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.
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.
- Seamless breathable upper
- Vibram® rubber grip
- Low drop for the stack height (28/33 5mm)
- Bit of a heel ledge could caught of technical terrain