Article by Sam Winebaum
I recently attended a media preview of key early Hoka 2022 releases
Tecton X, a very light carbon plated trail racer with the same stack height as Speedgoat,
a lighter Speedgoat 5,
Mach Supersonic a “bouncy” non plated trainer,
Kawana a new swallow tail soft and friendly road trainer
updated and lighter Carbon X with a performance knit upper.
All the new Hoka have new foams in the mix which promise not only lighter weights but more energetic rides. These foams appear to be compression molded EVA. In 2020 I tested a shoe with what likely was one of these foams and it was very light, very well cushioned and very dynamic.
We will get more details and get hands on with all the new Hoka at The Running Event at the beginning of December and will update the article then. Of course we are hoping to have samples soon as well for testing and review.
Hoka Tecton X ($200)
A trail race shoe you can train with. A super light max cushion trainer racer.
Women’s Launch Color
33mm /29mm stack (same as Speedgoat 5)
men’s 8.5 oz /240 g women’s 6.9 oz 196g (will be almost 2 oz lighter than Speedgoat 5)
Men’s Launch Color
Dual density ProFlyX midsole with a softer top layer (similar to Clifton Edge), a responsive super light bottom layer (same new foam as Carbon X) and 2 parallel carbon plates from heel to toe which act as struts to provide propulsion but also move allow side to side movement with the trail terrain.
Vibram MegaGrip Lite Base outsole, a thinner overall profile for lighter weight yet still 4mm lugs
Jacquard mesh upper.
Releases May 2022
Hoka Speedgoat 5 ($155)
A training shoe that can race and especially Ultras.
Weight: men’s 10.3 oz / 291g (half ounce lighter than SG4) women’s 8.5 oz / 242g
Stack Height: men’s 33mm /29mm stack (same as Tecton X)
Lighter CMEVA midsole compound, actually the same compound as in the EVO Speedgoat
Speedgoat 5 Vibram MegaGrip with Traction Lugs tech, improving traction by 20% in outsole above, Speedgoat 4 below. A touch less coverage upfront, maybe more flexibility and decoupling? Something I think the SG needed and which EVO Speedgoat has.
Double layer jacquard mesh upper with stretch front vamp. Bolster heel lock down. Launches March-April.
Mach Supersonic ($150)
Update: Mach Supersonic Multi Tester Review (10 comparisons)
A new bouncy foam in a non plated trainer with a rubberized foam midsole as outsole.
Mach 4 stays in line. Based on just received sample of the Supersonic it will weigh about 0.4 oz more than the Mach 4 did at 8.13 oz US8.5 vs. 7.76 oz for the Mach 4 at the same size.
Weight: men’s 8.3 oz / 235g, women’s 6.9 oz /195g
Stack Height: 29mm heel, 24mm forefoot
New lightweight very bouncy top layer foam and ProFly construction so..
Rubberized EVA lower layer which doubles as outsole (as with Mach 4)
Vegan engineered mesh upper.
Releases March 15, 2022.
Carbon X 3 ($180)
Carbon plated trainer racer now with Hoka lightest foam to date reducing weight.
New midsole foam, new performance knit upper, close to 1 oz weight drop.
Weight: men’s 7.8 oz / 222g women’s 6.8 oz / 193g
Carbon X2 weighed: M 8.4 oz. 239g W 7.0 oz. 198g
Stack Height: 32mm heel, 27mm forefoot :: women’s 30mm heel 25mm forefoot
New foam midsole top layer, same as Tecton X in a Profly construction with lower layer rubberized foam as outsole.
New performance vegan knit upper.
Update: Kawana Multi Tester Review
A soft, slightly lower stack take on the Bondi with Hoka's softest foam to date. Comfort ride.
Weight: 10 oz / 283g women 8.4 oz / 237g (Just received sample US8.5 weighs 10.23 oz /290g
Stack Height: 30mm heel / 25mm forefoot, 5mm
New “lively” soft CMEVA midsole.
Asymmetrical swallow tail. Longer to the back on the lateral side, right above.
Recycled Jacquard mesh upper with memory foam collars
Durabraison rubber outsole.
Releases Jan 15, 2022.
More details and test/review results for Hoka 2022 soon.
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