Staff Review: The Hoka Speedgoat 5

By Allie Kimura, Run & Triathlon Staffer at SB Stonestown



This is my go-to trail shoe for loose terrain and rocky climbs. With the strategically larger surface Vibram Megagrip traction lugs, you can feel confident speeding down any hill. I’m currently training for the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon and I have used this as a trainer. I feel quick on the road, gravel, wooden stairs, and sand (if that’s even possible). It’s hard to feel in your hands, but knowing that it is .5 oz lighter than the last version gives me that mental edge for achieving faster splits.

If you want the same iconic HOKA cloud-like feel of light, plush, and supportive, this is the trail shoe for you. I wasn’t a fan of the older version of this shoe, based on the fit of the upper. It had these overlays on the top that gave it a less accommodating fit for a wider foot. The Speedgoat 5 has a completely new feel. I am between a women’s standard width (B) and a wide (D), and this shoe fits me well. It has a roomier toe box with a knit jacquard mesh that stretches without sacrificing security. I have never been a fan of uncushioned and flat shoe tongues. I have a sensitive upper part of my foot. To my surprise, I did not have a problem with it on the Speedgoat 5. It might be that the tongue is a bit shorter and has a cut that divides the tongue, allowing it more flex and a closer fit. When comparing it to the HOKA Zinal or HOKA Torrent, there is more protection, traction, and cushion for a long distance all-terrain run.

Look out for the Speedgoat 5 in the GTX version if mud runs are your thing!



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