Review: HOKA ONE ONE Evo Speedgoat

By: Kyle Frost + Save to a List

The Evo Speedgoats are light, roomy, and make you feel like you can run forever.

The Speedgoat series from HOKA ONE ONE are well known, popular trail running shoes. However, the EVO version of these popular shoes includes a stronger, Kevlar-infused upper for a bit of extra durability, and they're a bit lighter. The upper is also hydrophobic (not waterproof -- don't buy waterproof running shoes) so it absorbs less water on splashy, muddy trails and water crossings. 

If you've worn the traditional Speedgoats previously, you'll find the fit most similar to the Speedgoat 3 -- there were a few changes to the design of the Speedgoat 4 that aren't reflected in the Evo Speedgoat.

Honestly, it's not a *huge* change from the traditional Speedgoat, but you lose a few ounces and gain a bit of room in the toe box. Me, I prefer the lighter, more nimble feel of the Evo Speedgoat. I'm no ultra-runner, but I've put these through the ringer in a range of conditions. I've enjoy their performance and responsiveness from 4-mile fast tempo runs to 20-mile long, alpine runs. As with most shoes, you'll want to get a pair on your feet before buying -- I wear a 10 in the Hoka Torrent, but a 10.5 is more suitable for me in the Evo.

The Evo Speedgoat's tacky Vibram Megagrip rubber sticks to just about everything everything. The midsole foam is quite soft and springy -- provides a nice bounce with each step. While they *can*, these aren't necessarily the shoes I use for more technical trail running or scrambling, the cushioned sole makes running long distances a breeze. It's like running on a cloud, and I've noticed my legs absorbing shock significantly better.

These are my favorite pair of trail runners currently, dethroning my Torrents. I've been putting the miles on them all summer, and they've got a few more big missions to go!

Find our more about the HOKA ONE ONE Evo Speedgoat here.

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