Hoka Mafate Speed 4 vs. Speedgoat 5: Which One? (Comparison)

Hoka Mafate Speed 4 vs Speedgoat 5

The Speedgoat is undoubtedly the star of the Hoka series. It’s a technical shoe made for competition and ultramarathon running, yet versatile enough for everyday runs that require impeccable grip and foot lockdown.

The Mafate Speed, on the other hand, offers a more comfortable configuration because it is softer and more flexible.

Cushioning and Ride

Regarding the cushioning, both shoes have the same stack height: 33 mm heel stack height.

The heel-to-toe drop of both shoes is low: 4 mm.

However, in practice, the underfoot feel is softer on the Mafate Speed. However, softer does not necessarily mean better; it is primarily a matter of preference.

On the other hand, both shoes offer good responsiveness on the trails for a snappy ride, but the Speedgoat does better.

Lockdown

The Mafate Speed’s lockdown is softer and looser fitting, making it better suited for runners with wide feet.

The Speedgoat isn’t tight either, but its lockdown is clearly tighter. So if you plan on doing a lot of intrepid descents, this is a better choice for safety.

Grip

Finally, despite its deeper lugs, the Mafate Speed doesn’t do as well as the Speedgoat on really technical trails. Trail runners note that it’s more likely to slip on wet rock or mud, for example.

Mafate Speed vs Speedgoat: the Verdict

As you can see, the answer is not clear-cut. It’s primarily a question of personal preference and practice. If you mainly ride on low or medium technical surfaces, the Mafate Speed 4 will clearly be more comfortable. After all, why deprive yourself of a little extra comfort if you can?

On the other hand, if you’re planning on tackling the toughest trails (if you live in the mountains, for example), then we recommend the Speedgoat, which offers a more rugged configuration that can handle the toughest conditions.

Side-By-Side Comparison Table

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Overview
Description The Hoka Mafate Speed 4 is a delightfully aggressive and comfortable trail running shoe for long distances on technical terrain (or not). The Hoka Speedgoat 5 keeps its crown as the most effective trail running shoe, capable of handling everything from daily training to the toughest ultrarunning races.
Comfort
9
Grip
10
Protection and foot lockdown
9.5
Responsiveness
9
Durability
9
Value
9.5
Design
9
Comfort
9.5
Grip
10
Protection and foot lockdown
9.5
Responsiveness
9.5
Durability
9.5
Value
9.5
Design
9.5
Facts
TerrainTrailTrail
Support NeutralNeutral
Heel stack height33 mm33 mm
Forefoot stack height29 mm29 mm
Heel-to-toe drop4 mm4 mm
Lugs5 mm5 mm
Weight (men)295 g290 g
Weight (women) 241 g240 g
Features VeganAvailable in GTX, Vegan, Rocker
Athletes Karl Meltzer
Release year20222022
Technologies
Outsole Vibram MegaGripVibram MegaGrip
Midsole PROFLY+ CMEVA, Meta-Rocker Geometry
UpperSingle Layer Woven Jacquard MeshEngineered mesh
Cushioning
Cushioning Soft Balanced
ResponsivenessMedium High
Use
DistanceMid, Long, Ultramarathon Mid, Long, Ultramarathon
Speed Slow, Moderate, Fast Slow, Moderate, Fast
WorkoutsDaily running Daily running
Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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