Hoka launches springier, lighter new Mafate Speed 4 trail running shoe

Hoka Mafate Speed 4 trail running shoe
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Hoka has redesigned its Mafate Speed trail running shoe for 2022, and the new model is on sale now. The Mafate Speed 4 is available in men's and women's sizes for £160 (US prices are yet to be announced, but $180 seems likely based on previous releases).

Hoka might be best known for its rocker-style road running shoes, shaped to help your foot roll smoothly from heel strike to toe-off, but in recent years it's also ventured off the beaten path with tougher lugged soles for purchase on slick surfaces.

The Mafate Speed 4 features a single-layer woven jacquard mesh upper for breathability, reinforced with a rubber toe cap, and a gusseted tongue to keep out grit and dirt. It also features a Vibram sole for the best possible grip, with sizeable 5mm lugs.

The shoe's midsole has received an upgrade with new Profly foam, which Hoka claims makes the Mafate Speed 4 noticeably lighter and more responsive than its predecessor. We hope to put it through its paces on the trails and bring you a full review soon.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.