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Review: Hoka One One Speedgoat

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The Hoka One One Speedgoat packs excellent grip and rugged durability into a lightweight trail shoe. I’ve put 120 miles on my Speedgoats (31 miles being Grand Ridge 50k report here). I’ve worn the shoes for road runs in the snow and in the ice. The shoes provided enough grip on normal ice but I started to slip a little on black ice. The shoes have preformed extremely well in the mud durning my trail runs. The Speedgoat’s make me wish I could get out to the trail everyday.

120 miles and the lugs show very little wear.

The shoe is built on an injected EVA midsole with 4mm Vibram® rubber lugs. The upper is a mesh that offers good breathability while still having padding for comfort in the right spots. The front has a ground-rubber toecap for toe protection. Like most Hoka One One shoes the Speedgoat has a reasonable 5mm drop (heel 33mm, forefoot 28mm). The fit of the shoe is very similar to the Hoka One One Clifton 2 (review here). All of the grip, cushion, and protection comes in at only 9.7 oz for a men’s size 9.

My only complaint is a very picky. The heel of the shoe extends out from the shoe. I’ve never tripped or stumbled because of the ledge. I can just for see the possibility that it could catch on a really technical trail if you’re not used to the shoe.

Overall, I’ve been very impressed with the Hoka One One Speedgoat. If you are looking for a light weight cushioned trail shoe give the Speedgoat a try. The Speedgoat doesn’t come in a wide version. If you found that other Hoka One One shoes are too narrow the Speedgoat might not be for you.

LIKES:

  • Durable
  • Seamless breathable upper
  • Cushion
  • Vibram® rubber grip
  • Low drop for the stack height (28/33 5mm)

DISLIKES:

  • Bit of a heel ledge could caught of technical terrain

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 5/5
PRICE: 4/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 17/20

Reviews Road Shoes

Review: Hoka One One Clifton 2

The Hoka One One Clifton 2 update brings a padded tongue, updated upper with more welded overlays, and an additional upper eyelet for more lacing options. Overall it is a solid update. My only disappointment with the shoe is the extra weight. The padded tongue and overlays add almost an ounce of weight when compared to the Clifton.

The padded tongue is comfortable and opens the shoe to a wider audience. Personally I never had a problem with the minimal tongue and would prefer to save the weight on the shoe. That said, the extra weight is hardly noticeable and didn’t affect my enjoyment when running in the shoe. I remember loving the original Clifton on my first run. The Clifton 2 on the other hand felt like it needed a break in period. It took 20 or 30 miles to get them to the same point as the originals.

270 miles of wear on the Hoka One One Clifton 2.

270 miles of wear on the Hoka One One Clifton 2.

After the short break in I found the fit of the Clifton 2 to have the same comfortable feel I enjoyed in the original. It has the same narrowness in the toe box as the original. If you have wide feet this shoe still isn’t for you.

The outsole is the same as the Clifton so it wasn’t a surprise that I noticed the same early wear around mile 80 that I had on the original. The wear slowed and only progressed as the high abrasion rubber started to wear down over the next several 100 miles.

If you’re a road runner and haven’t tried a Hoka One One shoe give the Clifton 2 a test drive, it’s an excellent shoe. If you loved the original Clifton give the new update a spin. You can find my review of the Hoka One One Clifton here.

LIKES:

  • Clifton 2 feels more durable than the original.
  • Seamless upper is breathable
  • Cushioned
  • Low drop for the stack height (24/29 5mm)

DISLIKES:

  • A little narrow
  • Still light but heavier than the original Clifton

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 5/5
PRICE: 4/5
LOOKS: 5/5

TOTAL: 18/20

Reviews Road Shoes

Review: Hoka One One Clifton

When I saw my first pair of Hoka One One shoes I thought they were for grandparents to do their mall walks. After hearing about the brand I decided to try my first pair. With a little research I decided my first pair would be the Huaka. On my first run I was impressed by the Huaka. My problem was outsole couldn’t standup to the 100% road running I was doing. After 60 miles the Huaka’s lugs had worn down to almost nothing. I returned the Huaka with a sense of disappointment (thank you Road Runner Sports for the excellent return policy). I decided to give the Clifton a try because I missed the cushion from the Huaka.

Over 400 miles of wear on the Hoka One One Clifton.

Over 400 miles of wear on the Hoka One One Clifton.

The Clifton is light, comfortable, the upper is almost nonexistent, and the cushioning is very responsive. The only real negative is a little narrowness in the toe box. The upper has enough give to make the shoe fit my foot perfectly. If you have wide feet this shoe isn’t for you. At around 80 miles on the Clifton’s I was a little worried about durability. I started to notice the exposed EVA cushioning on the bottom of the shoe starting to show significant wear. The wear slowed and only progressed as the high abrasion rubber started to wear down over the next several 100 miles.

Needless to say I love the Clifton. I’ve been rotating 2 pairs for a while. I just retired my first pair of Clifton’s with over 400 miles on them. They’ve become my new walking / around the house shoes. My second pair has over 300 miles on them and I add the Clifton 2 to my shoe rotation.  Look for the Hoka One One Clifton 2 review in the future.

LIKES:

  • Light – Under 8oz
  • Durable – I was able to get over 400 miles out of one pair.
  • Seamless upper is breathable
  • Cushioned
  • Low drop for the stack height (24/29 5mm)

DISLIKES:

  • A little narrow

QUALITY: 4/5
COMFORT: 5/5
PRICE: 4/5
LOOKS: 5/5

TOTAL: 18/20