HOKA CARBON X 3: HOKA’S CARBON PLATE 3RD GENERATION SHOE
HOKA CARBON X 3: HOKA CARBON X 3: HOKA’S CARBON PLATE 3RD GENERATION SHOE. Our RUNNING SHOES section bring us today a deeper technical analysis of the new HOKA Carbon X 3. As you might remenber we presented you the HOKA 2022 collection a couple of days ago, and with this article close the series where we have analyzed more in deep the new HOKA Speedgoat 5, the HOKA Tecton X and today the HOKA Carbon X 3.
This HOKA Carbon X 3 will come with a price of 200€ (pending confirmation), 240 g and a drop of 4 mm for a height of 33 mm in the back and 29 in the front.
HOKA ONE ONE 2022
This new collection of HOKA One One for 2022 arrives with a new trail shoe, the Tecton X, which for the first time mounts two carbon plates, renews the Speedgoat 5, “slims” the Carbon X 3 and combines the catalog of shoes with the Kawana and the Mach Supersonic.
Also, we see how the collection has focused on lightening materials and getting shoes just as cushioned and reactive but with a few grams less weight.
HOKA CARBON X 3:HOKA’S CARBON PLATE 3RD GENERATION SHOE
180€ | 222 GR. | DROP 5 MM
The competition shoe, par excellence of HOKA, with carbon plate is also renewed by changing the foam of the midsole being this new more reactive. Likewise, the cover has been redesigned to offer a better hold and adjustment which in turn make it 17 grams lighter than the Carbon X 2, with only 222 gr.
It includes the same carbon plate technology as its predecessor as well as an aggressive meta-rocker, to propel you forward.
Built with a combination of lightweight and rubberized foam, the Carbon X 3 balances responsiveness with ample cushion for long-range distances. The carbon fibre plate is lower than on the last iteration, so it continues to provide a smooth transition through the gait without sacrificing the soft feel.
This endurance racer has been re-worked with a premium performance knit upper for a secure fit, and an aggressive Meta-Rocker to unlock propulsive speed. The responsive carbon fibre plate will keep you energised and moving fast come race day.
HOKA CARBON X 3: DATA SHEET
- Price: 180€* (not confirmed)
- Weight: 222 g. for men, 193 g. women
- Drop: 5 mm
- Ground height: 32mm /27mm
- Carbon fibre plate & Agressive Meta-Rocker
- Midsole: PROFLY™, dual-density EVA midsole delivers a super soft ride with responsive energy return.
- Sole: EVA outsole provides lightweight and durable traction.
HOKA CARBON X 3: HIGHLIGHTS
Jacquard Engineered Mesh – this recycled, vegan yarn mesh provides a secure lock to the foot preventing you from guiding technical curves and descents the foot “dances” inside the shoe.
Easy On-Off: The extended heel pull tab is designed for comfort.
Cruelty-Free: Boasting a vegan upper, the Speedgoat is animal-approved.
Breathable: Dynamic sandwich mesh upper enhances breathability.
Environmentally-friendly: The upper is constructed from a double jacquard recycled content engineered mesh and accompanied by recycled polyester laces.
The PROFLY™ midsole cushions the tread and offers a more resounding boost along with a super light bottom layer (the same new foam that the Tecton X mounts) and carbon plate from the heel to the fingers that acts as a strut to provide propulsion.
High stack-height foam with agressive Meta-Rocker for a responsive ride.
The EVA’s outsole provides light contact with the ground and improves cushioning responsiveness.
HOKA CARBON X 3: CONCLUSIONS
A little more focused on the long distance than its sisters the Rocket X and not as cushioned as the Bondi X, we have been able to see it in multiple elite marathons as well as Ironman have used the previous version, lets see if this is the case also with the 3rd generation.
The carbon plate offers a reactivity that seeks to maximize our performance while the lightness, only 222 g., make it perhaps a shoe not suitable for all runners as it is really, really light.
Summarizing, a shoe designed to fly on the asphalt, with a great balance and ratio weight-performance and below the typical over 200 € prices.
As soon as we get a couple of them and try them, we’ll let you know.
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