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Like its predecessor, the sequel to the Carbon X shoe by HOKA ONE ONE has a mission: to break records. And just like its predecessor did.
In 2019 HOKA released six elite runners with their latest shoe, the Carbon X. The idea was to promote the shoe’s high technology through knock down a sacred running record: Nao Kazami’s 100K brand.
But while the team fell just short of Kazami, Project Carbon X still proved to be a success. Jim Walmsley piloted the new kicks in the record books of Breaking Bruce Fordyce 36 year old fastest 50 mile time.
And despite the trials and difficulties imposed by COVID-19, HOKA set out to do it again. This time it started the Carbon X 2 project. It’s a new shoe with the same idea, the same mileage, and an additional goal: see if anyone can break the 6-hour mark.
And while the fleet of runners failed to topple Kazami’s record again, Walmsley brought his HOKAs to victory again. This time the 31-year-old ultra runner from Arizona broke the American 100 km record, which was previously held by Max King, with a time of 6 hours, 9 minutes and 26 seconds.
“Only 11 men in history have ever broken 6 hours and 20 minutes in the 100 km distance. Guess where we are aiming? “Walmsley teased on Instagram before his race.
Walmsley ended 2018 just 11 seconds behind Kazami’s time. Walmsley’s successes so far include winning western states in 2018 and 2019, and he holds the current course record.
Carbon X 2 project
Contrasted with the pomp and circumstance of the original Carbon X project this year’s event Isolation required and no crowds. On January 23, a field of 20 elite runners – 14 men and 6 women – tackled the race against time in Chandler, Arizona, running in and around Wild Horse Pass Motor Sports Park.
Walmsley Rajpaul Pannu (6:28:31) and Kris Brown (6:39:14) followed on the men’s podium. In the women’s category, Audrey Tanguy (7:40:36), Nicole Monette (7:43:18) and Courtney Olsen (7:55:11) finished 1: 2: 3 and remained behind Tomoe Abe’s world record (6): 33:11) and Ann Trason’s US record (7:00:48).
HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X 2
The Carbon X 2 literally follows in the footsteps of the original Carbon X as a custom-made distance racing shoe.
This time around, HOKA updated the shoe with a “simplified” mesh upper, which the brand says improves breathability. It also uses lighter foam on the sole, a new PROFLY midsole material for better cushioning and a brand new carbon plate.
The Carbon X 2 shoes weigh 8.4 ounces, shave a few grams off the originals, and have a 5mm drop. You can get it Carbon X 2 in the Men’s and Ladies now for $ 180.
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