We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of buyers like the amazing color combination of the Hoka One One Evo Carbon Rocket.
  • The shoe's lightweight structure is admired by many testers.
  • Several reviewers said that the shoe is breathable.
  • According to those who have bought it, the footwear is responsive.
  • A few purchasers lauded the attractive design of the Hoka One One Evo Carbon Rocket.
  • Based on some reviews, the running shoe is comfortable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One of the users said that the shoe is not flexible.
  • Some of the reviewers have a problem with heel slippage.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Evo Carbon Rocket is a neutral running shoe designed for the roads. In general, the shoe gained positive comments because of its design, comfort, and responsiveness. Though some have issues with flexibility and heel slippage, these issues are not enough to overshadow the positive feedback. Overall, this shoe is an excellent option for those who are looking for a responsive, visually-appealing and breathable running companion.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.3oz | Women: 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 1mm | Women: 1mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 27mm | Women: 27mm
Release date: Feb 2019
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $160
Colorways: Blue, Yellow
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Tight Roomy
Stiff Flexible
Warm Breathable
Firm Plush
Durability 9/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 6/10
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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    It's a lot of strand under the calf with carbon plate inside of the shoes and when you're going through your strides, gonna put some stress on your calf and Achilles tendon.

  • 75 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    But for me, I’m going to keep it in the arsenal for general easy days and recovery runs if it wants to finally break itself in. It’s just basically where it possibly (after more miles) may work for me. I have plenty of other monster fast shoes I would rather run in on workout days, races or pace work in a long run, etc.

  • 95 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    This is one heck of an explosive racer and for many it should also be a faster runs trainer. The response is just tremendous here. It clearly has enough cushion, stability, and dynamic personality for many runners up to a half and faster runners for a full. And it has great manners at slower paces as well.

  • 94 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    This is one heck of a forgiving shoe for me while at the same time firm in "feel" and stiff. I have powered through the last miles of every long run with ease and with faster final miles pace, even when tired.

  • 89 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    Inside the Hoka Carbon Rocket, you will find an Ortholite footbed. I always appreciate the upgraded footbed. You can feel the carbon plate in the Rocket; the shoe is rigid. This is the first shoe that I have worn in a while that requires break-in time.

  • 88 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 4 expert

    It looks great, it feels great (besides that pesky heel-slippage), and any shoe that’s willing to jump into Nike’s ring and take a chance has my attention.

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- The Hoka One One Evo Carbon Rocket features the perfect combination of propulsion and protection. It utilizes the mesh upper that is breathable enough to keep the foot cool and dry throughout the run.

- Featured in the shoe is the PROFLY. With the use of a more responsive material in the forefoot section and softer foam in the heel area, better landing and bouncier toe-off are experienced by the runner.

- The carbon fiber plate is integrated into this road running shoe. The primary focus of which is to minimize energy loss. It meant for responsiveness and acceleration as well.

Crafted to be a neutral running shoe, the Hoka One One Evo Carbon Rocket is sure to provide a snug fit. With its upper construction, the runner will be able to enjoy a more comfortable fit. The shoe runs true to size when it comes to its sizing. The available width profile is D - Medium for the men's version and B - Medium for the women's version.

The Rubberized Foam outsole is integrated into the Hoka One One Evo Carbon Rocket. The primary purpose of this material is to provide a good amount of traction while delivering high rebound cushioning.

Utilized in the shoe is the PROFLY midsole. It offers a softer foam in the heel section for extra cushioning while the forefoot area is firmer to provide added propulsion.

Designed for responsiveness and acceleration, the Carbon Fiber Plate encourages minimal energy loss. This is essential in helping users to run, miles after miles, without losing too much energy.

Like the Hoka One One Clifton 5, the open engineered mesh is integrated into the footwear. This component of the upper section delivers better air circulation throughout the run.


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.