Hoka’s new Tecton X Trail Runner shakes up the scene
Recently, carbon plates have been all the rage in the running shoe scene. In trail running, however, adoption of this new technology has been slower. The North Face was a pioneer in bringing carbon fiber plates to the trails with its Flight Vectiv line, but the technology hasn’t taken the toll like we’ve seen in road racing due to the more technical terrain.
All of that could change, however, thanks to Hoka’s latest release. Designed like a running shoe and featuring two – count ’em, of them – carbon fiber parallel plates, the all-new Tecton X could be about to unleash this seismic shift in trail running innovation.
Hoka’s new shoe has a name rooted in the upheaval of the landscape
Inspired by the Earth’s tectonic plates – we see what you did there, Hoka – the Tecton X is the brand’s first carbon trail runner. Rather than using a single plate in the midsole, the Tecton X features two independent plates that run lengthwise from top to bottom of the shoe.
According to the brand, this allows runners to dynamically adapt to changing terrain, maintaining speed and responsiveness without losing stability. In a way, imagine a dual suspension system of your favorite off-road vehicle.
Tecton X midsole combines responsiveness and cushioning for versatile running
To sandwich these two carbon plates, Hoka has incorporated a dual-density foam system into its new Profly X midsole. A mix of soft, responsive foams underfoot are ready to provide plenty of cushioning for those long days. training, as well as sufficient energy return for fast runs.
To complement the midsole, the Tecton X features a Vibram Megagrip outsole with Litebase construction. This lug pattern and wider footprint can help you maximize ground contact for confident strides over challenging terrain.
A jacquard engineered mesh upper completes this latest Hoka launch, providing lightweight support and comfort that hugs your feet.
Where to buy the Tecton X
Starting today, the Tecton X is available online on Hoka’s website. At $200, this is a more expensive trail runner—but when you compare it to other carbon-plated running shoes, both c-ratings are reasonable. We’re dying to hit the trails with this innovative build to see just how revolutionary the dual carbon plate system is.
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