Before you read further I would invite you to take a step back and check out the review for the original Speedgoat… or better yet don’t and if you did read it, then just forget it. Why you might ask, well because Hoka took everything they tried with the original model and turned it on its head. In what we see as probably one of the best updates from Hoka to date, the Speedgoat 2 is something that Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer and the Ethan should be proud of.
Hoka has increased the toe box size for more toe splay and stability. The upper is a breathable mesh, but now with more support overlays designed to provide protection in addition to support and stability. The heel cup holds you well and the shoe now has a similar lacing system to other Hoka shoes.
The mid is still all EVA but has been widened slightly for more stability. It has a nice meta rocker which does give you some forward lean and a more aggressive attack position. The Speedgoat 2 feels softer and more comfortable overall despite a very similar stack height to the first version.
The 2 features slightly deeper and more aggressive Vibram lugs than the ATR, but less aggressive than the first model. I actually find this makes them more useful across varying terrains which I appreciated.
Style & Aesthetics
There are 4 color options available, although the version we tested is no longer one of them, which is too bad… I liked the yellow.
If you were to ask me to grab a Hoka trail shoe prior, I’d always reach for the ATRs. They had a nice wide toe box and plenty of cushion as well as some upper support. The Speedgoat originally were just too aggressive, narrow, and didn’t have the padding we were looking for. When I opened the box on the Speedgoat 2, I was immediately excited.
The shoe had gained size in the toe box, the stance was wider overall, and the grip was less aggressive and closer to the ATR. They had added overlays throughout the upper giving it more structure across the top of the foot, providing more stability right away. I wore them out of the box over 10 miles and had no issues, they felt that good. They tracked well, ate up the trail, through mud and slush, and across dry spots and gravel. I experienced no issues in the toe box like I did prior, plenty of splay.
So the mission began, how can I tear them down and make them break. I wore them through weird conditions, in downpours, across rocks, etc. I even wore them on the roads to see how they would hold up and over and over they performed. Now, well over 100 miles in, they have held up well. Other Hoka shoes seem to break down, but these have held up better than the others.
The Speedgoat 2 have slowly become the Hoka shoe I go to on the trails and until the ATR 4s shoe up to dethrone them, I’ll stick with it. I was tentative at first, even dismissive, especially after my experience with the first version. Hoka should be proud of this update in every way, I actually haven’t seen a shoe company so dramatically depart from an initial version with the next, so kudos to them.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 9.8oz (size 9)
- Drop: 4.5mm
- Stack Height: 32/27.5mm heel/toe
- MSRP: $140.00
- Available: Now