Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 Review: GO! Let it Ride!

Article by Peter Stuart, Dave Ames, Derek Li, and Sam Winebaum

The fine folks at Skechers Perfomance have updated their entire line with a new, very light and lively FlightGEN midsole foam, dialed in their GOknit uppers and put all of their shoes on a diet!
How does the GOrun Ride 7 run and how does it compare to other new Skechers and the competition? Read on for the details.

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7
We tested in the Ride 7 in all kinds of outdoor and indoor conditions in Singapore, California, Utah, and New Hampshire. Reviewer bios are at the end of the review.
The GOrun Ride 7 is the "new" plush daily trainer in the 2018 Skechers lineup. See our 2018 Skechers preview here. It’s got more underfoot than the previous GOun Ride 6 as well as the new GoRun 6. It features a GOknit upper, M-Strike technology and Skechers new Flight Gen™foam.

Those who ran the GOrun Ride 6 should realize that the GOrun Ride 7 is on a new platform  with more cushion, 2mm more in the forefoot and 4mm more in the heel and which is now is also 6mm drop shoe vs. 4mm previously.

While the Ride 6 was really very similar to the Run 5, the Ride 7 now fills a gap in the Skechers line between the Razor and  Run and the GOrun Ultra Road, becoming the  previously "missing" well cushioned daily trainer. At $95 it is an outstanding value for a state of the art run shoe,

Weight US M9 Sample:  9.24 oz /262 g with sock liner
                                        8.61 oz /244 g without sock liner as it can also be run on the finished bed
Stack Height: 24mm forefoot / 30mm heel, 6mm offset
$95 Available now.

First Impressions and Fit
Peter: I took these out of the box and ran 19 miles in them. The fit is perfect at true to size, The cushioning, while a bit soft, was perfect and I felt relatively unscathed for running that distance in a brand new shoe. There’s a nice mix of softness and bounce to these and they do well at an easy clip while also holding their own when you speed up.

Dave: First of all this is a major overhaul from the Ride 6.  As a former Skechers Performance Run Sales Rep, the Ride 6 just looked cheap.  In fact, while the shoe ran well, I rarely took it out of my sales bag in a product line meeting because it couldn’t match up with the rest of the 2017 line.  Fast forward to 2018 and damn….Skechers has done an outstanding job.  I’m loving the new two toned knit upper, a major update from the Ride 6.  Step in feel is spot on, but it does run a hair small with the sockliner in (more to come on that in the “Ride” section) - - so I’d possibly suggest going a half size up if you like a bit more wiggle room.  I personally like a snug fit, so my size 9 was perfect.  The FlightGen feeling underfoot is simply outstanding.
Sam:  I was sent a half size up from my true to size. Fit with the supplied sock liner in was a touch large, but not by much. Without sock liner in they were to large. If you plan to run without the sock liner on the finished bed or substitute a thin flat sock liner, and that is for sure my preference here, go true to size. Any initial snugness in the front knit will stretch.

Derek: I have previously run the Ride 3, which I found to bottom out a little too much, and the Ride 5, which had a very dead-feeling ride for me. v7 seems to have gotten it right. Step in feel is very comfortable, and the overall volume was spot on without having to fiddle much with the lace tension. Skechers has always run true to size for me, and it’s no different here.

Peter: The upper is a pretty simple two toned knit upper with a couple of overlays. There’s a single sewn on overlay that runs across the midfoot and up to  the eyelets helping to secure the foot and give the lacing system some structure.  The knit is breathable and holds the foot perfectly well. It took me a minute to get the heel locked down, but once I did I haven’t had to adjust anything at all. The tongue is lightly padded and sewn into the upper near the laces on the sides so there’s no slippage but this is not a bootie type construction. There’s a pull tab on the back of the shoe which makes it a bit easier to pull them on. There’s a removable sockliner as well--more on that later.
Dave:  Great upper with the breathable two toned knit.  A lot different from the uppers you are seeing from other run companies in 2018.  It’s soft, yet firm in terms of holding and molding the foot, which for me is really important in a shoe.  The lacing via the “throat” of the shoe is spot on and laces up just as well as the New Balance 890v6 for 2018 (the 2 shoes that lace the best for me so far in 2018) - - There is no need for the last eyelet.  It’s a simple shoe.  Slide your foot in, lace it up and go crank some miles!
Sam: A very fine upper that is fuss free and fits well and securely with no pressure points, decent toe box room free of any overlays or stiffening except for just a touch of stiffening in the toe bumper area. I appreciate the full heel counter and decently firm achilles and ankle collar padding.

Derek: The knitted mesh upper is very comfortable, though slightly on the warm side for the warm and humid conditions I run in (~85+F / 80% humidity). Somewhat similar in density to the ASICS Dynaflyte. It feels soft and luxurious but not too stretchy and offers sufficient lock-down with very minimal lacing tension needed. I still prefer the knitted upper of last year’s Razor, simply because it breathed better, but I can see this upper working very well in cooler conditions.


Peter: The big story with 2018 Skechers' is the Flight Gen™ midsole foam. I don’t know exactly what it is but it’s lighter than their previous foam and it is remarkably springy. It really is light and responsive--everyone seems to say that about their shoes, but in this case it’s really true!

Dave:  Last year, Skechers went with 5Gen as the key midsole technology.  It was pretty solid stuff and produced some really enjoyable runs.  Well, now in 2018, I’ll lay it out here right now, FlightGen is the best midsole of any run company going right now and the best I’ve felt under my foot in a very long time.  This is exactly how I like my shoes - - Alive!!  It’s soft, but not Hoka soft.  The FlightGen, mixed with Skechers awesome M Strike (Midfoot Strike) technology keeps stride after stride, ever so smooth.  Worried about form?  The Ride 7 teaches you to find that sweet spot.  Get lazy at the end of a race or a long run and the Ride 7 reminds you to check your gait.  A powerful midsole when you want it to be, yet it can dial back and let you cruise some easy recovery miles as well.

Sam: FightGen is fine stuff! While the Ride 7 gains weigh, an ounce over the Ride 6, it is a far more cushioned and substantial shoe with 2mm more foam in the forefoot and 4 mm more in the heel. All the other 2018 Skechers lose weight and in some cases lots of weight at the same stack heights as 2017 models. So FlightGen is light. The feel is soft and I would agree with Peter more springy than bouncy. Despite the light weight it feels dense and substantial while also being soft and lively.
The foot is well stabilized by some midsole sidewalls at the rear.
The supplied thick soft sock liner added into the midsole mix rendered the feel lethargic and difficult to transition from the heel, a very soft slow to react feel especially at slow paces. Taking the sock liner out and running on the finished lined footbed gave the Ride a whole new personality, lively springy and fast in a fluid softer way almost like a wave moving forward. I suspect as a heel striker that I was sinking and lingering behind the mild further forward M-Strike bump and sock liner sidewalls at slower paces with the sock liner in. When combined with the relatively thin outsole coverage I was not getting much pop forward.  I was very surprised at the difference in feel and performance. So when you want your "ride" soft and super mellow leave the sock liner in.  When you want a livelier faster ride take it out keeping in mind that each scenario may affect fit. I have almost never felt such a difference in performance feel from a change in sock liner.

Derek: I think they hit the sweet spot for a premium daily trainer in terms of midsole feel here. It is soft but not overly mushy, especially in the forefoot, where you want to retain a little responsiveness for that gear shift. The heel is remarkably soft, almost reminding me of a Vaporfly. Overall the feel is more bouncy than squishy. Reminds me of a Salming Enroute, but with less ground feel.

Peter: The outsole is a combination of exposed Flight Gen™ and strategically placed rubber to provide traction and durability. I haven’t had any issues with the shoes feeling slippery on wet surfaces. Wear seems to be normal.

Dave:  It’s not that the Ride 6 was a bad shoe, but it suffered from some durability issues.  The exposed outsole really took a beating after some miles and the sensor pods always wore down, causing runners to think the shoe was dead, earlier than it really was (it hurt sales and would consistently hear this at expos) - - The Ride 7, beefed up the durability for sure with the Rubber Traction plate.  It allows an uber smooth transition and gripped well on wet surfaces.  This shoe just gained about 150 more miles than the Ride 6, via the combo of FlightGen and the updated outsole.  And for the price?  Come on….this is a steal!

Sam: Skechers calls this outsole a parametric web and it is also used in different patterns on the Run 6, Razor 2, and GOmeb Speed but not the Forza which gets a full coverage bar shaped and more substantial coverage outsole  While I like the forefoot rubber thickness and coverage, I feel the heel area could use a more continuous fuller coverage as in the new Forza 3 (see initial review here). At slower paces a steadier more substantial heel platform would give the shoe some pop and enhance transitions.

Derek: I prefer this outsole pattern to that used in the GoRun and Razor. It just seems to grip the ground better. No issues for me on wet surfaces so far. I’ve had limited mileage on the shoe, but I’m seeing very little wear on the outsole so far.

Peter: There are two shoes hidden in in the Ride 7. If you run in them as they come they are a very soft, forgiving (dare I say maximal feeling) ride. They have more road feel and responsiveness than most shoes with this much cushion, but they are definitely a soft shoe. They are terrific feeling for long steady runs and recovery runs. They get up to speed nicely too. Nothing wrong with the ride at all.

There’s another gear in these puppies though--when you take out the sockliner you get a snappier, faster, less cushioned shoe. In this sockliner-less version the Ride becomes a great tempo or race shoe. It’s still springy, but becomes a bit more efficient and certainly feels faster.

Dave:  Peter is absolutely right.  There are two stories with this shoe.  I personally like the feeling of having the sockliner in at all times, but I did try it without and the shoe was great for a Fartlek without the liner.  I ran a progression yesterday (1/27) with the liner in and had a great 3 mile fast finish.  The shoe was outstanding with a little more underneath as well.  Long story short.   Each runner is different, but do not hesitate to try it either way.  So what do you get from the Ride 7?  A powerful, vibrant, snappy shoe perfect for runs of any kind.  I can see this as a really nice marathon race shoe for me.

Sam: I agree with Peter and Dave on the differences in rides with and without the sock liner.  I did not have a single good run with the sock liner in. I struggled with the softness and lack of response off the heel, especially at slower paces. With no sock liner, or in my case a very thin race shoe liner due to the half size up of my sample, the Ride was fantastic with a fluid, well cushioned softer yet fast and springy ride. As evidenced in other RTR reviews I suspect that Peter and Dave's more towards the mid foot landings,they are 3 hour marathoners and these days I am closer to four hours, 1:35 half, have them off the heel faster than me.

Derek: I too prefer having the sockliner in, mainly because the shoe volume gets a bit too much without one for me. I did find that my feet felt very warm after the first 20 minutes in the stock sockliner (which is fairly thick EVA). I swapped it out for a thinner perforated one from an old shoe and all the heat issues went away. I didn’t notice any significant change in the ride of the shoe either, going to a thinner sockliner. So far the ride has been very smooth for me, and it works well over a variety of paces from slow jogs in the 8:30/mile range, up to hard strides at <5:30/mile pace. I haven’t done any long runs in it yet, but I see this being my long run shoe of choice, moving forward.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Peter: The Ride 7 is what I always hoped the Hoka Clifton would be. It’s light (enough), super cushioned for long days and recovery days, but still has some significant snap to it when you want to go fast. The upper and fit are flawless and the shoe disappears on your feet when you run in it. There’s the added bonus of a faster, less cushioned feeling shoe hidden in there when you remove the sockliner making it a really versatile running shoe.

At $95, it’s also incredibly affordable. I’d highly recommend getting a pair of these. I think this may be the shoe that brings the masses to Skechers Performance. There’s nothing niche about the Ride 7--it’s a solid, cushioned daily trainer that is a blast to run in. I just ran another 20 in them today. This is a GREAT shoe. I would race a marathon in it without a second thought--I’d also do recovery runs in it. It feels amazing, it disappears on the feet and it is just FUN to run in. I’d say the best of 2018 so far (and better than most of 2017 too). And remember that taking the insole out makes it a snappier and faster feeling shoe without giving up much cushion. Did I mention it really propels your foot through the gait cycle? Wow!
Dave:  An outstanding shoe and one of the best, if not the best I’ve put on my foot in 2018!  I would recommend this shoe for road work including tempos, Fartlek, Progressions, but where it becomes different than most in this lightweight category is it can be used to recovery days and long easy runs as well. It’s kinda your one stop shop.  It’s a shoe you need to buy 3 pairs of at the $95 price point and just keep around.  Your foot remembers what a good shoe is and the Ride 7 certainly is that.

Sam: The Ride is a versatile, well cushioned trainer at a great price. Taking out the sock liner takes the weight way down to 8.6 oz and livens things up considerably for me making it not only a daily trainer but a fine race and fast runs option for those who want some cush and bounce with speed. If you think you may go without the sock liner even occasionally, I recommend staying true to size.

The only things I wish for to improve the Ride 7 would be a standard lower profile thinner sock liner or even no sock liner, or maybe a touch firmer midsole and/or more and thicker heel and forefoot rubber coverage to add pop and transition at the heel and a touch more stability at the forefoot.  Wait isn't much of my wish list in the Skechers Forza 3, the similar weight light stability trainer (initial review here)? Yes it is, but I wish while the Ride be a bit firmer that the Forza be a touch softer. The perfect shoe for me is always over the horizon!

Derek: For people who like the Vaporfly but want a trainer equivalent, this may just be it. Very soft and smooth with a solid directed bouncy feel. The soft heel may feel unstable for heel strikers, but as long as you don’t land very far back on the shoe, it actually feels pretty stable. The platform is not particularly narrow and should work well for a variety of running styles, as long as you are not a severe over-pronator. I just wish they had used the same upper from the Forza for this shoe, or at least something a bit more breathable.

Dave: 10/10 
Outstanding job by my friend Kurt Stockbridge and his team over at Skechers Performance. Anyone still think Skechers Performance is a joke?
Peter 10/10
I haven’t ever given a 10 before. This is a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic shoe.
Sam: 9.7/10
I almost gave up on the Ride due to the softness and lethargic ride at slower paces with the stock sock liner. Taking it out made the shoe fantastic, and a mere sockliner has never so radically changed my opinion of a shoe.  It is one of the liveliest and most comfortable shoes so far this year. I only wish there were a slightly happier medium here between a touch firmer midsole, a lower profile sock liner, and/or more and firmer outsole rubber.
Derek 9.5/10
Almost a home run for me. The upper is a little warm for me, and I would prefer a thinner knit, but this should only affect a small cohort of runners who run in equatorial conditions like me.

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. Forza 3 (initial RTR review)
Sam: The Forza has a full coverage outsole and is firmer, more stable and stiffer. It's upper is slightly more supportive yet it weighs about the same as the Ride as it has a slightly lower overall stack height.  If you need a bit of pronation support or prefer a firmer ride go with the Forza. I found the Forza ran smoother and easier for me at slower paces and the Ride without the sock liner faster and easier at pace. The Forza is somewhat more supportive underfoot and likely more durable over time, while the Ride 7 is more fun to run fast and softer cushioned.
Watch our YouTube Comparison of the Ride 7 to Forza 3 

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. Hoka Clifton 4 (RTR review)
Dave:  Do you want marshmallows or liveliness?  It’s the Ride 7 all day for me.  There’s just so much more going on in the Ride 7, compared to the Clifton.  I still wouldn’t classify the Ride 7 as maximal by any means, but there sure is a good amount of cush, done the right way!  Soft, yet alive!

Peter: No comparison The Clifton 4 was somehow both mushy and stiff at the same time. Bummer for me to run in. Ride 7 is alive with the sound of music!

Sam: With an awkward upper, improved but still overly soft heel, and dated and less lively underfoot feel in a now heavier shoe the Clifton just doesn't compare to the Ride 7

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. Hoka Napali (RTR review soon)
Dave:  I just was shipped the Napali (review soon!), essentially a Clifton 3 with a new lighter upper taking the weight down to the Ride's without the sockliner a week ago and I really really like it.  It’s the first Hoka I’ve ever liked, literally….ever!  This is a tough call because they honestly both ride so well.  The Ride 7 however is just first of all aesthetically, a better looking shoe.  The uppers on the Napali are cheap looking I think somewhat outdated when everyone else is coming with their A game in the run biz with uppers, and especially so Skechers. I personally think if you had to compare a Ride 7 to a Hoka, the Napali is the best bet.  The win goes to the Ride 7 here, because I just get much more use out of it.  I would never tempo in a Hoka.

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. Nike Zoom Fly (RTR review)
Dave:  I noticed a good amount of resemblance between these 2 shoes in testing.  They both scream fast, but do it in a way that is telling you it’s going to make you more efficient as well.  Both shoes help you find the sweet spot, however at higher speeds I always found the Zoom Fly to get a bit sloppy.  I feel much more at home with the M Strike in Skechers (could be the many years of training in SP) - - The W goes to Ride 7.  Not to mention $55 bucks cheaper!!

Peter: I got a lot of forefoot fatigue in the Zoom Fly and absolutely none in the Ride 7. A much more forgiving ride for the Skechers while still being fast enough when I push the pace.

Sam: More versatile, a better value, and easier on the legs the nod clearly goes to the Ride 7 for me.

Derek: The Zoom Fly is less versatile, but transitions faster at uptempo paces. I don’t experience forefoot fatigue in the Fly, but do note that the Fly must be run a certain way for the transition to be smooth; once you leave that sweet spot, things get jarring pretty quickly. The Ride 7, on the other hand, is much more forgiving and accommodating towards different landing patterns, while still providing a soft and smooth transition. At $95, the Ride 7 is really tough to beat!

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. Salomon Sonic RA (RTR review)
Sam: The lighter 8.6 oz Sonic RA doesn't quite have the silky smooth upper of the Ride 7 but its firm vibration free and stable ride is more my cup of tea. With considerably more durable rubber and a more traditional responsive performance oriented ride the Sonic leans more towards speed and can also handle slower paces without the sinking feeling of the Ride 7. The Ride 7 may a touch more versatile as a daily trainer for short and long runs due to its comfort but overall I give a slight nod to the Salomon.

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. UA HOVR Sonic (RTR review)
Sam: While the Ride 7 upper is sensational the HOVR's is better yet for me combining a denser non stretch saddle with a slightly stretchier toe. The rides get to the same place, a springy rebound and decent response but in different ways with the HOVR having a soft central core surrounded by firmer EVA carrier and the Ride having a single density foam. The HOVR is a touch more stable and directed but also a touch less lively. It's a toss up with the Ride slightly more fun to run and the HOVR more versatile but maybe a bit less lively.

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. Skechers Performance GOrun 6 (RTR review)
Dave:  This is the hot topic right now.  Which way do you go?  Last year, the Run 5, trumped the Ride 6.  It was just made better with a better upper and a sleeker design.  Unfortunately, I have never liked a Run because they have always been way too soft or far too minimal.  In 2018, the roles are reversed yet again.  The Run 6 is a causal shoe for me.  I didn’t make it a mile in testing without turning around and switching shoes.  The sock like upper on the Run 6 is just not made to run in.  At least with my foot.  It’s sloppy.  The Run 6 is also far too soft and bangs the hell out of my knees.  If you were a Run 5 fan, go for the Ride 7.  You’ll have a far better experience.

Peter: I really liked the Run 5. I wouldn’t go as far as dave here to call the Run 6 a casual shoe, but it does lose some of the snap of the 5. The upper works well for me and I like the Run 6, but I LOVE the Ride 7.

Sam: Agree with Dave about the more "casual" upper of the Run 6 and its hold. This said the midsole is the same firmness in the Run 6 as the Ride 7, in a lower profile at a very light 6.7 oz shoe with the Run making it a livelier, firmer, faster, and more responsive shoe for me, with a somewhat challenging upper, the Ride 7 remains considerably more versatile and a better overall choice.

Derek: while the Run 5 was a very soft and bouncy shoe, almost bottoming out at fast paces for me, the Run 6 seems to have reverted to a firmer, faster ride, bearing closer resemblance to the Run 4 than 5. With that in mind, I think the Run 6 is more of an uptempo type of shoe, sitting somewhere between the Razor and the Ride. I actually had fun with the Run 6; surprisingly decent lock-down despite the very unstructured upper. It definitely worked better for me than say the Reebok Floatride Run. I think from a daily trainer perspective, it boils down to what kind of ride you like. If soft maximalist is your preference, then go with the Ride 7; if you like a more stable, grounded feel, then go with the Run 6.

Skechers Performance  GOrun Ride 7 vs. New Balance 890v6 (RTR review)
Dave:  FlightGen vs. Fresh Foam.  Not even close.  Ride 7 for the win.  I do really enjoy the 890v6 though and think many will love the 890 when it comes back out.  But for overall ride, Ride 7 wins out.  They both lace up, beautifully though!!
Sam: The 890v6 upper is superior if the task is fast running as it is supremely comfortable yet secure for a performance trainer. Underfoot the Ride is less stable than the near stability shoe 890 for sure with Ride softer in its cushion and more mellow in its lively transitions. Nod to the Ride for its underfoot less directed comfort and versatility.

Skechers Performance  GOrun Ride 7 vs. Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%(RTR review)
Peter: I’m gonna catch a lot of grief for this, but there’s a similarity here. Both of these shoes really jump off the ground. The Vaporfly is firmer, but as I’m more likely going to try to go sub 3, not sub 2, I may actually prefer the Skechers. Yup, I said it, let the hate mail ensue. Oh, also you can buy 2.5 pairs of Ride 7’s. for the price of one Vaporfly 4%. Okay, I just ran them side by side and...the VaporFly is still a firmer, poppier race shoe. I’d race the VaporFly if I wanted to go fast, but there are some similarities in the ride. Ride 7 is softer for sure.

Sam: While there are some similarities in the softness and the even slightly in the Ride of the forefoot feel of falling forward and then bouncing up and away, the VaporFly goes about speed and comfort in a much more controlled and decisive way. Of course its high cost is a factor, and the Ride is more versatile day in day out, but for pure racing speed, comfort, and results I will stick to the VF for my racing over the Ride.

Derek: As I mentioned above, the heels feel very similar to me, and the Ride could well be the low-cost trainer version of your favorite racer without burning a hole in your wallet. I can already see this shoe being a big competitor to Nike’s new Epic React.

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. Nike Pegasus 34 (RTR review)
Peter: Similar category, the Go Run is a much more enjoyable shoe for me.

Sam: Totally agree with Peter here that Ride is more enjoyable . The Pegasus is lumpy feeling and has a thunk to its response. It's heavier too. Now when the expected Zoom X version, same foam as in the VaporFly, comes this year I expect the tables will be turned.

Skechers Performance GOrun Ride 7 vs. Nike Vomero 12 (RTR review)
Peter: I haven’t run the Vomero 13, but the Ride 7 does what I wished the Vomero would--give me a great ride on easy days, but snap up when I step on the gas.

Sam: Both are very well and relatively softly cushioned. The Vomero 12 is steadier and more responsive in its heel cushion but has a long stiff flex that I have a hard time getting past as the pace picks up.  It is considerably heavier. The Ride flips the tables with not quite the steady responsive heel especially run slower of the Vomero but a more fluid and lively forefoot.

Reviewer Bios
Peter Stuart is a late 40's avid LA based runner with recent sub 3 hour marathons and sub 1:25 halves.
Sam Winebaum is the Editor and Founder of RoadTrailRun. He has been running and shoe geeking for 45 years. As he turned 60 in 2017 he was thrilled to clock a 1:35.24 half.
Dave Ames is the Founder and Head Coach of Ame For It Run Coaching, a nationwide run coaching business, training athletes of all ability levels from 5K to Marathon.
Derek Li is a family physician who lives in Singapore. He has been running marathons for the past four years with a 2017 marathon PR of 2:41 and a 2018 1:17 half marathon PR. Derek is focusing on  a bid to run all the World Marathon Majors. In his free time, he likes to review running shoes and related products at his blog Running Commentary.

Photo Credits: Peter Stuart and Dave Ames
The Ride was provided at no cost. The opinions herein are entirely the authors'.

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Anonymous said...

Love the review and you all make me want these kicks! Can a high volume/wide foot pull these off?

Daniel said...

Hi, nice detailed review! How does the fit of the Ride 7 compare to the GOrun 5 for people with narrow feet? Fitwise the GOrun 5 is the only Skechers Shoe i have experience with. While i found the GOrun5 basically very true to size (in my case US 9), i would have prefered them a half size smaller. They were a tiny bit long and had a little too much wiggle room in the forefoot for my taste, which was okay for easy runs, but kind of annoying for faster paced running. Long story short: the GOrun 5 wasn´t really a snug fitting shoe for me (even with the sockliner). Does it make sense to go down a half size in the Ride 7, especially if i intend to use them without the sockliner ? Just for reference: the fit of shoes like the Adidas Adios or NB 1400 are just perfect for my feet (although i go half size up in them as they seem to run a bit short). Thanks for any feedback!

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous,
Depending on how wide I think yes with sock liner out.
Sam, Editor

Eric said...

Great reviews. I just ran the first 4 miles in these and liked them a lot. A super upper, maybe the best. A little lacking in bounce but moves fast through my ground contact. What a bargain and definitely a step up from the more expensive Clifton 4s which I still quite like.

Derek Li said...

I would go true to size for this shoe. The presence or absence of the sockliner just affects the volume and vertical space of the shoe, and does not affect the length. I go true to size for the Adios for reference. Also, compared to the Run 5, I think the Ride 7 has a more snug feel. Hope this helps.

JKC said...


I sometimes need a 2E Wide in some shoes, depending on the cut. I can wear the Gorun Ride 7 with or without the sock liner in. Without the sock liner the volume is dreamy, and not at all loose or sloppy feeling. With the sock liner in, it's firm, snug fit. I could easily run this way just by adjusting the lacing to compensate, but I prefer the snappier ride with sock liner out anyway.

A good compromise is throwing in a thinner insole from a different shoe. I sometimes use a Zante sock liner in other shoes because it's basic, relatively thin, but is well made an durable. A lesson I've learned recently is, keep ALL your old sock liners, even if you are getting rid of shoes. Having an assortment of sock liners can help customize any shoe you get in the future to be more to your personal taste.

I almost cancelled my order because after ordering I just assumed it wouldn't fit my wide foot. I was 100% wrong to assume that. It's the best fitting shoe I've bought/tried since I started running last summer, and I've tried quite a few from Brooks, Nike, 361, New Balance (still love my Zante!), adidas, Asics, Saucony, etc, etc.

Anonymous said...

What about comparison to the Reebok Floatride you tested? Thanks, JT

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi anonymous,
That’s a good idea to compare to the float ride. I have some ideas but I want to run it again. Sam, editor
Thanks for reading Road trail run!

Joel said...

How does this shoe compare to the Salomon SLAB Sonic 2

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Joel,
The S/Lab Sonic 2 has a softer mesh upper and is actually broader and roomier in the toe box and overall almost to roomy around ankle collar . It is firmer and more responsive for sure. Leans towards racer but can be a very fine fast days trainer. Tons of durable rubber and a way steeper price at $180. Ride is softer and bouncier and leans towards trainer. The Razor is a closer compare to Ride. Sonic 3 review here: http://www.roadtrailrun.com/2017/02/review-salomon-s-lab-sonic-2-highly.html?m=1
Sam, Editor

Joel said...

Thanks for the great review and quick follow up. My twin runs in the Sonic 2 and swears by them but for 90 bukcs... Just ordered the Ride 7.

Joel said...

Just received these today and took them out for an easy four miles. Midsole is awesome but one thing different for me is that my big toe presses against the top of the upper. There isn't a lot of vertical height in the toe box. Sort of like the first Hoka Speed Instinct. I have a feeling that will improve as I break these in. Otherwise it's a nearly flawless shoe.

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Joel,
Thanks for your update. I generally find that toe heights on many shoes is low at first try on and run. As the sockliner packs in a bit and they stretch more toe room emerges, especially in knit type shoes. This said Ride is fairly pointed upfront and low.
Sam, Editor

Sam Chua said...

Hi, does the removal of the stock insole remove some of the support the shoe provides?

Sam Winebaum said...

Not to much from the insole but as roomier overall yes less support. Sam, Editor

Anonymous said...

How does it compare with the Brooks levitate and Saucony triumph iso 4 for cushioning,comfort and responsiveness/speed. Thanks

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous,
Overall Ride 7 is a very different...ride from the Levitate and Triumph and a far lighter shoe than either of those. Both Levitate and Triumph are more supportive overall top to bottom and should last longer in terms of durability. Heavier runners and those in need of some underfoot support may be better served by Levitate and Triumph. The ride of the Ride is springy while the Levitate is more piston like in its cushion. The Triumph 4 has a denser midsole more cushioned yet also somewhat firmer as well. The Ride 7 is for sure more fun and faster shoe with still plenty of cushion han the others with Levitate in 2nd place in that department. Comes down to preferences and needs for you. You can see reviews of the Levitate and Triumph as well as many others at the link below.
Sam, Editor
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Gary said...


I wear Altra Duo size 11, Altra Esclante size 11.5.
Which of the Skechers shoes would lit my wide forefoot best.
The GoRun7, Fornza 3 or the GR3? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

How would you say these compare to the Ultra Road 2 from Skechers?. I am currently undecided between getting another pair of those or giving the Ride 7 a shot as an easy day shoe.
Thanks in advance!
Keep up the great work!

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for reading and asking. Great question. The Ultra Road is more cushioned more stable and stiffer with a forward flex while Ride 7 has a longer flex. Both would be great choices as an easy day shoe but I personally would lean towards the Ultra Road for easy and long runs.
Sam, Editor

matheus said...

Hi, very good review.
I started running a short time, i'm a beginer in the running world. Currently i wear an Adidas Energy Boost 2017, wich is a very comfortable shoe, but it's heavy. I would like a lighter shoe. I'm thinking of this skechers go run ride 7 and the saucony ride 10. Would you have any indication, any preference? In terms of cushioning, comfort and durability.

I write from Brazil. Thank you.

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Matheus,
Thanks for asking! You would find the Ride 10 more durable in terms of outsole, somewhat firmer but still very well cushioned. Ride 7 should have a more energetic ride but be a bit less stable. It for sure has a more comfortable superior upper. Both would be more fun and lighter than Energy Boost 2017!
Ride 10 review here http://www.roadtrailrun.com/2017/03/saucony-ride-10-review-what-daily.html?m=1

matheus said...

Thanks! What shoe would you indicate with good cushioning and weight under 270g. I thought in that options mentioned above, but I accept another options. Thank you again

Anonymous said...

Thanks as always for the review! It's a wonder how Skechers manages to screw up their sizing table for Europeans. According to their table I should get a 45.5 to get a US 11.5. But all my Skechers shoes (Go Bionic, Go Run 2, 4, 5, Go Run Ride 4, GoTrail) are in 45 for a US 11.5, so I was in doubt. Luckily I found a photo of a shoebox of the GRR7 and I was able to calculate that I should indeed order a 45 (webshop didn't had US or UK sizing available). And I was right: a US11.5 is a EU 45.

But now the shoes: that sockliner is seriously thick! I've got a hard time to get my feet in these shoes with the sockliner. Without it, the shoe fits fine, wider than the Go Run 5 and at least on par with the Go Run Ride 4. The 6mm drop is very present to me (but then: most of my shoes are 4mm or less drop). The ride feels fine. Only things that bugged me after my first run is the anckle collar. It's quite high without the insole and itched during the run. I hope this feeling will disappear, or else I will use a thin insole to raise my foot in the shoe a bit.

Bruce said...

really an exciting review! could any of you make a comparison with the reebok floatride fast that also got raves here? thanks.

Bruce said...

PS: is the 6mm drop with or without the insole? (or either way?)

re fit, i have a narrow, fairly low-volume foot. since i'm guessing i might prefer running without the insole, should i perhaps go down a half-size, or does that seem like a bad idea?

thanks again.

Erkka said...

How is the sizing compared with the kinvara 9, clayton 2 or zoom elite 9?

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Erkka,
Thanks for reading and asking. Same true to size for me in all three. This said of the 3 the Ride 7 will have the most volume especially if one takes out the sock liner and replaces with a thinner one. The elite 9 the least. The Kinvara 9 now that I have worn them several weeks has stretched considerably from an initial snug fit comparable to elite and surprisingly for me anyway is the most comfortable on the run as its mesh is soft and pliable yet supportive.
Sam, Editor

Anonymous said...

Exciting review! How does the Ride 7 compare with Zoom Elite 9?

Thierry said...

Many thanks for this review.
I ran with different brands of shoes, Hoka, Nike, Altra, Adidas, Saucony. Since I discovered Gorun 5 I rediscover running. Light, comfortable, lots of bounce at low speed or fast. Awesome.
I just tried the Ride 7 in store and I have a hard time making up my mind. There is very little difference between 40 and 41EU. Almost the same width, half a centimeter more for the 41. I wear Gorun 5 in size 40. In your opinion, which are recommended?
Hello from France.

Sam Winebaum said...

Bonjour Thierry,
Difficile a dire mais étant donne que on peut courir la Ride 7 sans le insole ou avec un plus fin et je préfère comme ca trouvant la Ride 7 trop mou avec la insole fournit je dirait la 40 pour avoir cette option.
Sam, Editor

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for reading and asking! Elite 9 and Ride 7 are very different shoes. Elite has firm highly responsive forefoot from the Zoom Air unit and a relatively soft heel It is designed for faster paces and races. Ride 7 is considerably softer and more cushioned and more appropriate as a daily trainer.
Sam, Editor

Thierry said...

Bonjour Sam, merci pour la réponse rapide !
Indeed, I found the insole a little thick. I use orthopedic insoles that are a bit thinner under the forefoot. The 40 will be the best choice, thank you for the advice.

Nik said...

Hello and thanks for the comprehensive review. I tried the shoes in a Skechers shop this weekend and I was positively surprised. I am a neutral runner seeking maximum cushioning to protect my sans-ACL, sans-half meniscus right knee (I typically run Saucony ISO Triumph and Adidas Supernova). Do you think the Ride 7 provide sufficient cushioning and protection? And would you say they are at par in terms of cushioning with the Nike Epic Ride, or more, or less?

Sam Winebaum said...

HI Nik,
Thanks for writing and asking! I am not a medical or PT person. Are you looking for stability with the cushion for your ACL? Based on the other shoes you mention the Ride 7 would provide a softer bouncier cushion than Triumph and less stability. Compared to Supernova it is far lighter maybe not quite as bouncy. Ride 7 is a very well cushioned shoe but not as stable as the other two. The Epic React has a denser and for me less lively cushion than the Ride 7 but plenty of it. If you are looking for maximum cushion you might also look at a Hoka Bondi review here: http://www.roadtrailrun.com/2017/12/hoka-one-one-bondi-5-review-equally-at.html. Also very seriously consider Skechers GORun Road Ultra 2 review here: http://www.roadtrailrun.com/2017/07/gorun-ultra-r-2-review-bentley-of.html It is more cushioned and stable than Ride 7 while light.
Sam, Editor

Anonymous said...

Hi Derek,
Fellow Singaporean here, really glad to read your review on how the shoes fares on our little island. Only issue with Gorun Ride 7 is that it is still not available in Skechers concept stores locally.

Looking forward to reading shoe reviews from you and other editors!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sam

If you had to choose between:
- Skechers Gorun Ride 7
- Saucony Zealot ISO3
- Saucony Ride 10

For low pace, long distance (half, marathon...), recovery, footing
Wich one? :)

Merci pour la réponse !

Sam Winebaum said...

HI Thierry,
Merci de lire et écrire avec ta question.
Lots to consider in your question. If extra stability is not a requirement and longevity of outsole is less of a concern then the Ride 7 would be the first choice. It is both the softest and most fun to run. My second choice would be the Zealot ISO 3, a more sturdy, lighter firmer shoe.
You can find reviews of all below at the index page.
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Thierry said...

Hi Sam

Thanks for your fast reply!
I have the Gorun 5 and the Kinvara 8. I love the squishy and the lightness of the Gorun 5, as well as its fit, they are comfortable at slow pace, and very nervous at a fast pace, but I find it lacks a little stability, I do not have a stride perfectly straight with. I also like the Kinvara 8 because they are more stable, the stride is better guided, they are light, but a little too firm in the front of the foot. With Kinvara I have a periostitis pain beginning from the 2nd or 3rd kilometer. I use orthopedic insoles. I'm looking for the best of both models, either Skechers or Saucony. I just tried the Ride 7 in store but it's hard to know without really running. I found them very comfortable. I have never tried the Zealot yet. I do not know if they have more cushioning than the Kinvara. I will read your test.


demian said...

Hi Guys,

Just picked up a pair of these and I think I'm going to love this shoe. Have not run in them and my only concern is they are bit tight feeling and I got them in my usual size (11). Will they break in a bit?

Also, a dumb question: Is a sock liner the same as the insole? I never knew it was an option to remove it and run without it.


Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Demisn,They will break in some and the sockliner insole will pack down some and upper will stretch. I was sent a half size up and found them roomy after breaking in. I took socklinerc out and put an old race flat thin one in to stabilize and firm up a bit. Prefered “Ride” that way but to roomy at half size up. Sam, Editor

MechaDriver said...

Hi Sam. I am really interested in this shoe, but was wondering how it compared to the Adidas Supernova Glide 9. I am looking for the same "bounce," and cushioning, but in a lighter shoe. I was also considering the Nike Epic React Flyknit, but it seemed to be firmer.


Sam Winebaum said...

HI MechaDriver,
The Ride 7 would fit your needs well coming from the Supernova. You will immediately notice the considerably lighter weight and better balance. I find the Supernova heel heavy. If you wanted a bit more stability and also cushion take a look at the GOrun Ultra Road 2. It is a bit stiffer not quite as agile as the Ride 7 but a great shoe,
Sam, Editor

demian said...

So after trying the Ride 7 and Forza 3, I might end up gong with the Napali. It seems to have the perfect balance of cush and firm. I had stability problems with the Ride 7 and the Forza 3 was too firm. Has anyone else experienced this? Maybe I didn't give the Ride 7 a fair shake.

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi demian, did you try putting a thinner flat sock liner in Ride 7 to stabilize and firm it up a bit? As i suggested in review? Worked for me. I would alternate Ride 7 and Forza 3 as you have both.
Sam, Editor

demian said...

Hi Sam,
Maybe I'll give it another try. Can you recommend a company that makes the thinner sock liner?

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Demian,
Don't know of any specific thinner ones beyond at one point Inov-8 sold flat thin ones. Not sure now. What I did was take one out of a race type shoe and swap in. Another option would be to add a more substantial supportive insole to your Ride 7 such as a Currex here https://www.runningwarehouse.com/catpage-CURACC.html?from=rtr
Sam, Editor

Ben Margeson said...

Any updates on the longevity of the shoes? I read on one review elsewhere that they won't last as long as a normal shoe (there it was 160 miles). What have you found? Love the thought of these shoes but worried about them being a bit narrow and not very durable. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sam. I am really interested in trying out this shoe but I don't know if this or the Asics Gel Nimbus 20 would be better for me since I am an underpronator. Would this shoe be good for that? Thanks!

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous,
The Ride 7 and Cumulus 20 are both neutral shoes with the Cumulus having more medial or pronation support. If you want a more stable supportive neutral shoe with longer last outsole consider the Cumulus. If you want a livelier, lighter bouncier shoe the Ride 7.
Sam, Editor

Unknown said...

I really enjoy your reviews and wonder if you are going to take a look at the new Skechers GoRun Maxroad 3 Ultra. It looks like the update to the GoRun Ultra Road 2 but with the new FlightGen midsole. I was already to go for the Ride 7, but then saw this new model on the Skechers website. I do like the idea of the extra cushioning even with my recently adapted forefoot/midfoot strike. I've also just purchased the Altra Escalante and find the cushioning and spring it gives amazing with its EGO midsole. So basically, should I hold out for the new Maxroad 3 Ultra over the Ride 7 or even the GoRun Ultra R2?

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Anonymous said...

so i bought this shoe after reading your page and many other glowing reviews, and have put in some mileage (or kilometreage to me) into them, some thoughts:

My big problem is the stiff overlay strap on the medial side of the foot. I got mine in true to size for me (US men's 8.5), the length is perfect, the upper feels great on lace-up, but when cornering the stretchy mesh upper does not lock down the foot well and I need to slow down when cornering, or else it feels like my foot slips sideways.

Lacing down tightly actually resolves this problem but then after about 3 km or so into the run I develop chafing on the medial sole of my foot related to the overlay strap, which soon develops into a blister. I have (probably foolishly) tested this twice so far, and developed a blister on both attempts. Lace tightly - blister, less tightly, no blister.

Like Derek, I too am a doctor from sunny, humid Singapore and the upper does get a little hot after several kilometres in, but nothing too terrible and it's bearable.

Otherwise the shoe actually feels fantastic, light, great cushioning, really smooth transitioning.

Overall, if only the upper had some different design for support isntead of one stiff strap on the medial side this would be a nearly perfect shoe for me, but as it is, currently I can't lace it down as tightly as I would like or I suffer blistering. It still works well for runs in long relatively straight routes, but I have to slow down significantly when cornering because the stretchy upper doesn't lock down well.

Still, don't regret buying this to try it out, it was (relatively) inexpensive compared to some of the other running shoes out there and the cushioning is really great.

I'm waiting to see if the next version has a better upper!

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous, Thank you very much for your insights and feedback on the Ride 7. I wonder also if the softness of the midsole and for me anyway somewhat unstable forefoot as a result is a factor causing your foot to collapse medially against the strap? Have you tried a different firmer sock liner or a thin flat one with thicker socks understanding this may not be ideal in your climate. Sam, Editor

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great reviews. I have GRR7's which are great. Do you know anything about these new shoes? Looks like an improved Ride 7 with maybe stability rails and 1 oz lighter: https://www.skechers.com/en-gb/style/55216/skechers-gorun-pure/bllm


abaynp said...

What a fantastic review.. I just bought an odyssey react, and reading this review makes me think to try the return feature of the shop haha. What do you think about cushioning, responsiveness, and stability between these shoes? at last, thankyou for this wonderful comprehensive review :)

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi abaynp,
Thanks for kind words! We'll keep at it! Unfortunately we have not yet reviewed the Odyssey React. Just guess I would think the Odyssey would be more stable.
Sam, Editor

greg said...

Thoughts on Go Run 7 vs. Kinvara 9? I have the Kinvara 9 and like them. Not sure if my next purchase should be another pair of Kinvara 9's or try Skechers? Looking for input from anyone who has run in both of these. Thanks.

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Greg,
Do you mean GO Run Ride 7 or January releasing GO Run 7. If GO Run Ride 7 vs Kinvara both are great shoes but you want the Kinvara 10 coming January not 9 see our K10 review here: https://www.roadtrailrun.com/2018/11/saucony-kinvara-10-review-its-tko-real.html. You will find the GRR 7 to have a livelier ride but overall a less stable one upfront with K10 slightly firmer,K10 is also lighter, The K10 is significantly improved over the 9 with a easier fitting upper and more flexibility up front.

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Greg,
As far as GO Run 7 it is lighter than GRR7 sitting between Kinvara and GRR7 in cushion. We will have a review soon but can say it has the new Hyper Burst midsole foam and is livelier yet than the GRR7.
Sam, Editor

Thierry said...

A year later, I still can't do without the Gorun 5. They are worn, but I still feel as good in it. Unfortunately this product becomes difficult to find. I don't know which Skechers model to replace them. I think that the Gorun Ride 7 are not as light and nervous as the Gorun 5. I can do a recovery run, or go very fast with the Run 5. They are incredible! I tried many shoes during this time (saucony, asics, adidas, nike, altra...), and I always come back to the Gorun 5. They have something magical. Help me choose their replacements :) Best.

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Thierry,
Stayed tuned. The GO Run 7 may be a worthy replacement. Lighter yet very snappy from the new Hyper Burst with a stretch knit like upper. Review soon. If you want a bit less shoe and yet lighter the Razor 3 Hyper. Review here: https://www.roadtrailrun.com/2018/10/skechers-performance-gorun-razor-3.html
Sam, Editor

Thierry said...

Oh oh oh! Can't wait! Thanks for your reply Sam ^^

Anonymous said...

How do you think the stability of the shoe could be improved? Maybe changing the sock liner?

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous,
I changed sock liner to a firmer denser one and improved forefoot stability for sure and heel a touch as well.
Sam, Editor

Anonymous said...

is the 6mm drop with or without the insole?

Thierry said...

Hi Sam,
Razor 3 is not yet available in France.
And the Skechers Store near my home is now definivetly closed :(
In France, Skechers is a brand for young people or fashion wear. Less runners have this kind of shoes here.
So, i just received a pair of Go Run Ride 7 this morning, buyed on the e-shop.
Same size as the Go Run 5, the toe box seems tighter and shallower, I feel like it's smaller. But the lenght is good. The midsole is higher too but the cushion seems to be the same as good, both soft and nervous.
Time to go to a run!

Sam Winebaum said...

Glad you were able to get your hands on a pair. The toe box does feel tighter and shallower as the knit is denser and less stretchy, more secure I find. They take a few runs to stretch some. Let us know how they work out for you please. Merci!
Sam, Editor

Thierry said...


After a 7kms and a 10kms run, just one word to qualify these shoes: Awesome.
My need was to have the same feel of the gorun5 with a little more cushion.
Gorun Ride 7 have lot of cushion but they are very responsive.
Running with the mid or forefoot is a pleasure.
And you're right. The knit is more secure than the gorun. The foot is well maintained.
I just have a weird sensation on my left foot. It seem not flat like i could have a supination foot.
I need more runs (longest runs or intervalls speed) to have a definitive opinion.
Note: before buying the Ride 7, i decided to get a pair of Altra Escalante (i had a pair of Altra Torin 2.5 last year). I love the sensation under the mid-forefoot with Escalante. I found the same feel with the Ride 7.
Thought they use the same foam?

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Thierry,
That's good news! That left foot sensation where is it? under the foot or the upper?
Torin 2.5 was and is one of my favorite Altra due to its secure upper. I used it for both road and non technical trails.
Sam, Editor

Surly Bill said...

I know this is an older review, but this model is still current, and I just bought a pair!

M56, 40 miles a week, 170lbs, supinator

I wear a lot of Skechers running shoes; UltraRoad2, GoRun5, GoRun6, GoMeb5, MaxTrail, UltraTrail4.

The GoRun Ride-7 is NOT a cushioned shoe! My 5-miler in them today was eye opening, because so many reviews claim they are "plush" or "very cushioned". They are very firm, more so than any of my other Skechers except the GoMebs, of course.

The firm, less flexible midsole (compared to UltraRoad2/MaxRoad and GoRun-6) is snappier, and facilitates faster paced running better. Dipping below 6:00 pace in my UR2 feels mushy, but the Ride7 seems tuned for it.

The upper is very comfortable, and I was surprised that it kept my foot locked in place at speed, unlike the GoRun6 with a similar knit upper. I think the difference is the tongue, and eyelet reinforcement on the Ride7. It makes for a more stable attachment to your foot.

The outsole has thicker rubber than the UR2 and GR6, and I suspect it will last longer than the 350 miles I get out of those other models. It isn't as rockered as the others, and my semi-midfoot strike was very loud, but that may also be due to the different rubber compound.

The heavier weight of the Ride7 was noticeable compared to UR2/GR6. The snappy rebound made up for the extra weight, but the firmer midsole would probably take it's toll on runs longer than an hour. The 6mm drop felt more like 8mm, again, probably due to the firmer midsole not allowing me to "sink in" as much. I have a bad achilles, and at least on this one run the Ride7 did not aggravate it (similar less flexible shoes often do).

My take? I like them, but won't wear them for many training runs longer than 10k/6M, or for speedwork. I think their sweet spot for me is tempo and threshold runs between 3-6M. I also expect to use them for junk miles (just plain old running with no purpose) between 4-6 miles. The Ride-7 is a very mainstream neutral running shoe, similar to Brooks Ghost, Hoka Clifton, Saucony Guide, Nike Pegasus. But more comfortable than any of them.

For me, the MaxRoad is the best training shoe Skechers makes right now, at least for longer runs. I'm looking forward to getting the Razor-3 Hyper for fast paced stuff.

Thierry said...

Agree with Surly Bill.
After some runs with the GRR7, the midsole feels firmer.
My expect was to replace the GR5 but not.
The GR5 is lighter, with more plush.
I'm training since more than one month with minimalist shoes (Merrell Gloves) to learn a better run.
Then, between some runs, i change for a cushion shoe. I've the choice with GRR7 and GR5, and finally i take the GR5.
I'm waiting for the GR7!!

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Surly Bill and Thierry,
Thanks for your input and comments
Sam, Editor

José Gomes said...

Congratulations to the RTR team for the nice reviews.
I was influenced by you to buy one pair of Ride 7, on June 2018. I agree with Peter Stuart it's a very enjoyable shoe to ride. After 650km on them, I d'ont notice any severe signs of wear - I am a light runner: 65kg, 65 years - but, I can feel the wear in my lower back, I fell pain after a 13 km run. Although it seems visually OK, the midsole is not working properly.

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Jose,
Thanks for the kind words about RTR and our team!
At 650km I think your GRR7 are due for replacement. While these days I run in so many shoes and not as long when a shoe with big mileage produces unusual pains I usually conclude it is time to replace.
Sam, Editor

demian said...

These GRR7's have been amazing. Perfect blend of cushion and firmness and great bounciness. I'm a heavier runner at 215 lbs and they've been perfect, especially with the first liner taken out.