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WeightMen: 10.3ozWomen: 9.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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Heel heightMen: 32mmWomen: 32mm
Forefoot heightMen: 28mmWomen: 28mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Hoka One One SpeedGoat 3--From streets to Sierras
On my typical morning runs, involving up to 40% road terrain, these shoes provide a cozy cloud on which to float, never eliciting a scolding from my knees.
On steep downhills of mud and dirt trails, this really makes a difference. The shoes have no problem trotting slowly back up.
Twenty mile days on the rocky (and snowy) trails of the early summer Sierras cruised by underfoot--in short, I’m ready to get engaged.
Long days on rocky surfaces still have left me comfortable and not terribly fatigued. Although, I’ll note that I have not tried swift movements over grapefruit-sized jagged rocks found in some trails.
I believe that the Hoka SpeedGoat would perform as well as any trail runner, though.
Labeled as a trail running shoe with 4mm heel-toe drop, SpeedGoat seems low for a road runner. Regardless, these Hokas are still currently my top pick for any terrain.
Even though the road may not be ideal for the softer rubber soles, the thick cushion of the shoe is more comfortable than any road runner that I have ever tried.
The uphill traction of these shoes is something I’ve heard lauded by many. In fact, I’ve even talked to someone who claimed to climb 5.9 in them. I just might believe him.
I felt extremely secure on rocky terrain. With their shallower lugs, this is what the Hokas were designed for. However, dirt trails and fine gravel were also no problem.
This suggests that these lugs can handle more than what meets the eye.
The one arena in which the SpeedGoat falls short is durability. I’ve been running in them for only the past month and a half.
This is several hundred miles. Still, I’m surprised to see the treads, particularly on the outer heel, wearing away.
Perhaps I'm naive? What I suspect is that the road sections, which comprises 30% of my running route, are the culprit.
Sense of Adventure
I have taken these shoes in snow and through streams. While they certainly are not waterproof (and do not claim to be), they dry very quickly given a warmer day.
Also, these do not create the ‘aquarium’ sensation (i.e. colonizing sea monkeys and several snails on each foot).
On snow, my foot remained dry. But, this is very dependent on conditions. I felt reasonably secure traversing on snow and didn’t worry about sinking in an inch or two.
An all-terrain vehicle, these Hokas are easy to adore. They are more versatile than they should be.
However, it is advised to minimize their exposure to road simply for longevity purposes (and get another pair exclusively for road, haha ;) Well, I might).
For my upcoming trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and Pikes Peak, I’ll be bringing these shoes. Equipped with gaiters, I think I can leave the hiking boots at home.
The Hoka One One SpeedGoat 3 are my favorite shoes of my life---so far. And, no, I don’t say that about every successive pair I try on.
They have excellent cushion that would keep any runner comfortable on the road, not to mention for the demanding downhills of trail running. However, running on roads may wear down the soles.
Indeed, they are intended as a trail runner and have the traction to drive up a hill of rock or dirt. I feel secure in them, despite it lacking the sensitivity of a minimalist shoe.
Another downside is that their long and comfortable toe box can cause clumsiness at times. For instance, I once tripped on a root and hobbled a mile crying softly afterwards, but it was still fun.
Ideally, these could be ultramarathon shoes, though any runner unconcerned about sensitivity would find them excellent for shorter runs.
They also hold up to long days in the mountains and make sure that you hold up too. Gaiters came in handy, with it the shoes caught very little debris.
I will buy another pair of these--once the lugs on my current pair wear out. I’ll convert them to road running shoes and use a fresh pair just for the trails. My knees and I are excited.
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It just kinda works in a lot of place and it's why that it's a shoe that I generally grab for when I don't know what I'm getting nto.
As I say, the only slight negative that narrow toe box and yet its a very plush and squishy soft ride but if you're going to be doing some long-distance racing that is good perfect in my eyes and I really really like that.
My only minor concern for the Speedgoat 3 has been the increase in weight, gaining nearly an ounce per shoe over the previous version in my US Men’s size 10. I do appreciate the improvements to the upper, but comparing versions 2 and 3 side by side, there is little indication as to why the newer version should be that much heavier.
- Trail runners praised the overall performance and design of the older version of the Hoka One One Speedgoat. The new Speedgoat features minimal changes in its design and runners can still expect the same performance on the trail.
- The upper of the Hoka Speedgoat 3 has been revamped to enhance fit, comfort, and durability. The overlays were improved and the tongue is integrated into the upper to keep it in place through the running activity.
The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is available in standard running shoe length. It has a snug fit from the heel to the forefoot. The wider platform of the shoe gives better stability and the overlays on the midfoot give added stability and further enhance the fit.
The Speedgoat 3 is available in men’s and women’s versions in medium width option. The shoe comfortably accommodates runners with medium foot measurements.
In the outsole of the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is the Vibram Megagrip material. This outsole element gives durability to the shoe. It also provides traction on varied trail surfaces.
The sturdy Vibram Megagrip outsole has 5mm lugs that provides exceptional grip on both soft and hard trail surfaces. The aggressive lugs and durable traction offer runner stability especially on uneven trails.
Flex grooves are also strategically placed in the outsole without affecting the shoe’s cushioning and sole durability. The groves provide the foot freedom to move while running.
The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 has a wider platform for stability, and it uses an oversized EVA midsole for lightweight, balanced cushioning. The midsole is designed to be soft and durable for trail running.
Along with the oversized EVA midsole is the CMEVA foam specifically added for balanced cushioning. The CMEVA foam absorbs impact during landing and it provides the foot a more stable platform for an efficient transition through the gait cycle.
Just like the older version, the upper of the Speedgoat 2 is made of an engineered mesh. The mesh is lightweight and it effectively keeps the foot well-ventilated through the running session. The perforations on the upper offer maximum breathability without compromising support and durability. The same material can be found in another Hoka One One running shoe, the Bondi 6.
The reinforced overlays on the midfoot offer a comfortable foot lockdown. The lightweight overlays have been revamped for a more secure fit and these overlays worked perfectly with the heel support to further lock the foot while running.
The integrated tongue and heel collar are moderately padded. They deliver additional comfort and further enhance the overall fit of the shoe.
The reinforced toe cap delivers added durability while protecting the foot from debris and other sharp trail elements.
- The Hoka One One Speedgoat model was named after Karl Meltzer, known as “The Speedgoat, who holds the record for the most 100-mile trail race wins.
- The first version of the Speedgoat was released in 2015.
- The Hoka Speedgoat 3 is also available in a waterproof version. Designed for trail running, the shoe features a balanced cushioning, a grippy outsole, and a waterproof coverage that is made possible by the SKYSHELL waterproof membrane.