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The HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X is a race-day speedster disguised as an everyday trainer.

Featuring a carbon-fiber plate, the Carbon X propels you forward with each step. Designers put a slight curve in the stiff plate to work with the midsole’s rocker shape. Together, the plate and midsole shape give the shoe an exaggerated forward roll for a silky smooth ride.

But it’s not just another fast racer: Carbon X packs the cushion, too. HOKA sandwiched the carbon-fiber plate between two slabs of protective foam, which gives it a signature HOKA feel. The two layers of foam aren’t as squishy as other HOKA running shoes—like the Bondi 6 or Clifton 6—but they make the shoe a capable distance runner.

Fleet Feet runners praised the shoe’s ability to run fast and provide maximal cushion. In the Carbon X review, one runner says, “It has a rare combination of the low-to-the-ground feeling and responsiveness of a racing flat and the protectiveness of a high-cushion shoe.”

So lace up the HOKA Carbon X next time you’re targeting your personal records—it’s up for the challenge.

Tech specs

Price: $180

Weight: 7.2 oz, women’s size 7; 8.7 oz, men’s size 9

Drop: 5 mm

Use: Race day, everyday trainer

Surface: Road, track

Reviews (21)

4.8 out of 5 stars.

4.8/5 on 21 total reviews

amy Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
Men’s running shoe Carbon

Bought them for a birthday gift. He loves them! They run small so order 1/2 size up from the normal. Otherwise, wonderful running shoe. I have the same in women’s and love them as well.

John Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
Hoka Carbon X

Great shoe. I'm using it as my daily trainer. Lots of spring in it. About 30 miles in so far and it still feels great. The carbon plate definitely gives a bit of push, but not like some of its competitors, which is why it's not a racing shoe for me, although one could race in these. I would definitely recommend these and will buy them again.

Shane Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
Carbon X Delivers

Fast, comfortable, and durable shoe for training and race day. The carbon fiber plate is not just hype. An excellent road shoe.

David M. Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
These things fly

Been using them for about three weeks now and after breaking them in a little bit I love them!

Bennett Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
Wonderful trainers

Love these trainers! Yea they’re running shoes but Brits call them trainers and it sounds cool so why can’t I? They’re very comfortable and made running much more fun. Love these things.

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