Not too long ago, HOKA released its trail-ready Speedgoat 5 silhouette — as a matter of fact, it hasn’t even been a whole year. Now, the performance shoemaker has managed to up the ante by tacking on GORE-TEX to its already-trusty trainers, in addition to unveiling another revamped pair in the Anacapa Breeze hiking shoe.
Starting with the weatherized spin on the Speedgoat 5, now aptly named the Speedgoat 5 GTX, which retains its predecessor’s outdoor-ready appeal while taking things up a couple notches. Moreover, the new release is bolstered with a GORE-TEX membrane advanced elemental protection. A flat-laying gusseted tongue does away with debris and unwanted moisture that could soak up the inside of your shoes. Additionally, the upper is fitted with a strengthened rubber toe cap for extra abrasion resistance. This silhouette is placed atop compression-molded EVA midsole and a Vibram Megagrip compound to deliver the ideal balance of traction and cushion. This pair comes in three configurations: an ankle-high version, a mid-high version, and the ‘Spike,’ where HOKA tacked on 12 tungsten carbide spikes to the shoe’s uber-grippy sole.
Moving on, the Anacapa Breeze intends to deliver as much of a breathable feel on your next hike as its name suggests, boasting redesigned air mesh throughout the upper for maximum airflow when taking on any environment. Like the Speedgoat, it’s available in either a low-or-mid-cut option and even sits on the same compression molded midsole to keep things lightweight. One significant difference is its Hubble Heel tech, an element that made the first-gen pair so popular, to begin with. This proprietary element proves smoother transitions from heel to toe, reducing foot pain when enjoying the outdoors.
All five new shoes in this two-silhouette lineup are available on HOKA’s webshop starting from $170.