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Terrain

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 / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$140
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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:

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.


Rankings

Best rated Hoka One One running shoes:

Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 123 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 47 expert reviews

  • 78 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 70 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    I had my problems with it. I think the ingredients are there. The recipe may not be for me.

  • 76 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    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 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    That traction comes from widely spaced lugs made from sticky and durable Vibram rubber that cover most of the bottom.

  • 75 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • Level 4 expert

    The Hoka One One Speedgoat is meant for fast technical trails and can eat through most terrains with no problems whatsoever. 

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    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 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Road Trail Run • Level 3 expert

    Highly Recommended. Versatile, Energetic, All Terrain Shoe.

  • 93 / 100 by Run And Become • Adrian Tarit Stott • Level 3 expert

    Perfect as a “race day” trail option, it still offers much more inherent cushioning than any of its comparison shoes.

  • 90 / 100 by Outside Online • Outside Online • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David • Level 3 expert

    I would recommend fairly technical trails to wear this shoe. But it's pretty good anywhere you want, trail-wise.

  • 83 / 100 by RunRepeat • Avery Smith • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Runners Need • James Reader • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Running Monkey • Sean Conway • Level 3 expert

    Wear and tear aside, the Hoka One One Speedgoat has still impressed greatly.

  • 82 / 100 by Tri Radar • Tri Radar • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 81 / 100 by Austin Fit Magazine • Cregg Weinmann • Level 3 expert

    The SpeedGoat succeeds for runners looking for traction, cushion, and a snug, secure it to finish fast.

  • 80 / 100 by Run Haven • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 80 / 100 by Outdoors Magic • Jon • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 79 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Outdoor Kinetics • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 79 / 100 by SGB Today • SGB Today • Level 3 expert

    These traits, however, make the shoe not as road or hardpack-friendly.

  • 78 / 100 by Trail Runner Magazine • Paul Cuno-Booth • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Competitor Running • Lisa Jhung • Level 3 expert

    Feels a bit stiff at first; takes some breaking in before the upper feels soft and conforming.

  • 90 / 100 by Vo2max Productions • Sage Canaday • Level 2 expert

    Even with the relatively lightweight, low-profile design, with deflection and the lug pattern, you still get that nice, cushioned, relatively responsive Hoka feeling.

  • 88 / 100 by Altitude Blog • Altitude Blog • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 85 / 100 by MyOutdoors.co.uk • James • Level 2 expert

    It gripped tirelessly, carried me when injured and I never had to question them when running up a technical course.

  • 84 / 100 by Sage to Summit • Jeff Kozak • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 82 / 100 by Indepedence Run • Sean • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 75 / 100 by Acro Trail • Acro Trail • Level 2 expert

    Great grip. And also, just makes you run faster because they don't slip. So, they're really resistant against slippery surfaces.

  • 95 / 100 by Bald Runner • Bald Runner • Level 1 expert

    Everything is almost perfect with regards to its Comfort, Speed, Security of Fit, Durability, Agility and Responsiveness and Protection to the Feet. 

  • 95 / 100 by Bald Runner • Bald Runner • Level 1 expert

    Everything is almost perfect with regards to its Comfort, Speed, Security of Fit, Durability, Agility and Responsiveness and Protection to the Feet. 

  • 91 / 100 by Run 247 • Majell Backhausen and Britta Sendlhofer • Level 1 expert

    The Speedgoat is dynamic, responsive and well cushioned shoe that holds a low to ground feel, with some impressive traction.

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Jose Espinoza Rodriguez • Level 1 expert

    It is a well-finished shoe, has a good-looking design, amazing details/construction and gives you that wonderful feeling when running. And oh don't forget they feel lightweight!

  • 88 / 100 by Run Envy • Jenn Collins • Level 1 expert

    They performed just as I expected: very grippy, and not too much play on uneven terrain. They handled roots and rocks easily.

  • 88 / 100 by Laura's Lovely Blog • Laura Summers • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Train Wise Fitness • Rosswise1 • Level 1 expert

    With a few minor tweaks Hoka could almost have the perfect combination of cushioning, durability and weight.

  • 86 / 100 by Boulder Running Company • Boulder Running Company • Level 1 expert

    The Speedgoat, just like the Rapa Nui, is still composed of injection molded EVA, but in a much lighter and softer package.

  • 86 / 100 by Hunting Fit • Hunting Fit • Level 1 expert

    The SPEEDGOAT is aptly named due to the impressive traction on uneven surfaces.

  • 86 / 100 by Run JMC • Jimmy Mac • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Running Competitor • Lisa Jhung and Brian Metzler • Level 1 expert

    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. 

  • 85 / 100 by The Casual Runner • Matt Kennedy • Level 1 expert

    There's little qualms I have about it and everything but, overall, it's a great shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Train Wise Fitness • Ross Wise • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Appalachian Trails • Nicole and Alex Docta • Level 1 expert

    All that technical garb means you can have a heavy pack on, be walking downhill, and not fall on your ass! 

  • 83 / 100 by Open Air Life • Jeremiah Breeze • Level 1 expert

    The traction is almost as good as day one and the tread looks great. 

  • 83 / 100 by Mad Runner • Jeff • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Reddit • Jennifer1911 • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Best Part of the Day • Best Part of the Day • Level 1 expert

    Steep pointy hills, which I presumed was what they are for because there is a picture of a mountaineer on the insole. WRONG.

  • 50 / 100 by Men's Running • Tom Bristow • Level 1 expert

    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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Updates to Hoka One One 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.

Hoka One One 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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.