Hoka One One has unveiled a bit of a revamp for its Speedgoat line of trail running shoes, comprising the new Speedgoat 4 and Speedgoat Mid 2 GTX.
The Speedgoat 4 is available now, while the new Speedgoat Mid 2 GTX and the and Speedgoat 4 GTX are due on 12 November, but all the models have a shared look and feel, along with similarly rugged construction.
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Before we get to the shoes, though, a word on that name. HOKA ONE ONE says the shoes are named after celebrated runner Karl Meltzer, whose nickname was, you guessed it, "Speedgoat". To each their own.
Starting with the Speedgoat 4s, this is a pure trail runner. The new shoes are designed to give grip on the uphill sections of your chosen trail without sacrificing security on the downhill ‚Äď a crucial dynamic, as trail runners will know.
The new versions have 3D-printed overlays for more midfoot support, and should feel more secure overall compared to earlier shoes.
The Speedgoat 4s have a rugged Vibram sole for security regardless of conditions. Meanwhile, the GTX variant of the shoe is a collaboration with GORE-TEX for added waterproofing.
The basic version of the shoe costs ¬£125 and is available to buy from Karl Meltzer's website now. The GTX version, meanwhile, gets a slight bump up to ¬£135 and launches on 12 November.
Speedgoat Mid-2 GTX
The Speedgoat Mid-2 GTX isn't quite available yet either ‚Äď it'll release on 12 November as well.
This mid-height boot-cum-runner is very much a deliberate blend of trail running shoe and hiking boot. The main addition is that collar, which should bring solid ankle support for challenging surfaces.
If you're eagle-eyed you'll have spotted that GTX tag again, and the Mid-2 does indeed boast the same GORE-TEX waterproofing, to make sure that conditions don't get on top of you.
It's got a Vibram Megagrip outsole too, with what look like some pretty damned chunky lugs, measuring in at 5mm.
As you might expect, the Mid-2 GTX will be slightly more expensive when it releases, priced at ¬£150.