The Speed Instinct is a new trail shoe in the HOKA ONE ONE line-up. Borrowing from the success of the Tracer, HOKA’s hybrid tempo/racing shoe, the Speed Instinct combines the more familiar HOKA midsole geometry with a quick-feeling trail runner. The upper is a closed minimesh, covered almost entirely in no-sew overlays, with little surface exposed in the rand.
The only stitching is in the lace throat to support the flexing of the laces. The plush ankle collar conforms well to the foot. The midsole is soft in the heel, to cushion touch-down, and firm in the forefoot for a more powerful toe-off. The resulting ride is resilient, responsive and durable. The outersole is lugged with a perimeter of tough rubber and is open through the center in diamond-shaped slots that allow the sole to compress and conform to the trail. The Speed Instinct is right on target with excellent traction, adaptable cushioning, and a consistent fit for trail running at all speeds.
“Fit close; felt snug and fast. The midsole’s foam was quite cushy and protective. Surefooted on the trail.”
Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–11
Weight: 10.7 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.6 oz. (women’s size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics