Thursday, December 08, 2016

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

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.

Road Trail Run will be testing and publishing a comparative review when the shoe releases.
In the meantime read our first impressions review of the limited edition NYC GORun 5 here

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2 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.