2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Skechers GoTrail, $80

www.skechersusa.com

Weight – M: 7.8 oz.; W: 6 oz.

FIT: The lacing system and an external heel clip offer a locked-down security in the rearfoot and midfoot, while the stretchy upper offers a roomy forefoot fit without inhibiting toe movement.

FEEL: Like the GoRun road shoe Skechers debuted last year, the GoTrail is very light and extremely soft, has a minimal heel-toe drop (4mm) and allows the foot to move without inhibition. It has the agility to run up-tempo workouts and is cushioned enough for long slow distance runs on roads and hard-packed dirt trails.

RIDE: The ride is very soft and forgiving, and will appeal to efficient runners who appreciate a well-cushioned ride. At high-cadence up-tempo paces, this shoe floats over smooth trails, dirt roads and pavement, but it is a bit frail and unprotected for technical trails strewn with rocks, roots and other obstacles.

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