HOKA MAFATE SPEED 4: TECHNICAL, LIGHTER AND MORE REACTIVE
HOKA MAFATE SPEED 4: TECHNICAL, LIGHTER AND MORE REACTIVE Our TRAILRUNNING SHOES section bring us today the technical analysis of the new HOKA Mafate Speed 4. As you might remember we presented you the HOKA 2022 collection a couple of months ago, and with this article we continue the series.
This HOKA Mafate Speed 4 has been just released into the official Hoka store (not for sale yet) and comes with a price of 180€, 295g. (men), 241 g. (women) and a drop of 4 mm for a stack height of 33 mm in the back and 29 in the front in the mens version.
HOKA ONE ONE 2022
This 2022 the HOKA colleaction has gronw both in models, features and quality. As you may remenber we have been presenting you in the last months all novelties from the American brand, both for road running and trail running:
- HOKA MACH 5
- HOKA BONDI 8
- HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5
- HOKA IRONMAN MACH 4
- HOKA TECTON X
- HOKA CIELO X
- HOKA CARBON X 3
- HOKA KAWANA
- HOKA CLIFTON 8
- HOKA ANACAPA
HOKA MAFATE SPEED 4:
TECHNICAL, LIGHTER AND MORE REACTIVE
180€ | 295G. | 4MM DROP
The HOKA Mefate Speed 4 is a trail shoe that offers great reactivity thanks to the new PROFLY+ foam midsole, similar to that of the HOKA Carbon X 3, and that thanks to the Vibram sole and the 5 mm cleats, will offer us a great grip on technical terrain.
The top is made of single-layer Jacquard mesh for a dynamic fit and the toes have an additional rubber reinforcement on the toe to protect us from possible stones or roots.
HOKA MAFATE SPEED 4: DATA SHEET
- Price: 180€
- Weight: 295g. men, 21 grams less than previous version
- Drop: 4 mm
- Lugs: 5mm
- Stack height: 33mm/29mm
- Midsole: PROFLY+™
- Sole: Vibram Megagrip
- Engineered mesh construction
HOKA MAFATE SPEED 4: HIGHLIGHTS
NEW VIBRAM MEGAGRIP OUTSOLE: with Litebase construction and new 5 mm traction lugs.
PROFLY+™ MIDSOLE: two-part PROFLY™ midsole with the lightest and also most responsive HOKA foam
JACQUARD UPPER: New single layer woven jacquard upper for a more dynamic fit.
As has been the trend in the latest HOKA shoes, the top mesh material has been obtained through recycled materials, and in this case it comes with a single layer to reduce weight, designed to provide more breathability and comfort.
Rubber toe cap for protection providing protection from rocks and trail debris.
The Mafate Speed 4 has been designed with HOKA’s so far lighter and more reactive foam, PROFLY+™, which provides protective cushioning while maintaining a more robust responsiveness.
The outsole is made of new resilient foam and features a Meta-Rocker and PROFLY+ construction. The outsole features Vibram Megagrip with Litebase construction and traction lug which is designed for an enhanced grip on the ground.
HOKA MAFATE SPEED 4 VS SPEEDGOAT 5 & TECTON X
MAFATE SPEED 4 vs. SPEEDGOAT 5
Both the Speedgoat 5 and Mafate Speed 4 feature enhanced cushioning as well as Vibram® Megagrip with traction lug outsoles to inspire confidence on challenging terrain.
The Speedgoat 5 features a single-density for responsive cushioning, while the Mafate Speed 4 features a dual-density midsole with a softer top layer of foam and firmer, more responsive layer of rubberized EVA foam underneath.
MAFATE SPEED 4 vs. TECTON X
Both the Tecton X and Mafate Speed 4 offer an early stage Meta-Rocker and Vibram® Megagrip with Litebase for enhanced traction.
The Tecton X is built for speed, bolstered by parallel carbon fiber plates, and cushioned with a ProFlyX™ midsole, while the Mafate Speed 4 mount deeper studs that will make us feel greater traction in muddy or technical areas.
HOKA MAFATE SPEED 4: CONCLUSIONS
The new Mafate Speed 4 are shoes, key I think, within this extensive catalog of HOKA for 2022. Their new numbers are a statement of intent and clear segmentation of the market, placing them between the Speedgoat 5 and the Tecton X as the top of the range.
For the first time, this fourth version of the Mafate lowers the mark of 300 grams, 295g. similar to those of the Speedgoat 5, but being promoted by ka brand as a more technical shoe and perhaps less versatile than the Speedgoat 5.
We are facing a shoe to roll and compete long and comfortable in the mountains, with the sufficient body and protection to be able to venture through technical and embrarrados terrain, also as we see in the images, with a little more sole in almost the entire plantar area, which we will have to try to see how it behaves in reality.
In general, the DNA has not changed drastically in buying with its predecessors, but the weight, 21 grams lighter.
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