Hoka Tecton X vs. Speedgoat 5 (2022)

The Hoka Tecton X is the latest addition to the Hoka One One trail running collection. It’s the first model of the brand to feature a carbon plate (two, to be exact). The Hoka Speedgoat 5 is the most popular trail running shoe globally. It’s a true Swiss Army knife that is effective in all situations.

So, the question is legitimate: can the Tecton X compete with the Speedgoat?

First of all, with its carbon plates and supercritical CMEVA foam, the Tecton X is much more responsive than the Speedgoat on trails. The midsole offers a soft underfoot feel and provides impressive propulsion. The new Speedgoat 5 provides a smooth and enjoyable ride, but the underfoot feel is firmer, and the bounce is more classic and moderate.

The stack height and drop are identical for both shoes: 33 mm in the heel and 5 mm, respectively. Despite this, the Tecton X is much lighter with 252 g/8.9 oz against 290 g/10.2 oz for the SG5, or 38 g/1.3 oz less.

Then, let’s talk about the grip. This is where the Hoka Speedgoat stands out from its colleague: its Vibram MegaGrip outsole offers more lugs (the “X” of the Tecton X under the sole leaves a large portion of the sole without lugs), and they are more aggressive and deeper (5 vs. 4 mm).

Finally, foot lockdown is excellent for both shoes, but surprisingly, some runners find the Tecton X upper to be more precise and better fitting overall.

Tecton X or Speedgoat: which one to choose?

These shoes are excellent and don’t have any big weak points.

The main difference is the carbon plate. This is a relatively new technology for trail running, so it may not be the best choice if you are starting. On the other hand, if you want to spice up your runs and improve your performance, the Tecton X is exciting.

The Speedgoat 5 seems like a better option for ultramarathon running and technical trails with its superior grip.

Finally, the price difference is not negligible ($40) while the durability is equivalent.

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
Hoka Speedgoat 5 score
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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.
+ Improved comfort
+ Softer, more responsive cushioning
+ Finally, under 10.6 oz/300 g
+ Precise foot lockdown
+ Faultless traction
The midsole update is modest, but at the same time, why shake things up?
A lightweight, fast, and flexible trail running shoe for runners looking for ultra-performance on relatively dry and smooth terrain.
+ Bouncy and propulsive ride with the two carbon plates
+ Lightweight shoe
+ Soft and responsive cushioning
+ Good foot lockdown
+ Suitable for most terrains
Very high price ($220) but in line with other carbon-fiber plate shoes

Hoka Speedgoat 5

Hoka Tecton X

Technical Specs

Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop4 mm4 mm
Heel stack height31 mm, 33 mm33 mm
Forefoot stack height27 mm, 29 mm29 mm
Lugs5 mm4 mm
Weight (men)290 g/10.2 oz252 g/8.9 oz
Weight (women)240 g/8.5 oz210 g/7.4 oz
FeaturesRocker, Available in GTX, VeganCarbon plate
Release year20222022
AthleteKarl Meltzer


OutsoleVibram MegaGripVibram MegaGrip
MidsoleCMEVA, Meta-Rocker GeometryPROFLY X
UpperEngineered meshEngineered mesh


Softness (1-5)3 – Moderate4 – Soft
Bounce (1-5)4 – Bouncy5 – Very bouncy


SpeedAllModerate, fast
DistanceMid, long, ultramarathonShort, mid, long, ultramarathon
WorkoutDaily runsCompetition

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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.