2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Skechers GoTrail, $80


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.

Get our best running content delivered to your inbox

Subscribe to the FREE Competitor Running newsletter

Recent Stories