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