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
5/5 on 8 total reviews
I LOVE these shoes! They have been my saving grace during this quarantine. I have never really enjoyed running because my back would hurt afterwards, but these shoes make all the difference! I used to be able to run 5-6 miles in the cliftons (which are great too) but would always stop because I knew my back would hurt the next day. Now I am doing 10 mile runs without any issues. I love them so much, I bought my second pair last week! FYI... I did size down a half size.
These are my second pair and I absolutely love them. Just the right amount of cushion for the firmness, and lots of pop. Great for longer or shorter road runs
Got some great new Hokas during the shelter-in-place. Thanks!