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Update: Hoka One One Speedgoat 4
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 10.3oz | Women: 9.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 32mm | Women: 32mm
Forefoot height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Low drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Purple, Black, Red, Orange, Blue, Grey
Size
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Rankings

A top 1% best Trail running shoe
Top 1% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this November
Better rated than the previous version Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

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92 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 79 / 100 | Francesco Angelini

    Hoka One One Speedgoat 3: Is the goat really fast?

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    The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is the new version of a successful model. It delivers comfort, and expectations are met.

    I did not have the opportunity to try the previous Hoka One One running shoes from this line, but the major updates are the improved comfort, the strengthened upper, and the slightly increased weight. 

    I do not love maximalist shoes, but the Speedgoat 3 intrigued me because it's considered as the most effective in the category of speed running shoes.

    I was not discouraged by the absence of rock plate due to the large amount of material in the sole. True enough, I wasn´t bothered by the rocks or roots under my feet. I never missed a stepped or misstepped.

    Even just by looking at the packaging, it is clear that Hoka paid maximum attention to the details, pretty much to my satisfaction.

     

    Upper

    As mentioned, one of this model's major differences from the previous models is the upper; it now has coating on the largest tip to give greater protection.

    The connection system is made more robust by lateral buttresses and slightly refined flat wraps. The wraps is integrated with the upper to avoid annoying translations during the run.

    The semi-rigid heel shell adapts itself well to the foot; it wraps it in a firm and reassuring way. Aesthetically, however, the presence of numerous plastic reinforcements makes me very puzzled.

     

    Fit

    The fit of the Speedgoat 3 is much improved compared to the 2.

    The slightly wider toe box provided enough room for the foot to sit nicely and securely without having the toes being pushed up against the front of the shoe, even on descents. The tip is very compact, and the shoe is fairly true to size.

    Midsole

    The 33mm heel midsole is reinforced by a wide transverse extension, making the shoe very voluminous and cushiony. The shoe could be unstable for those who are not used to it, and this is true even if the difference of only 4 mm helps with natural mobility and agility.

    The active foot frame also contributes to foot protection, always bringing it back into place with ease.

    The foot sinks into the rubber with each stride. As I said, the absence of the rock plate is not felt; the midsole optimally absorbs the unevenness of the bottom, guaranteeing a large comfortable surface.

    That setup, however, compromised reactivity and speed; a lot of energy is dispersed upon impact and not returned.

    The Speedgoat 3 is listed by Hoka as a neutral runner. This is not known as a cushiony shoe. This is a shoe that is built for comfort, less agility, and not for speed and reactivity.

     

    Sole

    With a large support surface and a great ability to copy the bottom, the shoe holds well on all fronts. The Vibram Megagrip high-traction outsole with 5mm lugs definitely gives you a sense of control as you cruise over technical terrain. The multi-directional lugs grip the surface enough for running through wet rock, slick terrain, and mud.

    I think there are no relevant differences between the Speedgoat 2 and 3. There was no good reason to change the outsole; so the lugs, their depth, and even the material remain the same.

     

     

    It works well in lots of different types of terrain and weather conditions, both dry and wet.

    Durability

    This is the bad! My experience with the Speedgoat 3 was really awful; after 200 hundred miles, the ousole has collapsed and the shoes became flat. The upper, however, still looks like new.

     

     

    Conclusions

    The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is very suitable for long distances. It performs well on technical routes, even downhill on the "up and down" routes on singletrack or carter with stony bottoms.

    This is a shoe that is suitable for all types of athletes.  It withstands very long runs in any condition. You’ll reach your goals with the feet rested.

    I would recommend the Speedgoat 3 to anyone who has experienced any lower body injuries or just prone to injuries. I use it also on the treadmill.

    Let me now give my last score, and that is 79 on a 100-point scale due to durability and slowness.

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

  • 90 / 100 | Alana Papula

    Hoka One One SpeedGoat 3--From streets to Sierras

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    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.

    Cushion

    Hoka One One is a brand known for its plush undersoles. For a trail runner, this comes at the expense of a rock plate. As I’ve found, this is not to be a deterrent.

     

     

    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.

    Traction

    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.

    Durability

    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.

    Summary

    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.

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

  • 89 / 100 | iRanFarMedia | Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 88 / 100 | Ben Parkes | Level 1 expert

    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.

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  • 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.

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