Hoka fans have been long awaiting the 2nd version of the Hoka One One Speedgoat, set to hit retailers in July of 2017. I was lucky to score a pair of the Speedgoat 2 early this year for testing, which has been updated to accommodate a wider toe box and forefoot, a new upper mesh design and new midfoot cage construction. I’ll confess that I’m not inherently a big fan of the highly stable class of shoes, particularly for trails, and this was my first pair of Hokas that I trained consistently on trails. So, the company had its work cut out in terms of winning me over! What was my final verdict? Read on for a completely unbiased, honest review of the new Hoka One One Speedgoat 2.
I was a little apprehensive about this design compared to my usual minimalistic styles but was pleasantly surprised at how natural it felt right away. The midsole is described as a “marshmallow” design because it is extra thick, extra light and extra wide. The foot frame is deep which provides a nice rearfoot cup for the heel and translates to extra built-in stability while still having minimal ankle support from superficial materials. Hoka One One designers claim that this feature is adaptable to a variety of anatomy and running styles. The midsole material is injected EVA, like Speedgoat version one, but reviewers feel like the shoe has been fine-tuned so that it’s less bouncy than the original version.
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I actually intentionally tried to find a place where I could abuse my body and feel more impact with them but was not able to find such terrain. I noted no rubbing or hot spots, and after two months I realized that I had forgotten to replace the thin Hoka One One lining with my Superfeet inserts (which is usually the first thing I do with my trail shoes, once I start to feel the impact). Well done, Hoka One One!
• Red body and laces, black waterproofing, and yellow accents
• Black body, light blue laces, and pink accents
• Yellow body with some blue and teal, red laces, and grey waterproofing
I honestly like them all and would have a hard time choosing when ordering. Although the black and red would probably look cleaner after use, the yellow body is bright and fun!
• Great traction and multi-directional lugs
• Re-designed upper features for breathability and protection
• Extra midsole features for supreme comfort
• Ample space for toe splay compared to the first version
The Speedgoat 2 is a finely crafted trail shoe that has taken Speedgoat version one advice to heart in order to tailor this shoe to dynamic distance trail running athletes. Reviewers agree that this shoe is light during a race while providing ample cushioning for the end of a long distance challenge. The redesigned outsole, beautifully engineered midsole, superior comfort, traction, and style make this new shoe a more stable and more foot-conforming one that will surely top the best-seller list.
As a wise man (my boyfriend) described Hoka One One brand comfort, “Hokas’ shoes make me think of the big picture, of how I want to treat my body now so that I’m still running into my later years.” I suppose that’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it! Well, the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 surely has me convinced, converted and floating around the trails with more spring in my step. Mark your calendars for their release in July of this year!