The Speedgoat 5 from Hoka remains your reliable and great-value do-everything trail shoe. But if you want to bring the best out of it, fast runs on very technical terrains can do the trick. On top of this, it ticks all the boxes of an excellent trail shoe. It's insanely grippy, durable, and supportive; conquering the great outdoors is an easy feat. Overall, take the Hoka Speedgoat 5 if you want to go fast and far.
- Super grippy
- Springy ride
- Stable platform
- Extra durable
- High impact protection
- Secure fit
- Excellent heel hold
- Not for wide feet
- Flared collar is not for everyone (style-wise)
Who should buy the Hoka Speedgoat 5
Buy a pair of the Hoka Speedgoat 5 if:
- you're a trail runner who wants to run swiftly on rough trail surfaces
- you're looking for a trail shoe that's fit for short to long-distance runs
- you're an ultrarunner who want a responsive racing shoe
- you're training for a 50K competition
- you're planning to train long miles on the mountain (~30 to 50 miles)
Who should NOT buy it
If you have wide feet, the fifth version of the Hoka Speedgoat might be a letdown. If you want a shoe that's roomy in the toe box, go for the Topo MTN Racer 2 instead.
You can also skim through trail running shoes from Altra. They are very popular for their very wide toe room.
Hoka Speedgoat 5 vs. 4: From better to best
The Speedgoat 4 has been hailed as the better version of all Speedgoats. Come the Speedgoat 5, and trail runners agree it's the "best among its class" because of:
- amped-up traction, thanks to its redesigned lug pattern
- a more forgiving fit
- lighter midsole that leads to weight trimming (US M10 goes from 11.25 oz to 10.25 oz)
Traction that goes above and beyond
The Speedgoat 5's Vibram outsole bites on frozen surfaces, moderate mud, and loose off-trail surfaces. Experts say that they "love it" so much as it is "exceptionally versatile" and sticky.
This is owed to the shoe's updated lug spacing. They're not too far apart, generating a very tacky grip.
We also measured the lug depth on the Speedgoat 5 to be a solid 3 mm.
Quite breathable for a trail shoe
With its protective upper, the Speedgoat 5 still manages to keep the foot well-ventilated. See how easily the smoke passes through it in various parts of the upper.
The video below also shows which areas are more transparent and breathable.
Adding pep to your step
If you're a fan of the Hoka Speedgoat, the Speedgoat 5 runs and rides like the Hoka Evo Speedgoat but "bouncier" and with "better energy return," stated testers.
The Speedgoat 5 is also among the softest trail running shoes on the market. It is a whopping 60% softer than the average.
Disclaimer: The photo shows 1 out 5 measurements that we took with the durometer to ensure accuracy.
What's unique about the Speedgoat is that even when exposed to cold temperatures, it remains softer than most running shoes at room temperature.
After spending 20 minutes in the freezer, the shoe's foam did get 63.6% firmer but its "frozen" condition is still 34% softer than most shoes at room temperature.
Add in the late-stage Meta-Rocker, toe-offs are made easy and seamless. So if you want to set PRs, you can with this shoe.
The Speedgoat 5 also has a good amount of flex in the forefoot to help with smoother heel-to-toe transitions. It is 18% more flexible than the average across running shoes.
Disclaimer: We measure the flexibility 5 times before noting down the results.
Feel stable on any terrain
The shoe doesn't waver in support, especially in the heel and midfoot. When cornering fast, and during off-camber sidehilling, reviewers say that they don't feel tippy.
This is no surprise given the shoe's beastly wide platform. In the forefoot (116.4 mm), it is 4.6 mm wider than the average. And in the heel (97.5 mm), it is a whopping 8.7 mm wider.
Strength level: Speedgoat
The Hoka Speedgoats are solid AF. They employ the Vibram outsole which is practically indestructible. And the midsole is just as awesome. After 30+ miles on rough terrains, runners report it is NOT showing any sign of compression. It's built like a tank. They expect it to last 350 to 400 miles.
Feels light, is light
At 276 grams or 9.7 oz (US M 9), the Hoka Speedgoat 5 is light. For comparison, the average weight of trail running shoes on the market is 300 g (10.6 oz). The majority agrees that on hand and on foot, it doesn't weigh you down.
The Speedgoat 5 fits like a dream
Contrary to the Speedgoat 4 and the Evo Speedgoat, the Hoka Speedgoat 5 has a more flexible upper that's also more forgiving. This makes it a great pick for high mileage when the foot starts to swell.
However, those with really wide feet warn that the upper may "press up" on the pinky toes.
The upper is a tiny bit narrower in the forefoot compared to running shoes on average (by 1.9 mm). However, it is still quite roomy, based on our measurements (96.3 mm).
The tongue is also gusseted, making the lockdown even better. And it has a butterfly design that wraps around the top of the foot securely.
We are surprised that runners haven't complained about lace bites because the tongue is rather thin on the Hoka Speedgoat 5. At 2.3 mm, it is much thinner than the average 5.8 mm.
No heel slips
The Hoka Speedgoat 5's heel offers a locked-in fit. It's sufficiently padded and cups the rearfoot excellently.
And this is given that the heel is not very stiff. We gave it 2 out 5 (5 is the stiffest) in our subjective assessment.
Shields the foot from the harsh trail
A toe rand is present in this shoe, which protects the foot when bumping on rocks and roots.
It's complemented by the shoe's copious amount of cushion that mutes out ground feel in favor of protection.
The heel stack is a good 27.5 mm in thickness while the forefoot is 23.7 mm. It is a few millimeters thinner than the average but the fact that both areas are so well-cushioned, the shoe offers an even level of impact protection.
Disclaimer: Insole is included in our stack measurements. It is 2.8 mm thick in the Hoka Speedgoat 5.
The measured heel-to-toe drop appears to correspond to the brand's statement. We got it at 3.8 mm while the brand claims it to be 4 mm.
Reflective elements are a handy touch
Runners who tend to hit the road or the trail in low-light conditions will appreciate the shoe's reflective feature.
Nice to know about the Hoka Speedgoat 5
- The upper is constructed using recycled materials.
- The upper is also vegan, meaning that the Hoka Speedgoat 5 doesn't use any animal products or products tested on animals.