Review by Johnny Lyons. Shoes provided by Skechers.
I’m a creature of habit. Set in my ways, if you will. I wear the same three t-shirts, eat the same thing for lunch, run the same running routes – any recommendation to try anything new typically goes right out the window. I have seven pairs of the same exact running shoe. Same color, same size. I know what I like and I know what works and why would I want to do something differently anyway? So, needless to say, I laughed a little when Thomas asked me to review the Skechers GOrun Ultra. Has he even met me? I know he’s a huge fan of the GOrun line, but I think that he was secretly trying to convert me. This is the same company that makes the Shape-Ups, mind you. Why on earth?
Right, so I was skeptical about the Skechers (see what I did there?), but after having my feet scream at me for 21 technical miles at Susquehanna State Park in my old trusty clunkers, I figured what the hell? I had made last minute plans that Sunday to put in a few more trail miles. I messaged Thomas and picked up the shoes that morning.
My first impressions were amazing, to say the least. It’s a good looking shoe, man. You know how hard it is to find a decent looking black athletic shoe that doesn’t look like it belongs on an elderly man with white socks pulled up to his knees? I instantly noticed the 6mm drop, but I’m used to wearing something with a more dramatic drop. My toes had room to move around and I didn’t feel any rubbing on either side. I think you sneaker-geeks call that the toe box, but I don’t want to write that in my review. I was tremendously surprised with how light-weight they were too, especially for the size of the sole. Which, by the way, they do an excellent job of hiding with the black on the top.
They tout this shoe as having 65% more cushioning than their GOrun ride, and you can feel it as soon as you put the shoe on. I ended up running 11 miles and could have easily put in more – even after 21 the day before. My feet felt protected. I was still able to tip-toe through roots, but I could also bound over rocks and just barely feel them. They dried out well through streams, laces stayed tied and tight – I even had a friend comment that I wasn’t heel striking like I had been the previous day!
I liked this shoe so much that I ended up wearing them for a 50 miler after only having them for two weeks. Amazing, amazing shoe. I honestly can’t think of anything bad to say about them. And for only 80 bucks?! It’s a working man’s Hoka. These are easily my new go-to for trail running and definitely for any 6, 12 or 24 hour road events in the future. Thomas – you converted me.