Friday, August 19, 2022

Skechers GO Run Persistence Multi Tester Review & New Craft Beer/Shoe Pairing! 5 Comparisons

Article by Steve Gedwill, Alex Tilsley Renee Krusemark, Dominique Winebaum and Sam Winebaum

Skechers GO Run Persistence ($120)


Introduction

The Persistence is a brand new daily trainer from Skechers. It features a bouncy Ultra Flight foam, a carbon infused partial H-Plate to stabilize and provide mild propulsion, and a copious GoodYear outsole. It is both reasonable in weight at 9.5oz  / 269g (men’s US9) for its 34mm heel / 28mm forefoot stack height and very fairly priced at $120. 

While not cushioned with Skechers Hyperburst supercritical foam as their other trainers and racers are, it was immediately apparent that this new flavor of UltraFlight, clearly bouncier and more dynamic than I remember Ultra Flight to be and the H Plate promised a solid and fun ride.  Did they deliver?


And be sure to see our new “Comparison” at the end of the Comparisons section. Steve, a craft beer enthusiast and actually professional in the field, will pair the Persistence to a craft beer at the end of the Comparisons section!

Pros:

Bouncy, well modulated ride: foam and H plate sandwiched between a stout stabilizing outsole and effective Arch Fit insole: Sam/Dominique/ Mike P/Steve/Alex

Comfortable, spacious (also see Cons), breathable upper: Sam/ Dominique/Mike P

Reasonable weight for 34/28 stack, outsole coverage, and upper: Sam/Steve

Very fair value at $120 for a durable quite exciting daily trainer with a healthy dose of carbon “infused” fun: Sam//Steve


Cons:

Broad heel cup with soft padding and no gusset tongue required a lace lock, very rare for all of us at true to size, with the lock proving effective: Sam/Dominique/Mike P/Alex

Breathable upper absorbs quite a bit of moisture gaining weight:  Sam/Dominique

Arch support may feel a bit “much” underfoot for some Mike P

Upper is a bit voluminous true to size: Dominique/Sam


Stats

Estimated Weight: men's 9.5oz  / 269g (US9)  /  women's 8 oz / 227g (US8)

men’s  9.9 oz / 282g (US 9.5), 9.24oz  / 262g US8.5

women’s 8.45 oz / 239g US9

Stack Height: 34 mm heel / 28 mm forefoot, 6mm drop

Available now. $120 ($115 at our partner Running Warehouse here)


First Impressions, Fit and Upper

Dominique: The Go Run Persistence™ is a new model and my first pair of running shoes from Skechers although I am quite familiar with the brand.  I received mine in blue and the shoe has a minimal stylistic look; nothing catchy but sleek in its simplicity.  For a neutral and everyday training shoe, it is quite lightweight – 8.45oz/240g in my size 9.  The Persistence™ is extremely comfortable yet the fit is quite roomy in my regular size 9. 


I ended up using the lace lock for a more secure fit halfway through my first run in them, which made a big difference in the hold, especially at the heel.  Also, to keep my foot securely in place, I have to tie my shoelaces pretty tightly.  

The upper is also quite stretchy and has no overlays beyond those to  the back of the shoelace system.  

In short, the upper is a bit voluminous from a design standpoint.  I give the upper a high rating in terms of breathability with its countless ventilation holes  although air moisture penetrates and accumulates as well on humid days.  


The molded heel counter which is an “additional feature” of the Persistence™ works well for me when using the lock lacing technique, but otherwise is not holding my heel securely in place.  


The shoelace system works very smoothly with the shoelaces gliding easily through the eyelets, which also makes it easier to use the lock lacing technique.  Yet, given that my shoelaces are consistently in “locked mode” re-entry is a bit tedious as I need to pull each strand in order to get into my shoes for my next run.  


Sam: Dominique describes the upper well. It is comfortable, quite wide and forgiving in the toe box (and well held there) but lacks rear hold without a lace lock.

I was sent my usual true to size and it is extremely rare at TTS that I need a lace lock but for sure so here, doing so before even my first run. Yet, once in place the hold quite dramatically improved and further improved with thicker socks. Enough so it was adequate for most moderate pace daily training but sadly still a bit lacking for faster paces as the rear collars are soft and not as supportive as I would like.

The mesh is soft, the tongue also soft if not over plush and there is not much midfoot structure even via logos as often is done. There is no gusset tongue. While there are overlays leading from the lace up to the rear in all the right places it was only with the lace lock that they became effective and my heel was moderately well held.

 As said above it is extremely rare that I require a lace lock at true to size but here I clearly did. Contributing to the need to do so is a relatively wide heel opening and soft collar padding that is neither over plush or over thick but very comfortable, too comfortable really to be effective as it could be.

As far as the look of my black pair..I much prefer Dominique’s classy blue!

Steve: I could be the unofficial RTR Skechers Pro, having put most of my training miles in the Hyper Razor 3, Razor Excess, and Razor Excess 2 in the last year. The closest comparison being the Excess 2, which also contains the ArchFit® and Carbon H-Plate. The Go Run Persistence™ has a Cadillac like step in feel and fit. Follow me here, it has ample room, the ArchFit® cradles the foot nicely and is super comfortable. The shoe just feels like ‘home’ right away. The upper is not overly padded and thick, but is actually quite breathable. 

The tongue is well padded without feeling overly bulky.  I’m a big fan of the elastic like laces Skechers provides on most models including the Persistence™. I believe it provides a nice hold and never find the need to double knot. Sam and Dominick described having to use the lace lock technique to get a secure heel lock, which wasn’t the case for me. 


Though I do have to tighten the laces quite a bit, I felt it held my foot securely in place with no heel slippage. I was sent my usual true to size and it fits perfectly. I also received the all black pair like Sam, but I don’t mind the simplistic look. I’m all about bright colors, but it’s nice to have something neutral in the rotation “I’m back in black” an ACDC fan yells out!


Renee: I love to love Skechers. The brand’s running shoes don’t always get the love they deserve. Or, maybe it’s Skechers’ HyberBurst midsole that I love? The Persistence is my first Skechers without HyberBurst, so it was time to put my Skechers love to the test. Do I love the brand? The midsole? Both? 

Overall, the Persistence is a decent daily trainer at a decent price. The upper is comfortable and padded enough in the heel and tongue for what I expect from a daily trainer. As compared to my other Skechers, my women’s size 8 felt just a tad longer, but I see no need to half size down. 

As other reviewers mentioned, I felt the heel opening was wide, but using all the laces helped to keep my heel secure. The upper fits more generously than other Skechers (any of the Razor line or the Ride 10), but the laces have enough elasticity to tighten as needed. For sizing, I suggest true-to-size. 

Alex: My first Skechers! I’ve heard good things about the brand and was curious about the carbon forefoot in an everyday trainer. So here we go!


Like Dominique, I got the blue colorway, and immediately loved the look. It’s not flashy, but it’s a shoe you could wear every day, and it looks sleek. Stepping in, I immediately noticed the arch support. I worried a little bit, as I sometimes get blisters from aggressive arch supports, but so far have not had that problem with the Persistence. The shoe felt surprisingly cushioned given it’s relatively low-profile look, and I was eager to get them out the door. 


I tested a women’s 6.5, which is true-to-size for me. They initially looked long, but don’t feel long on the foot. The forefoot is not overly narrow, and the upper holds the foot very securely. I was actually surprised by how secure the upper was, given that there are no overlays or other pieces that often add structure. 


At the heel, however, I was crazing a bit more lockdown. The heel cup feels wide, and I’ve yet to find the perfect lacing situation that holds my heel firmly in place while not being too tight across the forefoot or midfoot. The good news is, on long or easy runs this really isn’t intrusive. I’d just want a bit more lock down if I was going to race or do significant speedwork.


Midsole

Sam: Ultra Flight, is an EVA foam that to me feels like a TPU as adidas Boost or Saucony all TPU PWRRUN + or an EVA/TPU blend as PWRRUN is. It has a more bouncy rebound than regular EVA that is for sure.  It does not have the springy light feel of Skechers main performance foam Hyperburst, a supercritical EVA being a bit more forgiving here than say in the somewhat lower stack lighter but similar Razor Excess 2. 


The forefoot has a carbon infused “H-Plate” for stability and some propulsion which I found effective in combination with the copious full coverage outsole, actually surprising me as I expected the shoe to be slappy, stiff and firm. Lo and behold they quite rapidly developed some snappy front flex ahead of the ball of the foot plate, something I like in a plated or shanked trainer.


The foam feel is energetic and fun, plenty soft enough and not mushy or unstable. It is kept under control by the thick outsole the length of the shoe and up front by the H Plate. A really pleasing and relatively fast ride underfoot with none of the instabilities of the Max Road 5, at the heel especially, or the more dull and thick feel of the Skechers Ride  (RTR Review), also still a fine daily trainer.  


Dominique: With my first step in the Persistence™, I noticed the added arch support from the insole, Skechers®  ArchFit®, which is podiatrist-certified and designed to mold your foot for better shock absorption and weight dispersion. 

The insole is not designed for energy rebound like the beaded “boomerang” type  in Inov-8 and Craft shoes, however, it is in a league of its own by cuddling the arches and potentially helping reduce foot injuries - a feature that I value greatly. 


The Ultra Flight midsole foam, is cushiony and has more rebound than my prior test running shoes, the  Puma Run XX Nitro (compared in more detail at the end of the article). I am enjoying the feel of the midsole which is very comfortable and protective along with being bouncy, but not overly so.  The midsole includes a carbon-infused forefoot plate to promote stability and to enhance energy return at the toe-off, a feature that gives the Persistence™ a definite edge for a trainer  in the lower price range.  


Steve: Sam and Dominique do a great job covering the technical details of the midsole. The generous 34mm heel/28mm forefoot stack (compared to 30mm heel/26mm forefoot on the Razor Excess 2) is soft, stable and quite enjoyable for easy miles. The Ultra Flight foam doesn’t have the same ‘pop’ as the hyperburst, but it is surprisingly springy and lively midsole. Add in the H-Plate upfront for added stability and snap at toe off, makes for a slamming deal at $120.  


Renee: EVA and not TPU? Could have fooled me. I agree with Sam, the UltraFlight midsole has more rebound and bounce than a typical EVA midsole (especially in a daily trainer). The ArchFit is apparent and is comforting, depending on pace and foot strike.

Unlike in the Razor line-up, the ArchFit seems to support further back on the arch. I have a more natural foot roll with the MidStrike Skechers shoes. I agree with Steve: HyberBurst feels faster in comparison, but as a daily trainer, “faster” isn’t always what a runner needs. The carbon-infused forefoot plate is felt, but I honestly would like the shoe better without it. The plate creates a firmer landing, but for speed work I’d prefer the Excess 2 or Razor 3 anyway. 

Alex: The UltraFlight midsole feels too springy to not have some kind of TPU in it! It reminds me most of Saucony PWRRUN – it’s cushy but not dense, and gives you a bit of rebound without it feeling unnatural. The carbon plate under the forefoot integrates seamlessly, adding just enough extra pop without making the shoe to stiff or inflexible. 

Outsole

Dominique: A Goodyear® outsole is a first for me and a fairly new collaboration for Skechers.  One can expect the outsole to be extra durable and for sure provide great stability and traction.  

Sam: The copious outsole should prove very durable. Its full coverage, including at midfoot adds stability to the platform and plays well with the Hyper Arc rocker profile. Ultra Flight foam and H Plate with even given the quite rigid platform no slappiness.


Steve: The Goodyear outsole rubber has been quite durable on my other Skechers models, the Persistence™ has the whole kit and caboodle of Goodyear coverage. It should hold up for many miles, I’m very confident of that. Earlier today I ran on a slick sidewalk that was being hosed down with some loose debris and had great traction, even dodging around a few obstacles. Side note, I requested a quick cool down spray and the nice lady was happy to oblige. 

Renee: I echo everyone else. I run mostly on gravel, so I love a daily trainer with a decent outsole. The Goodyear rubber has great grip (similar to other Skechers) and enough pattern in the treads to help with traction off pavement. 


Alex: The only thing I can add to these great comments is that I (unintentionally) ran in the Persistence through a rain storm and never once worried about traction, even on wet bricks. 


Ride

Dominique: The Persistence™ has a rather stiff platform given the HyperArc™ rocker and carbon-infused forefoot plate enhancing the stability of the shoe and which also generates

 some energy return at the toe-off.  Yet, the cushioning is extremely comfortable and offsetting the stiffness of the shoe.  With my lace-lock in place, I have been enjoying the ride which is steady, comfortable, and bouncy, all in equal amounst.  I can count on my  Persistence™when picking up the pace, or when  just enjoy the ride on most runs.  


Sam: The ride has a very nice balance of pleasing softer bounce, stability (outsole and plate), with some propulsion from the plate of a more mellow than most variety as up front it also has some flex. It is a versatile, forgiving ride with plenty of excitement and especially so for a $120 shoe. I found it handled, laced locked with thicker socks  most daily training paces and is fine for recovery runs as it doesn’t require a distinct mid to forefoot strike to roll along.  It could easily handle faster paces and tempo if the upper had better hold for me and could also could be a really fine budget marathon shoe option. 

Steve: The HyperArc™ rocker has been a favorite feature of mine on several other Skechers models. The rocker paired with the H-plate creates a nice ride that has you roll through your stride seamlessly. Everything seems to play nicely together, it’s not overly soft or firm. The foam is lively, stable and quite forgiving. I could see these as a possible marathon shoe option like Sam has mentioned. It’s just a solid, very comfy shoe that can handle many miles and will leave your legs feeling fresh. 

Renee: My longest run with the Persistence was 14 miles, and I think it’s a shoe that can easily handle 20 + milers. The roll forward is good, thanks to the UltraFlight midsole, ArchFit, and H-plate combination. The shoe can handle a mix of easy to fast paces. As a daily trainer, I’m not sure I need the H-plate, and I found myself wanting the same feel under the heel/midfoot under my forefoot. Skechers has great options for fast or tempo paces in the Excess 2 and OG Razor 3. I’d choose either of those shoes for speed (at any distance), while the Persistence worked best for me at easy to moderate paces. 


Alex: For a shoe with a rocker and a (partial) carbon plate, the Persistence feels really natural on the run. I sometimes find rockered or plated shoes try to push me to run differently than I would naturally, but that is not the case here. There’s just enough flex that the stride doesn’t feel forced, but enough stiffness that you can feel some energy return. The springiness of the midsole and the snap from the plate make this a candidate for tempo runs, but it’s also a great shoe for easy runs, with just enough softness that you don’t feel like you’re beating up your feet but enough responsiveness that you don’t feel sluggish, either.


Conclusions and Recommendations

Dominique: I have adjusted to my Persistence™ being overly roomy by using the lace lock system and by tying the shoelaces pretty tight, though I would agree with Sam’s recommendations regarding several improvements in the upper to create a better hold.  I also appreciate the extra toe room, however, the upper itself is overly roomy in my regular size 9.  


Though extremely comfortable, the upper is my main concern, otherwise, my experience has been a positive one overall from the cushiony and responsive midsole, enjoyable ride, to the durable and steady Goodyear® outsole. 


This is my first pair of running shoes with a carbon-infused plate, albeit in the forefoot, so this is kind of exciting for me and for runners who can’t justify the “real thing”.  Once in a while, I run with my friend Karen, which means I go from my usual 11 m/mile pace to a 9:30 m/mile pace for 4 miles or so which I was able to do running in my Persistence™.  Indeed, this corroborates with Sam’s description of the ride as “fun and fast” as well as very stable too.  It’s a running shoe in the lower price ranges with many perks! 

Dominique: 

Ride: 9.6, Fit: 8, Value: 9.6, Style: 9.5, Traction: 9.6, Rock Protection: 9.7 Total: 9.33

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Sam: While the ride, expected durability, and value are all top notch, and top scoring, something had to give to bring the carbon infused plated, fine foamed, copious outsole, excellent insole, all playing well with each other in at $120 as such the Persistence will score lowish on Fit but high in Ride and Value.


Now the upper and Fit. For sure the upper is very comfortable, breathable, and roomy upfront but it is asking for a gusset tongue and better heel and midfoot hold as well as maybe a bit stiffer, less soft and easy going mesh and collar and tongue padding and foot opening. 


Wider higher volume feet may find a good fit and hold but it is very rare I have to resort to a lace lock to secure the rear, and here, while it improved the hold, things were still a bit too “casual” for me but got yet better with thicker socks in the mix. If you intend the shoe for walking and easy running and if you have wider higher volume feet you likely will be fine and happy. 


For me, the upper keeps the shoe from ranging into the faster side of daily training which is unfortunate as the platform is certainly up to it and then some. It reminds of the similar unstructured Brooks Glycerin 20 regular upper, super comfy to try on but lacking in support. These upper negatives aside, for some the comfort and spacious fit may be more of a plus.


The Ride is fast and fun and plenty stable underfoot for a neutral shoe from its excellent well integrated combination of the Arch Fit insole, quite bouncy UltraFlight foam, just right plate and GoodYear outsole. 

Sam’s Score:  8.95 /10

Ride: 9.4 Fit: 8  Value: 9.5 Style: 8.5


Steve: For a daily trainer, the Persistence™ checks all the boxes in my opinion. It has the right combination of responsiveness, comfort, and stability. The upper provides a well enough hold for me and is quite breathable. The plush heel counter and ArchFit® provides a comfortable cradle for my foot. My foot shape leans a little on the narrow side, so I was quite surprised to not experience heel slip like Sam and Dominick did. 


I thought going into this I was going to be missing my Hyperburst foam, but the Ultra Flight doesn’t disappoint. The Ultra flight foam makes for a very versatile trainer, it’s soft enough and provides a nice bouncy ride. The HyperArc® paired with the H-Plate keeps the ride easy and fun. Being a Skechers fan, this shoe delivers at $120 and will score pretty high for me.

Steve’s Score: 9.1 /10

Ride: 9.5 Fit: 8.5 Value 9.8 Style: 8.5

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Renee: I agree with Steve. As a $120 daily trainer, the Persistence checks all the boxes. I still love my HyberBurst foam midsoles, but the UltraFlight works well and feels good underfoot. I’m not sure I need the H-plate under the forefoot. I’d still choose a HyberBurst shoe for speed or faster paces, namely the Excess 2 or Razor 3. 

The midsole here is comforting, but I wouldn’t mind a softer forefoot landing for daily miles. 


The upper fit is a bit loose, but tightening the laces worked for me. I think we are used to Skechers’ performance line being narrow in the fit, so those who want more room and volume can get that with the Persistence. 


Yes, it’s a good shoe, at a good price, but in a competitive mix of daily trainers, the Persistence might not stand out from the crowd.

Renee’s Score: 9.1/10 (-.20 fit, -.20 style, .-50 ride)

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Alex: As others have said, as a daily trainer, the Persistence hits all the right marks. Affordable, comfortable, and adaptable – the Persistence can cover a range of runs, and a range of running styles. It’s an interesting shoe in that it sort of combines entry-level versions of innovations we’ve seen in shoes lately such as carbon type plates, but the result is a pretty normal feeling running shoe. And I mean that as a good thing!


For me, it hits a sweet spot of not being too aggressive but not being too soft or clunky, either. But it doesn’t necessarily feel innovative, if that’s what you’re looking for. 


My only quibble is the heel fit, which sort of rule this out for me as a true speedwork shoe. The loose heel is fine for slower runs, but I wish I could get it better locked down for some of the more speedy stuff. 

Alex’s score: 9.45/10 (Ride: 9.5; Fit: 9; Value: 10; Style: 10)

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5 Comparisons

Index to all RTR reviews: HERE

Skechers GO Run Razor Excess 2 (RTR Review)

Sam: The Excess has a 30 mm heel / 26 mm forefoot so 4 mm less stack height at the heel and 2mm less at the forefoot. The Razor Excess is 1 oz lighter and features a Hyperburst foam midsole and the same H Plate and has less outsole coverage.  The Persistence is softer, more easy going and bouncier compared to springier somewhat firmer Excess. Persistence makes a nice easier days complement to the Excess. I wish the Persistence had the Razor Excess’s more secure and lighter upper and if it did I would clearly prefer it as a daily trainer over Excess which for me leans more uptempo.


Steve: The Excess 2 has a similar step in feel, but holds a little more securely. I slightly enjoy the ride of the Razor Excess 2 more because of the springier ride and lighter weight. I ran in the Razor Excess 2 and the Persistence™ back to back and the weight difference is noticeable. The Razor Excess 2 might feel a bit firm in comparison, but the lightness and extra ‘pop’ from the Hyperburst is worth the tradeoff. I find that both are great options for easy runs, but the Excess 2 will shine brighter at faster paces.


Renee: Steve and Sam wrote it all. The Excess 2 is the better uptempo/speed day shoe. The response and spring from the forefoot landing is far better in the Excess 2, which is why I’d prefer the Persistence without the H-plate. For daily miles, the Persistence might be the better choice. I wore the same size in both, with the fit of the Persistence being less secure.


Skechers GO Run Ride 10 (RTR Review)

The Ride has an identical 34mm heel / 28 mm forefoot stack height and weighs 1.15 oz / 32g less as it swaps Hyperburst for UltraFlight, has a lighter and more performance fitting mono mesh and polyester upper, no H-Plate and a more segmented but still nearly full coverage outsole. It shares ArchFit with Persistence. Some of our testers thought it had a narrow toe box fit. I ran the 9 and not the 10 with the difference in the upper. They also felt it had a dull forefoot which for sure the H-plated Persistence does not have. If the Persistence upper fit works for you it is a better value and more exciting shoe and one costing $25 less than the Ride.


Renee: Probably the closest comparison, the Ride 10 and Persistence almost cancel each other out. Does the world need both? Both shoes are daily trainers. The Ride 10 has the typical, somewhat narrow (yet secure) Skechers upper, while the Persistence has a more generous fit. The Ride 10 does not have a plate, and for me, the forefoot ride felt surprisingly dull (for a Skechers). The Ride 10 is slightly lighter in weight and a bit better for upbeat paces. The plate in the Persistence is firm, but doesn’t necessarily make it a faster shoe. For some reason, the Ride 10 is priced at $145, so for a less expensive daily trainer option, the Persistence might be a better choice. 


Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 (RTR Review)

Sam: Overall no real contest here and for road and not just trail, the Pegasus Trail 4 has a superb secure upper with plenty of rear and midfoot hold and toe box room, if not quite the easy stretch yet secure toe box of the Persistence. The Peg 4 is lower in stack height and about 0.25 oz heavier.  Underfoot, it has very energetic React foam in a softer flavor than usual reminding a lot of the Ultra Flight here  There is no plate in the mix and no rocker but it does have a firmer flex at the back of its front outsole. Yes, it leans trail more than road but also ends up a superb road trainer as well and even though $20 more is a better and more versatile value. The tables might change if Persistence could approach Nike's upper.


Nike Zoom Pegasus 39 (RTR Review)

Sam: Nike’s classic daily trainer has a superb secure upper similar in toe box width and volume to the Peg Trail 4’s but a bit more structured and lower feeling. It is considerably firmer than the Persistence at the heel and has a thinner (by stack and feel) front of the shoe with its front air unit providing the response along the same lines and in the same place as Persistence’s H-Plate. The Skechers front (and rear) cushion and propulsion is more forgiving and deeper than the Peg’s making the underfoot platform suitable for a wider range of daily run types than the Nike, including for  longer easier runs. Again the Skechers upper..but in this match up its issues outweigh the benefits of its ride compared to the Peg so it gets a slight win.


Steve: The Nike Zoom Pegasus 39 has a very comfortable step in feel, much like the Persistence™. I feel they both provide a universal fit that has a roomy toe box and nice volume. The Air Units are pretty apparent in the Peg while walking around, but I feel like they didn’t add much to the run experience with the shoe coming off as quite firm at the forefoot. I find the Ultra Flight foam and rocker design of the Persistence™ to be more enjoyable and fun.  I honestly prefer the ride and feel of the Persistence™.


Puma Run Nitro XX (RTR Review)

Dominique: As stated by Skechers’ Senior Development Director, Tony, in an RTR Preview Video  (December 2021), the Persistence™ was initially designed as a shoe with women in mind.  “What is it that ladies want in a shoe”? Yet, the Persistence™ is not designed specifically for women unlike the Puma Run Nitro XX, which set them apart.  Similar in their price range, the Puma is slightly more at $130. Both are extremely comfortable and protective with each having their pros and cons. In regards to the Run Nitro XX, the fit was perfect for me with a great foothold, however, the midsole lacks a bouncy feel, and the outsole may not be as as durable.  On the other hand, the fit is too voluminous in the Persistence™ with the need to use the lace lock system in order to secure my foot.  A voluminous upper that is not keeping my feet securely in place, however, a more enjoyable ride than the Puma with a much more pronounced bounce and an outsole made with Goodyear® rubber that is bound to be very durable.  


Beer Comparison:

NEW! Steve is a craft beer enthusiast and actually a professional in that field. He will be pairing beers to the shoes he reviews!


Steve: I chose the new Sierra Nevada Liquid Hoppiness IPA to pair with the Persistence™. Sierra Nevada decided to produce this as a seasonal this year instead of the Oktoberfest. This ale pours a nice slightly hazy golden color. Aromas of tropical fruits and bitter pine. It has a pleasant bitterness and notes of juicy pineapple, mango and orange. 

How does this pair with the Persistence™? This is the type of beer that you would keep in your fridge as it’s a nice option that isn’t too much, but provides enough hoppy bitterness to scratch the itch. It has a homey comfortable vibe and I see it versatile for many palates. It’s also a great value for a 7.0% beer with a ton of flavor.  The Persistence™ is a versatile trainer that checks a ton of boxes at a great value! It’s a great shoe to have in any rotation and will work well for many.



Tester Profiles

Steve: A former high school track runner, turned physique competitor that jumped back on the running scene. Currently running 20-30 miles per week, my most recent race times are 36:07 for 8k and 47:12 10k. I am 6’0 175lbs and in my mid 30’s. I am a husband, dog dad, craft beer enthusiast and a big time shoe geek!


Sam is the Editor and Founder of Road Trail Run. He is 65 with a 2018 3:40 Boston qualifier. 2022 will be Sam’s 50th year of running with a decades old 2:28 marathon PR. These days he runs halves in the just sub 1:40 range if he is lucky, training 30-40 miles per week mostly at moderate paces on the roads and trails of New Hampshire and Utah. He is 5’9” tall and weighs about 164 lbs, if he is not enjoying too many fine New England IPA’s.


Dominique has run for over 40 years, consistently about 25 miles per week at paces between 10 and 11 minute miles. She races rarely, but always surprises more hard core runners in her age group when she does. She has a 1985 marathon PR of 3:16 in her second marathon which at the time put her on the top 10 Swiss women’s lists. She is the mother of two grown children, both runners post college, and enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, hiking and trekking, and gardening. 


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