Hoka Carbon X 2: A protective speedster

Sporting a combination of flexible carbon-fiber plate, Meta Rocker, and lightness, there is no doubt that the Carbon X 2 from Hoka is designed to go fast. But what's even better is that it doesn't forgo Hoka's signature impact protection. Thanks to the shoe's ample cushion, the foot is enveloped in comfort in each step. 

Carbon X 2 vs. 1: A familiar but upgraded ride

The feel and ride of the Hoka Carbon X 2 and the 1's are pretty much alike. But here are some tweaks Hoka made to the Carbon X 2 to make it more fit for both slow and uptempo paces: 

  • Less stiff upper for better comfort 
  • Just like the Nike Zoom Fly 3, the shoe's carbon-fiber plate is less rigid for a more flexible toe-off. 
  • The extended tail (Swallow Tail design) adds stability and dampens impact during heel strike. 
  • Because the shoe's foam is much softer, it's also bouncier. 

What is it for? 

Whether you're going fast or slow, the Hoka Carbon X 2 can handle marathon and above-marathon distances. And to prevent premature wear, experts advise using the shoe only for city running on pavement. 

Nice to know

The Hoka One One Carbon X 2 has reflective accents on the upper, which is perfect for nighttime running or low-light hours.  


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