Holly tests out the new HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 5 trail shoe
HOKA Speedgoat 5 | £130 | Tester: Holly Taylor
The classic HOKA ONE ONE trail shoe gets an upgrade, with less weight and more traction
The HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat is a trail icon: a firm favourite in its various forms among trail runners, I was really excited to test the fifth generation of this best seller.
A neutral trail shoe, the Speedgoat 5 is designed for off-road running, offering decent cushioning while maintaining a responsive toe-off. HOKA have focussed on technical trail running here, with some serious grip and powerful lugs to tackle tricky terrain. The new release is also lighter than its predecessor – by a whopping 21g – suggesting they’re going to be pretty nippy.
Will they live up to the Speedgoat’s legendary name? I take them for a test run…
How do the HOKA Speedgoat 5 shoes feel?
I tend to go half a size up with my running shoes, but I’d argue that this isn’t necessary with the Speedgoat 5: it’s true to size, I found there to be ample room in the toe box and the fit was still supportive. The sockliner is soft, with an extended heel pull that makes this shoe easy to put on. The cushioning to response ratio that HOKA have aimed for here was immediately apparent: they feel comfortable, but they provide some power. Like most HOKA shoes, the tongue is slim with softer edges: a feature I’ve come to love, making the shoe feel light and reducing irritation.
Are the HOKA Speedgoat 5 shoes comfortable?
I found the fifth version of the Speedgoat to be just as comfortable as previous versions, with a soft inner and relatively cushioned sole. If comfort is the main thing you’re after then there are HOKA shoes with more cushioning that might be worth opting for, but if you’re focussed on tackling tough trails with speed then the Speedgoat 5 offers fantastic comfort that doesn’t compromise on responsiveness. I’ve taken them out for several runs now, and I haven’t had a single blister!
How does the HOKA Speedgoat 5 differ to the Speedgoat 4?
The Women’s Running team loved the Speedgoat 4, with Tina saying they made her tricky trail runs easy. I’d definitely further this with the Speedgoat 5: both shoes feature the Vibram® Megagrip, but the 5 has an update that provides even more surface area contact and more traction with those lugs, adding a real sense of stability to off-road running. They’re also 21g lighter – ideal for even speedier trail running.
I’d also argue that the Speedgoat 5s are a little more roomy, with a more flexibly and fit-forming upper as well as decent toe-box space. Plus, this upper is now made from recycled materials and the whole shoe is vegan, too, which is always a big thumbs up from me.
HOKA Speedgoat 5 running review
I absolutely loved taking these out for a spin for some off-road running. That initial comfort stood the test of time, as my feet still felt cushioned after several miles, and there wasn’t a blister in sight – these definitely aren’t shoes that you need to wear in.
The soft EVA sockliner keeps me snug and supported, but is also nice and breathable. I quickly discover that they’re not entirely waterproof, and a few larger puddles leak through the upper slightly, but the fact that the Vibram sole is so chunky really helps to minimise this.
I love the responsiveness, and am suitably impressed by the spring I feel in my toe-off. They’re perfect for tackling my local canal path, which is a little rocky under foot, with the 5mm lugs helping me feel secure.
Should I buy the HOKA Speedgoat 5?
If you’re a regular trail runner, then this is an excellent all-round choice. The grippy sole is expertly designed, and really made the difference to my running: I felt I could relax and enjoy the run, placing my faith in the shoes as I took on the rocky path. If you’re speedy, you’ll be chuffed with the lightweight feel and responsive midsole.
Where can I buy the HOKA Speedgoat 5?
You can find the Speedgoat 5 on the HOKA ONE ONE website for £130.