Who should buy the Hoka One One Tecton X

Trail runners should go for the Tecton X from Hoka One One if they're:

  • training for upcoming ultra races 
  • racing in 50K to 100 miles
  • hiking in technical trails
  • looking for a fantastic commuter (a.k.a door-to-trail shoe) 

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking to set PRs in highly technical terrains, the Tecton X won't do it. The shifting plates hamper the ride. If you want to run fast on demanding ground, experts recommend the Hoka Torrent 2 or the Hoka Zinal

Tecton X vs. Evo Speedgoat: Several folds better! 

The Hoka One One Evo Speedgoat is a highly regarded trail running shoe that's also made for speed. But if you want all the good things from the Speedgoat amplified, the Tecton X gladly delivers: 

  • Lighter: The Tecton X weighs in at 8.9 oz whereas the Evo Speedgoat weighs in at 9.3 oz. 
  • Faster: Because of its dual-density ProflyX midsole and dual carbon-fiber plates, the shoe has more energy return with less weight for speedier performance.
  • More grip: With its updated Vibram outsole. the Tecton X has a more versatile grip on surfaces including dirt, snow, pavement, and moderate mud. 

It's easy to pick up the pace

Whether running uphills, smooth downhills, and flat, moderately technical terrain, the carbon plate becomes "reactive." Trail runners claim that the shoe is very responsive, pushing it forward is not hard. 

The midsole amps up the rebound for a more lively sensation. Overall, the Hoka Tecton X feels like the well-loved The North Face Flight Vectiv but three times better. 

Sticky outsole

On snow, frozen ground, non-technical dirt, and pavement, the shoe's outsole is a killer. And because it's not overly aggressive, athletes say it can make a great road-to-trail hybrid. 

Pronouncing cushion while minimizing weight

Trail running shoes on average weigh 10.6 oz. But the Hoka Tecton X manages to trim it down a sub-9-ounce weight despite its huge stack. 

It looks big but it's the opposite on foot. 

Mutes out the harshness underfoot

The carbon-fiber plate acts as the Hoka One One Tecton X's rock plate to the Tecton X. It's firm and rigid; you don't have to worry about battered feet after long miles on the trails. 

The Hoka Tecton X prevents slips

According to reviewers, the upper is reminiscent of the Evo Speedgooat but "more supportive." The midfoot hold is "solid" and the toe box "roomy." 

This is complemented by the shoe's broad base, delivering a very stable ride. So much so, droves of runners say that it's a neutral shoe with support as good as stability shoes but not overbearing.

Follows the shape of the foot

The upper is very pliable; those with narrow to medium-width feet are very happy. They say the fit is very comfortable and huggy. 

For reference, it's almost like the Hoka One One TenNine.

The heel stays in place 

"Hoka nailed it!" This is what experts say about the Tecton X's heel hold. The heel counter is "bombproof" as it locks the foot in place. It does this so well; there are NO reports of heel slips.

The Hoka One One Tecton X keeps it cool

The shoe's jacquard engineered mesh upper is very light and breathable. There are also no overlays, which make the shoe extra airy when placed under the scorching heat.

Even better, the upper drains well. 

Questionable performance on technical trails

Because of the shifting and segmented carbon plates, the Tecton X doesn't roll smoothly on off-trail and uneven surfaces. The plates, according to multiple runners, "react sharply" underfoot.

Beware of mud

The "X" cut-out on the midsole accumulates and stores mud. 

Hurts the wallet

Everyone agrees that the Hoka One One Tecton X's $200 price is "a lot." 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 8.9oz
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 29mm
Heel height: 33mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.