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Our verdict

Carbon plate meets max cushioning for the masses. Needs a little time to adapt to the ride but Hoka fans will love it.

  • Positive
  • Familiar HOKA feel
  • Lots of cushioning
  • Rocker ride
  • Negative
  • Might take a little getting used to
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

Not the first shoe from HOKA to feature a carbon plate, but certainly the one that caught the imagination of the running world. The Carbon Rocket was a pure, out-and-out racer from HOKA, with this shoe being aimed at a more mainstream buyer.

The Carbon Rocket are light for most but if you need something lighter, have a look at Hoka's other carbon-plated shoe, the Hoka Carbon Rocket. If you aren't feeling brave enough to take the carbon plunge, have a look at the light and more tradional Hoka Mach 3.



Featuring the familiar maximal cushioning and rocker shape to the midsole, the addition of a carbon fibre plate is used here not to specifically add ‘spring’, but to maintain the shape of the rocker over time as usually this is lost as the foam compresses.

The exaggerated rocker that results is what takes a little time to get used to, but fans of the brand love what it brings to the party.


The upper, like many HOKA models is quite a simple affair, a single layer woven fabric mesh. It’s light and breathable and does its job.


A durable rubber clads the outsole. It also enhances the responsive feel and is also lightweight.


For ultra-distance athletes the shoe brings the latest technology in the shape of carbon plates to their collection of shoes as it does for fans of the brand generally.

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Technical info

Single Layer Mesh - For maximum ventilation.

Embroidered Reinforcements - Locks the heel in place.

Gusseted Tongue - Ensures midfoot support.

Profly X - Provides a soft, propulsive experience

Carbon Plate - Deliver a smoother transition throughout the gait cycle.

Meta-rocker - Increases running efficiency.

Profly X - Provides a soft, propulsive experience

Foam Outsole - Ensures lightweight durability.

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