One of the standout features of the Rocket X 2 is the carbon plate embedded in the midsole. The plate provides a springy, responsive feel that propels the foot forward with each stride. This plate pairs so well with the softer midsole approach, more on that in a minute. The CFP technology is now part of all elite racing shoes and is designed to maximize efficiency and speed through your gait cycle. The carbon plate is also incredibly lightweight, adding minimal weight to the shoe. A unique feature of the CFP inside the PEBA midsole is a slot cut out underneath the forefoot. This feature allows for more power generation through the toeoff at the end of the gait cyle as you transition to your next step down the road.
In addition to the carbon plate, the Rocket X 2 introduces Hoka’s new foray into the PEBA midsole game. Boasting a buttery soft 34 on the durometer scale, I’ll just say, it felt soft understep; think of New Balance Supercomp Elite. The midsole is made of a proprietary foam that is soft and responsive, providing excellent shock absorption and energy return. The Hoka Rocket X 2 midsole foam is designed to reduce fatigue and wear and tear on the legs and feet, allowing runners to maintain pace further into their marathon road races. The combination of the carbon plate and the cushioning makes for a unique and effective ride that is both fast and comfortable.