Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hands down.....

Hands down, GoRun 2 is up against and wins other 4mm shoes according to Tyler Matthews Running


More friends back home in Sweden has discovered Skechers GoRun2. Unfortunately you have to order them from UK at this time. Hopefully in the near future my fellow Swedish runners can get them easier!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Skechers GoBionic Trail Review

I haven not been running much on trails the last couple of years, but when I first started my running here in US I picked trail over pavement. I used shoes like Montrail, Brooks Cascadia, The North Face and several of different of INOV-8's. I never really got the wow feeling in any of these shoes although they did the works on the trails here in NJ. This year I have covered 100% of my running using SKECHERS. Light flexible, responsive and with the road feel I have been searching for. So when I sent the GoBionic Trail I was hoping the shoes would offer me the same feel on the trails. Close to the ground, secured grip and a nice feel for the trail (without getting the feet beat up). So here we go....

The upper offers light synthetic mesh with some glued stripes in the arch area to keep the foot in place. The front and toe part has the same stretchy material as the original GoBionic. This offer a roomy toe box without a sloppy feeling. The lacing system is also a carry over from the the road version, pretty much standard. When looking at the shoe is does not look very breathable but been using here in NJ with degrees between 90-100 in July, I can guarantee this shoe breaths pretty well. I also used the shoes for a 5 mile trail race with a higher pace. The foot stays in place and the toes are protected. At this time I have only heard from other runners that the shoe drains really well. The tongue is integrated and keeping unnecessary debris out of the shoe.

The outsole offers a new compound called Resagrip, its pretty much a firmer form of Resalyte. By looking under the shoe you can see how SKECHERS designer has copied the idea of  the flex grooves from the road version but without the having the deep cuts. The grip is superb and a bit sticky, while racing I could focus on the pace and racing and I did not have to be worried about traction. Lugs are bigger then on other shoes I have used in the past again offer a great traction. No mud or rocks stays under the shoe while running. Outsole offers a flexible ride and your feet are protected by a lightweight rock diffusion plate. The ride is very true and close to what the other Skechers shoes offer. You stay close to the ground, trail and nature without getting your feet beat up. Also this shoe can handle the pavement pretty good, not being to firm. 

GoBionic Trail offers a  2 in 1 custom fit - wear with insole for a 4mm heel drop plus enhanced cushioning and protection, or remove the insole for a zero-drop barefoot-like experience. So far I have not tried the shoe with zero drop. I'm pretty happy with the sizing and the feel of the 4mm drop. I do believe this could effect the fit and sizing but as mentioned I have no experience. An Ortholite integrated anti-microbial sockliner helps inhibit odor, which could be good after a sweaty long summer.

Northern NJ  offers rough rocky trails. Often you find your feet being beaten and bruised. The GoBionic Trail has been offering great protection at the same time as they have been giving me the close to the ground feeling I like. I was looking for a shoe that could offer the same feeling asmy road shoes. GoBionic trail is the answer as they offer the same feeling for the trails, close to the ground. The foot stays in place and if you choose to pick up pace the shoes will respond well and offer great traction. Today when other running brands are bringing their shoes closer to the $150 mark. SKECHERS stays at $80. For that price you get according to me a shoe that offers one of the best feelings for the trails with a great traction. Get closer to the trails, get closer to nature. Get GoBionic Trail......

Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive Running shoes from Skechers Performance Division as part of their Skecher Performance Division brand ambassador program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

SKECHERS news.....

Skechers team is getting bigger!!! The latest week Skechers has announced two new talented  team members.

Jessica Crate:
" Growing up in Victoria, British Columbia, Jessica dominated on her high school track and cross country teams while excelling as a two-time Canadian and World Junior Nationals team member. She attended Arizona State University and Florida State University on both academic and athletic scholarships then followed her collegiate career with a transition to long-distance endurance running. Jessica finished her first marathon—the 2009 Las Vegas Rock-N-Roll—an amazing first in her age group and 9th overall. In 2010, her first year competing in triathlon, she qualified for the National Age-Group Championships and a chance to compete for Team USA at the World Championships in 2012. Next up is a focus on qualifying for the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics and completing her first Ironman 70.3 before heading to Worlds. A USA Track & Field certified natural running instructor in her “free” time, Jessica is excited to be on the team and loves that her Skechers GOrun 2 shoes have “a racy feel and put you in touch with the road.” 

Adrian Sherrod
 " A recent graduate of Chico State, Adrian was the 2011 CCAA Conference Champion and 2-time Division 2 All-American in Cross-Country. His PRs for Cross Country are an impressive 14:09 for the 5K and 29:52 for the 10K. Adrian will begin his transition to road races this fall and is excited to be wearing Skechers Performance footwear as he accomplishes more success in this next phase of his athletic career."

 Competitor Running has released a series of exercise videos with Meb, check it out!


GoBionic Trail Reviews

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

GoRun2 Review....

Great review from the Vagabond Running guys!

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Blueberry sounds like a winner for Steamtown marathon!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Trail Running/ Summer Solitice 5Mile trail race!

I'm not doing trail races to often but every year I'm coming back to one of my favorite race "Summer Solstice 5 mile in NJ. Its a great race with lot of great people. Great pre and post racing activities. The race itself is really tough, single track and 2 miles on muddy rail beds. Youre climbing over 2 ridges with really step hills. The day of the race was really hot and humid, not my kind of weather. A week ahead of the race I started to try Bee Pollen for my allergies, and I have to say it works wonder! Still my breathing gets a bit heavy when I'm racing but it feel so much better.

A couple of fast guys showed up for the race and I placed 5th. I pretty much kept my placement during the whole race. I did some surges on the rail bed but was not able to get rid of the two guys who was following me. I was also trying to save energy for the last ridge at the same time. Last mile my legs were done  and I had to control my steps on the down hills.

Prior to the race Skechers Performance Division sent me a pair of the new Go Bionic Trail shoe. What a great trail shoe it was. Traction worked really well over the ridges, on the rail beds. Feet felt protected against the rocky NJ trails but at the same time you had a great connection to the trails. Very light weight and fast feel. Longer review when I have more miles on them.

 Trail running is really fun and you always meet great people at the races, a very relaxed atmosphere. This year I will definitely try to catch more trail races in between my Marathons training with my new Skechers Go Bionic Trail shoes!