doing my best to get a bit of weight off and get fit but was struggling with both Ankle and Calf soreness. I persisted with selecting a few different brands of shoes but as I increased the kilometres I also started to get hip pain and had to back off. I finally bit the bullet and ordered my first pair of Speadgoat shoes and although I have only recently recieved them I am easily running five kilometres every other morning with no ankle or calf soreness and am now looking forward to steadily increasing the kilometres I am running.
My first impression when i picked up the Speedgoat was how light it felt. I went for a 25k trail run. Along some wet areas, down stairs, across creeks and along some fire trail. The grip is definitely an improvement of previous Hoka trail shoes I have worn. I will be doing some long runs in these to really test them out. I am trying to decide on what shoe I will use for UTMB this year.