Facts

Terrain
Trail

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support
Neutral

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Use
Daily running

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Maximalist
Price
$170
Weight
Men: 11.6oz
Women: 9.6oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most customers lauded the amazing traction they experienced on very challenging surfaces.
  • The runners highlighted the excellent durability of the Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 since the pair held up great even, after many miles of running.
  • Most individuals liked the cushioning of the running shoes.
  • The customers admired how the pair was available in several eye-catching color schemes.
  • The runners appreciated the light weight of the shoe since it enabled them to do extra miles.
  • The users found the Mafate Speed 2’s toe box comfortably wide and spacious.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners thought that the shoe’s toe-box was narrow since they felt chafing in the forefoot region.
  • A user mentioned that this newer version was missing the ‘walking on cloud’ feeling and was therefore not as comfortable as its previous version.
  • A few customers had blisters from running in these shoes.

Bottom line

The second iteration of the Hoka One One Mafate Speed has undoubtedly caused a stir in the running community through its newer, more intelligent design which was established to offer a firmer, smoother and durable ride. While the shoe offers numerous benefits, some believed that it would’ve been more agreeable with a wider toe-box.


Rankings

Best rated Hoka One One running shoes:

Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 8 ratings

5 star
13%
4 star
38%
3 star
38%
2 star
0%
1 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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88 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    The Mafate is one of the best shoes I've come across for multiple surfaces.

  • 87 / 100 by Outdoors Magic • Jon • Level 3 expert

    It really does seem to reduce impact fatigue on both feet and legs, which is why Hoka is such a popular choice for ultra-runners these days.

  • 86 / 100 by Trail Running Mag UK • Trail Running Mag UK • Level 3 expert

    Comfortable, grips well and is highly supportive

  • 90 / 100 by Run Ultra • Fiona Outdoors • Level 2 expert

    You will either love these trainers or not. It is rare to find people who quite like them!

  • 90 / 100 by Alton Sports • Euan McGrath • Level 1 expert

    Currently these are the best trail shoe I own and it’s going to take some magic to better them.

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Updates to Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2

  • The mesh design has been redesigned to make it more breathable and comfortable against the skin.
  • The Full Ground Contact System of the Mafate 2 heightens the efficiency of the shoe by allowing it to be used to its maximum potential. Also, the outsole is slightly more flexible, which means that the shoe is enabled to perform better when changing between various running positions.
  • This newer version of Mafate Speed comes with a pair of extra laces and lace holders to enable users to tie their laces in whatever fashion they prefer.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 size and fit

This pair of neutral trail running shoe comes in the standard length and is available in the standard medium width of D and B for men and women, respectively. The shoe has a comparatively narrower toe-box and therefore, it is advisable to try the shoe first.

Outsole

The outsole utilizes the High-Abrasion Rubber which is not only very resistant to shock and impact forces but is also very lightweight. The rubber disperses the force at a single point over the whole surface area, thereby creating an effective buffer system for the runner.

The outsole also features lugs on its surface for increased traction on various trail types. The efficient design of lugs enables the shoe to maintain a firm grip on very challenging surfaces where slippages are otherwise likely.

The Full Ground Contact increases the efficiency of the shoe and ensures a smooth heel to toe transition for the user. The design allows the pair of running shoes to adapt itself to the movements of the foot during running.

Midsole

The shoe uses the HIP CMEVA top midsole whose cushioning Hoka One One claims to be among the top in the industry. The material is responsible for the much sought-after bouncy feel in the midsole and the high comfortability. It is also very effective in dispersing impact loads over larger surface areas which ensures protection for the underfoot and increases the durability of the shoe.

RMAT midsole ensures additional protection and comfort for the user. The material has excellent shock dispersion characteristics, even on challenging rocks, sharp cuts or steep slopes.

The Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 makes use of the Engineered Oversized Midsole, which the company claims to offer almost thrice more cushioning and steadiness as the conventional midsole.

The Active Foot Frame enables the foot to comfortably adjust in the midsole. It also prepares the runner for forward-propulsion at the same time. The technology maintains the kind of responsive environment inside the shoe that motivates the individual to keep running without getting much tired at the end of the day.

The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry is a special kind of midsole geometry designed with a low drop and a rocker-shaped outsole for a fulcrum effect. This design promotes natural gait for the runners and ensures a smooth transition between landing and toe-off position while running.

Upper

The Air Mesh is breathable and lightweight. It promotes a healthy inflow and outflow of air through the upper, thereby maintaining a very comfortable and dry atmosphere for the users inside the shoe while running.

The External Monomesh Debris Screen is for keeping dirt and other small rocks from entering the shoe’s interior foot-chamber.

The upper also utilizes the No Sew Construction for a seamless feel against the skin. The soft material reduces the likelihood of chafing or irritation.

The TPU Support Strapping is added for flexibility and protection. It also reinforces the structure of the upper and ensures a secure fit for the user.

In the Mafate Speed 2, a Race-Lace System is used. Its elastic nature makes quick to adjust with only a single-handed pull. The lacing system provides a feeling of customized fit to the users. Also, the shoe comes with the extra laces in the box which could be exchanged with the standard race laces and the lace holders which allow the individuals to lace their shoes in a manner they prefer.

The Reinforced toe cap protects the forefoot from small rocks and debris, thereby providing good resistance to shock.

The upper boasts the Strobel Last, which is attached with the EVA foam for a smooth and silken finish, as well as additional underfoot cushioning.