Named for HOKA Athlete Karl Meltzer, “The Speedgoat,” who holds the record for the most 100-mile trail race wins, this shoe is designed to attack all kinds of technical trail.
Heel-toe drop: 4mm
The Speedgoat 3 is for anyone from a beginner to someone experienced on the trail looking to go the distance. This shoe is great for anyone who is prone to lower body injuries and/or early fatigue during the long runs.
This shoe is not only capable of going the distance it can cruise over all types of terrain. Grassy, rocky, muddy, and technical terrain are exactly what these shoes were made for.
Complete with a wider midsole and toe box, the Speedgoat 3 has enhanced heel support and midfoot lockdown in the upper as well as “seatbelt” support on each side. Add in Vibram® MegaGrip lugs and the Speedgoat 3 provides grip and traction in even the most rugged conditions.
Open engineered mesh construction to maximize breathability and support
Reinforced TPU midfoot overlays to help ensure a secure fit
Midfoot cage construction designed for stability and lockdown/foot capture
Oversize EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning
Wider platform designed to provide a more stable base on varied terrain
CMEVA foam midsole absorbs impact points and offers stable footing
Vibram® Megagrip hi-traction outsole with 5mm lugs
Multidirectional lugs for supreme grip on varied terrain
More durable outsole design
"The name “Speedgoat” doesn’t get thrown around lightly when it comes to trail running. Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer is the definition of solid performance, especially when it comes to the 100-mile distance. The Hoka One One Speedgoat is no different—this shoe is solid from construction to comfort to performance. It sits between lightweight racers like the EVO Mafate and Torrent, and the heavy-duty tank trainer of Hoka’s Stinson.
I’ll admit that I’ve usually reached for Hokas as a “recovery” shoe—the stack height and soft cushioning usually break my confidence on technical trails enough to keep the pace casual when I lace up a pair. I’m usually pleasantly surprised when I find myself cruising across rugged Pennsylvania trails with no less effort than my normal go-to shoes. The Speedgoat 3 was even more surprising. I’d dare say it even outperforms the shoes I typically reach for—especially as terrain and conditions get gnarlier.
The fit of the shoe maintains what Hoka did with the Speedgoat 2, a wider toe-box, but a snug, yet not constricting fit around the midfoot and heel. It provides a great platform for landing on the forefoot when racing friends down the trail." RunnersWorld, 2019