FIRST LOOK - HOKA SPEEDGOAT 3
by LAURA CORTEZ | DEC 26TH, 2018
FIRST LOOK: HOKA SPEEDGOAT 3
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2019
The Hoka One One Speedgoat was inspired by world-renown ultra runner, Karl Meltzer, who holds the record for most 100-mile
races won. After a successful 2nd edition release last year, the Speedgoat 3 is here for trail runners all over to take on the trails in 2019.
Hoka has kept true to the mantra of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” with the 3rd edition of the Speedgoat, and has made only minor tweaks to keep their best-selling trail running shoe a fan favorite.
The Hoka Speedgoat is known for being a top shoe for everything from neighborhood trails to more technical terrain. The outsole uses Vibram® lugs for a secure feel on the sketchiest of footing. On top, you have mesh cushioning for optimal breathability but keeping most of what you don’t want, out.
Inspired by ultra runners, the Hoka One One Speedgoat trail shoe can really go any distance. With other notable top distance trail runners like Jim Walmsley, who also sports the Speedgoat for both training and racing, this shoe makes an ideal daily trainer on trail or wet and snow covered roads, to ultra races.
From a personal standpoint, I’ve worn these shoes for runs up to 50k and have racked up about 200 miles on them and they have yet to fail me in any way.
FEATURES: THE HOKA SPEEDGOAT 3
With the new Speedgoat 3 you can expect very little to be different. The most significant change is the midfoot mapping. The overlays were remapped, which is supposed to reduce shifting when going up and down steep hills. The tongue is also now integrated for minimal movement. The toe bumper saw a bit of an increase, adding to its aggressive appeal. There is a slight weight increase going from 9.8oz to 10.4oz (recorded from a men’s size 9).
What remains the same?
Ultimately, the Speedgoat will keep everyone’s favorite features: Vibram® MegaGrip technology, the 5-mm lugs on the sole, the cushioned EVA midsole and keeping it to be an all-terrain, all-distance worthy trail running shoe.