Comments: I have been wearing Asics and the Brooks beast since 1996. I am a fairly large guy for running (over 6/2, 215 Lbs). I run 5 miles every other day and I noticed the HOKA Mafate was a superior shoe in comfort, stability and recovery in everyway. They also last longer. Great job HOKA, Scale from one to ten this shoe is an eleven.
From: John. December 22nd 2015
Comments: I'll second some of the complaints-these shoes were too tight on me in my normal size. I went up a half size and with both inserts in, they feel fine. What I am very surprised about is how heavy and clunky these are. I've been running in Stinsons as of late and these feel heavier and slower. They just remind me of a traditional trail shoe but with a thicker sole. Still, I think they'd make a good 100 mile shoe for mildly technical terrain so I'm keeping them in the arsenal.
From: Brian, Shreveport, LA, USA. December 14th 2015
Comments: So far, these are my most favorite Hoka's. I recently started a new athletic thing. After 25 years of mountain biking, I am now a runner! It came about quite unexpectedly. 3 or 4 months ago, I saw these cool looking shoes on the clearance rack in a store. Like most, I could not resist the bargain and decided to try them out because the pair happened to be my size! It was fate! I googled them and found they are sophisticated running shoes and are a top choice for marathons/ultra-marathoners. The many reviews were full of stories with one main theme. Aging or injured folks who can now run or walk again after years without or constant pain thats now gone. I have not been able to run for many many years or jump. The first thing I tried was to jump up and down and I could! Usually, the pain from jarring my lower spine stopped that kind of activity right away. After a few weeks, I tried a brief run. Before, I could not run across a street to avoid a car. Now, I have slacked off on mtn biking and run half the time. It is the most wonderful feeling and it is like being a kid again. I own the Mafate speed, Bondi 3's Rap a Nui's. I recently bought an extra pair of the Mafate's! These shoes are just incredible. I can bound from log to rock and on to loose mud or gravel. The grip on all these surfaces is incredible! When I come down on arock or some wood, no problemo for my spine! I have the bulged disk, narrowing spine issues. Tremendous pain if I am not careful, so over the years I have developed unconscious methods of movement and flareups are few and far between. This is great because I have sometimes been unable to walk from the pain and I have needed spinal injections for treatment at times. Like many, I wish all the Hoka's were made wider but going 1/2 size up has provided a great fit for me. I have now bought pairs for my wife, son, daughter, daughter in-law. I am set on trying to introduce everyone to these great shoes!
From: Ross, Marin County, CA, USA. December 14th 2015
Comments: I initially bought the 10D Speedgoat to replace my 10D Conquest that fit perfectly. No way. Felt like a full size too small. Then, I just receive the 10D Mafate replacement. Still no way. I will keep them but probably need a 10.5D which makes me nervous to upsize so much since I am really used to a New Balance 9.5E.
From: SloMo, Las Vegas, NV, USA. October 23rd 2015
Comments: I couldn't be happier with these, they are great shoes, and worth every penny.
From: Anonymous. August 31st 2015
Comments: I bought this shoes thinking they are better than mafate 3's, but I had a reality crash they are comfortable and are light but nothing close to mafate 3 or as even comfortable as rapa nui 2. I'm still getting use to them, they give me blisters and the thin tongue and shoe lace don't help at all for the overall comfortness of the shoe. This is not the best hoka shoe i have worn there are just as bad as the bondi 2 when i first bought bondi 2 they gave me back and knee pain and i always have to be making shoe they are tight and not so tihgt either so yeah give these shoes a 2 out 5 for not so comfy and not enough padding around the anckle and top of my foot, which means more padding on tongue i'm looking forward to trying out the mafate 4 cuz they look similar like the mafate 3 and have lots of padding. But for now I bought another pair of rapa nui 2 so i'll stick to those for the next few months. THe thing I like about rapa nui 2 is that as the shoe wears out they feel even more comfortable so I got my eye on the speed goat's also....
From: Berniebear. July 27th 2015
Comments: I am a frequent marathon/ultramarathon runner and will do 70-100k training run every week beside cycling and other sports. I am 5'8" and weight 152 pounds. I ordered a pair of Mafate Speed anyway despite the negative comments just so that I can complete my collection of all the current models in the Hoka range. I expect not to like them but instead I love them and they are my go to for the trail training runs these days and I will be using them as part of the rotation for the Taiwan Ultra 100K. I do not find them too narrow and I prefer the slightly firmer ride compared to the way too soft Stintson ATR (which are great for the closing 10-20k of an ultra) I even love the thin tougue as they do not collect moisture and also the quick laces works great, so I guess I am in the minority here.
From: Ironminh, Hong Kong. July 20th 2015
Comments: Being a big fan of Hoka, a large framed athlete, and have had back and knee issues, the Mafate 3's were amazing. The back and knee pain have gone away and the Mafate 3's carried me through 9 months of training, and IRONMAN Chattanooga finish with absolutely no problems. Was excited to try out the new Mafate speeds, but when they showed up and were put to the test, I was a bit disappointed. The specs for both shoes show 35mm sole, however the speeds feel nowhere near as cushioned as the 3's. The speeds also do not roll forward on the forefoot when in stride like the 3's. I definitely miss the padded tongue of the 3's, as to I can also feel the laces digging in to the top of my foot. Also what happened to the extra pair of laces. Still like the speeds, and will continue to use them unless the back and knee pain come back. Trying to locate a new pair of 3's just in case, but sold out......UGH.
From: Matt, Coal Valley, IL, USA. March 29th 2015
Comments: Bought these in hopes of using them for ultra training and racing. Loved the cushioning but the ankle cuff on this show was much too high. It was digging into my ankle. The toe box also seems a bit narrow on the Hoka's; the outside of my little toe was tight up against the edge - a guaranteed blister if I had run long in them. Returned.
From: James. March 12th 2015
Comments: A bit disappointed in what I expected out of these Mafate Speeds. The cushioning is nowhere near the Stinson ATR but also not as stiff as the Rapa Nui 2. I took these out on a 23 mile run and with the stiffness, I was not ready to go all-out down hills. These may be relegated to training and/or medium range duty. They also did not come with spare laces, so I had to snag them from an old pair of running shoes when I re-laced my shoes. The shoe is narrow but the right type of lacing can help - look up "how to lace running shoes site:active.com".
From: Anonymous. February 25th 2015
Comments: This is my 4th pair of Hokas (first Mufate Speeds) I like them except for the fact that my outer ankle rides on the top of the shoe therefore making my ankle extremely sore. I'm on the way to a shoe shop to see if I can have it corrected. If not they will be retired. In 2 weeks I'll run my 2nd 50k in this pair and I don't know if I can make it unless they're fixed. I don't know if it's the lack of padding at that spot or the shape and design in that area. Very disappointed.
From: Robert, Oxford, AL, USA. February 16th 2015
Comments: I've always been a fan of Mafate but I'm disappointed with the Mafate Speed. The Mafate Speed is WAY TOO NARROW. And yes it does have an odd long toe box. Not comfortable at all running downhill as the older Mafates were. The tongue is paper-thin and I can feel the shoe laces digging into the top of my foot. Uppers are also paper thin. I ran 6 miles in them today right out of the box and they won't be running 28 miles with me tomorrow, or any other time. I'll use my older Mafates for that job. Sadly, these shoes will be retired to gardening use.
From: Anonymous, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA. January 9th 2015
Comments: I'm a huge Hoka fan and these shoes disappointed. The only thing I like is the rugged and lugged outsole. The shoes are too narrow and have an odd long toe box. I've tried all the laces and still cannot get a snug fit in the heel. They have a large stack height, but dense firm midsole. Thus you get lots of weight, no trail feel, and little Hoka softness for descents. These would make a decent hiking shoe but are not good for running. Love my Stinson and Rapa Nui 2 however.
From: Anonymous. Camarillo, CA, USA. December 22nd 2014
Comments: really thought I would not like this shoe since I am a big fan of the Clifton and Huaka. However, with my knees and legs feeling bad due to doing speed work this shoe made my recovery run feel great. The spring to the midsole is great and the shoe feels and runs lighter than it appears. Does run a bit on the narrow side which is great since I have narrow feet. My wife loves hers and uses them for walks and hikes. My one beef for a 170 dollar shoe you think HOKA could have provide laces. I got them with the Huaka. What gives with this?
From: George, Manteca, CA, USA. July 26th 2014