Hoka stages Cielo X1 sneaker speed test

Hoka stages Cielo X1 sneaker speed test
The ultra-propulsive Cielo X1 is the ultimate road-racing shoe for the most discerning athletes. 

Registered runners were recently able to experience the all-new Cielo X1, trying to beat their personal best by going faster using Hoka’s highest-energy return shoe. Designed with insights and feedback from the Hoka roster of elite athletes, the ultra-propulsive Cielo X1 is the ultimate road-racing shoe for the most discerning athletes. 

Harnessing the brand ethos of delivering joyful performance with an exciting push toward speed, the Cielo X1 encompasses the brand’s best race day learnings to provide a reliable and trustworthy shoe that athletes can feel confident stepping into. Featuring cutting-edge technologies that front-of-the-pack athletes require on their most important race days, Hoka enlisted signature design elements that supports stability and control when running at top speeds. The Cielo X1 is an innovative, ultra-fast offering within the competitive running space in which everyone can feel race day ready.

The Hoka product team created this pinnacle race day shoe by integrating advanced geometry, plate technology and foam compounds, while eliminating things that didn’t enhance the ride. These innovations include an exaggerated new rocker profile, asymmetrical Active Foot Frame, dynamic winged carbon fiber plate, and an aggressively cored out midsole, which come together to create a light, fast, dynamic and stable ride.

Providing a racing experience like no other, the Cielo X1 midsole employs an early stage MetaRocker designed to move people forward in stride, while the upgraded carbon fiber plate captures the foot at faster speeds, through asymmetrical wings that wrap up medially and laterally. Featuring a ProFlyX midsole construction, the carbon plate is nestled between two layers of responsive PEBA foam for our highest-energy return shoe. The softer layer directly underfoot provides comfort, while the firmer bottom layer provides a resilient source of power, with speed-focused geometries incorporated throughout. Strategic rubber coverage was incorporated on high-traction areas of the outsole for maximum durability and control.

An all-new engineered knit upper provides a lightweight, breathable foot-hugging fit while the asymmetrical gusseted knit tongue enables easy entry and a race-ready lockdown. Weighing 7.4 oz for a Women's size 8 and 9.3 oz for a Men's size 10, with a 40 mm stack height and 7mm drop, the Cielo X1 is World Athletics approved.

"The Cielo X1 was crafted with a hyperfocus on its dynamic plated midsole system. The new innovative plate shape leverages the extremes of geometry, along with a forefoot rocker that will propel you forward in your stride. We’re bringing the heat to the carbon plated “space-race", said Colin Ingram, Vice President of Product and Apparel at Hoka. "Our team put the Cielo X1 to the test with our Hoka athletes to craft a pinnacle race offering that we believe has podiums and PRs written all over its future. We can’t wait to get the Cielo X1 out there on the roads for everyone to try."

The Cielo X1 has been in testing by Hoka elite athletes, landing impressive results across a variety of road distances, and is expected to continue to making its mark in future races. Notable results include Hoka Northern Arizona Elite (NAZ) member Wesley Kiptoo making his marathon distance debut at the Chicago Marathon, crossing the finish line in 2:10:28. Fellow Hoka NAZ Elite member Kellyn Taylor won the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon qualifying for the 2024 US Olympics Marathon Trials in 1:11:40, and teammate Alice Wright placed third. Hoka athlete and Olympian Rachel Smith placed second at the USATF Road 5K Championships running 15:27.

The Hoka Cielo X1 Speed Test will happen for two more Sundays (February 18 and 25) at the Ayala Triangle Gardens during Ayala Car-free Sundays at 6 a.m.). The runner with the most improved time will get to a pair of Cielo X1. 

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