The Speedgoat 5’s upper has a double layered jacquard mesh with a stretch front vamp and, interestingly, is partially recycled. The toe cap has a nice overlay with good breathability through the toebox for those hot summer temperatures. No doubt the upper highlight is the heel counter-tab combo. Elf flare all the way! And Hoka decided to add some extra cushion goodness in 2022 for that bear hug effect on your achilles tendon.
You need to be careful, however, if you have wide feet. Although I like a snug fit in the toe box when racing, my pinky toe on the lateral side of the shoe was slightly cramped. That being said, with the semi-gusseted tongue, wide flared heel counter—which has just the right amount of padding, and good lace lockdown, this trail shoe wraps around your foot and provides a snug fit. I love it!