We were first turned on to Skechers earlier this year by our friend and fellow triathlete Reilly Smith, along with input from professional triathlete Jim Lubinski (give this guys Podcast a listen – great stuff). On their recommendation we picked up a few pairs around the beginning of May, and since then have logged some 125mi in the Ride 3. So far we are in love with these shoes! They have a great deal of cushion to put in the miles while being light – rare for a distance shoe.
For the shoe gurus here are some tech numbers –
Weight: 8.4 oz;
Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm w/o insoles, 8mm with insoles
Stack Heights: 13.5mm Forefoot, 20mm Midfoot, 17.5mm Heel
Like many people we were skeptical at first. Skechers has in the past been known as a casual shoe company. What could these guys know about running shoes? Well they seem to know a bit something and more. The Ride 3 has an incredibly soft and supple upper, while the sole provides adequate cushion. One of the characteristics we most appreciate about the Ride 3 is the ample amount of room in the toe box. Our tester had a wide forefoot and found this to be more comfortable than most shoes they have worn, especially as the feet swell over long miles.
The outsole is primarily constructed of a proprietary blown rubber called Resalyte® with GOimpulse sensors. These GOimpulse pods seem to be strategically placed providing longevity to the outsole, and they function quite well for providing feedback. Being accustomed to race flats, the lower than standard drop of 8mm (insoles were used – 4mm without insoles) in our case wasn’t a problem. Also noticeable in the Ride 3 is the M-Strike technology, present in all the GoRun line. The M-Strike technology helps achieve a more mid-foot strike, helping get you through the gait phase faster.
We love the Skechers GoRun Ride 3 so much we are now alternating a second pair into our run routine. Great mileage shoe, lightweight, flexible, and at $80 the price is right.
MSRP $80.00 skechersperformance.com
Written by: Editor-in-Chief