Hoka launches updated Rocket X 2 race day shoe with new offset carbon plate

Hoka Rocket X 2 shoe on abstract green and yellow background
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Hoka has released a new version of its Rocket X race day shoe, which has been redesigned from the upper to the outsole to increase responsiveness and cut weight,

The Hoka Rocket X 2's standout feature is a new midsole, which contains a spoon-shaped offset carbon plate sandwiched in new dual-density foam. Hoka says this new foam produces noticeably better performance than earlier materials during testing, with higher rebound performance.

The midsole of the new road running shoe includes a soft upper layer of foam and a firmer, more responsive layer underneath for an energetic and stable ride.

On the outsole, zonal rubber placements provide protection and durability on high-impact areas while keeping weight to a minimum.

The shoe's new upper is made from an engineered synthetic mesh designed to hug your foot while remaining breathable during long runs. An inner midfoot cage provides support, and a dual-sided tongue gusset prevents grit and dirt working their way inside.

The Rocket X 2 will be available later today (March 16) direct from Hoka and selected dealers in men's and women's sizes for £220 / $240.

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.