Hoka Transport X Review

The Hoka Transport X is exactly what I would want a daily trainer to be. It is stylisgh, comfortable and it can be fast when I need it to be. I have really enjoyed testing this shoe over the past few months and I have to say that I was blown away by it.

In this Hoka Transport X Review I will be taking you through every detail of one of the best shoes on the market.

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 factor.

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: £160

Weight: 250g

Stack height: 35mm

Usage: Daily training

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Carbon Plate
  • Smooth ride
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • A bit wide for runners with narrow feet
  • Energy return: 8/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 9/10
  • Grip: 7/10
  • Style: 9/10
  • speed: 8/10
  • versatility: 9/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Upper breathability: 9/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Width: 10/10

Hoka Transport X First Impressions

My first thought when putting these shoes on for the first time was that it was very roomy. There was a lot of space and the shoe did not feel very snug however after a long run in the heat these shoes still felt perfect. The wide toe box offered very high levels of breathability which is perfect for running in hot conditions.

When I set off on my first run I was pleasantly surprised with how light these shoes felt. They were much lighter than I thought which really helped with increasing speed. My first run was a fast paced 10km where the speed assistance really showed. The midsole offered plenty of bounce and the carbon plate adds to the high level of speed assistance.

I also found these shoes very comfy which was very helpful when going on longer runs. I felt like I could wear these shoes all day and still feel fresh which is what you want in a good daily training shoe.

Why Should You Buy This Shoe?

If you are in the market for a versatile daily training shoe that offers high levels of comfort and speed assistance then this is a great option for you. I also love that I can use these shoes for such a wide range of activities from walking to intense sports.

Why Should You Not Buy This Shoe?

If you are a runner with narrow feet then this is not the model for you as it does run very wide.

Upper of the shoe

The upper of this shoe is very durable. It is also made up of 100% recycled material. The upper is soft and plush which I was very happy with. It also adds to the overall comfort of the shoe.

One of the only negative aspects of this model was how wide the shoe was however a lot of people really liked this feature because of the increased air flow and comfort. For me, I thought the wide base offered stability, comfort and increased airflow however I did think that it limited the speed factor. This shoe is still a very fast daily trainer however I think It could’ve been even faster if it had a more snug fit.

Foam of the shoe

The foam in this shoe is supercritical however it does still run on the firmer side. The foam comes to life when you push into it. I found strides and light uptempo efforts to wake the foam up. At easier paces it feels more like a structured foam. The platform of the shoe is quite stiff throughout thanks to the carbon plate that runs through it.

The geometry is rocketed but not so dramatically that you can’t stand in it. The heel bevel is very early and the forefoot rocker is a bit later which offers a flat standing platform.

Sole of the shoe

The outsole traction on this shoe is not bad however it definetly doesn’t wow me. This shoe is mostly for street wear and road running. The shoe offers high levels of responsiveness and can pick up the pace however it does feel best at daily and easy paces. So if you are wanting a fast pace racing shoe then I would look at either the Vaporfly 3 or Nike ZoomX Streakfly .

Conclusion to this Hoka Transport X Review

Overall, this is an amazing daily trainer that offers high levels of speed assistance, comfort and responsiveness. This shoe can also handle long distances due to the high level of cushioning. I felt like I could wear these shoes all day and still feel fresh. Just be aware that if you are a runner with narrow feet, I would advise going a half size down.

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