For years now, the competitive runner seeking a HOKA road racing flat had one option: the Tracer. It was light and cushioned, but compared to a lot of the flats on the market, it was a little bit too much shoe — especially for shorter distances. Now with the help and feedback of several elite HOKA athletes, we are seeing two new racing flats enter the market, which should give runners even more options come race day. If you’re seeking the stiffer and more responsive of the two flats, you’ll want to take a look at the Carbon Rocket.

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In order to create light and responsive cushioning, the Carbon Rocket features a Pro-Fly midsole design. Pro-Fly offers a softer feel in the heel for plush cushioning on impact as well as a firmer sensation in the forefoot for a springy toe-off. Paired with a full-length carbon fiber plate, this shoe is built to deliver a bouncy ride with plenty of torsional rigidity.

On the outsole, a thin layer of rubberized foam is used to enhance responsiveness further while keeping weight down. With strategic rubber placement in the forefoot and heel, this shoe provides optimal durability in the highest wear areas while offering enough traction to perform well on race day.

The Carbon Rocket is finished off with a lightweight, breathable mesh upper. The simple design is somewhat soft and should help create a nearly seamless on-foot experience. The fit is snug and will easily keep your foot locked in place on tighter turns at faster paces.

Bottom Line
The HOKA ONE ONE Evo Carbon Rocket is an aggressive yet cushioned racing flat that will excel at 5k to 10k races. The full-length carbon fiber plate makes for a highly responsive ride that will give this shoe a fast feel unlike any other HOKA shoe on the market.

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