Available July 2017 – MSRP: $130.00
Mixing versatile traction with responsive cushioning, the HOKA ONE ONE Speed Instinct quickly became a favorite within the trail running community. Unlike any other shoe within the HOKA trail lineup, the Speed Instinct offered a fairly low to the ground experience which created an agile feel built to perform on varied terrain. The protective underfoot made the shoe ideal for longer training efforts while the responsive ride created an optimal experience during trail racing. But even with a large amount of positive feedback, the shoe was far from perfect. With version 2, we see a complete reworking of the upper to address issues with breathability and durability while maintaining the same underfoot feel of its predecessor.
While the upper of the original Speed Instinct performed well on the trails, many people felt there was room for improvement. One of the major complaints was that the upper material lacked breathability. Version 2 looks to solve this problem with a new construction that utilizes a more breathable mesh. We expect the new material to increase ventilation and be far more comfortable on hotter days. Another issue with the upper was overall durability. There were some reported issues of overlays peeling off prematurely. With this issue taken into consideration, HOKA has adopted a new 3D puff print frame which should not only be more durable, but should also help create a more supportive foot wrap. While the upper fit should remain similar, the new mesh material is now more adaptable so we expect a slightly less restrictive feeling when compared to the previous version.
With the same tooling as the original, the Speed Instinct 2 will continue to utilize a Pro2Lite midsole for softer cushioning in the heel and firmer responsiveness in the forefoot. Paired with versatile multidirectional lugs, the shoe is built to deliver on any terrain you may face out on the trail.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 25mm heel, 22mm forefoot, 3mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.5 oz (men’s size 9), 8 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.
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