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.
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
4.8/5 on 22 total reviews
Fast shoe! Good luck putting it on.
This is a great shoe. It's fast. It's comfortable. It keeps you on your forefoot. It's super light. Two complaints: They are impossible to put on. I know that sounds crazy, but the heel collapses very easily. Must have the heel loop to pull on. Secondly, they untie 100% of the time if I don't double tie. However, if you can get them on and remember to double tie, they are a great shoe!
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.
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.
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.
Hoka Carbon X
Shoes feel light and comfortable. I recommend them.