Who should buy the Hoka Speedgoat 4 GTX

You will love the Hoka Speedgoat 4 GTX if:

  • You are a fan of neutral running shoes that take on the off-road paths with ease
  • You want a waterproof yet breathable running shoe
  • You want a durable shoe to use for long-distance, ultrarunning, or marathons

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Experience reliable tractions both on wet and dry grounds with the Hoka Speedgoat 4 GTX outsole

The outsole of this running shoe incorporates the Vibram® Megagrip technology which is a layer of grippy rubber that shields the base of the midsole from the abrasiveness of the surfaces. It can handle both dry and wet ground, so runners can confidently breeze through tricky surface conditions without slipping or losing their balance.

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Rubber from the Vibram® brand is used by many well-known brands for traction-ready trail runner series like the Merrell Trail Glove.

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Omnidirectional gripping lugs mark the external pad, covering all areas that permits constant grip on the ground. The angular ends of each node act like talons that hold onto the topography, thus delivering traction at all times. Upward and downward traversals are supported by these elements.

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Support foot all throughout with the Hoka Speedgoat 4 GTX midsole

The midsole unit of this Hoka running shoe is made with a lightweight foam piece that has a generous thickness. This technology supports the foot throughout the running session while also preventing the ground and impact forces from affecting the quality of the performance. A raised midfoot permits the arch to be relaxed as it is typically not supported.

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The forefoot section of the platform has a widened structure that permits the naturally relaxed state of the toes when stepping on the ground. Balance is afforded to the runner if the forefoot has a chance to relax and find its center. Toe-splay also contributes to an energized liftoff.

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Get waterproof protection with the Hoka Speedgoat 4 GTX outsole

The upper of the Hoka Speedgoat 4 GTX is made of a water-resistant mesh. This textile is tasked with staving off moisture and sweat, thus maintaining a consistently dry feeling throughout the running session. It still has tiny pores which allow air through the foot-chamber.

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Gore-Tex® is a waterproof membrane that acts as a barrier between the shoe’s textiles and the water that can be found in the great outdoors. Rain, puddles, and streams don't pose a problem to this tried-and-true technology. The only way water can infiltrate the foot chamber is through the opening of the upper. Also, breathability is preserved by this membrane because it is thin and unnoticeable.

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The gusseted tongue unit of this product remains at the center of the shoe’s bridge as tongue deviation could cause skin irritation. Also, the bands that secure the tongue in place lock the sides of the upper unit, thereby preventing debris from entering the foot chamber.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: 10.2oz
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Hoka Speedgoat 4
Forefoot height: 28mm
Heel height: 32mm

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