Over the next few weeks, I’d like to dive into more details about some of the new shoes that Skechers Performance is offering this spring. Up first is the Skechers GOrun Ride 5.
Weight: 8.5 ounces (Men’s Size 9)
Stack height: 27mm (heel) 23mm (toe)
Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm
Comparable shoes: Brooks Launch, New Balance FreshFoam Zante, Mizuno Wave Rider
I first came upon the GOrun Ride model of shoes with the Ride 2. Earlier versions of these shoes were essentially the GOrun with quite a bit of additional cushion. Although these shoes were nice for easy, relaxed running, I felt that they lacked an identity of their own and I steered away from them. The 5th iteration of the GOrun Ride has everything the earlier versions were missing. Whereas the Ride 1-4 was moreless a shoe that was stabilized by adding additional foam to the midsole, the Ride 5 is seems to have a much more intentional bit of stability built in. I don’t mean to say that these shoes are by any means the gargantuan motion control monsters that you see elsewhere, but you will have a safe and comfortable transition through your stride. As has been the case for Skechers Performance shoes for several years, the Ride 5 has a slightly more pronounced midfoot to encourage runners to plant their feet in a neutral position when running. This never feels unnatural or forced and I actually appreciate the extra reminder to be conscious with my stride, making these shoes a wonderful addition to my training tool belt. With the release of the GOrun Ride 5, I now have a cushioned, stable, and still lightweight trainer to log a lot of my easy miles in.
Next week, I’ll discuss the GOrun 4 – 2016!