Sizing Tip: Hoka Tends To Run Big, We Suggest Going A Half Size Down From Your Normal Size.
Equal parts Speedgoat and mid-cut fast hiker, the Speedgoat Mid GTX 2 is that sweet spot between a trail runner and hiking boot. Featuring an anatomically designed collar for additional ankle support, the Speedgoat Mid GTX 2 performs in a variety of weather thanks to a GORE-TEX® waterproof bootie. A speed hiker with a Vibram® Megagrip outsole, the Speedgoat Mid GTX 2 is a force to be reckoned with on any day.
Kind of expensive considering made in Vietnam Like most modern soft shoes they start out comfortable. I will see how they stand the test if time before I comment further The $70 insoles I bought at the retail outlet fit the shoes but don't feel so comfortable and made my feet sore to wear for very long
I bought the Speedgoat Mids in an attempt to find a shoe that I could use for long single and multi day off-trail fastpacking missions in alpine terrain. I wanted mids for ankle support and to help keep rocks out of my shoes. Super impressed by the overall comfort of the shoe in terms of the plush ride and still maintaining good feel for moving around on uneven terrain.
Something was off though on the first day out, they didn't feel quite right and it seemed like my feet were getting really hot. I picked up a pair of lows to test out as well, the Speedgoat 4. Same exact shoe as far as I can tell, but no gore-tex and lower cut. 5 minutes into having the lows on my feet, the difference was significant. I have determined that the excess heat was not simply because the gore-tex version is less breathable, it was primarily because there is a TON of internal slip in the gore-tex shoe. I'm not sure if the gore-tex bootie floats or what, but man was there a night and day difference in foot security in the low version on uneven terrain and especially on steep downhills.
The mids were tied TIGHT and were still sliding all over internally creating all sorts of heat. When you don't have the lows to compare to, you might not realize it fully. I was shocked that I could tie the lows half as tight and they felt twice as secure. On top of that, not excess heat build-up meant MUCH happier feet at the end of a big day.
If your days don't involve big vert or off trail uneven terrain, you'll get by without a problem in the mids. For me, dropping 5000' in 4 miles, the heat build-up was dramatic.
Been seeing Hoka all over my gym for the last year, and now wish I'd bought a few pair these sooner. When I was about to replace the same model of Merril light hikers I've been wearing for 20+ years (2 hours before my flight to Montana departed), the salesman recommended I try these Speedboat 4 mid-tops for light hiking and trails. I was skeptical, but tried them on and immediately had to have them! I'm SO GLAD I BOUGHT THESE SHOES -- definitely a game-changer! They are waterproof and so comfortable (I have flat feet) that I can wear them all day for miles and not feel sore. I AM 100% sold on Hoka shoes and just boughtt a pair of Bondi 7 trainers for the gym today! TREAT YOURSELF!
Initially got size 10 and was impressed with smooth and prompt return system. Got my 9.5 and they fit marvelously now. So glad I made the effort and spent the time to get the right size. So excited to take them out on jogging trails everywhere in CO
I normally wear size 12 wide for Cliftons which work. I tried both 12's and 12.5's but neither worked. Toe box was too slim, it was too slim through the front yhird of the shoeand the shoe would pinch my small toes with each step.
Just finished a week of high passes in the Sierra (Kearsarge, Glen, Pinchot, Mather, Bishop) under heavy load (w/extra 18 lb resupply for 1st day). Never felt the talus... very comfortable out of the box... just like my regular speedgoat trail runners. They did well on snow (w/out microspikes) and wet conditions... good grip. The body did well with abrasions and the extra ankle padding did its job numerous times with talus insults. A worthy foot tool. I usually wear a wider width shoe but the Speedgoats in standard width (size 10.5) have treated my feet very well in races up to 50 miles. These mid versions felt and fit just like my regular speedgoats... and the sizing/width questions below should be tempered by these comments. If you like regular speedgoats in any size... you will like these mid versions. I tried an earlier mid-Hoka and it did not fit... so happy these mid-speedgoats were available.
What can I say about them. I love the comfort of the speedgoats. This is my second pair of speedgoats. I play Disc Golf in them. My first pair I put over 300 plus miles in them before the sides blew out. This second pair is just as comfortable as the first pair. The only reason I did not give it five stars was because the color. The color on the website made the shoes look more black than when they came to me. When they arrive they are more of a light greenish gray color. But other than that they are a great pair of shoes and I highly recommend them. Especially someone like myself that plays multiple rounds of disc golf every week in and out of the woods in creeks in wet grass. I highly recommend these shoes to keep your feet dry
Really enjoyed the shoes. It's a little heavy for normal runs but it allows me to run on the road and hope on to a trail run with ease. Waterproof is amazing for running over streams and the ankle support makes it a smooth ride.
I gave these pair of shoes a try in the ADK high peaks for summer hiking shoes. The shoe providers decent ankle support, but lacks adequate grip, waterproofing, and dexterity for hiking mountains in rugged terrain. They are suitable for backyard hikes, but not anything more than 5 miles on level ground. Wearing these shoes on the sides of mountains is dangerous; it feels like you're on slippery stilts.
I've had these shoes for about 30 days now. I bought them because I live in Utah and wanted a shoe that I could use as a hybrid road runner/Trail runner hiker. This is the perfect blend of those. Its a light weight shoe but with the gortex and vibram sole, It gives great traction and a bit of water proofing. It's a go anywhere shoe that you can also run in and gives the ankle and foot a great feel while running.
Always wanted the speedgoats now the are wide enough to fit my feet! Great trail running shoes. Stable. Waterproof. And the high top keeps debris out and provides stability for my ankle when running on non manicured trails. Will be buying another pair. Size is true. I wear 11.5 in every shoe and boot I own.
Spent three days hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyon. Shoes felt great. They are a bit more narrow in the toe box than my Bondi 7's so they were a bit more snug. I found that beneficial when hiking on trails.
I wanted a hiker to replace leather boots, resist water and have the protection provided by leather at a lower weight. These boots provide everything I wanted and look great. I have used them on several trails on the AT. I think my next pair will be a half size longer. My foot is narrow and on the down hills ( greater than 20%) it will expand in length and contact the toe box, which is not ideal but I can manage. I have them fit as tight as possible, but it is just how my foot reacts.
Overall they are really good for high speed hiking. I have not tried them while carrying any weight.
The product is perfect for me. I was size 10 but I smashed my right heal and it is now larger. The shoe design accommodates both my smaller left foot and the now larger right foot. They provide me excellent stability when hiking uneven trails.
I've taken this shoe on multiple adventures/hikes now and have a clear understanding of where it shines and where it does not. If you're looking to travel quickly through fairly flat terrain with little obstacles, the shoe is hard to beat. I have a trail that I hike/run and this shoe excels on this route. But, last weekend I decided to give them a try on a pretty tough hike in the white mountains of NH with lots of steep terrain, including many rocky obstacles and it was very evident these won't replace my real hiking boots. The wonderful Hoka soft sole that I love so much, wasn't stable enough once the terrain got a little edgy. What felt fairly stable on the flat mostly packed dirt trail became unstable, rolling at points with little to no protect against debris in the trail. It was kind of like bringing a knife to a gun fight, just not the right shoe for the job. With that said, I love these shoes and would absolutely buy them again, but now know when to wear them and when to leave them in the truck.
Pull tabs are a must for me but they made them too weak
I have 3 complaints for this shoe. 1) The pull tabs are not designed effectively. They are very weak and the left pull tab completey separated from the left shoe and I had the shoes for less than 2 months. They need to improve the design to make the pull tabs stronger and more secure so they never tear away from the material. 2) The tongue of the shoe is too short and thin. I prefer thicker padded tongues that are longer to give more comfort, stability, and ankle support and protection. 3) I don't like that they put the small Reflective logo on the back of the shoe. One of the reasons I ordered the shoe was because I thought it had nothing reflective on them. When I got the shoe in hand I saw that wasn't the case. That was a big disappointment. I hope that Hoka makes these 3 improvements on the 3rd version of the Speedgoat mid because if they do I will probably buy 2 pairs of them. I do like the Black and anthracite colorway, that's the one I bought. I hope they continue to make a black/black or Black/grey colorway option for the Speedgoat mid. I hope a new and improved Speedgoat mid 3 will be releasing soon, with no reflective accents.
Hoka products are only made to be supportive to one type of foot. If you have high arches weak ankles wide feet or your feet tend to point or roll while walking or standing THESE ARE NOT THE SHOES FOR YOU. Returned this product and hoka wouldn't stop emailing me for a review!
Bought them for work, I work in the lab at an urgent care centre and need shoes with lots of support for being on my feet all day, and they have to be waterproof. These have been a dream. Usually I end up with a heavy hiking boot that really fatigues my legs but these are sooo light! Love them!
Excellent so far , I've got 50 hiking and trail running miles on them , no wear showing , supper grippy and comfortable and my feet have stayed dry in wet spring hiking conditions. Little difficult to put on and take off , love them so far tho
I bought these boots to wear during winter and on rainy days in the city. I don't hike or run. They are way softer and more comfortable than any GORE-TEX boots I've owned in the past. Nothing compares to the level of cushioning and comfort these boots afford. I'm really impressed with Hoka's soles and fit. I highly recommend you stop by your local Hoka distributor and try on a couple of Hoka running shoes and boots to see how they feel on your feet.
Use this every run or fast-hike since I received them. Typical Speedgoat, but with a mid cut...which means more stability. Would 100% recommend a half size up if you have wider foot like me, but overall absolutely no problem. Gore Tex isn't too hot while running on drier, warmer days. Grippy, durable, and cozy...these are my new daily go-to!
I really like the Speedgoat mid shoe. Its tough to find a shoe that is good for hiking that you can also run in. These shoes hit the nail on the head. Excellent comfort, stable, and just the right amount of flexibility. The only improvement that I see that could be done is, I wish they had a lace system like Solomon's do or the BOA lace system. That being said, its not enough to make me not buy these shoes again. I really really like them.
I had to return my speed goat mids. I have very bad knees and these made them feel awful. I think because of the thousands of little micro adjustments my knee had to do while wearing the soft cushy sole. They did feel like slippers when I had them on, but my lousy knees found no stability.
I purchased the Speedgoat Mid Gore-Tex 2 to replace an old pair of Nike Lunar Terra Arktos as my primary outdoors shoe to train/play with my pup. I was extremely excited upon trying them on for the first time and feeling how comfy & cushy they are. So far, in the 21 days I've had them, they've trekked through Minnesota's wet, melty snow. Lots of standing water from the snow, and the grassy terrain of my yard. They've held up to all of these things with ease. Very grippy, very comfortable all throughout the shoe. One thing I wasn't sure about initially was if I'd have any issues due to having very flat feet, but I've had no trouble at all.
I'd easy recommend these to anyone looking for a soft, responsive, springy, and waterproof type of shoe/boot hybrid.
I own two pair of Hoka's - both Bondi 7, one pair for outdoor casual wear and the other for indoors. This new pair of Goatspeed is for hiking with my granddaughter and wife. This is not hardcore hiking but it is trail hiking. I have some wonky knees so I was looking for the right shoe and it took some sifting of the options Hoka offers. I have worn them about 6-7 times and I am delighted with them. Good weight, stability, comfort, with no end of day weariness. Some took issue with getting in the shoe but I addressed that with loosing the laces and using a long shoe horn. I would definitely recommend the shoe for hiking/walking. Like many I am slowly changing over my causal footwear to Hoka's. I was recommended to Hoka by my friend who is a triathlete.
Im a Material tech in a huge hospital so I'm on the run all day. Averaging 12 miles a day bringing essentials to doctors/nurses/ER etc. My speedgoats have changed the game. No more back, knee, thigh, calf pain from unforgiving concrete hallways. No doubt I will buy them again. Thanks Hoka