The Hoka One One Speed Instict is a cushy but light and speedy trail shoe. Although advertised for trail, I’ve tried them on many surfaces and found them very versatile–Greatly responsive on trails, but also solid on grass, gravel roads, and still comfortable on the occasional paved road and/or sidewalk.
As you can see from the pics below, this shoe has some serious tread and they seem to handle all conditions well. I’ve taken them out in an array of conditions already (over 60 miles already at the time of this post) and they feel great. Even on wet and leafy trails, I felt totally in control with the help of these kicks.
The only issue I had was during my very first run in them. In other shoes, I usually wear heel cups to give my achilles tendons relief, as I injured them many years ago. However, in these shoes, the heels are so shallow that with the heel cups in I kept feeling like my heel was going to slip out of the shoe while going up various inclines. I at first thought it was just a poor fit of the shoe, but once I removed the heel cups, all other runs in them have been awesome (and my achilles have remained happy).
I’ve even does a few faster speed workouts in them and they continue to feel great. The Speed Instinct are supportive enough to rock out long, easy runs, but still light enough to shred some speed work in them as well. I haven’t had the chance to run an actual race, but I will as soon as I get the chance and report back!
Info from Hoka Oneone:
- Best For: TRAIL
- Weight (US sz 9): 8.40 OZ
- Heel-toe drop: 3 MM