Hoka Tecton X 2 vs Mafate Speed 4 (2024 Comparison)

hoka tecton x 2 vs mafate speed 4

Often presented as alternatives to the famous Hoka Speedgoat 5, the Tecton X 2 and Mafate Speed 4 offer performance and comfort, respectively, with different ride profiles.

While their stack heights are similar – 33 mm in the heel for the Mafate Speed 4 and 32 mm for the Tecton X 2 – the former offers a smoother underfoot feel. Both have a low heel-to-toe drop. These models are ideal for very long distances (ultrarunning). For example, many athletes wore the Tecton X 2 at the last UTMB, like Katharina Hartmuth, who finished second.

The Tecton X is cut out for competition, with a carbon-fiber plate and more advanced PROFLY X foam (PROFLY+ for the Mafate Speed). This speed configuration is reinforced by the shoe’s light weight: just 8.9 oz/251 g, almost 1.6 oz/45 g less than the Mafate Speed 4. As a result, the Tecton X is clearly more responsive, making it possible to go fast on trails with its impressive forward propulsion. The Mafate Speed 4 also offers a somewhat responsive bounce with its rocker, but it cannot rival with the Tecton X 2 on this point.

In terms of grip, both shoes do very well on technical trails, with a slight advantage for the Mafate Speed 4, whose deep 5 mm lugs (1 mm more) enable it to handle muddy ground confidently. The Tecton X 2, on the other hand, is more at home on dry terrain.

The fit is precise and comfortable on both shoes, with enough toe room to be comfortable over long distances (like ultras).

Tecton X or Mafate Speed: Which One Should You Pick?

You should base your decision on your goals and budget. Trail runners who want to compete or run speed sessions with fast paces will prefer the Tecton X 2, which delivers a higher energy return.

For daily training and long runs, the Mafate Speed is a good choice for comfortable running.

Last but not least, these two models have a significant price difference of around $40. Durability is equivalent, so the Mafate Speed represents better value, even if the more innovative design of the Tecton X is worth paying a bit more.

Side-By-Side Comparison Table

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Overview
Description The Hoka Tecton X 2 is a lightweight, responsive, high-performance carbon-plated trail running shoe for versatile, medium-technical runs. The Hoka Mafate Speed 4 is a delightfully aggressive and comfortable trail running shoe for long distances on technical terrain (or not).
Comfort
9.5
Grip
9.5
Protection and foot lockdown
10
Responsiveness
10
Durability
9.5
Value
9
Design
9.5
Comfort
9
Grip
10
Protection and foot lockdown
9.5
Responsiveness
9
Durability
9
Value
9.5
Design
9
Facts
TerrainTrailTrail
Support NeutralNeutral
Heel stack height32 mm33 mm
Forefoot stack height27 mm29 mm
Heel-to-toe drop5 mm4 mm
Lugs4 mm5 mm
Weight (men)252 g295 g
Weight (women) 211 g241 g
Features Carbon-fiber plate, Vegan, Recycled materialsVegan
Athletes
Release year20232022
Technologies
Outsole Vibram Mega-Grip with Litebase ConstructionVibram MegaGrip
Midsole PROFLY-X, Carbon Fiber Plates, Meta-Rocker in Priming Phase PROFLY+
UpperMatryx, Kevlar OverlaysSingle Layer Woven Jacquard Mesh
Cushioning
Cushioning Balanced Soft
ResponsivenessHigh Medium
Use
DistanceMid, Long Mid, Long, Ultramarathon
Speed Moderate, Fast Slow, Moderate, Fast
WorkoutsDaily running, Racing 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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