Thursday, December 08, 2016

Skechers Performance- GOmeb Razor and GOrun 5 Compared & First Run Impressions

Update: See our In Depth Comparative Review of GOmeb Razor and GOrun 5 here

Skechers Performance will be releasing the new GOMeb Razor ($115)  and the updated GOrun 5 ($105)  in January. Both shoes share:
  • nearly identical weights of around 7.5 oz/213 g in a men's 9 
  • identical midsole stack of 14 mm/18 mm and total stack height of 22mm/30mm
  • GOKnit uppers
  • 5GEN midsole
So what are the differences between these two shoes?
Left to Right: GOmeb Speed 4, GOmeb Razor, GORun 5
Left to Right: GOmeb Speed 4, GOmeb Razor, GORun 5

The GOMeb Razor is Olympic medallist and Boston and NY Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi training shoe of choice.

Much like with his GOMeb Speed 4 ($125) racer also out in January, Meb prefers a supportive secure upper and a firmer ride in a light shoe. So Skechers Performance did the following to the GOrun platform:
  • took the GOrun 5 upper design and instead of using a circular knit GOKnit for a sock like fit used a more supportive flat knit GOKnit material to get that secure fit Meb prefers
  • made the heel counter firmer and slightly increased the collar and tongue padding
  • increased the firmness of the 5GEN midsole material over the GORun 5. While we haven't run in the Razor it felt considerably firmer than the 5, closer to GOMeb Speed 4
The result is that the Razor can be characterized as a hybrid of the GOMeb Speed and GO Run 5. 
It should be a more cushioned yet still highly responsive racer than the GOMeb Speed series along with being a firmer, more supportive up tempo option than the GORun 5.

Update: First run impressions.  I ran with GOmeb Razor on one foot GOrun 5 on the other.

Update: See our In Depth Comparative Review of GOmeb Razor and GOrun 5 here

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4 comments:

Big eared Bob said...

Hi Sam. Thanks for the info. Just wanted to ask is the total stack with the sock liner in? I run with the sock liner out and I'm assuming that gives the shoe a 4mm heel/toe differential.

sam winebaum said...

Hi Bob, As you can see the listed total stack of 22/30 is a bit strange. Taking out the sock liners and they both have the same one I see 2 things: The sock liner definitely is thicker at the heel than the toe, The top of the midsole has what looks like a surface which could be run in without the sock liner, Feels like a sock liner. So... given Skechers says midsole stack of 14/18mm, 4mm drop I believe this is for the shoe without the sockliner. The 22/30 total stack seems like a lot but there is definitely more than a few millimeters in the sock liner heel in particular. I will try to get further clarifications from Skechers.

Vilt bloggan said...

I've been looking forward to Sketchers Gospeed 4, but now some say, that it will change to Sketchers Razor...is there something about this?

sam winebaum said...

Hi Vitt, Thanks for writing. There certainly will be a GOmeb Speed 4 as said in the article. The Razor does get close to the Speed and in my opinion is a far more practical shoe than the Speed for many. It does not have the Speed mid foot plate which I found not to my liking at slower speeds, same with the plate in the Nike Streak 6. Thanks for reading Road Trail Run! You can also follow us on FB, Twitter, and Instagram