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Product: Speedgoat 2

Brand: Hoka One One

April 16, 2019

Bottom Line

The Speedgoat 2s are one of the most popular trail running shoes around, and I can now understand why. For what I put them through, I’m blown away that they lasted 400 miles as well as they did.

Field Notes

My Hoka One One Speedgoat 2s have finally reached the end of their life after carrying me over 400 miles of trails. I was so pleased with their performance, I decided to upgrade to the Speedgoat 3s. Before I retired the 2s, I decided to write a review of them to showcase their strengths and drawbacks and compare them alongside the newer model.

About 75 percent of the miles on my Speedgoat 2s were from trail running and 25 percent from hiking and backpacking.

Most of the trails I ran were on the east side of Tucson, the Santa Catalina Mountains, and Saguaro National Park East.

I also wore them on two backpacking trips. One was a 105 mile loop in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the other was a 30 miler in Aravaipa Canyon.

They excel as a trail runner but were not quite supportive enough for backpacking. I still haven’t found a trail runner I can do > 50 mile backpacking trips in without getting blisters. May the search continue!

Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 Review

testing environment

A lot of the trails I run are technical, combining steep rocky inclines with frequent elevation changes. The Speedgoat 2s, apropos of their name, are well suited to this type of terrain.


  • - Plush midsole cushioning
  • - Lightweight profile
  • - Minimalist heel-to-toe drop
  • - Vibram grip
  • - Spacious toe box


  • - Cause blisters and foot soreness when backpacking
  • - Outsole material is somewhat soft