Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • According to most users, the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is very comfortable even when worn for long hours.
  • Several runners admired the impressive traction of the shoe even on uneven surfaces.
  • The shoe offers reliable cushioning, as noted in some user reviews.
  • The Speedgoat 3 runs true to size.
  • The low-drop design is admired by most users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Speedgoat 3 is expensive.
  • A few users mentioned that the toe box is not roomy enough.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is a reliable trail running shoe for neutral runners. Positive comments were geared toward the shoe’s traction, sizing, and low-drop design. Though it also received negative comments, overall, the shoe is still a successful update to the Speedgoat model.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Mud running shoe
Top 3% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August
Better rated than the previous version Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

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  • Trail runners praised the overall performance and design of the older version of the Hoka One One Speedgoat. The new Speedgoat features minimal changes in its design and runners can still expect the same performance on the trail.
  • The upper of the Hoka Speedgoat 3 has been revamped to enhance fit, comfort, and durability. The overlays were improved and the tongue is integrated into the upper to keep it in place through the running activity.

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is available in standard running shoe length. It has a snug fit from the heel to the forefoot. The wider platform of the shoe gives better stability and the overlays on the midfoot give added stability and further enhance the fit.

The Speedgoat 3 is available in men’s and women’s versions in medium width option. The shoe comfortably accommodates runners with medium foot measurements.

In the outsole of the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is the Vibram Megagrip material. This outsole element gives durability to the shoe. It also provides traction on varied trail surfaces.

The sturdy Vibram Megagrip outsole has 5mm lugs that provides exceptional grip on both soft and hard trail surfaces. The aggressive lugs and durable traction offer runner stability especially on uneven trails.

Flex grooves are also strategically placed in the outsole without affecting the shoe’s cushioning and sole durability. The groves provide the foot freedom to move while running.

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 has a wider platform for stability, and it uses an oversized EVA midsole for lightweight, balanced cushioning. The midsole is designed to be soft and durable for trail running.

Along with the oversized EVA midsole is the CMEVA foam specifically added for balanced cushioning. The CMEVA foam absorbs impact during landing and it provides the foot a more stable platform for an efficient transition through the gait cycle.

Just like the older version, the upper of the Speedgoat 2 is made of an engineered mesh. The mesh is lightweight and it effectively keeps the foot well-ventilated through the running session. The perforations on the upper offer maximum breathability without compromising support and durability. The same material can be found in another Hoka One One running shoe, the Bondi 6.

The reinforced overlays on the midfoot offer a comfortable foot lockdown. The lightweight overlays have been revamped for a more secure fit and these overlays worked perfectly with the heel support to further lock the foot while running.

The integrated tongue and heel collar are moderately padded. They deliver additional comfort and further enhance the overall fit of the shoe.

The reinforced toe cap delivers added durability while protecting the foot from debris and other sharp trail elements.

  • The Hoka One One Speedgoat model was named after Karl Meltzer, known as “The Speedgoat, who holds the record for the most 100-mile trail race wins.
  • The first version of the Speedgoat was released in 2015.
  • The Hoka Speedgoat 3 is also available in a waterproof version. Designed for trail running, the shoe features a balanced cushioning, a grippy outsole, and a waterproof coverage that is made possible by the SKYSHELL waterproof membrane.
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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