Facts

  • 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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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
  • Weight
    Men: 9.8oz
    Women: 8.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jul 2017
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Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A good number of users said the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 has great traction.
  • Most runners were satisfied with the cushioning provided by this shoe.
  • There were some buyers who felt that it provided wonderful support and were satisfied with the comfort level.
  • One user commented that the Speedgoat 2 is good enough to be used for minimal hiking sessions, but excellent for trail running.
  • A couple of buyers mentioned that it did not take a long time to break in and that it did not give them any blisters nor pain during their first few runs.
  • The Speedgoat 2 offered great ankle support, one user stated.
  • Another buyer said that it is durable enough to withstand technical trails and rocky terrains.
  • Most of the buyers were amazed at the lightweight nature of this running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of buyers deemed the Speedgoat 2 too narrow for their feet and that it was not able to provide adequate toe room.
  • A couple of users experienced discomfort after wearing the shoe for a long time.
  • There were some users who commented on the Speedgoat 2’s tongue construction: several mentioned it needed to be wider, while another one said it needed to be gusseted completely; one other user said it required more padding.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 is a great redesign and thus an improvement of the original Speedgoat. As a trail running shoe, it is not recommended for road-running, but it does very well on groomed trails requiring little to moderate efforts. Many of its users have had positive experiences with the shoe’s comfort, protection, and traction. While it is designed for tougher terrain and is compatible with long distance running, some users do not recommend the Speedgoat 2 for high and sloping routes. Overall, consumers believe that the Speedgoat 2 is worth their money despite its expensiveness.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Jose Espinoza Rodriguez

    Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 - WOW! What an Improvement!!!

    Since, falling in love with Hoka One One Speedgoat 2.

    Shining new colors to choose! And, of course, with a Vibram Megagrip outsole with many curved studs, the Speedgoat 2 takes pride in its grip and cushioning in long kilometers on difficult terrain and loose ground.

    Its broad form and the new engineered mesh are ideal for long training. This is where the Speedgoat 2 shines and shines!

     

     

    Last October, I got a new pair of these lovely puppies!

    Next day, I hit a technical short run with some pavement sections, steep and not so friendly hills, some water creeks pass, and very funny downhills. For this pair, no surprises on grip or pain on toes.

    The redesigned outsole is well done. You feel confident cornering in the loose soil and the fit is superb.

    I  do not have a wide feet shape, however, I have been running for a long time on Altra’s wide shoes. Honestly, in these shoes, I don’t miss that, they are wide enough.

     

     

    I ran my last Ultra in a very hot and hard terrain course for around 51k and the feel of the shoes was fine. There was no need for a shoe change and I did not feel any pain in my foot. They do the job very well!

    The cushion does not feel like a big pair of pillows on your feet, it is responsive enough to push you to run for hours without suffering pain. The rocket shape plus the drop of 5 mm to 4.5 mm helps to make the feel of the run smooth and gentle. It's a well-balanced trail shoe!

    If you had run on the first version of the Speedgoat, you'll notice that it showed a weakness in cornering. The light upper was not strong enough to hold the feet on the shoes.

    The good news is that in the Version 2, the improvement on the upper fixed the issue.

    Now, on my runs, they stay in the shoes. You don’t feel anymore that sensation of “lose-your-feet-out-of-the-shoes”.

    Also, if you need to pass a river, they don’t get heavy holding water. They drain the water very well, no problema!

     

    Comparison

    If you take time to put the Speedgoat 2.0 side by side, the uppers are totally different.

    If you move them upside down, you'll also notice different shapes of the outsole. The only thing equal is the Vibram brand out there.

    Somehow I’ll say that V 2.0 is a brand new shoe rather than a redesigned model.

    Even the tongue was redesigned. There's more padding there but still, it is a soft tongue, you won’t notice or feel bulky in the top anyway, nice!

     

     

    The reinforced side of the outsole is superb. Looking at the colors, the shape of the carved channels, I simply love it!

    Hoka put a lot of attention on the details of these shoes.

     

    Pros

    • Super nice new shape of the outsole
    • Strong and nice colors to choose from
    • The upper is strong (better than the previous version)
    • Vibram outsole!

     

    Cons

    • Price
    • Heavy for some (wait! this is a trail shoe, don’t be picky)
    • The laces - I still believe that they need to be made from a stronger material

     

    Specs

    • Midsole of 32 mm at the back and 27.5 mm in front with drop of 4.5 mm
    • Weight 9.8 oz (men’s version)  and 8.20 oz (women’s version)
    • Neutral that allows the foot to adopt a natural run (like the Tarahumara’s, right?)
    • Five color combinations to pick (nice!)
    • $140

    My Last Two Cents

    If you love running in all kind of trails for hours without a care in the world, then Hoka One One Speedgoat 2.0 is a good choice. 

    If you have a neutral run and doesn’t care about the 4.5 mm drop, again, this should be your trail shoe of choice.  Finally, if you like a bit of color in your running equipment, then definitely the Speedgoat 2.0 is the one!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 85 / 100 | Gearist

    The Speedgoat 2 isn't just a much improved shoe over version 1. The Speedgoat is a good trail shoe.

  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    I'm glad I have it in my arsenal. I'm keeping it around for as long as possible until it completely melts away. I'm enjoying my time with it.

  • 99 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    This is an any distance, any terrain, any pace shoe for racing or training.

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Updates to Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

  • Although the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 retained some of the features of the original Speedgoat, there are more considerable and relevant updates that users are sure to notice upon wearing. The base of the shoe is widened for added stability and increased traction, while the new midsole creates a platform that provides reinforcements to where the feet need them.
  • The overall wider construction of the Speedgoat 2’s platform is done so that there is a stable base, which is important when running on challenging trails.
  • The Vibram MegaGrip outsole has 5 mm multi-directional durable lugs that are patterned to be suited for technical mountain terrain.
  • While the cushion, traction, and weight are the same with the original Hoka One One Speedgoat, this second version has updated its fit, platform, and upper to deliver the sensation of a maxi-cushioned trail shoe.

Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 size and fit

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 is a neutral running shoe best for wearers with narrow feet. This shoe is not recommended for those who have wide and high-volume feet, and not for runners who prioritize ground feel over cushioning. Average-sized feet might have a little compatibility with the shoe, but the relatively small toe box is a limiting factor. The available width for the men’s version is D – Medium, while the women’s version is B – Medium.

Outsole

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 has retained the Vibram MegaGrip Compound, which boasts a supreme grasp and on uneven technical trails.

The flex grooves are now made deeper and more reliable to stick to rocks and wet soil. They also allow the user’s foot to better grip hard-packed surfaces.

Midsole

The midsole of the Speedgoat 2 employs the MetaRocker technology, which gives a fulcrum effect that’s similar to a rocking chair. This ensures that the wearer’s form remains as natural as possible while allowing an efficient movement from impact to toe-off.

The injected EVA is relatively plush and oversized, resulting in the signature cushioning of the Hoka One One series. It is also designed to absorb shock and sustain long-term use. The cushioning of the Speedgoat 2 has a high stack height, but not at the expense of the weight nor the stability.

Upper

The majority of the updates on the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 can be seen in the upper. This shoe uses its 3D Puff Print mesh, which has an open-engineered construction, to maximize breathability and support on the trail.

The upper also has welded speed frame overlays that aids in foot steadiness and resistance to abrasions and tears.

The reinforced toe cap is kept at a minimum, but it packs on the protection.

The Speedgoat 2 uses elasticized laces that have a flat shape. This design allows the laces to stretch, therefore keeping the pressure on the foot at a minimum.