Hoka Skyward X Review

Blue. red and white Hoka running shoe on white backround

The Hoka skyward x is a premium carbon plated shoe that is marketed as a daily trainer but it is technically a super shoe due to the carbon plate and the high stacked pebax foam. Technicalities aside I genuinely think that the word super shoe is the best way to describe this shoe and I have really enjoyed testing it.

In this Hoka Skyward X review I will taking you through every detail of this truly super shoe.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factors.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £180

Weight: 320 grams

Stack Height: 49mm

Usage: Carbon plated daily trainer

Pros

  • Very Bouncy
  • Good Traction
  • Breathable Upper

Cons

  • Not world athletics allowed for racing
  • Slightly heavy
  • Energy return: 10/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 9/10
  • Style: 8/10
  • speed: 10/10
  • versatility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Upper breathability: 8/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Width: 8/10
Overall Rating: 87/100

My First Impressions of the shoe

When I first took these shoes out of the box I instantly noticed the unbelievably high stack height. The limit set by world athletics for the stack height of shoes used in races is 40mm which means almost all super shoes fall with in these regulations but not this shoe. This means the energy return on this shoe was out of this world but it can only be used for training purposes anyway.

For a first run in these shoes I took them to my local parkrun and right from the gun I felt like I was running on a trampoline. With this kind of energy return and stack height it would be normal to expect them to be slightly unstable but in fact they felt perfectly stable which was quite surprising to me.

Why you should buy the shoe

If you are looking for a max cushion super shoe for your fast running then there is really no better shoe for the job. The high stacked foam does a remarkable job at cushioing each stride and keeping your legs feeling fresh for longer.

Why you should not buy the shoe

This shoe is great but to spend £180 on a pair of super shoes that you can’t even use for racing might not be the best move for all. Alternatively you could spend a similar amount on a pair of super shoes that can be used for both racing and training like the Nike vapourfly or alphafly shoes.

Upper of the shoe

The upper of this shoe is one of the most breathable and supportive uppers I have used. I did pay £180 for these shoes so I would sort of expect a close top perfect upper like this.

Foam of the shoe

The foam on this shoe as I have already mentioned is stacked to the brim. I actually started wearing these shoes around the house to make myself feel taller just because of how high this foam was attacked. This meant the energy return was out of this world amazing. It was better than almost every other super shoe out there and it was also really stable which was much needed.

Sole of the shoe

The sole of this shoe provided some great traction and unlike so many other shoes these days it was actually very durable. Although the shoe was quite heavy that is likely due to the highly stacked foam rather than the treads. In terms of the sole I have noting but good things to say about it.

Conclusions to this Hoka Skyward X Review

To conclude this hoka skyward x review I just want to say how much I liked this shoe and after logging some serious miles in it I can see why this shoe is so popular even though you can’t use it in competion.

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