Okay, these web review pages are not the place for a heated debate on the pros and cons of trail running shoes versus hiking boots.
Suffice to say that the former have increasing numbers of dedicated fans, and should now be considered an option for trekkers who have reduced their pack weight sufficiently to be able to dispense with ankle support.
Depending on size, each shoe might weigh around 300-350gm. Compare that with even a ‘lightweight’ hiking boot and you’re halving your weight penalty.
If you’ve decided to go down this path, the Speedgoat 5 (291g/size US 9) will be an excellent companion. Part of Hoka One One’s Sky category (‘empowers you to reach the peak’!), the 5th iteration of the legendary Speedgoat features Hoka’s trademark maximal cushioning, along with increased traction and support.
Soft, yet firm, the compression moulded EVA midsole feels like a little personal mattress for your foot. The toe and heel rockers throw you into your next stride, where the Vibram Megagrip ensures that ground contact is reliable.
Walking 10km with the Speedgoats (carrying the 11kg load in my Osprey Levity) was a breeze, and I can’t wait to take them out for longer. (They were also superb to run in, naturally.) The Speedgoat 5 will be released in January.