Regular training, long, slow training runs, speedwork on flat surfaces, ultra distances, 50 miles and greater
Best for moderate trails, technical trails, rocky areas, muddy areas, through creeks and streams, through snowy or icy sections
The Speedgoat 4 provides excellent grip and traction on all kind of terrains and surfaces
The Speedgoat 4 is maximally cushioned
Pros and cons according to our running expert
- Can handle great range of trail from moderate to technical
- Superior grip
- Well-balanced cushioning
- Excellent toe bumper
- While it can handle flat trails, it may be too bulky for that use
- Some may consider the shoe too heavy
The Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 is unique in that combines strong protection and dynamic cushioning in a shoe with limitless uses for trail runners.
The Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 has improved on its debut model that received acclaim from the trail and ultra running community.
The Speedgoat 4 is maximally cushioned
Not particularly stable
Of course the Speedgoat was designed based on the vision of and input from the winningest 100-miler runner of all-time, Karl Meltzer.
In the fourth edition, the Speedgoats have better traction, more reliable durability and an improved fit since the debut model.
The 4mm drop is an average weight for a shoe in its maximalist class: 9.2 ounces for women and 10.8 ounces for men.
In this version, HOKA created a wider, more accommodating toe box to improve an already comfortable fit.
The Speedgoat 4 has a Vibram MegaGrip outsole for traction on pretty much any surface, wet or dry.
Like all HOKAs, the Speedgoats use a midsole foam to provide cushioning throughout your run.
According to HOKA, this version of the EVA foam is lighter and more responsive than previous versions, while delivering the same amount of cushioning.
One of the few changes from the Speedgoat 3 is the change in the waterproofing. The 3s had a version that used HOKA’s Skyshell bootie to keep feet dry.
Meanwhile, the 4s were upgraded to a GORE-TEX liner that protects feet and socks from getting wet.
I tested this out on several train runs, galloping through puddles and small streams. I did not feel any water break through the shoe and the outsides dried quickly.
Like the Speedgoat 3s, the molded 5mm rubber lugs are magnificent at traversing whatever the trails have to offer.
From soft dirt to wet rocks to rooty trails, the 4s handle everything with ease and protect the runners’ feet.
It appears that the heel collar is less padded than previous models but it did not affect my performance, its comfort or ability to protect me.
At 50-plus miles, the Speedgoats show zero wear and tear — just some dirt that is along for the ride.
Its outsole is durable and offers plenty of traction so you don’t have to worry about that wet rock, jagged tree root or whatever else stands in the way.
The Speedgoat 4’s redesigned upper is more rugged and breathable than previous models. HOKA uses a tight weave to prevent trail debris from getting into the shoe.
Additionally, the midfoot’s overlays create additional structure and support. That all adds up to a durable shoe that you can count on for hundreds of glorious miles on the trails.
For daily training on moderate to technical trails, the Speedgoats are an excellent choice. I’ve cited their comfort, stability, protection and more.
They offer a proper amount of response and can handle a wide variety of terrain.
When a runner wants to zip down the trails — especially during a race on a flat, fast surface — I would recommend a shoe more built to those specifications.
While the Speedgoat could certainly work in those instances, I would opt for a speedier, lighter shoe like the Nike Kiger 5.
In my experience in the trail and ultra world, there are more cases in which I would reach for my Speedgoats than the Kigers.
But having both in your closet would set you up well for daily training and most trails for the Speedgoats, with the option of pulling out the Kigers for a speed workout or race on a fast, flat or basic trail.
Those who purchase the Speedgoat 4 will find that they can unbox it and go. They will feel the comfort of the shoe immediately. Part of the reason for this is HOKA’s midsole which is stacked high.
While the shoes may look large — as nearly all HOKAs do — they do not feel bulky. Any stiffness that a wearer will experience pays off when they hit rocky or rugged terrain.
With the Speedgoats, runners can easily cruise through trail sections that threaten causing ankle-rolling issues in lesser shoes.
After all, shoes that are more flexible increase the pounding on muscles, tendons and ligaments as they try to keep up with uneven trails.
You won’t have that issue with the Speedgoats, which means that you will be able to recover more quickly, get on with the rest of your life and be prepared to run again when the training or racing schedule dictates.
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What does HOKA ONE ONE do when one of their popular models is already well-received? Improve it slightly without detracting from what trail runner appreciate in their shoes.
In the case of the Speedgoat 4, there are minimal changes from the third-generation model. First, as mentioned previously, the toe box is roomier.
Minor changes in the Speedgoat 4s include a slightly heavier weight than the Speedgoat 3 but it is generally not noticeable to the runner.
Both versions also have mesh uppers though they are a bit different.
I seem to have become a HOKA convert, choosing to wear them more frequently when I am not testing and reviewing other shoes.
I find their approach to daily training to be exactly what I need in order to let me run effectively and recover easily.
Looking ahead, I will continue to use the Speedgoats for trail training. I can also see myself using them in races.
While I will likely pick a shoe built more for pure speed for an upcoming flat and fast trail half marathon, I expect to lace up the Speedgoats for a 50K in spring that will offer more technical trails, tricky footing and sections of rock.
I know I will be able to count on the comfort, stability and protection — including the enhanced toe box — for a great race.
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DIY soaps are a great gift idea for Valentine’s Day of actually any time and any season of the year!
There are tons of cute ways you can customize or design your DIY soap!
Check out these 20 Valentine soap recipes that don’t just look amazing but also smell amazing, of course!
The chocolate truffle Valentine soap caught my attention.
I’m so excited to make it that I can already smell the sweet chocolate aroma! LOL!
Vanilla Rose Soap by A Pumpkin And A Princess
Romantic Rose Gold Melt And Pour Bars by Soap Queen
Love Lines Valentine Soap by Humble Bee And Me
Easy DIY Macaron Soaps by Happiness Is Homemade
Melt And Pour Chocolate Truffle Soap by Dream A Little Bigger
Embedded Melt And Pour Heart Soap by Your Beauty Blog
White Chocolate Bath Melts by Bit Square Blog
Coconut Milk Soap With Lavender by Your Beauty Blog
Conversation Heart Soap Pops by A Kailo Chic Life
Strawberry And Chocolate Fudge Sugar Scrub Bars by Soap Deli News
Marbled Goat Milk Soap by Fiber Artsy
Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap by Humble Bee And Me
Valentine Soap With Hearts Recipe by The Nerdy Farm Wife
Rose Geranium Soap by Lovely Greens
Cranberry Pomegranate X and O Soap by Happiness Is Homemade
DIY Shimmering Gold Soap by A Pumpkin And A Princess
Melt and Pour Rose Scented Soap With Glycerin Goat’s Milk by Happy Deal Happy Day
Homemade Sugar Scrub Bars by The Centsable Shoppin
Hot Chocolate Soap by Humble Bee And Me
Sparkling Strawberry Melt And Pour Bars by Soap Queen
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Did you update your bathroom? Revamp your kitchen? Install new flooring? We would love to share your project, big or small! Send us what you did and our editorial team will consider it for our “My Fresh Home” series, which will be published every Thursday. Check out our submission instructions at the bottom of the page.
Today we want to share a story from Freshome reader Nathan, who extended his driveway to better fit two cars:
This is my house on Google images. Look at how the cars are squeezed together… and on the grass. It’s not pretty.
Single driveways can be a real pain when there are multiple drivers in a household. We had this kind of driveway for over three years, and in order to park side-by-side, we had to squeeze our cars in together at the end, on top of grass and tree roots. I tried laying down some gravel, but it wasn’t the solution we needed. All we wanted was to be able to park two cars side by side and keep the street clear of our vehicles – we decided to pull the trigger and extend our driveway.
Step 1: Find Company
The first thing I had to do was figure out what types of companies would do this work. I called a contractor buddy of mine, and he told me that anyone who does cement would likely be able to help with my driveway (and for once, he was right). Then, I did what most people do these days – I went online. I filled out a few leads on sites like HomeAdvisor, but I was never contacted. I was only ever contacted by local businesses, which I found on Google.
Step 2: Get Quotes
The next step was to have the companies come to my house and give me an estimate. Because I work full time, the guys called me during the process, instead of having me physically be there. I explained what I wanted, and they were able to provide quotes.
I received two quotes – one for $4,500, and one for $5,375. Both were higher than I was looking to pay. Then, while driving home from work soon after, I ended up being behind a truck with a big sign that said “Torres Cement – Driveways, etc., etc.” with a phone number. I thought, “what the heck”, and gave the guy a call. Long story short, they gave me an estimate for $2,500, and we had a deal.
Step 3: Finalize Plans
These companies are typically booked out pretty far in advance, however, it was the holidays and we weren’t in a rush, so we decided to start the first week of January. But before anything could begin, I had to talk to my neighbor, because he had a tree with roots growing into my yard and under my driveway. In order to extend the driveway, those roots were going to have to go. Thankfully, he wasn’t worried about it, so we had the green light to get started. The grading and other prep work for the driveway extension only took one day.
When I got home from work that first day, my neighbor, who used to work in grading, was worried that because of how his yard is sloped, we were going to have to put in a retaining wall. The contractor and I tried to convince him that the issue could be resolved with another foot or so of slope, but he was convinced otherwise.
I made the call (after consulting the boss – my wife) to put in the wall, which cost another $1,000. You can see in the next image what I’m talking about. While I wish I would have known about this before we started, neither of the other quotes had mentioned a wall either, and Cruz, the cement guy, was helpful in figuring out a solution.
We chose grey bricks for the wall. The cement was poured, the wall was constructed, and the project was completed by the end of day two. The only downside was that we couldn’t drive on the new pavement for three days.
All things considered, we’re really happy with how the project turned out. My wife and I can park side by side, and no one has to park in the grass (which often turned to mud) and roots.
Cars parked easily!
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Just ask any parent and they will tell you that toddlers can get out many toys in a short period of time. But putting them away is another matter.
Help your little one learn how to get organized so you can make the job of cleaning up something he can do with relative ease. You can even help make cleaning up his toys fun.
Put out boxes for all the LEGOs to go in one place and all the Lincoln Logs to go in another. This way he can just throw them in. He can learn that when he is finished playing with them, they have a place to go. Do not get them all out at one time or the job is much more difficult for you as well as for him.
Try to find a shelf or make one out of boxes for his books. He will learn that the books go on this one specific shelf.
Put up a couple of hooks where he can hang his jacket and perhaps his pajamas each morning. This is also part of getting organized.
Each day before nap time or bedtime, have a quick pick-up time. Several quick pick-up times during the day make it a lot easier in the evening.
Everything doesn’t need to be spotless, but he does need to learn to get organized as he grows older. He will be expected to help pick up when he is at school and that isn’t very far away. Learning how to be organized, like most things, begins at home.
The child who learns to be organized will do better in school. Actually, we can all use a bit of help in becoming organized.
There are many small thoughts on parenting that are unlikely to make an entire article. To help get these ideas out, we are including a few parenting hints to go along with this weekly article.
Parenting Hint No. 1
If you would like to enjoy your evening out at the restaurant, consider feeding your little one at home. Then just bring snacks and toys. It makes life easier and dinner better.
Parenting Hint No. 2
Humor catches a child off guard and can certainly get her attention. It sometimes gives her another chance to do the right thing. Instead of deciding to fight you, she laughs with you. There are plenty of times when you need to be firm and harsh. Take advantage of the times when it is appropriate to laugh and be funny and still get the job done.
Parenting Hint No. 3
You may not realize it but you probably have a magic timer in your kitchen. A kitchen timer is a great tool for parents.
For some reason, small children are less likely to argue with the timer. This gives you a great opportunity to use a magic timer. Use it to warn your little one that bedtime is near or that it is time to share a toy with his younger sibling or playmate.
You can even take it to the park to show your child that there are 5 minutes left to play. It will feel like magic.
Cynthia Martin is the founder of the First Teacher program and former executive director of Parenting Matters Foundation, which publishes newsletters for parents, caregivers and grandparents. To reach interim First Teacher Executive Director Patty Waite, email [email protected] or call 360-681-2250.
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Most parents want to find those great gifts for under the tree… that kids love… and foster learning for parents too. Experts say when crossing things off your kids wish list, try to find toys that foster learning. Finding toys, however, that are educational and fun can be challenging.
Sarah Toups with Learning Express Toys of Shreveport shared some unique, educational holiday gift ideas.
The first is the Pop Pop Piano. It’s a small piano like toy with balls that lift into the air under a plastic dome when a key is pressed. It’s designed to develop a baby’s cognitive skills, visual perception, motor skills, and reaching skills. It’s also easy to clean.
The Airfort, which is a blow-up fort that expands by simply attaching to a box fan, simulates pretend play which promotes creativity, problem solving, leadership and increases language skills.
The Pogo Jumper allows kids to bounce while improving core strength. Core strength is crucial to all fine motor skills including handwriting. It helps with visual processing, self-regulation and weight shifting.
This next toy can help people of all ages from toddlers to even the elderly. Thinking Putty improves strength in hands, forearms, tendons and fingers for pinching and gripping. It also relieves arthritis pain and can be a huge stress reliever. Some experts believe playing with putty can stave off cognitive decline like dementia.
Melissa and Doug Motor Skills puzzle allows kids to learn hand-eye coordination, enhance memory, strategy and efficiency along with all of the gross and fine motor skill benefits.
Lastly the Talking Cash Register has all the pretend play benefits and it helps children practice early math and money skills while learning about the different coins and bills.
You can find more about each of these gifts at the Learning Express Toys of Shreveport on Line Avenue.
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