Thursday, November 23, 2017

Running

Skechers GOBionic Trail

Yup; it’s the time of the year when runs start to get cold, wet and - if like me you live in a rural setting - pretty darned mucky! So with that in mind I thought this would be a good time to take a look at Skechers’ GOBionic Trail shoes.

The GOBionic Trails replace Skechers previous GORun Trail shoes (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and feature a slightly different approach, more akin to the GOBionic run shoes the firm introduced a while back. The idea of the GOBionic Trails is that they offer a ‘barefoot feel’ but with the obvious weather and sole protection you’d expect from a shoe designed for off-road runs.

Skechers GORun Ride

It has taken me quite a while to get round to writing this particular gear review. Not because I'm lazy (although some would argue I am!), but instead because it's actually taken quite a long time to form a definitive opinion on the Skechers GORun Ride.

Part of the problem has been that I've become such a fan of the Skechers GORun2 that I don't often wear anything else! But without negating the rest of the review, it's fair to say that the GORun Ride is a shoe that grows on you.

Skechers GOTrail

If you’re like me and are lucky enough to live in an area where the best running is off-road, then you’re going to need a good pair of trail running shoes (especially if you live in the UK, where ‘Summer’ seems to mean cold, wet and windy days!).

The GOTrails are the second shoe I’ve tested from the Performance Division at Skechers (you can read my initial review of the GORun2 shoe here).  The GOTrail is, as the name implies, designed to be a slightly more rugged shoe designed for off-road running.  As such, it has a different upper construction, a tougher and more rugged sole and a bit more support in the heel area.

Skechers GORun2 - In-depth Review

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Skechers, they make fashion shoes don’t they? Well, yes, but recently they’ve launched a Performance division focused on bringing to market a range of running shoes designed for comfort and, perhaps more importantly, speed!

On Cloudracer

IN DEPTH: On Cloudracer

On is a relatively new name in running shoes. However, a single glance shows that they are not just another trainer-clone, but are based on a different approach to how the foot strikes and then pushes off from the ground.

Put simply, the trainers have lugs on the bottom of the sole that are designed to deform on impact with the ground. Sounds similar to systems like those of K-Swiss and their blades? Well, yes and no.

The lugs – or as On calls them, CloudTec Elements, are designed to first deform (thus cushioning the vertical impact and also providing a more gentle horizontal deceleration) but then ‘teeth’ on the insides of the lugs lock, giving a more powerful push off forwards (think about it, without the teeth, you would lose energy as the lugs deformed in both directions from the strike to the push).

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