Friday, January 31, 2014

Skechers GoMeb Speed2 Review

Last year I was all set for Boston Marathon, shoe of choice was Saucony Fastwitch6. I had no doubt that Fastwitch6 was going to be the greatest flat for me. Enough of protection in a lightweight package. I have a small obsession for racing flats I have to admit, so I had been keeping my eyes open for Skechers GoMeb Speed. Anyone who has an interest in racing flats should have, it was #4 at the London 2012 Olympics. One problem, it was not going to be released in time for Boston Marathon. I contacted Skechers Running Division and asked about release date and they responded "we can send you a pair for you to try, plenty a time before Boston Marathon" Since I got the my first pair of GoMeb Speed, I  have never looked back and I did set a new PB at Boston Marathon. So of course I get a bit worried when Skechers Running Division announce that they are going to release GoMeb Speed2 at the NYC Marathon expo only 7 months after the first edition was released!
NYC Limited Edt

Whats New:
The GoMeb Speed2 carry over the same midsole unit, no changes here. You will get the same firm, responsive ride. The big changes are the upper and the tongue. The weight is a bit lighter size 9 comes in right under 7oz at 6.8oz

To break it down:

No changes here. You will get the same firm responsive ride. What impressed me most during Boston marathon is how I really could feel the energy the shoe was giving back. I really needed it when my form and legs started to get fatigue in the end. I had to dig deep last to miles and I remeber how great the shoe responded.  The Resalyt Midsole is a lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact. (from Skecher website). The Stability plate in the midfoot secure the run and gives you a bit of support. Also it gives you a faster transition to toe off.

Upper: and Fit
Here is the big update. The upper is now almost seamless, with printed overlays. The material is firmer mesh that really snugs your feet. The printed overlays gives you a bit of support but really the mesh itself hugs your feet really well. With GoMeb Speed2 you have to be careful with your sizing to get the snug feel. With my normal size 9.5, I had way to much mesh in the forefoot, it folded unnaturally during my workouts. I would say its the down side of using almost only one piece of mesh to create the whole upper. After sizing down a half size the fit was perfect! The tongue has now more structure and wont create and hot spots or folds, great update. The laces is something I personally often switch out quick. For the GoMeb Speed2 I used Sure laces to improve the fit.

I'm happy to find the same energetic and responsive ride with GoMeb Speed2. The upper has a greater snug feel that really raps you foot great, if you get the right size. The sizing of GoMeb Speed2 is the key for the upper technology and mesh features. You really want to lock down your feet to avoid the spare mesh that could be an issue in the front. If you get the right size you have nothing to worry about the upper update is great. Many runners had an issues with the tongue on Speed1. Skechers Performance Division paid attention and di a great job. It gives protection on top of your feet and will not fold. Again GoMeb Speed will be on my feet at Boston Marathon,GoMeb Speed2 is a shoe that I can trust and I know will respond well the whole 26.2 miles!




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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.”


  1. great review. as a GoSpeed (Meb) fan (i have owned 5 pairs and run 7 marathons) i was looking for a review of the 2 version. looking forward to the day when i can get this great shoe at a discounted price.

  2. I'm very interested in getting this pair, but I'm concerned about which size to get. I really like Go Run 2, in 11.5, but I've also tried Go Run Ride 2, and Go Bionic Ride in 11.5, and they were too big. So, I'm not sure if I should get 11 or 11.5 in the Go Meb 2.

  3. I have worn adios2 for half marathon with no issues and was just wondering how much cushioning the Meb speed 2s will give compared to the adios2. I am running a marathon in 5 weeks and am thinking of buying the mebs. I am a 3 hour marathoner and 145lbs/5'8'. Do the Mebs have enough protection to get me through a full marathon?

  4. I just finished Boston Marathon wearing Speed2. Its a great shoe that will protect you the full 26.2 distance. Actually I feel it really the shoe really shines after 20 mile mark. A bit firmer then Adios 2, it has a "snappier" feeling to it that makes you pop up on your toes quicker. To me Adios2 feel more like a performance trainer, Speed2 really has that fast snug racing flat feeling....

    1. Many thanks for your reply. I am now only 3 weeks away from my marathon and am on course for a good for age entry for the London Marathon 2015. I have purchased both GoRun 3 and Meb Speed 2. Had them a few days now. I love the GoRun 3 (1st ever sketchers i've worn) and am now thinking I may run the marathon in the GoRun3 and save Meb Speed 2 for a half marathon at the end of June. I am still a bit worried that the meb speeds may not have enough impact protection for the marathon. I really want to wear them as I think i'll run faster in them but the extra wear and tear on my body from less cushioning is what i'm concerned about. I don't know how i'm going to feel in the Meb speeds 15/20/25 miles into the marathon. I only have a 15 and a 10 mile long run left to try them out. Will this give me enough of an idea? Bearing in mind the closest to a racing flat I have worn is Adios 2 for all speed work and Half marathon racing. Do I go for it or not?

    2. We are about the same weight, height and marathon time. In my opinion GoRun3 is softer with more cush. I always need a firmer shoe in the end who can respond quicker when your form might get tired. I really love the feeling of the Speed after 15+ miles. They have helped me when my form has collapsed in the end and I tend to get ITB with other shoes in the end of marathons but it has never happened with Speed. For sure you will get a good grip of the shoe over a 15 and 10 miles. It will give enough time to break them in. My Boston shoes I had only a total of 20 miles. Only you can tell if its worth it. I know what would have picked, Adios2 did never shine for me, I thought the blown rubber took away all the road feel the first edition of Adios (to bad they killed this great shoe) had. You dont have to worry about the impact protection. The shoe offers a lot....

    3. Well, I took my Meb speed 2s out for their first run tonight, a 4 mile marathon pace run. They felt fast and I was easily doing 6:30s when I should have been doing 6:50s. They do feel very firm though which is a worry for me as the marathon is 19 days away now. I did notice that they have no insole to speak of except a thin piece of material so i took my old thin adios insole with me in my pocket. 2 miles into the MP run, I stopped and put the insole into one of the shoes to compare. It made the shoe feel a little softer. I will wear them again in 3 days when I do my 15 mile long run. At the moment, my gut feeling is that they are going to be a bit too firm and cause more fatigue though higher impact. I might change my mind after the long run on Friday. Did you find that the cushioning softened up a bit after a few wears?

    4. They will break in a little bit but not soften up to much. Try for your long run, if you are not 100% sure after that. I would go with your Adios.

    5. Well i've been out a few times in the mebspeeds and gorun 3 and my feeling is that I need more time to adjust to the firmness of the mebspeeds for a marathon. I think I am however going to wear the gorun 3's over my adios 2s though. They are lighter than the adios and feel really good to run in although they are softer. Thanks for your feedback but I think it will be a bit more cushion over the firmness of the mebspeeds for the marathon. I will definitely use mebspeeds for the half marathon in 5 weeks time though.

    6. Sounds like a plan! Glad I can help out!

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  6. Interesting review and discussions. I just got the GOMeb Speed 2 to replace my Adidas Tempo for speed work and 10k races and I like them so far. I'm 6'3"/165 though so 10k is probably the longest I would take them with their firmness. On the other hand the Go Run Ride are so soft they don't feel very dynamic...

    As for size, I went for 12 instead of my usual 11.5 with the Go Run Ride. It was an easy choice as they only have 11 or 12 in Canada where I got them and 11 was definitely too small. They are very narrow so my foot is well held and the extra room in the front gives me some wiggle room, that's never a bad thing ;-)

    @Gav - how did the Marathon go? The pleasant softness of the GRR didn't slow you down towards the end?