HOKA Cielo X1 Video Review

The super shoe to rule them all! Well in my humble opinion anyway! The Cielo X1 outperforms HOKA's zippy Rocket X2, and provides additional layers of comfort and responsiveness.


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Welcome to our latest video review, where we dive deep into the heart of running gear to bring you the insights you need to run your best. The HOKA Cielo X2 is a shoe that’s sparked conversations and curiosity among runners seeking the ultimate race day companion.

Key Specifications:

  • Price: $275 at hoka.com (men’s and women’s)
  • Weight: 8.9oz (252g)
  • Drop: 7mm
  • Midsole: Winged carbon fiber for stability and propulsion, Dual-layer Peba foam for superior energy return
  • Upper: Breathable knit
  • Outsole: Wide footprint for added stability, and high performance zoned tread
  • Best For: Race day, intervals, tempo runs

HOKA’s most expensive offering yet promises to elevate your race day experience with its blend of speed, comfort, and efficiency. But does it live up to the hype? Watch the video to see what I discovered.

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Here’s a summary of the video review

The HOKA Cielo X2 isn’t just fast; it’s a revelation. With its aggressive rocker geometry and winged carbon plate, it propels you forward, making those long distances feel a bit less daunting. The breathable knit upper and dynamic midsole cutouts contribute to a shoe that’s not only lightweight but also incredibly comfortable over miles.


  • Blazing Fast: The combination of the rocker geometry and PeBa foam makes for an efficient, propulsive run.
  • Supreme Comfort: Despite its race-ready build, the Cielo X2 offers a comforting, snug fit thanks to its knit upper and thoughtful midsole design.
  • Stability: The winged carbon plate and wide outsole footprint provide a stable platform without compromising speed.


  • Price: At $275, it’s a significant investment, potentially out of reach for some runners.
  • Ease of Wear: Getting the shoe on can be a challenge, requiring a bit of patience and adjustment.
  • Lace Security: The unique flat, plastic laces may require double knotting to avoid coming undone mid-run.
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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