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Named after the earth's tectonic plates, which inspired its revolutionary parallel
carbon fibre plate technology, the new HOKA Tecton X is poised to unleash a
seismic shift in trail running. Built for speed, with a Profly X midsole bolstered by a
Vibram Megagrip Litebase outsole, the Tecton X is HOKA's first trail shoe to
incorporate dynamically propulsive, dual parallel carbon fibre plates.

Our Sportsshoes CTO Jon Cleaver has been busy putting the HOKA Tecton X Trail
Running shoes
to the test;
“As a fan of the HOKA Speed Goat, this shoe got me very excited and I was looking
forward to giving it a test. First impressions; It felt very light and I love the orange
colourway and detail of the jacquard upper. I had to try on a 9 and 9.5 UK a few
times to understand which was the right fit for me. In the end I went for a lightly
roomier feel in the toe box and went half a size up than I normally would. This is a
personal preference based on comfort, control and feel on the trail.”

TEST 1: 6 miles, 1000ft around Worsthorne, in Lancashire (gravel/rocky
sections, moorland and some tarmac).
I expected the fast springy feel of a carbon road shoe with some grip but that’s not
the case. The carbon plates are designed to help you roll through your gait with ease
rather than propel you forwards. The heel to toe drop differential compared to the
Speed Goat was noticeable and felt somewhat more stable.
Of all the off road terrain, the Tecton X excelled the most over the rock and gravel,
with sure-footed climbing and descending coming easily and at speed. On the road
they moved well and could see them taking on short tarmac sections with ease. They
don't have the same spongy feel as the Speed Goat, but it wasn’t noticeably
uncomfortable either. I got more of a feel for the tacky grip on the tarmac, but we’ll
come onto that later.

Where this shoe struggles is unsurprisingly across the moorland, especially in wet
and muddy conditions. Given the lug depth you can find yourself nervously losing
grip and slipping, however, on the dry hard-packed mud they perform brilliantly, so
great when the sun has had its hat on for a while and baked the fells!
One thing that’s quite noticeable is they feel very breathable and I think that’s due to
the design of the tongue and upper material which allows heat and moisture to
escape effectively.
Summary from the first test - very pleased and looking forward to racing in them for
my next run!
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X trail running shoe click here.

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