Johnny reviewed the original GOrun Ultra last year, so we asked him to test out the second version of the shoe. Here are his thoughts on the updates. PS – Johnny ran the Stone Mill 50 miler in these as part of the review process.
Johnny: I was a big big fan of the GOrun Ultra, so obviously I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pair when T asked me to review the GOrun Ultra 2. Skechers delivered yet another solid shoe in their star-studded line up. Tons of cushion, tons of room in the forefoot, a secure fit – NOW in a BETTER looking shoe. I’ve read that some people aren’t digging the look of the Skechers Performance line, but god damn that GOrun Ultra 2 is a good looking shoe. Aside from their updated look, the shoes handle exactly the same as their predecessors. The tread pattern is exactly the same, they’re still super lightweight, and I’d still recommend them to anyone who wants to run for hours and hours and hours.
Thomas: If you liked the first version of the shoe you will like this one, not much has changed at all. If you are new to the Ultra family, This is Skechers Max cushion shoe. It feels extra kind to your foot and joints as the cushion dampens the road and trail impact. At a price point of under $100 Skechers Ultra 2 is a good deal. When your shopping max cushion shoes like the Altra Paradigm and the Hoka One One Clifton, I recommend adding Skechers GOrun Ultra2 to your list. The Ultra works well on streets and gnarly trails. Both the Ultra 1 and the Ultra 2 weighed in at an even 10 oz., for my size 10.5.
Johnny: My only beef with the shoe is that the super soft cushy outsole wears down fairly quickly. I run a lot and I need a shoe that will take a beating and keep going. It’s a tall order, I know; but the GOrun Ultras are noticeably different after 250 miles.
Thomas: This isn’t much of an update. The love for the first one almost seems feverish as runners request more info than our review first provided. The mid-sole and outsole remain the same. If Skechers did make a change to them, I can’t feel it. The only change is to the upper, that almost looks identical other than the bright triangles that replace the fine stitching on the originals, and the overlay that wraps from the mid foot around the back of the heel to the instep. The updates themselves are not “bad,” the lack of updates to the shoe are a little disappointing.
Johnny: In addition to a roomy, well-cushioned, lightweight and good looking shoe; the Skechers GOrun Ultra 2’s won’t set you back very far. Aside from how quickly I think they wear, they’re still a freaking steal. I could have a closet full of these shoes. I will marathon in them, I will ultra in them, I will write reviews for Believe in the Run and preach the Skechers Gospel. If you’re looking for max cushioning, and don’t want to drop Hoka prices, do yourself a favor.
Thomas: This shoe is a bargain compared to it’s closest rivals. The shoe could be more breathable, and the materials could feel less bulky. Hoka has done a good job making their shoes look modern by using light weight materials in their uppers. Skechers should have taken the changes to the upper farther or called this a 1.5. Very little was changed take a look at the pics below. When we first posted this review people wanted more info on the Ultra 2 update. There just isn’t that much to tell.