One of the more popular trail shoes I hear people rave about is their Speedgoat line from HOKA ONE ONE. The November release of the Speedgoat 4 is highly anticipated, but in the meantime they have launched the EVO Speedgoat an updated and lighter version of the Speedgoat 3. This trail shoe has a major idea in mind – being race ready and being able to take your trail running to the next level – whatever that may be. A little quote from HOKA about this shoe and about EVO:
These runners combine an extra sticky Vibram Megagrip outsole with our signature HOKA cushion for a responsive ride that’ll keep you comfortable for hundreds of miles.
This shoe was just released on August 1st and the lighter feel is definitely evident as it cuts 11g from the Speedoat 3 and weights in at 9.9oz (size 9 mens). This was done by altering the upper with a textile called Matryx. The midfoot is also altered with synthetic fibers to add strength and a special fabric to keep feet as dry as possible.
I have been testing these out on the trails over the past few weeks and they have held up quite nicely. They are pretty comfortable out of this box, but I recommend wearing around the house and tooling around with your ideal lacing and fit before doing anything significant (this is key to any shoe, but I found especially necessary for this one). Needless to say, don’t make a double digit mile run your inaugural journey…(#lessonslearned).
The 5mm lugs are sizeable enough, but don’t seem to be an overburden.
I feel that the EVO Speedgoat’s have gotten better with each wear on the trails. I was a little worried after my aforementioned poorly-planned inaugural run was a little rougher on my feet than I had hoped. But after doing the smarter thing and easing into them, even just over the course of a few weeks, they feel more broken in and ready for race day. I found them to have a lot of cushion and runs on some rocky and rooty trails in Forest Park have kept my feet feeling good.
We hear that the Speedgoat 4’s will have some mild modifications, including a new lug design and switching to a GORE-TEX membrane for waterproofing. It is also believed that multiple widths will be offered. If you are a Speedgoat fan, or are looking to become one, these seem to be a nice little bridge between the 3 and 4 – improving the weight and speed on the 3’s and keeping you cruising along until the 4’s arrive in another few months.
Company: HOKA ONE ONE
Products & Price: Evo Speedgoat ($160)
- Weight: 9.9 oz
- Heel-to-Toe Offset: 4 mm
- Drop: 4mm
- Heel: 32mm
- Forefoot: 28mm
- Drop: 4mm
- Heel: 30mm
- Forefoot: 26mm
- Upper construction:
- Matryx upper textile – upper featuring high-tensile synthetic fiber strands across the midfoot for unparalleled strength and durability at minimal weight, non-wicking treated fabric optimizes water drainage.
- Breathable vamp provides a comfortable fit with improved forefoot flexibility.
- Gusseted tongue prevents migration across the instep.
- Same tooling SG3
- Vibram® Megagrip outsole
Thank you to HOKA for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.