Who should buy the Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2

  • Great choice for ultra-runners with neutral pronation who are preparing for their next ultra running or marathon races.
  • Worth the price for a serious trail runner who needs a reliable and comfortable training and racing shoe that can get the job done.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 logo

Updates to the Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2

  • Redesigned mesh unit to make it more breathable and comfortable.
  • Full Ground Contact System heightens the efficiency of the shoe by allowing it to be used to its maximum potential.
  • Outsole unit is slightly more flexible, which means that the shoe is enabled to perform better when changing between various running positions.
  • Newer version comes with a pair of extra laces and lace holders to enable users to tie their laces in whatever fashion they prefer.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 updates

Grippy traction on challenging trails

The outsole utilizes the High-Abrasion Rubber which is not only very resistant to shock and impact forces but is also very lightweight. The rubber disperses the force at a single point over the whole surface area, thereby creating an effective buffer system for the runner.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 outsole

The outsole also features lugs on its surface for increased traction on various trail types. The efficient design of lugs enables the shoe to maintain a firm grip on very challenging surfaces where slippages are otherwise likely.

Mafate Speed 2 ensures a smooth heel to toe transition

The Full Ground Contact increases the efficiency of the shoe and ensures a smooth heel to toe transition for the user. The design allows the pair of running shoes to adapt itself to the movements of the foot during running.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 top midsole

The shoe uses the HIP CMEVA top midsole whose cushioning Hoka One One claims to be among the top in the industry. The material is responsible for the much sought-after bouncy feel in the midsole and the high comfortability.

It is also very effective in dispersing impact loads over larger surface areas which ensures protection for the underfoot and increases the durability of the shoe.

Excellent shock dispersion on challenging rocks, or steep slopes

RMAT midsole ensures additional protection and comfort for the user. The material has excellent shock dispersion characteristics, even on challenging rocks, sharp cuts or steep slopes.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 midsole

The Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 makes use of the Engineered Oversized Midsole, which the company claims to offer almost thrice more cushioning and steadiness as the conventional midsole.

Great training partner for ultra-distance running

The Active Foot Frame enables the foot to comfortably adjust in the midsole. It also prepares the runner for forward-propulsion at the same time. The technology maintains the kind of responsive environment inside the shoe that motivates the individual to keep running without getting much tired at the end of the day.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 midsole geometry

The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry is a special kind of midsole geometry designed with a low drop and a rocker-shaped outsole for a fulcrum effect. This design promotes natural gait for the runners and ensures a smooth transition between landing and toe-off position while running. This feature can also be seen in the Hoka One One Bondi 6.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 is breathable and lightweight

The Air Mesh is breathable and lightweight. It promotes a healthy inflow and outflow of air through the upper, thereby maintaining a very comfortable and dry atmosphere for the users inside the shoe while running.

The External Monomesh Debris Screen is for keeping dirt and other small rocks from entering the shoe’s interior foot-chamber.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 breathable and lightweight

The upper also utilizes the No Sew Construction for a seamless feel against the skin. The soft material reduces the likelihood of chafing or irritation.

The TPU Support Strapping is added for flexibility and protection. It also reinforces the structure of the upper and ensures a secure fit for the user.

Quick adjustment and protection from small rocks

In the Mafate Speed 2, a Race-Lace System is used. Its elastic nature makes quick to adjust with only a single-handed pull. Hoka One One uses a lacing system provides a feeling of customized fit to the users.

Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 race-lace system

Also, the shoe comes with the extra laces in the box which could be exchanged with the standard race laces and the lace holders which allow the individuals to lace their shoes in a manner they prefer.

The Reinforced toe cap protects the forefoot from small rocks and debris, thereby providing good resistance to shock. The upper boasts the Strobel Last, which is attached with the EVA foam for a smooth and silken finish, as well as additional underfoot cushioning.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 328g / Women 272g
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Hoka One One Mafate Speed 3
Forefoot height: 29mm
Heel height: 33mm

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