In late January 2017, we set off on an adventure to run in Iceland – who else but a couple of Canadians would go to Iceland to run in the middle of winter! We flew into Keflavik airport on a direct flight with WOW airlines, and began our adventure with a 3-night stay in Reyjavik.
We didn’t know what to expect since it was our first visit, so we packed multiple layers of our favourite lululemon run gear, as well as an assortment of the 2017 shoes in the Skechers Performance lineup. We thought this would be a great way to test out the new product, since our plan was to run in a variety of conditions over multiple surface changes. Kat also packed a pair of ‘On The Go 400 – Glacial’s – excited to see how they would perform in this unique landscape.
The first pair we tested were the GOMeb Razors. This is a new model for 2017, and the structure and fit lands somewhere between the GoRun5 and Go Meb Speed.
We were immediately in-love with the knit-upper, as well as the colours and graphics, and were excited to get running.
The GOMeb Razor was light-weight and super-comfy right out of the box with a nice bouncy mid-sole. The knit upper offered excellent ventilation with great structure and was a perfect match for our 10K run in the Ellioaardalur valley – right in the heart of Rekjavik! The GOMeb Razor was a clear winner on our mid-distance run as well, where we ran along parts of the Reykjavik marathon course. They GOMed Razors provided stable comfort and a grippy feel, proving it to be a great mid-distance shoe as well! This will be a regular in our training and racing shoe lineup for those speedy outings!
Next up was the GOTrail Ultra 4. Being ultra-distance athletes, we’ve spent a lot of time in the GOTrail Ultras in the past few years and the 4th generation of this shoe is a clear indication of why Skechers Performance is in the game to stay! We tested out the GOTrail Ultra’s throughout our trip, at various locations and on a variety of terrain.
From running across volcanic beaches to descending into ice-caves and up and over Langjokull and Vatnajokull glaciers, the GOTrail Ultra 4 performed beautifully with excellent fit and function.
This shoe boasts plush cushioning and excellent breathability, as well as suburb traction and stability. The near seamless design offered enhanced comfort and a secure fit, providing a mid-foot strike-zone which ensured an efficient stride. The GOTrail Ultra 4 will definitely be a workhorse for us on the long runs!
In an unexpected twist, Kat’s ‘On The Go 400 – Glacial’s’ were a HUGE unexpected hit! Right out of the box, these quickly became a go-to favorite with their impressive fit, warm comfort and super-comfy GogaMat insoles.
These boots performed beautifully, whether it was on a trek through deep snow across the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, or mounted with a set of crampons for hikes up and over the glaciers. The ‘On The Go 400’s were a wonderful addition to the test line-up and offered impressive fit and functionality in all conditions.
It’s obvious that Skechers are pushing the boundaries to improve on great products and continue to impress us with each evolution in the line-up. We’re excited to take on the 2017 training and racing season in this diverse range of shoes, geared for runners of all levels and distances.
Iceland was a fabulous run adventure, but with so much to see in this vast landscape, we ran out of time and still have unfinished stops on our itinerary, which will mean a return trip for use.
We also ran out of time for shoe testing, so we’ll have a GORun5 report coming soon, along with a full RunTripper Iceland Tour rundown!