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 11 total reviews
Always the best products and best customer service. This time around my shopping experience happened at curbside, but I’m completely satisfied. -RNs love HOKA and Fleet Feet
My feet and legs feel so much better like 100% better. I liked them so well the very next week I purchased another pair exactly like my first pair. I love the black /grey color apparently so does everyone else. I had to order 10 1/2 on second pair but they are fine . I wish you guys had more black ones with black sole shoes less dirt. I love my Carbon X . Thank you .
This is my fifth pair of these shoes. I have chronic sesamoiditis and these shoes keep me running despite that. The carbon fiber plate makes them very stiff which is what I need. Most shoes seem to focus on cushioning the heel. These shoes also focus on the toe area. Cons: They are expensive! And the laces are too slippery to stayed tied (even double knotted) beyond a mile or two.
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.