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- The Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 GTX is a trail running shoe that is meant to tackle wet conditions. The underfoot platform features an aggressive Vibram® layer that is intended for both dry and slick surfaces. It looks similar to its counterpart, the Speedgoat 4, save for the inclusion of Gore-Tex® as the means of protecting the materials from getting soaked with water.
Regular sizing measurements have become the basis of the creation of the Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 GTX. The brand aims to accommodate the usual choices of runners, so getting a pair by using personal instincts won’t pose a problem. Nevertheless, testing the shoe first or getting ahold of user reviews that tackle the sizing scheme may help in the attainment of a secure in-shoe experience.
The natural shape of the foot is the target outline of the silhouette. The elements that work together to achieve a secure yet accommodating fit are the stretchy mesh upper and the semi-curved configuration of the platform.
The outsole of this running shoe is designed using the Vibram® Megagrip technology. Vibram® Megagrip is a layer of grippy rubber that is tasked with shielding the base of the midsole from the abrasiveness of the surfaces. It can handle both dry and wet ground, so runners who are inclined to go through tricky surface conditions would not easily slip or lose balance. Rubber from the Vibram® brand is used by many well-known brands for traction-ready trail runner series like the Merrell Trail Glove.
Omnidirectional gripping lugs mark the external pad, covering all areas to permit 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.
The midsole unit of this Hoka One One 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.
The forefoot section of the platform has a widened structure to permit 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.
The upper of the Hoka One One 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 to permit air through the foot-chamber.
Gore-Tex® is a waterproof membrane that acts as a barrier between the shoe’s textiles and the water that can be found on the great outdoors. Rain, puddles, and streams won’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.
The gusseted tongue unit of this product aims to remain 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.