HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5 GTX SPIKE: WINTER VERSION OF THE HOKA CLASSIC.
HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5 GTX SPIKE: WINTER VERSION OF THE HOKA CLASSIC. Our TRAIL RUNNING SHOES section bring us today the technical analysis of the new HOKA Speedgoat 5 GTX Spike.
The NEW HOKA Speedgoat 5 GTX Spike is a winter specific trail running shoes which arrives with a price of € 190, a weight of 348 gr and a drop of 4mm, including a Gore-Tex membrane and 12 spikes to enable us to run and perform in any winter trail, snowy or icy.
HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5: THE EVOLUTION OF A CALSSIC.
The Speedgoat saga continues to grow and for 2023 it already brings us a new version of the already popular Speedgoat 5, which years ago were baptized with the nickname of the iconic and first runner sponsored by HOKA: Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer. In this case winter specific version which includes a GORE-TEX membrane and 12 spikes.
Karl “Speedgoat”, the first HOKA ONE ONE sponsored racer who also holds the record for winning the most 100-mile races was one of the first to get involved in the development of the long-ago first version of these Speedgoats.
Closer in time, we have the “cowboy” Jim Wamsley who has also been wearing Speedgoats in recent times as his flagship shoe, in his case the Speedgoat EVO.
It is a shoe designed for daily training, but that can perform very well in races, especially in ultras and even better if they are technical.
The proven durability of the Vibram Megagrip outsole in combination with the CMEVA compound in the midsole make it a reactive shoe that at the same time provides a lot of information on the ground, making them a lot of fun to wear, while also providing security.
Below you can see the evolution from left to right, from the Speedgoat 1, through the Speedgoat EVO, until the actual known Speedgoat 5
HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5 GTX SPIKE:
WINTER VERSION OF THE HOKA CLASSIC.
190€ | 348 G. | 4MM DROP
On wintry days you are well equipped with the trail running shoe Speedgoat 5 GTX Spike from Hoka! The dynamic shoe comes with a waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX membrane so that adverse conditions cannot harm you.
The flexible cuff gives you a secure hold in the ankle area. Thanks to the slightly rounded outsole, the natural rolling behavior is promoted. The Vibram Megagrip sole offers excellent grip. The hard metal spikes ensure surefootedness in snow and mud. A safe partner for wintry conditions!
HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5 GTX SPIKE: DATA SHEET
- Price: 190€
- Weight: 348 g. for men, which is 57 grams more than the Speedgoat 5 without membrane and spikes.
- Drop: 4 mm
- Stack hight: 32mm /28mm, changes 1 mm in comparison with the “normal” Speedgoat 5 (33mm/29mm)
- Lugs: 5 mm
- Midsole: CMEVA compound
- Sole: Vibram Megagrip and 12 metal spikes
HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5GTX SPIKE: 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.
Environmentally-friendly: The upper is constructed from a double jacquard recycled content engineered mesh and accompanied by recycled polyester laces.
Waterproof: Waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX membrane.
It is the CMEVA compound, equal to the EVA foam mounted by the current Speedgoat 4. Why change a winning team, when you have already reduced weight.
Provides an unmatched combination of high performance cushioning, lower heel drop offset, with an inherently stable ride.
The late stage meta-rockers are placed in front of the metatarsal heads which provides a more stable base of forefoot support.
These Speedgoat 5 GTX Spike mount the Vibram MegaGrip sole with Traction Lugs technology and 5mm lugs and 12 spikes that promise to improve traction in any winter terrain, snowy, muddy or icy.
HOKA SPEEDGOAT 5 GTX SPIKE: CONCLUSION
The new Speedgoat 5 GTX Spike got updated to meet the winter demanding conditions that many of us face when running in the cold months. To do so, it has mounted a GORE-TEX membrane and 12 spikes, that for sure will help any adventurous runner to keep his/her feet dry and with enough grip to feel safe in almost any terrain.
It is still a training/competition shoe which offers the perfect combination between weight 348 g., comfort and durability all of them provided by the midsole and Vibram Megagrip sole with the extra grip provided by the 12 spikes.
Moreover, this new version applies new technologies in the upper construction, like the vegan mesh which apart from being animal friendly, promises a better fit on the front “box” as we could test in the “normal” Speedgoat 5 version.
All on all, a very recommendable shoe for winter training and mountain running when the grip makes a different between safety or falling down.
In the last weeks, as you might remember we have shown you some other winter models that perfectly could be an alternative to this Speedgoat 5 GTX Spike, however none of those came with inserted spikes: La Sportiva Cyklon Cross GTX, Saucony Peregrine ICE+3 or the Scarpa Ribelle Run Kallibra, which for us is more a mountain boot as a trail running shoe.
Obviously we have to wait a little to test them for you, but as soon as it happens we will let you know.
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