Quick Take On The Skechers GOrun 2
If I can just wrap this post up in a single sentence, it’s this – “Man, this shoe is FAST!”
The GOrun was the very first model cooked up by the boffins of Skechers Performance Division and more than a year on, this team has served up some pretty impressive shoes – the GOrun Ride and GObionic are personal favorites. While being a very decent and fast shoe, the GOrun was a little awkward due to the mid foot bump or rocker. It’s difficult to walk in these shoes. I suggest reading my review of the original GOrun before continuing with this post.
The second version of the same model now has this rocker tuned way down to the level of the Ride, which will appeal to a lot more runners out there. The positive features are still there, ultra flexible, featherweight sub-7oz weight, 4mm drop, mid foot strike friendly, forgiving midsole, and fantastic upper construction with minimal overlays.
What sets the second version apart are the slightly more tapered cut to the forefoot construction (sizing and fit remain the same at US9), the more liberal use of rubber plugs to the foam outsole which suggests better durability and the subtle reflective trimmings – the first time I see them used on the GO series. With a black upper, the shoe would really benefit from higher visibility for those early morning/late evening runs. Edit: After the comments above, I took a look again at the outsole and while I can’t confirm this, the forefoot section near the ball of the foot area seem to be thinner than the previous version. The shoe definitely rides close to the ground, and skewed to going fast. If there’s an area of durability concern, it would be here.
The mileage logged in the GOrun 2 have not breached triple digits and I’ve not taken them on runs longer than 10K. That’s not to say they won’t hold up for longer distances, just that I’ve not done so in them. The GOrun 2 can easily be raced in for up to the half marathon distances. Its fit is snug throughout but due to the stretchable upper and minimal overlays, my feet never felt squashed.
Who is the GOrun for? It’s the second lightest shoe in the GOrun series -only the GObionic is lighter – so if you’re a fan of the series, this would naturally be your racing shoes or at least the go-to (pardon the pun) shoes for your speed work. I’d say that it’s improved but I can only vouch for the narrower forefoot after putting more miles in them. The reflective trims are longtime coming and the rubber plugs can only increase the durability. Runners seeking to dip their toes into the world of lesser-built shoes will find the GOrun 2 quite accessible.
Disclaimer: The GOrun 2 was a review pair courtesy of Skechers Malaysia.