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
$140
Weight
Men: 9.8oz
Women: 8.2oz
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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 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

Best rated Hoka One One running shoes:

Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 18 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
17%
3 star
6%
2 star
0%
1 star
11%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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87 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

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

  • 80 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 88 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    It’s not often that I find myself patting a brand on the back quite so enthusiastically but in the case of the Speedgoat 2, Hoka One One certainly deserves it.

  • 99 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 expert

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

  • 88 / 100 by Triathlete • Brian Metzler • Level 4 expert

    High marks for durability and long-haul comfort.

  • 85 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 4 expert

    So if you're in the market for a trail running shoe that has enough protection, traction, that gives you a nice secure ride, that can pick up the pace, the Hoka Speedgoat 2 may be your shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David Cross • Level 3 expert

    I would say, at the end of the day, it's up there and one of my favorties.

  • 88 / 100 by Real Runner Reviews • Brian Goldman • Level 3 expert

    I was really pleased with the Speedgoat 2, especially after reading reviews of the original Speedgoat.

  • 84 / 100 by Ultra Runner Podcast • Ben Zuehlsdorf • Level 3 expert

    If you like maximum cushioning and traction in a fairly lightweight package the Speedgoat 2 is a great option. Just be sure you find the right size and that your feet can tolerate the fit if you want to run long in this shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Marathon Cooking • Marathon Cooking • Level 2 expert

    Highly recommended for the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2.

  • 88 / 100 by Motiv Running • Motiv Running • Level 2 expert

    The Speedgoat 2 has just enough trail-worthy features to allow it to tackle all types of off-road terrain, but it also has the long-wearing comfort, cushion and flexibility of your favorite pair of road shoes.

  • 87 / 100 by Andrew Skurka • Andrew Skurka • Level 2 expert

    http://andrewskurka.com/2017/review-hoka-one-one-speedgoat-2-trail-shoe/

  • 85 / 100 by Vo2max Productions • Sage Canaday • Level 2 expert

    I think a lot of people will get a lot of joy from running in this shoe like I have.

  • 90 / 100 by Blister Gear Review • Luke Koppa • Level 1 expert

    After the first 120+ miles, the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 has proven to be a very versatile trail shoe, capable of handling a variety of conditions well.

  • 90 / 100 by Trail Mag • Armand du Toit • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the Speedgoat 2 is an exceptional trail running shoe that tick all the right boxes.

  • 88 / 100 by Jack Rabbit • Kina M • Level 1 expert

    I love them. Big, mad, giddy love.

  • 87 / 100 by The Trek • Caet Cash • Level 1 expert

    With updated style and fit plus all the performance of its predecessor, the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 is an instant classic.

  • 87 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Matthew Imberman • Level 1 expert

    Version 2 is essentially a totally new shoe, and it has A LOT going for it: admirable handling on technical terrain, all day comfort, solid performance at any pace, and smooth sailing on all types of surfaces.

  • 80 / 100 by Rocket Runner • Rocket Runner • Level 1 expert

    It's a four star shoe. It's so nearly an absolute 5 but no it's gotta be 4 because it's limited in the number of people who are going to get on with this.

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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.