Arch support
Daily running
M: 275g | W: 244g
Heel to toe drop
M: 5mm | W: 5mm
Heel height
M: 33mm | W: 31mm
Forefoot height
M: 28mm | W: 26mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


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

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners applauded the overall light weight construction of the Speedgoat.

  • This shoe provides an impressive grip, making it ideal for technical and varied surfaces based on a couple of testers’ reviews.

  • It features welded synthetic overlays for added support.

  • The Hoka One One Speedgoat offers flex grooves in the outsole for stability.

  • The midsole provides a comfortable soft ride as mentioned in some reviews.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some observed that the Speedgoat wears out quickly as expected.

  • The Hoka One One Speedgoat has a narrow toe box and tight fit as noted in some reviews.

  • Some runners found this shoe uncomfortable.

  • Moderately high-priced shoe.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Speedgoat is a neutral running shoe that offers outstanding grip and soft comfortable ride. This gained positive feedback when it comes to stability, support and cushioning. It is a great option for lightweight training and rough trail running.

World wide, Speedgoat is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Hoka One One, is the 9th most popular.

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3.9 / 5 based on 87 ratings

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Expert reviews

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81 / 100 based on 48 expert reviews

  • 90
    Sage CanadayLevel 2 expert
    by Vo2max Productions
    Even with the relatively lightweight, low-profile design, with deflection and the lug pattern, you still get that nice, cushioned, relatively responsive Hoka feeling.
  • 85
    Matt KennedyLevel 1 expert
    by The Casual Runner
    There's little qualms I have about it and everything but, overall, it's a great shoe.
  • 78
    Brandon WoodLevel 5 expert
    by Gearist
    I honestly think that simply firming up the lateral midsole and fixing the upper could do wonders for this shoe so I’m curious to see a version two and I hope some of those things are addressed.
  • 76
    Peter LarsonLevel 5 expert
    by Runblogger
    I really like the ride, and have enjoyed running in them from that standpoint, but the narrow fit is a real limitation for all but the most narrow-footed. 
  • 75
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    That traction comes from widely spaced lugs made from sticky and durable Vibram rubber that cover most of the bottom.
  • 75
    Donald BuraglioLevel 5 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The Hoka One One Speedgoat is designed for aggressive trail running, and has the outsole and midsole to back it up. Unfortunately the last and upper presented significant fit issues for a number of our testers.
  • 70
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    I had my problems with it. I think the ingredients are there. The recipe may not be for me.
  • 86
    Jeremy KrallLevel 4 expert
    by Running Northwest
    The Hoka One One Speedgoat is meant for fast technical trails and can eat through most terrains with no problems whatsoever. 
  • 80
    Sean FeltyLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    I experienced moments of running in this shoe where I thought it was the best trail shoe I’ve ever run in, yet I also experienced moments where my toes were getting crammed and were experiencing some rubbing.
  • 98
    Road Trail RunLevel 3 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    Highly Recommended. Versatile, Energetic, All Terrain Shoe.
  • 90
    Outside OnlineLevel 3 expert
    by Outside Online
    While the flat-tire feel saps forward energy, it’s a lifesaver on epic days and punishing downhills, and the turnover is still pretty quick. 
  • 83
    DavidLevel 3 expert
    by The Ultra Running Company
    I would recommend fairly technical trails to wear this shoe. But it's pretty good anywhere you want, trail-wise.
  • 82
    Sean ConwayLevel 3 expert
    by Running Monkey
    Wear and tear aside, the Hoka One One Speedgoat has still impressed greatly.
  • 82
    James ReaderLevel 3 expert
    by Runners Need
    Underfoot, the midsole was exceptionally comfortable and eats up almost anything you steamroll over, letting you seamlessly take on a plethora of rugged surfaces.
  • 82
    Tri RadarLevel 3 expert
    by Tri Radar
    A Vibram outsole and impressive 4mm lugs mean this will cope with plenty, but equally the competitively light weight means they’re not adverse to picking up the pace.
  • 80
    JonLevel 3 expert
    by Outdoors Magic
    That Vibram sole however, is visually toothier than previous Hoka One One trail shoes, which could make it a great choice for UK use, where the demarcation line between hard-pack trails and slippery gnar can be a little less obvious than on the continent.
  • 80
    Adam ChaseLevel 3 expert
    by Run Haven
    While the oversized midsole compound and breathable upper materials were both impressively light, the combination, especially with few lace eyelets, left our testers feeling insecure when it came to the kind of mountain running for which the shoe was designed.
  • 79
    SGB TodayLevel 3 expert
    by SGB Today
    These traits, however, make the shoe not as road or hardpack-friendly.
  • 79
    Outdoor KineticsLevel 3 expert
    by Outdoor Kinetics
    That being said, I never actually rolled an ankle whilst wearing the Speedgoats but the aforementioned characteristics resulted in occasional wobbles which left me a bit wary over rough, steep ground.
  • 78
    Paul Cuno-BoothLevel 3 expert
    by Trail Runner Magazine
    The Speedgoat’s grooved sole makes it feel relatively flexible and agile for a max-cushion model, though some testers found the shoe didn’t have enough support for loose or off-camber terrain.
  • 65
    Lisa JhungLevel 3 expert
    by Competitor Running
    Feels a bit stiff at first; takes some breaking in before the upper feels soft and conforming.
  • 85
    JamesLevel 2 expert
    by MyOutdoors.co.uk
    It gripped tirelessly, carried me when injured and I never had to question them when running up a technical course.
  • 84
    Jeff KozakLevel 2 expert
    by Sage to Summit
    In summary, I think the Speedgoat is overall a great shoe and a solid choice for anyone who loves plenty of cushion and protection underfoot without sacrificing performance/ride and who will be running virtually zero pavement.
  • 83
    Avery SmithLevel 2 expert
    by RunRepeat
    I have mixed feelings about the Speedgoat. The Speedgoat has such a desirable underfoot feeling, but the upper causes so many problems for my feet.
  • 82
    SeanLevel 2 expert
    by Indepedence Run
    If you love Hokas but have found them to be too cumbersome on trails or lacking in grip than this may be the shoe for you.
  • 81
    Cregg WeinmannLevel 2 expert
    by Austin Fit Magazine
    The SpeedGoat succeeds for runners looking for traction, cushion, and a snug, secure it to finish fast.
  • 75
    Acro TrailLevel 2 expert
    by Acro Trail
    Great grip. And also, just makes you run faster because they don't slip. So, they're really resistant against slippery surfaces.
  • 95
    Bald RunnerLevel 1 expert
    by Bald Runner
    Everything is almost perfect with regards to its Comfort, Speed, Security of Fit, Durability, Agility and Responsiveness and Protection to the Feet. 
  • 95
    Bald RunnerLevel 1 expert
    by Bald Runner
    Everything is almost perfect with regards to its Comfort, Speed, Security of Fit, Durability, Agility and Responsiveness and Protection to the Feet. 
  • 93
    Adrian Tarit StottLevel 1 expert
    by Run and Become
    Perfect as a “race day” trail option, it still offers much more inherent cushioning than any of its comparison shoes.
  • 91
    Majell Backhausen and Britta SendlhoferLevel 1 expert
    by Run 247
    The Speedgoat is dynamic, responsive and well cushioned shoe that holds a low to ground feel, with some impressive traction.
  • 88
    Jenn CollinsLevel 1 expert
    by Run Envy
    They performed just as I expected: very grippy, and not too much play on uneven terrain. They handled roots and rocks easily.
  • 88
    Bart-Eve SmithLevel 1 expert
    by Blue Ridge Runner
    I cannot overemphasize enough the comfort of the Speedgoat when combined with the forgiving upper material and the soft flex of the sole.
  • 88
    Rosswise1Level 1 expert
    by Train Wise Fitness
    With a few minor tweaks Hoka could almost have the perfect combination of cushioning, durability and weight.
  • 88
    Laura SummersLevel 1 expert
    by Laura's Lovely Blog
    They address all the things I did not like about a fully barefoot shoe in that the cushioning helps over distance, my ankles don’t ache and I do not have a mortal fear of rock strikes.
  • 88
    Altitude BlogLevel 1 expert
    by Altitude Blog
    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Hoka One One Speedgoat. I would take another pair anytime because they look so good! Now that my initial skepticism is gone, the Speedgoat might very well be my companion for long trail runs where the terrain doesn’t get too technical or wet.
  • 86
    Boulder Running CompanyLevel 1 expert
    by Boulder Running Company
    The Speedgoat, just like the Rapa Nui, is still composed of injection molded EVA, but in a much lighter and softer package.
  • 86
    Hunting FitLevel 1 expert
    by Hunting Fit
    The SPEEDGOAT is aptly named due to the impressive traction on uneven surfaces.
  • 86
    Jimmy MacLevel 1 expert
    by Run JMC
    Once you get over the price ($140) and you realize you’ll have these for upwards of 600 miles, it’s a really good deal.
  • 85
    Lisa Jhung and Brian MetzlerLevel 1 expert
    by Running Competitor
    Although this shoe is technically the third version of the Rapa Nui model (it was renamed Speedgoat in honor of Hoka runner Karl Meltzer), it’s really a completely revamped shoe with a narrower fit, more aggressive outsole and a softer midsole. 
  • 84
    Ross WiseLevel 1 expert
    by Train Wise Fitness
    This is a great shoe from Hoka. My recommendation: I would size this up a little bit. Very nice, light shoe. Another great shoe to add to your running arsenal.
  • 83
    Jeremiah BreezeLevel 1 expert
    by Open Air Life
    The traction is almost as good as day one and the tread looks great. 
  • 83
    Nicole and Alex DoctaLevel 1 expert
    by Appalachian Trails
    All that technical garb means you can have a heavy pack on, be walking downhill, and not fall on your ass! 
  • 83
    JeffLevel 1 expert
    by Mad Runner
    Great for trails… this thing sticks to rocks and climbs well on that kind of terrain. So, something a little more rugged, you're gonna be happy with this guy.
  • 76
    Jennifer1911Level 1 expert
    by Reddit
    I pulled up my socks to try to save my ankles, but within a few steps the tongue is jabbing back into my ankles. I fully expected to have bloody ankles by the end of my run, but I don't.
  • 70
    Best Part of the DayLevel 1 expert
    by Best Part of the Day
    Steep pointy hills, which I presumed was what they are for because there is a picture of a mountaineer on the insole. WRONG.
  • 60
    Lisa Jhung & Brian MetzlerLevel 1 expert
    by Competitor Running
    The hard rubber tooth-like outsole means this isn’t the best choice for runs on partial road or all-mellow trails.
  • 50
    Tom BristowLevel 1 expert
    by Men's Running
    The upper material is a kind of breathable mesh. It works well to an extent, but the feet still get a little bit hot.
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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Along with a trail-specific outsole with 4 mm Vibram rubber lugs, runners will find plenty of traction to take on tough terrain with ease.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Built with a softer Injection Molded EVA foam and a Meta Rocker design, this trail shoe provides plenty of cushion for the long haul.
  • Jason Hill Ultra Running Magazine
    The shoe really is aimed very much at pure trail. Not to say it couldn't run on the road, but it really is designed for traction on the trail.
  • David Torrence SportsShoes.com
    The Speedgoat is built to conquer even the most technical trails.
  • David Torrence SportsShoes.com
    The upper provides support all the way through the forefoot. And the rubber toe cap provides increased protection.
  • Sunshine Shop Zappos
    There is actually [a] Balanced Stage Meta Rocker geometry, which is all on a Vibram Megagrip outsole.
  • Mark Shop Zappos
    These shoes and my ankles feel fantastic, even after a long day having fun outside.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    You can tackle that tough terrain with animal-like agility thanks to these awesome trail running shoes. You have an ultra-lightweight, no-sew SpeedFrame construction with breathable mesh throughout and supportive welded synthetic overlays.

Updates to Speedgoat

The Hoka One One Speedgoat features an improved midsole and outsole specifically designed for technical terrains. It has trail-specific outsole with aggressive lugs for impressive grip and flex grooves for enhanced stability.

The innovative upper construction of the Speedgoat delivers full support to the forefoot which is also specifically designed for the toughest terrain. The welded synthetic overlays and underlays give added support and lightweight comfort.

Speedgoat size and fit

The Speedgoat is available in standard running shoe length. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are in medium volume. It accommodates those with regular foot shape and offers a snug fit to those slightly wide-footed runners. This shoe is available in standard widths.


The outsole of the shoe uses the Vibram Megagrip element that has aggressive lugs and flex grooves, delivering an impressive traction on different surfaces and stability on uneven terrain. The full ground contact construction of the Speedgoat enhances the traction and gives a smooth heel-to-toe transition.


The injected full-length EVA midsole delivers durable cushioning, delivering a soft underfoot feel and added support. It matches to the Balanced Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry that is designed to increase running efficiency.


The air mesh upper allows excellent airflow, comfort and breathability. The no-sew construction delivers a seamless interior that reduces the possibilities of irritation and blistering. The welded synthetic overlays and microfiber underlays deliver additional support, comfort and smooth structure. This shoe has a ground rubber toe cap that keeps foot well-protected from debris and aberration.


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