Hoka Speedgoat 6

Running Shoe Reviews
Hoka Speedgoat 6

Category

Hoka Trail Running Shoes / Sustainable Trail Running Shoes

Summary

Average Weight: Men's 278g / Women's 232g
Offset / Heel-to-Toe Drop: 5mm
Stack Height: Men's 40mm-35mm / Women's 38mm-33mm

A terrific all-round trail shoe to take you comfortably from road to trail. Cushioning, stability and grip for a great experience on any terrain and distance. With tenacity in mind, the upper has been engineered with woven materials. A more resilient and lighter midsole – you've got to try it!

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 6

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 6

£140

Women's Hoka Speedgoat 6

Women's Hoka Speedgoat 6

£140

Features

Upper:

  • Upgraded woven upper for lighter and breathable experience
  • Foot hugging design from internal chassis that wraps the feet comfortably
  • Extra comfort and secured dual gusset tongue
  • Lace eyelet system is position slightly wider than previous version for accommodating fit

Midsole:

  • Superior CMEVA midsole for shock absorption on mixed terrains
  • Lighter midsole than version 5, and welcomes a noticeably firmer feel underfoot, providing a predictable ride that is stable and supportive

Outsole:

  • Vibram® Megagrip gives great grip on multiple surfaces
  • Revised lug orientation inspired by the hoof of a goat
Women's Hoka Speedgoat 6
Women's Hoka Speedgoat 6

Pros

  • Great grip on frosty pavements, muddy and snowy trails
  • Loads of cushioning for firm trails and roads
  • Springy toe-off
  • Durable vibram outersole

Cons

  • Potentially unstable on rough technical trails or hills due to chunky midsole
  • Might not be stable enough for some over-pronators

In Testing

The thing that appealed about the Speedgoat was the grip combined with cushioning for winter running. This latest version of Speedgoat has much better fit then its predecessor. The upper is more flexible which fit nicely around the foot.

Although I know runners who use Speedgoats quite happily over hilly and technical terrain, for me the softness of the midsole makes them a little unstable on properly rough ground. An unexpected bonus of the midsole height and the overlays around the base of the upper is that you can run through most puddles and even tiny streams on the beach without getting wet feet!

I did find the overall ride on these to be smoother than on the other Hokas I'd tried. The flex point seems fairly far forward so they had a decent responsiveness. After the first couple of weeks, I was really comfortable with how they felt underfoot. In terms of how far you could run on a road with them I wouldn't put a limit on it as they have plenty cushioning, the only drawback being that with a lot of road use the grip will wear down faster.


Verdict

Am I ready to be a full convert to Hoka shoes? Probably not. Did these shoes do what I wanted them to in terms of grip and comfort for winter running on streets and trails around the city? Definitely!

There is often a bit of compromise on trail shoes with either grip, cushioning or stability compared to a road or fell shoe. I found the Speedgoat a really good all-round shoe – no less cushioning or stability than my usual road shoes. While I wouldn’t expect them to give as much grip or stability on rough ground as my fell shoes they do brilliantly on anything wet, light muddy trails and snowy terrain.

In fact, if you had piled up all my running shoes in October and told me I could use only one of them for the next 6 months, these are the ones I would choose. The reality is that I'll probably use them when the trails are wet and muddy, but revert to my road shoes when the trails dry out a bit and the pavements aren't covered in leaves or snow.

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 6

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 6

£140

Women's Hoka Speedgoat 6

Women's Hoka Speedgoat 6

£140

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