The Speedgoat 4 is unique in that it combines strong protection and dynamic cushioning in a shoe with limitless uses for trail runners.
Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Hoka One One (hint: it's pronounced oh-nay oh-nay, it comes from Maori language and it means something like "to fly") was founded in 2009 in France by two former Salomon employees.
The company - now headquartered in California - experienced tremendous growth in less than ten years.
Hoka One One Neutral Daily Trainers
Here is the bread and butter of Hoka One One. From the lightweight Rincon to the maximally cushioned Bondi, these shoes are meant for long mileage daily training and do not have a medial wedge or similar support feature.
“The Hoka One One Clifton 8 is a multi-purpose daily trainer with a smooth and stable ride. Its rocker midsole eases you through transitions and saves you energy over long distances. Version 8 has a more padded tongue, better outsole rubber placement and it has a slightly faster feel because of its stiffer forefoot.”
If you're a runner looking for a highly cushioned, versatile daily trainer and you don't mind a bulky silhouette, the Clifton 8 is the shoe for you. The Clifton 8 has a comfortable upper but it has a bucket seat foot frame which results in a prominent arch sensation.
Memory foam collar comfortably locks down the heel well
Plenty of arch support
“The Bondi 7 is supposed to be a max-cushioned, long-distance trainer but it rides more like a daily trainer. Its stiff Meta-Rocker midsole helps roll you through transitions and makes the ride feel efficient, however the Bondi 7 is missing the signature Hoka “running on clouds” experience. Version 7 has been updated with a new upper, the biggest addition being a comfortable memory foam collar. It maintains the same midsole and outsole as its predecessor. ”
If you're a runner looking for a narrow-fitting trainer with plenty of stability features, the Bondi 7 is for you. While not being super soft, the Bondi 7 works well for easy runs between 10 and 20 kilometres.
“The Hoka One One Rincon 3 is a multipurpose trainer that can handle almost any pace and any distance. Its strength is its lightweight build but its weakness is its lower than average durability. Version 3 is a big improvement over previous versions. It has a smoother ride, a more resilient midsole and a more durable outsole. ”
If versatility and lightweight are high up on your priorities list when it comes to trainers, the Rincon 3 is a great choice for you. The Rincon 3 also has plenty of cushioning and has a snappy forefoot that makes it easy to pick up the pace.
“The Hoka One One Bondi X is a super premium, max-cushioned trainer with a carbon plate in its midsole that makes it feel snappy. The Bondi X is softer, more comfortable and more versatile than the regular Bondi 7 but it does come with a $50 higher price tag. ”
If you're a runner who wants a unique carbon-plated trainer which is stable, highly cushioned and suitable for slow-pace running, the Bondi X is the shoe for you.
“The HOKA ONE ONE Gaviota 3 offers high comfort and supreme support, just as HOKA claims, with an ultra-wide base and a lacing system that customizes the upper lockdown. This HOKA comes with a durable outsole and an attractive look.”
Gaviota is a great shoe for medium-heavy runners who want stable, plush cushion underfoot for everyday and long runs.
Very light weight despite looking like a heavier shoe.
Modest amount of stability and lower drop offer unique ride.
Outsole is durable and gives lots of grip.
“The Hoka One One Arahi 5 is a shoe that has lots of cushion but won't slow the show down. It has a great balance of mild support and low weight that gives a unique ride. It certainly lives up to its tagline, "stability without limits".”
This is for runners looking for just a little bit of stability support. It works great both as a daily driver trainer or something for easy recovery days.
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
“Of the 3 models in the range, the Cavu is the lowest priced and also the lightest. The Cavu 3 is an improved version on the Cavu 2, offering soft landings, springy toe-offs. ”
The Cavu 3 is recommended for runners who like a super light, maximalist running shoe that offers neutral support. It performs equally well on roads and the treadmill and for gym workouts at the beginning or end of a running training session. Overall this running shoe was many runners' favourite...
“The Elevon is perfect for every day training or up-tempo runs while offering good support. The shoe also offers excellent cushioning while being extremely lightweight. The midsole of the Elevon has a dual layer midsole that features ProFly on the top layer. ”
If you're looking for a stable, but maximally cushioned shoe (a rare find) the Elevon 2 is for you. It's great for everyday work, and also uptempo runs and will see you through many miles of training and racing. A big hit amongst heel-strikers!
These are Hoka's lightest and most responsive running shoes and are designed to launch you off the starting line. They feature a full-length carbon plate inside their midsoles for smooth heel-to-toe transitions and propulsive toe-offs.
“The Hoka Rocket X is the sequel to the Evo Carbon Rocket. It has a brand new upper, more durable outsole and softer midsole. It now has a thicker midsole and a higher drop which makes it a better marathon racer and even a training shoe. The Rocket X is one of the most natural-feeling carbon fibre shoes. It may not be as propulsive as the other super shoes but it makes up with high levels of stability and comfort. ”
If you're a runner looking to purchase your first carbon fibre plated shoe or you're looking for a lightweight, stable racing shoe at an affordable price, the Rocket X is an excellent choice.
“The Hoka Carbon X 2 is a high performance super shoe which specialises in ultramarathon distances. It has been updated with a more minimal upper and a softer midsole for better long-distance comfort.”
If you’re a runner looking for a carbon-plated racing shoe for marathon distances and beyond, the Carbon X 2 is the perfect choice because it offers stability and cushioning in spades.
“The Hoka One One Zinal is a sleek, fast shoe designed for trail runners who want to zip down their favorite non-technical, non-rooty, dirt and grass pathways. The new shoe, launched in the summer of 2021, is light and cushioned, thanks to its combination of Vibram Megagrip Litebase and EVA foam rubber. ”
Excellent cushioning and protection that can handle any type of terrain.
Added medial support that helps at the end of long runs and ultra distances.
Great fitting upper with a wide toe box.
Seriously, this is the best upper that Hoka has released so far.
“The Hoka One One Mafete 4 is a maximal trail shoe for runners requiring additional medial support that many other maximal cushioned shoes fail to provide. With an excellent locked upper incorporating a wide toe box, and enough cushioning and protection for the most severe ultra distance trail races. Runners needing a additional medial support will appreciate just how protective the Mafete is.”
The Mafete 4 is for trail runners looking for a maximally cushioned shoe with additional support for overpronation. The shoe is designed to handle the rigors of ultra distances on burly trails,
“The Hoka One One Torrent has lots of tread without being overbearing. The shoe is lightweight, breathable, and provides good traction on uncertain terrain. If you are looking for a solid trail racer, the Torrent is a good option because of its responsiveness and ability to handle short or long runs. ”
“The Hoka One One ATR Challenger 6 is a jack-of-all-trades option, featuring subtle yet pleasing enhancements from the previous version. Among Hoka’s options for trail runners, there are shoes that are built with specific terrain or uses in mind. The Challenger, however, is a steady, lightweight option for all uses without a clear specification.”
“The name JAWZ explains itself upon first look. The shoe has 6mm lugs and they remind you of something you would see on a soccer cleat. The EVO JAWZ has a very thin layer of midsole foam,a Vibram rubber outsole with 6mm lugs and a very thin upper that has Kevlar incorporated. ”
This is a trail racing flat. It is geared towards the trail speedsters looking for something to race in.