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The Long-Awaited Hoka Tecton X is Finally Here

Hoka’s newest trail running shoe has two carbon-fiber plates in the midsole, so we cut it open to show you how they work.

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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).”

Hoka Tecton X

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