Thicc Bois! Hoke One One came on the scene in 2009 with their maximally cushioned shoes and about 5 years after the first Speedgoat was developed alongside Karl "speedgoat" Meltzer. The current offerings in the Speedgoat family area a fairly radical departure from the original shoe but the ethos has remained the same. A trail shoe that can tackle a variety of gnarly terrain and keep you protected while doing so.

The current speedgoat offerings from Hoka include the Speedgoat 4 in various permutations of Gore-Tex and breathable versions as well as low-top runners and high-top hikers. However, the shoe that stands out is the Hoka One One Speedgoat EVO. The EVO is the show aimed squarely at trail racing with its lightweight and responsive feel. The EVO is based on the previous generation speedgoat 3 however, this one keeps showing up on the feet of pros and undercover badasses as well. Here's why.

Key Specs

  • MATRYX® upper with TPU Overlays 
  • Breathable vamp 
  • Gusseted Tongue
  • CMEVA foam midsole
  • Vibram® Megagrip high-traction outsole with 5mm lugs
  • 32 mm stack height in the heel and 28 mm forefoot, 4mm drop
  • 265g per shoe (Men's size 9)
  • $160 MSRP
Max cushion meets max grip but at an entire package weight that keeps things speedy.

FIT & FEEL

This is one of the best-fitting shoes from Hoka I've even worn. The foot lockdown is just enough to feel secure in the tech but not too much that my foot ever felt claustrophobic. The upper tends to allow a touch more movement than other offerings but, I didn't;t ever find it to be distracting or overly detrimental.

UPPER

This shoe separates itself from the rest with its MATRYX upper and stretchy material over the toe box. This combo came together to create a shoe that was highly breathable, lightweight, and accommodated various foot shapes. It also gets major style points for the colorway, I'm into it.


MIDSOLE

Hoka calls the midsole of the EVO a CMEVA foam. I found this midsole to be the right mix of cushion and protection. This midsole doesn't swallow you up as other Hoka midsoles do. It stays fairly firm and allows for a quicker toe-off but also does mind being leveraged on when the pace slows and you start looking for a more maximally cushioned ride.

OUTSOLE

Vibram MEGA-Grip for the win! I love Vibram and this outsole with its 5mm lugs dig in deep in the mud and stick to rocks with no problems. On one long run, the usual protected route up a local peak was iced out and I was forced on some easy 5th class slab this shoe kept me moving and safe with some careful footwork. It works like it's supposed to, that's appreciated.

PROS:

  • Looks incredible
  • Midsole/Outsole combo is second to none
  • Quiver-Killer

CONS:

  • Not for everyone, it takes some getting used to
  • Price

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Hoka One One Speedgoat EVO will be in my shoe rotation for the foreseeable future and has become my go-to show for just about everything. I'm hoping it doesn't go away anytime soon.

Disclaimer: This shoe was purchased from Hoka One One and the opinions here are the author's unbiased thoughts.

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