FEATURES of the Hoka One One Men's Mafate Speed Shoe
Lightweight no sew speed frame construction
External monomesh debris screen
Lightweight external TPU heel counter
Hoka One One race lace
Lightweight cushioned CMEVA top midsole
RMAT Midsole / Outsole
Sculpted arch pod support
4mm Heel to toe offset
Full ground contact design
Strategic Hi-Abrasion rubber zones
Engineered midsole volume which is up to 2.5X the volume than standard running shoes, made with performance-specific cushioning material to absorb shock and give you the stability you need
Meta-Rocker midsole geometry, specifically engineered with a low heel-toe differential and a sculpted outsole radius in the heel and toe, creates a unique fulcrum effect and encourages a guided foot gait cycle
Active Foot Frame midsole geometry allows the foot to sink deeply into the shoe’s midsole
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Rated 3 out of
Get rid of that heel cupI gave the Mafate Speed only a 3 star for one reason and it's a bit of a deal breaker, the heel cup. It is so stiff and jabbing that it literally caused pain in my ankles. I actually took a sharp blade to it and shaved the hardened rubber support off on the outside and that has alleviated it. Heel cups do not have to be stiff, they should be supple so as to not irritate the surrounding tendons. I would recommend it to someone with a fair warning about the heel. The ride quality is light, fast and the Mafate provides incredible rock protection when bombing downhill. You don't really have to pick a line through rock gardens, just head straight in and don't worry, the shoe can handle anything. Just get rid of the hard heel cup.
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 2 out of
Not your old MafateI have been using Hoka's for a few years now. I owned original Mafate and then Mafate 3. Those shoes were great. These are not. They are definately lighter but they are tough or hard to run in. It is like they changed the entire sole with another material that is a lot more plasticky and hard. It made the shoe lighter but it removed the coushioning out of it and now feels like your everyday regular trail running shoe one can buy at any sports store. The other issue is narrow fit. I have wide feet and Mafates old style fit me just fine. In this shoe I feel that the sides of my toe box are riding on sharp edges of the sole of the shoe. I will highly likely return this pair.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 1 out of
Ruined a Great shoeBEEN A FAN OF HOKA SHOES SINCE THEIR INCEPTION. STILL PUTTING MILES ON MY STINSON COMBO XT. I HAVEN'T LOOKED AT ANOTHER SHOE SINCE. I WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW MAFATE SPEED THINKING I WAS GETTING THAT SAME GREAT CLOUD LIKE CUSHIONED RIDE. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!! THEY'VE COMPLETELY CHANGED THE MIDSOLE TO THE NEW RMAT. I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY WOULD MESS WITH A GOOD THING AND CERTAINLY THE ONE THING THAT PUT HOKA AS A MAJOR BRAND ON THE MAP. I WAS CERTAIN THAT THEY WOULD NEVER MAKE HUGE ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR FLAGSHIP MODELS THAT GAINED SO MANY FOLLOWERS. THE ONLY PROS I SEE ARE THE LIGHTER WEIGHT AND THE SEAMLESS UPPER. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE WORN HOKA SHOES SINCE THEY WERE INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD,BEWARE!! THE CLOUDS ARE DISSIPATING AND THEY DIDN'T INCLUDE THE EXTRA LACES. THE LACING SYSTEM IS POOR AND EVERY OTHER MODEL COMES WITH AN EXTRA PAIR, THEY SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THE LACES WITH THE MAFATE SPEED. AT THIS PRICE, IT SHOULD COME WITH AN EXTRA PAIR OF LACES AS ITS ALWAYS BEEN.I DON'T GET IT. I KNOW THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE ONLY NOW GIVING HOKA SHOES A GO, BUT I WOULD RECOMMEND TRYING TO LOCATE SOME OF THE OLDER VERSIONS AND COMPARE. THEY ARE JUST NOT THE SAME SHOES. ANOTHER THING I'VE NOTICED IS THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY PHASING OUT THE OLD MAFATE 3 MODEL. AGAIN DISAPPOINTED(CRYING).HOKA PEEPS,PLEASE BRING BACK AND STAY TRUE TO THE OG HOKA CLOUD LIKE FEEL. STOP MESSING WITH THE MIDSOLES,KEEP IT CUSH AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW. ALSO CONSIDER MAKING A BABY HOKA, BECAUSE I HAVE A BUDDING RUNNER AND IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO TRASH THOSE FEET AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of
Mind. Blown.I'm a hiker, for about 3 years now. I have the kind of flat feet that make my podiatrist speechless. I have accepted foot pain and fatigue as 'the price I pay' for a view at the top. But no longer. I got a pair of these magic shoes as a gift (a GIFT!) and was so impressed by the fit last night I went on a hike today. 5 miles, good elevation, and NO PAIN. I was literally stunned that I could do my favorite thing, and not be in pain. Thank you Hoka people. Seriously- I'm not sore from hiking for the first time in 3 years! I'm never wearing anything else!!!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of
Flat Feet Heaven!The Mafate Speed are the best sneakers I have had on my feet. As soon as I put one on and took a few steps I knew they are the sneakers for me. I have the black/true red, now I plan to get the cyan/lime. I will then get the Tor boots in the various colors. This is my first pair of my Hoka collection. I never heard or seen the Hoka brand before but I went to a local runner's shop and they caught my attention with the thickest cushioning I've seen on a normal (non-orthopedic) sneaker. One of the sales guys was wearing the black Valor and that indicated to me that they must be good and I have to look into them. Online I have read mostly positive reviews with the only two negatives being a narrow toe box, and dirt getting in between the mesh. I love them and they look amazing.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 5 out of
Shhh Don't tell the other people in the race :)I actually use the mafate on road and trail. It is a blister-less experience. I am doing a full iron and began training on the Mafate on trail. I then switched to road as my training progressed and tried several other shoes but was just comfortable in this shoe. I think the speed laces combined with the flat tongue seems to lock my foot into place without choking the blood out of my feet. What this means for me is that I just do not blister in this shoe. I have gotten in long 18 mile runs with wet feet and don't even get hot-spots. I am sure that the engineered drop zone contributes to my lack of blisters as I can run my natural Heel-Toe style without feeling the shock of the road. I am not a blind follower of this shoe as I have tried dozens of shoe, sock, foot striking combinations and found that this shoe simply gives me the most versatility. Hopefully this is useful to you...
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 3 out of
Going with Stinston ATRI've used the Mafate 2 and 3 to hike the John Muir trail the past two summers, and they were heaven for my feet. Footwear is perhaps the most important gear choice in long backpacking trips, and the Mafates made foot pain/blisters a non-issue. The update may work for runners, as the shoe is streamlined and doesn't resemble a typical Hoka - the "Hubble" cushioning is gone. The teeth lugs on the bottom look like an improvement - they have solid bite and aren't glued on as they were in the 2 and 3. I'm not risking this - trading them in for the Stinston ATR, which resembles the Mafate 3.
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 3 out of
Initially great - then outsole gets funkyI've enjoyed many Hoka shoes the past 4 years and would have given this one 5 stars if I wrote this review before the first 100 mi of wear. After 100 mi the forefoot outsole wore down differently because the outer lugs are a much harder rubber than the inner/central lugs (which are more foamy). After 150 mi the outsole had a horrible concave shape due to wear, with the central foamy lugs worn down to the nibs. This really affected my gait and led to some knee pain. Showed it our local running shop and they said other customers had also brought theirs in to show them. Hoka has had many shoes with long-term outsole wear problems (hopefully that will be remedied with the new generation w vibram lugs) - but usually the wear down just led to a shorter shoe life; however, with this shoe's outsole design, the shoe life is shorter and wearing it in the latter stages could lead to dire consequences.