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Womens Hoka Mafate Speed 3

Womens Hoka Mafate Speed 3
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Mainly just a cosmetic update to the previous generation model, the Matafe Speed 3 remains a maximal cushioned off-road model that perfect for many mile on uneven terrain. Able to soak up the impact and undulations the shoe is a nice place to be on rough ground.

Womens Hoka Mafate Speed 3

Mainly just a cosmetic update to the previous generation model, the Matafe Speed 3 remains a maximal cushioned off-road model that perfect for many mile on uneven terrain. Able to soak up the impact and undulations the shoe is a nice place to be on rough ground.

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Our verdict

A good shoe for those that spend most days on the trails and want an everyday off-load shoe. Also a great ultra contender. Performs very well in all areas, good cushioning and grip and excellent all-round comfort. A little bulky, but that's the price to pay for this level of cushioning.

  • Positive
  • Excellent cushioning
  • Excellent traction
  • All-day comfort
  • Negative
  • A little bulky

First impressions

Updated upper both cosmetically and in some of the materials used instantly give the shoe a striking apperance. It looks good. and fits well. Midsole and outsole remain unchanged and that's fine by us; it does a good job so there's really no need to change it.

Midsole

EVA and rubberised EVA combination midsole material provides a nice feel of soft cushioning on step in, combined with long term comfort on the run. It's a durable combination and works suprisingly well for what these days is a rather primative approach to cushioning. That said, no compaints from testers even after their longest runs in a wide variety of conditions.

Upper

A cosmetically updated upper that uses some new materials, but really isn't too different to the previous model. Vivid colours and design make the shoe stand out, but as you step in it fits very well and the premium price tag is justified by the good quality finish. Feels snug and secure while having a nicely balanced amount of padding for comfort. Now uses more recycled materail in the upper too!

Sole

The 5mm deep Vibram outsole provides excellent traction on most surfaces. It's at its best on woodland paths and gravel trails, ok in the mud as long as it's not too deep and even does an ok job on the roads. 

Conclusion

For mile after mile of comort away from the roads, the Mafate is a great option. The cushioing is comfortable and durable and the Vibram outsole does a great job on any surface. Fit is excellent and the upper now uses a recycled material. For fans of the brand it's probably their best off-roader and for those wanting a shoe for off-road ultras then it's a good option.

Technical info

 

  • Lightweight, compressed EVA midsole provides comfort for the EVA and Rubberised EVA combination
  • Vibram® Megagrip hi-traction outsole compound

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Shoe details

Gender Womens
Year 2021
Season Spring/Summer
Current model
Release date 2021
MSRP $0.00
Weight 9.4oz / 269g
Heal Drop 4mm

Suitabilty

Off Road Use
Short Trail
Long Trail
Adventure
Shoe Type
Trail
Racer
Surfaces
Light Trail
Trail
Weight
Light
Regular
Heavy