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.

Price
$130
Weight
Men: 9.5oz
Women: 8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 3mm
Women: 3mm

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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • The Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2 lasted a long time, based on the feedback of many consumers.
  • A number of testers commented that the cushioning system generally made them very comfortable.
  • Those with Achilles tendonitis wrote that the underfoot platform properly kept pain at bay.
  • The wide toe-box agreed well with most runners because it allowed their toes to play naturally during their runs.
  • Some purchasers noted that this running shoe had a suitably lightweight nature.
  • There were people who welcomed the gripping capability of the outsole.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to a reviewer, the heel cup was a bit low, so there was a tendency for heel slippage.
  • A tester reported that the stretchy upper fabrics caused his foot to roll unsteadily. He would’ve liked a more robust and supportive upper construction to hold the foot well.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2 appealed to a lot of consumers. Most of them welcomed its comfortable cushioning system and the reliable durability. They also thought that most of its components were effective. But there were a number of users who didn’t like the way that it was constructed. They mentioned some flaws in the design that kept them from performing well on the trails.


Rankings

Best rated Hoka One One running shoes:

Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 5 ratings

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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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86 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Austin Bonds • Level 3 expert

    With the absence of a rock plate, I believe the Speed Instinct 2 is undoubtedly a winner for smoother trails.

  • 86 / 100 by Ultra Runner Podcast • Ben Zuehlsdorf • Level 3 expert

    It’s a great everyday trail runner that serves double-duty as a trail race shoe up to 50 miles in most situations.

  • 88 / 100 by Pro Feet UK • Pip Blackburn • Level 1 expert

    What really caught my attention though was the promise of a new wider toe box – hurrah!

  • 80 / 100 by Out Explorer • NJ • Level 1 expert

    Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2, there’s just too many caveats for me to reach for it instinctively as I head to the trails.

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Updates to Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2

  • Most of the components and features that graced the original Speed Instinct is still present in the Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2. The platform still houses a specific cushioning system that’s prevalent in many of the brand’s stable of running shoes. The outsole also retails the trail-ready gripping lugs that aren’t too aggressive.
  • However, the upper unit now has an updated design. A seamless construction is still in place here, but the overlay system has been reinvigorated to accommodate a snugger and more agreeable fit. Thin yet strong overlays have been fused directly to the upper’s fabrics, providing structure to the material. But they’re strategically placed to give the foot more security, especially when the shoelaces are adjusted.

Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2 size and fit

The Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the regular preferences of runners when it comes to sizing. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe adheres to the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2 makes use of the High-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber. It’s a sturdy material that aims to shield the mid-sole from the abrasive nature of the trails. It also doles out traction, which is essential for the outdoor adventures.

Gripping lugs pockmark the surface of the outsole. They’re designed to heighten traction and hold over uneven surfaces. They’re not too aggressive in size, so runners won’t have a hard time transitioning from the trails to more even ground.

Midsole

A rocker design is employed in this running shoe’s platform. Called the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Design, it allows the foot to move through the gait cycle with ease and sureness.

The Pro2Lite +10 is a cushioning foam that’s designed to provide underfoot comfort and protection from impact. It has a soft heel section, thus making foot-strikes more agreeable. The forefoot is firmer, so it causes the toe-offs to be springy and enabled.

Upper

The upper unit of the Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2 features the Seamless Air Mesh. It’s soft, smooth and it doesn’t have a substantial weight. It accommodates the flow of air into the foot-chamber, therefore maintaining a cool and dry interior environment.

The 3D Puff Print Frame is made up of thin overlays that have been printed onto the main upper fabric. Its purpose is to reinforce the structure of the shoe, yet it also gives a snug and secure coverage for the runner’s foot.

A Reinforced Toe Cap is added to shield the forefoot from debris and aggressive surfaces on the trails.

Hoka One One placed a traditional lacing system to allow a customizable fit.

The pull-tab on the rear of the upper makes it easier for runners to wear and remove the shoe.