Earlier in the season, we had the opportunity to connect with the team from Skechers. They have developed a full line of Performance Shoes and they thought we’d make good product testers/brand ambassadors. The Performance line was new to us, so we were excited to test them out and see what all the shoe-buzz was about!
We first tried out the GOrun models, and loved the light-weight and super-comfy fit. They were super flexible in the upper, and feature flat-lock stitching details for a seamless feel and fit. They also offered a great mid-foot strike. Next it was the GOrun ‘Ride’, which offers a 4mm heel drop and a unrestricted ‘stable’ feel, with a bit more lateral and medial support for longer runs. We really got to test these out at the Chicago Marathon in October, where we both PB’d!
Then, as our training for the Ultraman World Championships was winding up, we slipped into the ‘GOrun Ultra’s‘, which provided the ultimate cushioning with the Resalyte shock absorption, and the option of a 4mm or 8mm heel drop. This shoe also offered us 65% more cushioning than the GOrun Rides, so the perfect balance of stability and support, promoting a mid-foot strike. These is also a super light-weight shoe, which really help when those extra km’s kick in!
If that wasn’t great enough… we were presented with the GOrun Ultra ‘Extreme’ edition! This was a new concept for us, as they are an ‘all weather’ version of the Ultra. We were already familiar with the great fit and grip of the Ultra’s, so decided to test out the ‘Extreme’ model on the first real ‘snowy/slushy’ night-run here in Montreal.
In the past, we’ve had to be super careful with foot-strike and stride-length out on the slippery streets, as well as dodging cars and the various obstacles that go with urban running. What surprised us was that these shoes offered amazing TRACTION! They were also extremely stable, and have a breathable water-resistant membrane, which allowed for great air circulation, while keeping the slush and snow out! We really loved the fit and feel and are looking forward to the winter runs ahead in the new ‘Extreme’s’…
Meanwhile, we’ll be giving our GOrun Ultra’s the big test down in Hawaii at the Ultraman!
If you have the opportunity, we suggest you try out one of the models in the Skechers Performance lineup – there seems to be something for everyone!