Trail Shoe Review: Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

Trail Shoe Review: Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

Price: $140

Specs:
 4mm heel-toe drop; 9.8 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 8.2 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

The Scoop: The Speedgoat 2 is a trail running shoe designed to conquer a wide variety of surfaces, from mild dirt paths to semi-technical terrain. It was designed in the likeness of Karl Meltzer (aka The Speedgoat), the winningest 100-mile ultra-distance race winner in history.

Who’s it best for? Trail runners who appreciate a lot of midsole cushioning and a high-off-the-ground feeling while running on various trail surfaces.

What’s New? The second edition of the Speedgoat has a more accommodating fit in the forefoot (the first version was too narrow), a slightly wider base for better stability and what seems like a slightly firmer and more durable foam midsole package (the foam in the first version would bottom out on hard impacts running downhill). A new engineered mesh upper is also an improvement as it increases breathability, adds mid-foot support and improves the fit with the ability to adapt to a variety of foot shapes. It retains the Vibram MegaGrip outsole from the first edition, but the 5mm multi-direction lugs have been improved for better grip on technical trails.

What we like best: Versatility and comfort. The Speedgoat 2 has just enough trail-worthy features to allow it to tackle all types of off-road terrain, but it also has the long-wearing comfort, cushion and flexibility of your favorite pair of road shoes. (It also has no trouble—and doesn’t feel awkward—running on paved roads) Like its predecessor, the Speedgoat 2 doesn’t have a rock plate but the high-stack cushioning keeps any rocks, roots or other possible underfoot “stingers” at bay. Perhaps one of its best aspects is that it’s fairly lightweight for a shoe with this much girth.

Brian Metzler
Brian Metzler is the Content Director of MotivRunning.com. He was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, a senior editor for Running Times and the editor in chief of Competitor. He's wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, has finished three Ironman triathlons and enjoys the quirky sport of pack burro racing.