Introducing the Cielo X1, HOKA's highest energy return shoe built for race day speed. Designed with dynamic cut outs, a winged carbon fibre plate and two layers of resilient PEBA foam.
Hoka Unisex Cielo X 1
The Hoka Cielo X 1 features a dual density PEBA midsole, with two layers of the soft, bouncy, and lightweight foam sandwiching the plate.
A new winged carbon fibre plate is shaped so that it doesn’t just offer dynamic propulsion, it also adds stability, giving you a pop of energy and an efficient stride.
Dynamic cut outs through the outsole/midsole save weight in areas they are not needed, while a rubber outsole affords high traction.
The knit upper and collar provide lightweight breathability, while an asymmetrical gusseted knit tongue gives easy entry, and the essential locked in feel.
They create the firmer feel that fast racers are looking for and help to guide the foot through your stride, providing a touch of extra support. They can also help create a rocker feel, with the stiffness allowing the shoe to pivot – as the toe goes down, the heel must come up, easing you into your next stride.
Although stiff, they do flex, providing an energised pop of forward momentum as the plate fights to retain its shape.
Each brand, and almost every shoe, uses a plate differently. Different shapes, thicknesses, and designs are used to prioritise a different aspect of performance. Some aim exclusively to guide the stride, while others focus solely on propulsion.
Where others follow, HOKA lead. Originally intending to improve downhill traction and stability, HOKA discovered a formula for success across any terrain that has been replicated across many other brands. It also made this relative newcomer a big hitter in the running shoe market.
Start with a supremely cushioned midsole, offering marshmallow softness, shock absorption, comfort, and support at varying levels across the range. Then apply the Meta-Rocker. Designed to drive runners forward, this shaped underfoot geometry complements the natural gait cycle – by curving the shoe at the toe and heel, it ensures a smooth transition from impact to toe off. Lastly, the Active Foot Frame functions like a bucket seat in a car, cradling the heel and offering a secure feel across the foot.
The first thing you notice picking up a HOKA is how light they feel: despite the deep cushioned midsole, they have an almost weightless build. Combine that featherlight feel with the propulsive foam and forward geometry, and you get a sensation of pure speed. As HOKA would say, “Time to Fly”.
• Stack height: 39 – 32mm
• Offset: 7mm
• Knit upper
• Dual density PEBA midsole
• Winged carbon fibre plate
• Rubber outsole
- Quick Ref: 1009697
- Man. Ref: 1147910-ENN
It might say road, but we don’t just mean pounding closed-off streets on race day. Road shoes are predominantly for the pavement.
They feature flat rubber traction for confident footing in the city and enhanced cushioning to soak up the strain of every stride.
Best for Race Day
Race day shoes have two priorities: lightness and propulsion.
Outsole rubber is traditionally the heaviest component of any running shoe, so race day shoes use lighter compounds of rubber, thinner layers, and targeted placement to reduce weight where it really counts. A super-thin upper with minimal overlays saves additional grams for a lightweight feel up top.
To help build your speed, propulsive midsole foams often combine with internal plates to give you the edge and drive you across the line.
Stripped back and powerful, race day shoes are not built to be as durable as daily mileage trainers.
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