HOKA Cielo Road Video Review: Ideal 10K Race Day Shoes

This race day shoe delivers epic speed over 5K & 10K distances BUT how does it stack up in terms of comfort? Watch our video to find out!


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In today’s video shoe review, I’m taking a look at some of HOKAs latest innovations in this race day running shoe for short distances that promises to level up your performance.

After reviewing the new Cielo X1 (HOKA’s latest marathon race day super shoe) earlier this week – I just had to get my hands on the Cielo Road to see how these two race day shoes stack up against each other.

So, in this HOKA Cielo Road review I put it under the metaphorical microscope, to see just how fast it is for a non carbon fiber plate running shoe, and at what cost that speed comes.

HOKA Cielo Road key specifications

  • Price: $160 at hoka.com (only available as all-gender style and design)
  • Weight: 7.1oz (201g) for a size US(M)9
  • Drop: 3mm
  • Midsole: Engineered with PEBA foam for responsiveness with a minimalistic, cushioned feel
  • Upper: Lightweight, breathable knit with minimal overlays for a snug, airy fit
  • Outsole: Durable rubber with strategic grip patterns for superior traction in wet and dry conditions
  • Best For: Speed training, racing up to 10K distances, and runners seeking a low-drop, fast shoe

The HOKA Cielo Road is designed for those who live in the fast lane, aiming to push the boundaries of speed and performance.

It’s built for the race day warrior looking to crush their personal bests, particularly in the 5K to 10K range.

But does it deliver the cutting-edge speed and unparalleled comfort it promises? Watch my HOKA Cielo Road video review to find out if this shoe has what it takes to earn a spot in your racing lineup.

HOKA Buying Guides:

Here’s a quick summary of this HOKA Cielo Road video review

The HOKA Cielo Road shines with its ultra-responsive midsole and featherlight construction, encouraging a fast, forward-leaning running posture.

The innovative low-drop design demands more from your calves but rewards you with exhilarating speed and better biomechanics over time. The breathable knit upper and minimalistic design ensure your feet remain cool and locked in, even as you push the pace.


  • The responsive low-profile PEBA foam midsole with 3mm drop encourages a quick, efficient stride.
  • Despite its focus on speed, it offers surprising underfoot cushioning for a racing shoe that weighs a mere 7.1oz (201g) for a size US(M)9.
  • Outsole provides excellent traction in various conditions, ensuring confidence on every turn.


  • The low drop may require an adjustment period for those not accustomed to it.
  • Best suited for races up to 10K due to its firm, responsive nature.
As the founder of Trail & Kale, and seasoned marathoner & ultrarunner, Alastair loves bringing our readers independent running shoe reviews and gear insights to help you run your best. Learn more about Trail & Kale here.


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