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Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 shoes review


Last updated: 23-Apr-19

By Fiona Outdoors

There is a great divide between those runners who love HOKA ONE ONE trainers and those that really do not. For those that do love them, it’s the deep, cushioned sole that is most attractive. One of the newest models is the HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 2.

HOKA ONE ONE state: “This model is inspired by Karl Melzter, who holds the record for the most 100-mile trail race wins, the fastest completion of the (2,190 mile) Appalachian Trail and epitomises the ‘go everywhere, run everything’ attitude.”

HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 2s were tested on hard, well-packed trails, stony trails, muddy paths and hills.


  • Neutral stability shoe
  • Midfoot cage construction for stability and lockdown/foot capture
  • Open engineered mesh construction for breathability
  • Reinforced speedframe construction for durability
  • Oversize EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning
  • Sole offset: 4 mm (from 32mm heel to 27mm forefoot)
  • CMEVA foam midsole to absorb impact points
  • Wider platform for a more stable base on varied terrain
  • Vibram MegaGrip hi-traction outsole with 5mm lugs
  • Multidirectional lugs for better grip on a variety of terrain
  • Weight: 278g (EU 42)


Photo credit: Fiona Outdoors.

Pros: What’s good about Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 shoes

The fit of the shoes is true to size in the length. This means you can order them with confidence if buying on-line.

As soon as you put them on, the Speedgoat 2s feel very light, despite offering a robust and durable sole and a fairly durable upper.

Previous versions of HOKA ONE ONEs have had what feels like more cushioned and airy soles but the problem is that they wear out quite quickly. These new Speedgoats have what I would consider to be a more solidly cushioned sole that is still lightweight.

Because of the shape of the cushioned soles the foot does not slap flat down on the ground but rolls from front to back. The heel drop is also low, just 4mm, which is good for promoting a mid or forefoot strike. It actually feels as though your foot strike is aided with a forward momentum. 

The shoe, as stated in the features list, does feel stable. Although the shoe is light, it feels as though you are placing your foot well and solidly on the ground.


The tread is middle-of-road in that it has fairly deep lugs but not as deep and grippy as some other shoes. That said, the grip was good. The Speedgoat 2s offer good traction on grass and dry, stony trails, as well as hill paths, both up and down.

The mud does not collect between the lugs, which is good news.

The shoes also look colourful and bright.

Cons: What’s not so good about Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 shoes

If you have wide feet, the HOKAS might feel a bit tight at the toe box. They also have a fairly deep heel cup, so if you are prone to Achilles issues this might not suit you.

There is more protection on the uppers than I have seen in other Hoka shoes but still only minimal rubber protection at the toe. This means the uppers may not wear well if you are running on rugged trails and places where there are rocks and debris.

The shoes do not cope well with loose gravel and on very muddy terrain.

If you like to feel more of the ground beneath your feet, these shoes are not for you because they have a thick and cushioned sole -  but that is what HOKA ONE ONE are renowned for.

There is nothing discreet about these shoes. If you wear them people will notice!


As I said, runners either love or hate HOKAS. There are some thoughtful design features to create a useful off-road trail shoe although they are not as grippy and durable as other brands. The price is quite high.

Design 8/10
Features 8/10
Performance 8/10
Value 7/10
Total 7.75/10

Other shoes you may want to consider:

HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 3
Altra Olympus 2.5
New Balance Fresh Foam Vango v2
Saucony Triumph

About the writer: Fiona is a keen runner, preferring off-road and hilly to flat and road. She lives in Scotland where the weather is fickle so needs to be prepared for all conditions.

All images Fiona Outdoors except when stated.

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“The Speedgoat 2s offer good traction on grass and dry, stony trails, as well as hill paths, both up and down”

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11:03 21-04-19

I am not a runner but a multiple Camino de Santiago walker. Discovered Hoka Speedgoat 2 for my latest, fifth 800km walk, an absolute pleasure for my feet. Gave me comfort and safety in all terrains. My only problem: I'll need a new pair on my next walk; I'd buy Speedgoat 2 again any time but they are no longer avail. Any advise which of the new models come closest? (Hard to believe that there are any even better ones)

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Sadie K

04:15 25-02-19

Having owned and loved Hoka One One and Challenger shoes I was excited to try the Speedgoat as I run and race quite alot in the hills. I find them reasonably comfortable and great for cushion on the downhill sections. The problem occurs when traversing terrain with a side camber. I find the height of the foot above the ground means alot of pressure on the ankle and more likelihood of twisting the ankle. If there was a way to reduce the thickness of the sole but keep the cushion this would vastly improve confidence when running rough uneven terrain in these otherwise very good shoes.

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01:00 19-11-17

I recently converted to the Speedgoat 2 after having had 2 pairs of Stinsons. I loved the Stinsons and completed a number of trail ultras in them including the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon(250k) without experiencing any 'foot problems' at all. I would consider my foot to be of average width and find the Speedgoat to be extremely comfortable with no toebox problems. The shoe is lighter than the Stinson, fits my foot and also feels responsive.I am yet to run an ultra in the Speedgoat, but foresee no problem. Overall I am extremely satisfied with shoe.

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04:49 20-10-17

Converted to them last year, on my second pair of speedgoats now. The version 2s have made some useful and small improvements over 1s, there seems to be a small redesign in areas that are wearing on my version 1s. For sizing I did need to go up a whole UK size over my normal trainer size, which is a whole size over my normal shoe size! But I found the sizing to be the same for the version1 and the version2. (size 12)

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08:30 09-10-17

The review above is not entirely correct as Hoka has now listened to feedback from previous models that had narrow toebox width. The original Speedgoat was narrow in the toebox but this evolution is wider in the toebox and much more comfortable. In terms of size I find I require my size plus a half size and this is common amongst other users. The roll from heel to toe isn’t particularly noticeable as it feels natural. The sole mantains solid grip on all but deep sloppy mud, which is where this shoes isn’t designed anyway. If you tried the original Speedgoat and weren’t sure then try these or have a look at the Stinson ATR 4, which is a more all round shoe if you mix it up more.......