Women Hoka® Speedgoat :: Inspired by Karl Meltzer and the rugged conditions of the Speedgoat 50k, the SPEEDGOAT is completely redesigned to take on technical trails. Built on a slightly softer EVA midsole, and with 4mm Vibram® rubber lugs, the SPEEDGOAT is built to tackle technical terrain with ease. The upper provides support all the way through the forefoot, and the ground-rubber toecap provides increased protection. When you need a tough shoe to get you through tough trail conditions, look to the SPEEDGOAT.
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Features & Benefits:
Ultra-lightweight no-sew SpeedFrame construction
Welded synthetic overlays provide support
Welded microfiber underlay provide lightweight comfort
Durable, injection molded EVA
Balanced stage meta-rocker geometry
Vibram® MegaGrip hi-traction outsole with 5mm lugs
These shoes exceeded my expectations with regards to the way I used them. I wore them for a 7 day off trail backpacking trip in the High Sierra. I was walking on a lot of 3rd class talus, sand, scree, granite slabs, tundra grass, stream crossings, etc. while wearing a 20-24 pound pack. I experienced no foot fatigue or pain, no knee or hip soreness. No blisters or hotspots. This is amazing! I have a narrow foot and ordered a half size up from my normal size and there was plenty of room in the toe box. I did experience the pinky toe rub as reported by a few reviewers, but that went away after an initial break-in period of about 7 trail miles. These are almost my ideal shoe. The one con I had was that they are a little sloppy when hopping through the talus fields. In this case I wish the lacing could be locked down a little further in the toe box for this purpose. With that said, all I needed to do was focus on my foot placement a little more and no problem. The rubber is super sticky, comparable to a climbing brand approach shoe. I was walking 3rd class granite slabs with great confidence. The comfort of the shoe is awesome. My feet were amply cushioned, but I could still feel what was going on underfoot.
Girls Don't Always Want Loud and Pink!
I love love love these shoes. They have really changed my life after some foot injuries. However, just like when I went shopping for a bike, just because Im a woman doesn't mean I want hot pink shoes, or a pink bike with flowers painted on the frame. When Im working out in any capacity I want to feel strong and athletic, not like Im headed to a my little pony party. No disrespect to pink or Hoka cause they are both great. Cut us chicks a break on the pink.
Love the shoe, but hate the pink
I love almost everything about these shoes. It may seem trivial to complain about color options. However, I feel that the pink that overrules Hoka's women's collections is overwhelming. Not every woman likes pink. But I bought these for function over style. And these shoes function very well. I run on rough trails for a total of 6-10 miles a week. In the last four months the shoes have (and continue to) serve well. These shoes have tread that can handle snow, hard packed ice, and several inches of slick mud. All of which I have experienced in the last three months. I just wish there were other color options.
Love the shoe. Loathe the pink.
I have been running in these shoes 4-10 miles a week for the last two months. Overall, the shoes have held up well. I run neutrally on my forefoot. My regular trail is also an ATV trail. So there are a lot of potholes and deep trenches on the trail. These shoes have responded well to the uneven terrain. The tread gripped the trail well this fall in the muddy spots. The tread have gripped well in the foot of snow the trail received. Which is now several inches of slush. These shoes have been great.
The toebox is a bit narrow. So if you have wide feet, I suggest another brand. I also hate the lack of color choice. It may seem trivial, but I really hate the concept of shrinking a shoe and making it pink. As if that's the magical formula for women's running shoes. Mafate 4 has color choices that are not pink (or pink accented). But I needed a more aggressive tread than what the Mafate 4 offers. Can next year's model possibly have at least one color scheme that doesn't include pink or pink accents? Please?
Klamath Falls, OR
Tiny Toe Box!
I bought this shoe for an upcoming trail ultra race with technical climbs. Initially, it felt fast, smooth, responsive, and gobbles up the trail. Loved it.
BUT, the toe box is extremely tight, much different to the Challenger (which I love for less technical trails). It caused blisters on both pinkie toes within 4 miles, making descending impossible. I had to take them off and walk the last part of my run in socks. I also felt that my feet sweated much more than usual in these shoes... Not a great combo for blister prevention.
I want to love these shoes. I'm even willing to try a half size up to see if that helps. But seriously; why would you (Hoka) design a trail running shoe with no room to even slightly wiggle our toes?
Los Angeles, CA
Poor Quality Control.
Since January, I have purchased 7 pairs of Hoka Speedgoats in a size 7.5. Based on the fit and performance of my first pair, I purchased several more pairs of the exact same shoe. The first pair fit my feet well, had great soles and traction. I ran on snow and ice without slipping. 5 out of 7 were Corsican blue. Due to inconsistencies, 3 out of 7 were wearable. 4 pairs were at least a half size larger than a standard 7.5 women's running shoe. On one pair, the top two lace holes were spaced much too closely, rendering the top hole useless. As I tried to replace my first pair, I have been highly disappointed with this shoe. I run 20 to 40 miles per week on trails and have been training for a 50k trail race that requires a drop bag with an extra pair of shoes. When I find a shoe that I like, I will buy multiple pairs. For as much as this shoe costs, I can't understand why there is no quality control. Recently, I purchased the Speedgoat 2 and am hoping Hoka has gotten a handle on the quality control issues.
Same great Hokas, but a little disappointed
I love my old Huakas but they needed more aggressive tread on the bottoms as I was slipping on steep trail terrain. I also had to crank down the laces to get them to fit as they are a wide shoe.
When I heard the Skpeedgoat addressed those two issues with a narrower fit and more tread on the sole I had to get them! But unfortunately I still have to crank down the laces and they still feel sloppy. I love running in HOKAs but just wish I didn't have to insert an extra footbed for them to not be sloppy.
It would also be nice to see a few more color options instead of bright.
Salt Lake City
Great traction, but too narrow
I really wanted to love these shoes, but for longer runs I developed blisters. If they were a little wider in the toe box they would be perfect. I like the control and ground feel better than the Challenger ATR, but for my 50 mile race this weekend I am going with the Challenger. After my 50K I was really feeling blisters on the inside of my big toe.
Post surgery performance with ease.
The Speedgoats have increased my confidence on trails, both uphill, flat, and down. Tested on all terrain, wet and dry, with zero issues (other than having to adjust the laces after 5-6 miles). Maybe a slightly padded tongue in the future could fix that issue? Regardless, it's the first shoe post hip surgery that's allowed me to run with zero hesitation/worry of impact force having a negative effect! Definitely recommend the Speedgoat for those wanting to up their game with ease.
The bottom of the shoe cracked and split apart in less than 3 months with daily trail walking in Arizona.
My second pair of Speedgoats, the grip is amazing on trails
Grips is amazing on loose dirt and ice!
Another impressive shoe from Hoka
I have been running trails in this shoe for weeks now and the traction is amazing. It is a comfortable light weight shoe that is perfect for running or walking. This is my second pair of Hoka's and they never disappoint. I will be taking these to Thailand to train for my muay thai fight next month.
I have really high arches and have to use custom orthotics in my shoes. This makes it a little tricky to find shoes that fit well. These are awesome. I can wear them for miles with no blisters, or pain of any kind. They are light and the sole is great. I don't have any problems with traction on any kind of surface. I've worn them in mud, dirt, gravel, rocks, rain, no problems. Thanks Hoka
Salt Lake City, Utah
Hoka One One Speedgoat
I use the Speedgoat sneakers at the gym for endurance workout; speed walking outdoors. This shoe is made for theme parks like Disney, Busch Garden; GREAT cushioning is like waking on pillows. Yet, I've tried it for running on pavement at the park and I couldn't get use to running with it; the height was the issue.
New Cross Country Shoes!
Even though the toe area on these shoes is a little tight, they saved me from slipping during my cross country race today. I will definitely save these for racing this season. I felt 100% secure running fast down a gravel road and some tight turns were also handled well with these shoes. I was a little nervous about xc racing in my Clifton 2's but these trail shoes were the bomb.
San Marcos, CA
I love this shoe!
I was hesitant to buy this shoe because of the mixed reviews and the fact that it is a bit expensive. But I love it. I've never had such a light shoe with such great traction. I was initially concerned about the way it seemed to drop off in the toe area, but that has not been an issue. It is very cushioned under the forefoot, where I need it. I ordered 1/2 size up and would recommend that to others.
Didnt work for me
I started using Hoka due to plantar fasciitis. The Bondi and Stinson have been godsends for me. I am always looking for something that is a good trail shoe (where I do most my stuff) but has a tread that lasts longer than the Bondi or Stinson. It helped that the Speedgoat looked less 'fluffy'. I did 3 miles on them and had a sore knee that I've never had before. I shipped 'em back and got the Stinson 3 ATR which I love.
Love the cushion, but too narrow in the toe box for me :(
I have run in the shoe 4x times now, and anything past 5 miles starts to rub on the outsides of my toes. I purchased a 1/2 size up, but it did not help. They look amazing, and the cushion is wonderful, but I am going to send these back and try the Clifton 3s since they are wider.
Great overall. For me a little narrow across the forefoot
In fairness I am a really tough fit for shoes. Tried on 5 or 6 different highly-rated trail runners, including makes that do well for me on the road. But the speedgoat was the only one that passed the walk test, much less running.
On the trail the traction is great! the fit around the ankle and tougue is soft and secure. Great cushioning under the MTP joints (forefoot); not as 'soft' as shoes like Asics Nimbus, more a 'bouncy' cusion. Loving that. though the forefoot **appears** wide enough, there is an odd rubbing at the outside MTP joint (ie, the joint below my little toe. I feel like i want to make a little cutout there, and then the fit would be perfect. as is, a little moleskin is keeping that spot from blistering. I love these so much it's worth it otherwise. Ugly as sin, but I dont' really care about that.
Love this shoe
They are very comfortable, I do wish there were more height in the midsole to allow for even more of a rolling feeling. I have heel pain and love having even a bit less pressure on my heel while working. I am on my feet all day long at work.
I.have mixed feelings about this shoe. I had really high hopes due to the tread and the vibrim bottoms. This show is really squishy and while I love the Hoka padding it made it unstable on technical trails. It's the closest to a running shoe I felt of the Hawkeyes and on open Trails it may be great but for methe,Mafate speed handles the rocks and boulders better. I don't quite get putting such a great read and bottom on the speedgoat when it seems that the fox say speed would be better off served with that type of bottom is it generally is a shoe for more serious trails. So if you want cushion comfort to speak God has it if you want to Lasting tread and bottom the speedboat has it but if you need stability and real good protection on the technical Trails the speaker doesn't have it. I am hoping the Hoka company would consider using that tougher bottom on the Mafate
Good Stability, narrow fit
I have the HOKA Constant 2 which I absolutely loved for the plush feel on road or trail. I was looking for a trail shoe and the Speedgoat reviews seemed more like my style. It's hard to determine whether the shoe will fit based on reviews and I've been reluctant to order online. But with the 30 day guarantee, I couldn't lose. Upon arrival, the shoe seemed stiff, The shoe has a narrow toe box compared to the Constant so I'm glad I ordered a 1/2 size bigger, 10.5. I wear a size 10 in the Constant. It still leaves room for my orthotics. The Speedgoat is stiffer and the Vibram sole provides great traction. You can feel the sturdiness of the shoe when running on the road, but on the trail, the shoe feels great and holds the foot steady. The sole seems high, but it does not interfere with my stability. I have had Plantar Fasciitis for the past 3 months and the stability of this shoe is great and does not aggravate it. In fact, I haven't had the pain for the past couple of weeks after my runs.
Bouncy & Lively
I was in search of a durable trail shoe for SD100, read about the Speedgoat and thought "perfecto"! Once it came in, i took it for a 15 mile trail run, its very reactive , bouncy, i felt faster , probably due to the grip on the bottom. It felt fantastic. Got a blister on my left heel, that area was pinched by the icky insole that was provided. Easy fix. Next run was a 10 miler on pavement, and to my surprise, it worked there too!! Definite winner, lightweight, and I predict with a few more runs, it will conform to my foot and be my new favorite go-to shoe!
Mixed Review (corrected)
How to correct my last review as auto correct made major changes. The shoe is squishy but not stable. Technical Trails I run on maybe need a wider base but my ankles were all over the place. I love the padding of the hoka but this shoe didn't have any foot support. I love the tread and the vibram bottom but felt like these bottoms should be put on a different shoe. The Mafate Speed does better on the technical trails, more stable and control and I was hoping to have the same type of bottom material and tread on that shoe. Seems, the speedgoat has the tougher bottom with the less support every where else. Speedgoat does feel more like a regular running shoe and that it's flexible with extra padding but just not enough stability nor support. I'm hoping the company will put the speedgoat type bottom on more shoes.
Light, super cushiony
I have had multiple surgeries, over use sports injuries, lumbar disc injury...just played hard. This shoe allows me to be on my feet all day with no joint or back discomfort. And, running, is a breeze.
It has been the best running shoe i have purchased.
I run on a gravel road every day. it has been the best running shoe i have ever purchased.
Love the new tread...but
I am a 60 mile/ week trail runner. I was really excited about the tread on this shoe but... HOKA put it on a comfortable good trail shoe! The Speedgoat is FAR to narrow in the toebox for me to even consider it for more than kicking around town. I like my toenails. The fit of this shoe reminds me of my old Stinsons which after 3 years are still almost brand new because I NEVER wear them.
I ran for the first time pacing my friend for Run Rabbit Run, part dirt, part road. Shoelaces never came up tied and they felt very comfortable, no hot spots or irritation
Fort Collins, CO
Great traction on dirt roads!
I quit running 3 years ago because of recurring plantar fasciitis pain. Several of my running friends recently recommended Hoka One One shoes. I ordered the Speedgoat because I will primarily be running on the dirt roads around my house. I am now on week 4 of the couch to 5k program and haven't had any plantar pain! It did take me a few wears to get used to the arch, maybe because these shoes are also good for stability.
This shoe was my first Hoka purchase, & ended up not being my last. Definitely the most responsive investment I've made (with enough forgiveness to cancel out the impact). None of my other favorite trail shoes have anything on this one. Well done, Hoka. #keeprunning
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