Hoka Tecton X | Mens
Coined after the earth’s tectonic plates, which inspired its parallel carbon fiber plate design, the new Tecton X is poised to unleash a seismic shift in trail running. Carbon-fiber propulsion meets HOKA trail innovation in a shoe designed to make their signature smooth ride even more efficient. A blend of soft and responsive foams underfoot is designed to provide enough cushion for training miles, and enough energetic return for fast racing. Built for speed and comfort, the Vibram® Megagrip with Litebase construction outsole is designed to provide maximal confidence on tricky terrain while adding minimal weight.
CARBON FIBER PLATES | Two parallel carbon fiber plates designed to provide a propulsive, smooth stride while allowing for movement on uneven terrain
VIBRAM® MEGAGRIP WITH LITEBASE | Sticky rubber technology designed to maximize ground contact, traction and confidence on challenging terrain
PROTECTIVE TOE RAND | Designed for protection from rocks and trail debris
JACQUARD ENGINEERED MESH | Provides secure midfoot lockdown
Stack Height: 33mm heel, 29mm forefoot
Weight: 8.5 oz. / 240g
Hoka's standard width for women's models is B and for men's models, D. Their wide shoes are D width in women's models and EE for men's models.
I took the plunge after much googling and youtubing of reviews and ordered my Tecton X's from The Trail Co with a couple of weeks to spare before a hilly trail marathon (Kowen Winter Trails, near Canberra). They arrived in just a few days and I took them out straight away for a 12km evening tempo round my local reserve. First impressions - wow, they're quick! The immediate comparison that came to mind was Hoka Mach 4 (favourite road trainer) with extra punch - not quite as much as carbon plate road shoes (Saucony Endorphon Pro 2 in my case), but definitely more than I'd ever felt running on trails. They were roomy (more so than the Mach 4s, although still true to size) and I had to stop once and adjust the lacing to get proper heel lock (back eyelet at the top was all that was required). But once I hit my stride on the rolling trails they were awesome. I wasn't trying for anything particularly special, but they made me 'want' to run fast and I ended up blitzing almost 2 mins off my best time on a route I've done 200+ times! The shoes look awesome in the orange colourway, and the carbon plate is definitely noticable; fast on smooth trail - flat, up and down - but very slightly unstable on rocks and rutted sections. Not enough to need to slow down particularly, but requiring a bit more attention than I would have thought otherwise. Padding is good (not too plush; perfect for a tempo/race shoe) and the lite weight is definitely a benefit uphill. Traction was OK (a little slippage on muddy ground, although noticably less than the road shoes I usually wear) and they provided plenty of protection - legs still fresh at the end despite running hard. I did get hotspots under the ball of both feet towards the end, but that's me with most shoes and a few more runs should sort them out. Definitely looking forward to racing them in the marathon! In summary I'm very happy with this purchase and highly recommend these to anybody who wants an actual and psychological boost for fast but non-technical trail training and racing. Thanks Trail Co for the great service and the personalised note in the box too :)