For two years the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 (my review) has been the brand’s top-selling trail shoe. So in developing the third generation, it was understandably reluctant to mess with success.
The most significant change to the Speedgoat is the midfoot lockdown. The TPU overlays have been re-mapped, and a yoke-like collar has been added inside. These are welcome additions, and should reduce the shifting and lifting on steep downhills and uphills experienced with the Speedgoat 2.
Otherwise the Speedgoat 3 is mostly the same, retaining the previous generation’s:
- Outsole rubber and mapping, using Vibram MegaGrip and 5-mm lugs;
- Stack heights of 32 and 28 mm at the heel and forefoot, respectively; and,
- Soft, generously cushioned EVA midsole.
Its weight has increased to 10.4 oz in men’s size 9, versus 9.8 oz for the Speedgoat 2.
I was told that the last and volume are identical. This means, unfortunately from the perspective of many, that the Speedgoat 3 will keep the conical-shaped toebox. A wider toebox is being considered for G4, but at this point that’s only speculative. That all said, official product info speaks of a “wider midsole and toebox.” So maybe it will fit more generously after all.
The MSRP is unchanged at $140. It will be available in March 2019.