Hoka One One Carbon X-SPE: A fast and versatile race shoe 

Contrary to its parent model, the Carbon X-SPE from Hoka One One offers runners multi-purpose functions. It is a reliable option both for race day and long-range, fast-paced runs. Revamped with performance in mind, you can expect maximum responsiveness from the Hoka One One Carbon X-SPE. 

What is it for? 

  • Long runs
  • Tempo runs 
  • Half-marathons 
  • Marathons 

Carbon X-SPE vs. Carbon X: Not totally different     

Although this is a special-edition version of the Hoka Carbon X, the Carbon X-SPE features minimal tweaks only. These changes are mostly found in the upper, and here are what they indicate: 

More ventilation. The new and improved upper of the Hoka One One Carbon X-SPE allows more airflow into the foot chamber. This leaves the foot feeling cool and dry, even under humid conditions. 

Heavier. Despite being tagged as a lightweight racer, the Carbon X-SPE (8.8 oz) is heftier than its predecessor (8.7 oz). Although just a tad bit heavier, it is still a significant change for a racing shoe. This has also been attributed to the rubberized heel counter of the shoe. 

Better lockdown. This is the plus side of the mentioned update is that it locks the foot in place better than the flexible makeup of the previous iteration.


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