Skechers GOrun MaxRoad 4+ Hyper review

Skechers GORun Maxroad 4+ Hyper—big cushioned, big name, road trainer in a lightweight package! If you want to know more about my thoughts on this road runner, keep on reading. 



  • The upper has been entirely revamped. 
  • The midsole and outsole are the same. 
  • Despite its longer name, it’s an ounce lighter. 

Light, warm upper

Totally reconfigured, the mono mesh upper, compared to the precursor’s knit upper, has a better wrap and lockdown. Not to mention, it is much lighter. 

Although it’s intended to be more breathable than the previous version, it still runs hot. I really think that the use of polyester here is a wrong move.


Lightly padded tongue

The tongue of this Skechers model is lightly padded and soft. Again, it’s not breathable because of the polyester material incorporated. 

Simple lacing system

The lacing system is simple. So much so that there are not enough lace eyelets and they only go over the foot three times. I think this construction is intended to keep the weight down. 

Heel counter

I like the heel counter of the Maxroad because it locked my heel in place, and it’s not so stiff. It’s lightly padded and there’s a heel-loop, which I really really like! 


Wide feet friendly

If you have a wide foot but want a maximalist shoe and Hoka doesn’t fit you well, this is a worthwhile option to check out. It also has a removable insole if you need a touch more volume in the shoe.


I’m not totally blown away by the looks and it doesn’t scream speed either. It kinda looks like the old NB 990. 

Bouncy and responsive

Again, this is where the Maxroad shines. Running on the road may suck at times, and Skechers fixed this with the Hyper Burst midsole.

It is just extremely lightweight, bouncy, and responsive. It’s just amazing, and people should know more about this. Well done, Skechers! 


The Hyper Burst can feel a lot like the Adidas Boost but in a more responsive and durable way. The flex grooves and the M-Strike midfoot rocker, meanwhile, allowed for smooth transitions.

Super comfortable

I can’t highlight this more—the Hyper Burst is extremely bouncy and soft, it’s super comfortable on-foot!  

Grips well on different surfaces

I was quite skeptical about the Goodyear Soy-based rubber of this shoe but it’s an insane outsole! It may look weird, but it grips really well (both on dry and wet surfaces), and I’m digging it so far.



This shoe should go the distance, I see no concern about durability. 


So where can you use this lightweight runner? It’s great for long runs, or when your legs need a bit of a break. There’s plenty of soft, cushiony ride. 


Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.8oz / Women 6.3oz
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 31mm
Heel height: 37mm
Collection: Skechers Hyper Burst, Skechers Gorun

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