Skechers Performance 2018

GOrun Ride 7

We were excited to get the 2018 version of the GOrun Ride’s and put them to the test, since this was the initial Skechers shoe we started with back in 2014.  Fast forward 4 years later, and thousands of miles in Skechers shoes, we are extremely impressed with the latest developments in this running staple. We raced in the Staten Island Half Marathon in these on October 14th, and are thrilled to report that we re-qualified for the 2019 New York City Marathon in the GOrun Ride 7’s!

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From the moment we opened the boxes, it was clear that this was a lightweight Performance shoe that can handle the daily training volume, yet feel light and fast for race performance in marathon and half marathon events!

The new GOrun Ride 7 has incorporated a new GOknit upper which hugs the foot, with a snug upper and added flex from the stretch in the knit fabric. The mid-foot area of the upper is segmented, which holds the foot in place really well, and the mesh provides ample room in the forefoot for a comfortable fit that works in unison with your foot.

The GOknit upper also provides that little bit of ‘stretch’ that the Skechers incorporate into their laces, which really makes the show feel like it’s molded to your feet.  The fit on these shoes is snug and comfortable, and both of us didn’t have any rubbing or hot-spot issues. Like the rest of the Skechers lineup, the GOrun Ride 7’s are light weight and felt great from the minute we slipped into them!

We found them to be true to size, with a medium to snug fit and the flex of the fabric allowed us both to feel supported and comfortable, even though Kat has a narrow foot, and Kev’s is wider.

We loved the updated sole as well, which uses the FLIGHT GEN technology and provides a bouncy ride, with just the right amount of flex. The heel curve and M-Strike made for a very comfortable mid-foot strike and a stable ride thanks to the wider forefoot. After a significant amount of training KM’s, the sole still has it’s bounce and shape and has proven to be an extremely durable addition to our Skechers Performance shoe lineup. When it mattered most, the GOrun Ride 7 came through on race day giving us both speedy feet in Staten Island and the performance edge we needed.  NYC will be a big factor in our 2019 season thanks to Skechers Performance!

Forza 3

Lighter, faster, and more stability – the new Forza 3 has undergone a great re-design!

The latest version of the Forza 3 provides a smooth ride and offers light stability in an extremely durable shoe.

It incorporates a breathable, ribbed upper, that flexes with the foot, so it’s not tight and feels like a custom fit right out of the box. We found the Forza 3 to be true to size, and with it’s new wider base, it offers great forefoot stability.

The ribbed upper has been re-designed to incorporate specific sections which guide the foot while maintaining stability.  In addition, the ‘ribbed’ pattern offers increased flexibility, giving the runner the best of both worlds. This also allows the upper to fit closely without being too tight as it adapts to the foot.

With a curved heel, and mild toe spring, the Forza 3 offers a stable ride with a smooth heel landing. The sole has excellent flexibility with curved flex grooves that offer a nice forward roll of the foot and provides a solid toe-off to get your foot moving in the right direction. The Forza 3 also incorporates the lightweight FLIGHT GEN technology which provides a bouncy yet durable sole, staying responsive as well as stable.

If you are looking for a lightweight shoe with stability, the Forza 3 is a great choice for long distance training and racing on a variety of terrain.

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