The Hoka Tecton X is an exciting new shoe that contains two carbon-fiber plates. We wanted to see the construction of the plates because World Athletics regulations require that any parts of a “rigid structure” must be in one plane—they can’t be stacked. In addition to cutting the shoe open, our wear-test team is putting in mileage to see how it performs on the trail. Two of our testers took the Tecton X straight out of the box and ran 50Ks. We’ve found that the shoe excels in most conditions, especially on well-groomed trails, but testers wished the traction had a bit more bite on wet rocks.
“This was a lighter weight shoe, yet it felt pretty durable and stable,” one tester told us. “Although it’s a trail shoe, it feels good on many surfaces (road, grass, trail).”
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