If you’re like me, you’re finding more pairs of Hoka’s in your shoe collection. I started with one pair two years ago, the Stinson. To be honest I was purely curious about these shoes and before long I found myself reaching for them often. Today I would say they’re my main shoe. More specifically, the Speedgoat is my new favourite shoe this year. Designed for technical trails, a lightweight responsive shoe.
The upper is made up of a lightweight No Sew SpeedFrame construction with welded synthetic overlays and a ground-rubber toecap. The toe-box is a little shallow compared to some of the other Hoka models. They fit true to size and are a medium width neutral shoe. I have a slightly more narrow foot and found these to be spacious with lots of toe splay room and room for swelling feet late in an ultra. My narrow feet naturally have a narrow heel and I like to use the extra eyelet to lock in a secure fit.
The Offset is 5mm, Forefoot 26mm and Heel 31mm. They were quick to break-in as I was able to get 20kms comfortably in them on their first run. They’re flexible with plenty of cushioning and overall felt perfect for the most part. I do think they’re lacking a bit in lateral stability support. I’ve continued to log most of my long runs in them and have yet to see any wear and tear on the upper and only the usual amount of wear on the outsole that I see in most of my shoes.
The outsole is a Vibram rubber with 4mm lugs and trail specific Flex Grooves. I’ve been lucky to take these out in spring trail conditions and put them to the test on a good mix of dirt packed trails, gravel rail trail stretches, soft muddy rocky narrow single track trails with one nice stream crossing and a couple of snow patches. They dried and drained well, I had no issues with debris or hot spots. Cushion and real grip on the trails! I love this shoe for long training runs and race day.
Kelly Anne Wald is an ultra runner in Barrie, Ontario.