I am going to start this review by giving Hoka some credit for their customer service! I sent another pair of Hoka’s back for warranty issues. If you are not aware Hoka offers a 1 year warranty against material defects on all their shoes. Since my other Hokas tore up in the same place on both feet and the tongue started to fall out after about 75 miles, Hoka sent me a credit for them to use on their website which covered the the cost and shipping of the Speedgoats. HOka really does stand by their product and has really impressed me in that regard.
The Hoka One One Speedgoat is one of the most anticipated running shoes for Fall. Designed in collaboration with legendary Ultra Racer Karl Meltzer, AKA The Speedgoat, this shoe boasts some of the best trail specific features to date from Hoka. The Speedgoat is built on the Rapi Nui platform so those familiar with the Rapi Nui will be more or less familiar with the basic features of the shoe. Of course this being a Hoak shoe there is plenty of cushion to absorb all the impact that the trails can dish out. The Heel has a stack height of 33mm with a 28mm stack height in the forefoot. This gives it a little more cushion than the Challenger ATR. There is a 5mm heel to toe drop overall. The mesh upper is entirely seamless to insure a secure fit and no hotspots. the welded overlays on the upper really make this shoe look fast. The tongue has just enough padding to keep it from rubbing and has bee stitched into the upper to keep it place and help keep debris out. The heel has a nicely padded collar which adds to the overall comfort. Hoka really added some nice features to the outsole with 5mm Vibram lugs and flex grooves. The Vibram lugs are super sticky and grip to almost any terrain you can find. The new flex grooves really help to add to the responsiveness of the ride and allow the shoe to flex over the changing terrain. Overall weight is 9.7 ounces in a US size 9 according to Hoka’s site.
With some many great features one might think could be the perfect trail shoe, right? While this shoe is pretty good it is not perfect. The biggest complaint with this shoe on most if the reviews I have read is that it is too narrow and tight in the forefoot. I sized mine up by a half size and have not experienced that particular problem. I will say that even with that I have the perfect amount of room any smaller and my toes would be slammed up against the toe of the shoe. It does run small in my opinion and I highly recommend that you size up by at least a half size. The other issue I have with the shoe is the size of the mesh on the upper. The openings are much larger than many other shoes and allow loose dirt and debris to get in. It is not a lot that gets in but definitely more than I am used to with other trail shoes I have used. That being said none of the issues are what I consider deal breakers when it comes to using this shoe. Overall this is a great shoe by Hoka and can easily be a standout shoe for them. With a few minor tweaks Hoka could almost have the perfect combination of cushioning, durability and weight. I highly recommend that you get out, try on a pair of Speedgoats and explore your local trails!
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