At the point when I initially got the Hoka Speedgoat, I was almost certain that I could never run in them. I had gotten notification from different sprinters that the fit was excessively restricted, and after removing them from the crate I was fairly stunned by exactly how tight the toebox looked. It genuinely appears as though a crosscountry spike upper and keep going on a Hoka sole. In the wake of giving them a shot and affirming the tight fit, I set them back in the container and they sat in my cellar for a couple of months.
(Divulgence: these shoes were sans given of-charge by Hoka for survey purposes.)
After our first snowfall back toward the start of winter (snow has been insignificant this year up in NH), I chose to go after running in them – it was the main path shoe I had that I hadn’t just checked on (David Henry handles most path shoes for me nowadays), and I guess each shoe merits at any rate one run (I once ran in the Springblade!).
My first run was four miles on a rail trail, and however they were tight over the toes and forefoot, the run went entirely well, and the snugness didn’t trouble me as much as I had foreseen. They took care of well in the meager layer of day off, the ride was to some degree suggestive of the Hoka Huaka, a shoe that I loved a lot. They are a smidgen milder than the Huaka, have a somewhat higher drop (Speedgoats are 35 mm impact point – 30 mm forefoot for each Running Warehouse), and the hauls are somewhat more profound, however the two shoes contrast well with each other.
Truly, to be sure – pointy and limited in advance!
In spite of my issues with the fit, for reasons unknown I continued returning to the Speedgoats. I utilized them every now and again in the snow this winter, and they were the shoes on my feet when I was bit by a German Shepherd while running on the path behind my home on Christmas Day (an episode that sidelined me for about fourteen days). I’ve most likely put near 50 miles on them now, which is somewhat of an unexpected given my underlying response to the limitation of the toebox. That being stated, my longest disagreement them was 7 miles, and I was fondling some inconvenience front before the finish of that run. I would not run any longer than 5 miles in these given the fit issues – I would not prescribe them to ultrarunners therefore.
The red padded sole works admirably of disguising blood…
The upper of the Speedgoat is a breathable, genuinely open work with welded overlays and a rand along the area of intersection between the upper and padded sole. I have no significant grumblings about the upper, however the work appears as though it may let trail coarseness in given the more open weave. I have not gone through water in these, so can’t remark on whether the rand makes issues with seepage. I’m not especially wild about the manner in which the tongue stretches out down and forward to make up the focal segment of the upper of the forefoot, however this has not brought on any main problems. For the most part only a stylish protest I presume.
The sole of the Speedgoat is springy, and not as soft as a shoe like the Hoka Clifton. I’d state it’s some place in the middle of the Clifton and the Huaka from a responsiveness point of view. I truly like the vibe, and that is one reason why I hold returning to them. They feel incredible underneath on both street and trail. Toughness has so far been acceptable – I’ve done a considerable lot of running on black-top in these shoes, and the Vibram elastic is holding up very well up until this point.
The outsole of the Speedgoat is more forceful than that of the Huaka, and footing has been strong on light day off. I haven’t put them under serious scrutiny in wet or sloppy conditions, however they are sufficient for the sort of trail running I do (generally non-specialized).
So the Speedgoat is a blend of good and awful. I truly like the ride, and have delighted in running in them from that stance, yet the thin fit is a genuine confinement for everything except the most tight footed. On the off chance that you can easily run in crosscountry spikes, these are presumably going to be fine for you (however I would suggest going up a half size on the off chance that you get them). If not, they may not be an incredible decision.
I like them for shorter sudden spikes in demand for trails, however a shoe with a 30mm+ stack stature isn’t generally what I normally requirement for shorter, snappier runs. Furthermore, I unquestionably would not pay $140 for a shoe with such a restricted a scope of employments. Ideally Hoka will retool the fit on the off chance that they come out with a v2 – the shoe has a great deal of potential, however is truly stumbled by the fit.
The Hoka Speedgoat is accessible for buy at Running Warehouse.