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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 (8)

5 out of 5 stars.

5/5 on 8 total reviews

Benny Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
Excellent service

Excellent service

Kelly Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
Carbon X

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.

Mackenzie Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
Love the carbon x

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

Sarah Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
great shoes!

great shoes!

Gowri Verified Buyer
5 out of 5 stars.
Menlo Park Fleet Feet is the best!

Got some great new Hokas during the shelter-in-place. Thanks!

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