The Skechers GOrun Ride 8 Hyper is my latest addition filling my need for a little more shoe for the slower, longer runs. This is my third pair of Skechers in this category.
My first was the GOrun Ride 7 Nite Owl. I loved that shoe, put it through lots of miles, retired it, and have been on the hunt for similar since.
My ventures brought home a pair of GOrun 7’s that I thought were the same, but they were not—not at all. No need to go into all of that as we are talking about the new guys to my runs—the 8 Hyper’s!
While the Nite Owls had some built-in reflective components, I don’t think these bright ones are going to need anything extra to be seen. I don’t lean heavily into color and style, but I like this color!
We took our first couple of runs recently, and I am excited to be able to share my first impressions. While I typically put more miles before giving my feedback, I think first impressions will be lasting impressions for the 8 Hyper.
Right out of the drive-way, as I settled into form and stride, I was going faster than planned. I let things settle and still was pushing 30-seconds a mile or so faster than I had planned.
Hmmm…. maybe the Hypers were just showing out a little. I was a bit excited noting that I am too old to get excited about new shoes—but I slipped back a few years apparently as these gave me some warm fuzzies!
About half a mile in I noted my calves telling me that this is a different shoe than I had been wearing. So, the build is different enough from the NB 1500’s and Saucony Kinvara’s that my legs noticed. (And, yes, it is a different category shoe—I know, but most of my recent break-ins have not been this noticeable.)
My feet certainly noticed as there is a lot more beneath than with the two lightweights I often lace up. I am a midfoot runner for the most part. But, I could feel the heel land once in a while, so there is a pretty good build-up on the back end.
I had no issue adjusting, for the most part, noting that the midfoot land hand a sense of roll forward to it in a similar manner as my Nite Owls. This feels really good, almost propelling you forward even if just a tad.
As I was running, I tried to find an analogy of where these fit in my rotation. I ended up placing them as a big motored party-barge.
You know, the boat that you can putter around the lake on. It is smooth over the waves, really stable, and just relaxing—giving no pressure to do much of anything, let alone anything extraordinary. That is my impression.
But, I have the option of kicking the throttle up on that big ole’ motor making that party-barge scurry along giving a little more excitement. It has more wind in the hair, more frill, filling that need-for-speed!
The 8 Hypers can do that—bobble along and give a nice relaxing ride or kick back and make the miles click by.
I continued my run of a planned six miles and kept the pace up as it started. I recently tweaked a knee and have been nursing it, so I really thought I needed to behave.
But, I went ahead and left the throttle open for one of my better (faster) runs in a while. My legs adjusted quickly to the build, and I (re)discovered some of the qualities that I had missed since the Nite Owls retired—thank you!
The run just felt good—right, pleasant (that’s a word I have not used to describe a run in a while!). I laced them up the following day for a second run. This route had some decent hills and sharp turns.
My legs were a little stiff from the day before but quickly settled in seeming to pick up where they left off the day prior. I had no hot-spots, rubs, or issues on this 9-miler. They are officially broken in and on the team!
I like to keep some heavier-built shoes in the rotation for after those runs where my legs and feet take a beating. I really believe these will give that relaxing ride without a lot of extra baggage.
But, I would not have a second thought on lacing them up for the longer hauls just the same as the short runs.
The sole is not noticeable on the 8 Hyper like some (GOrun 7’s). As mentioned, there seems to be a bit of a build-up in the midfoot though not awkward.
The pavement was wet in areas both runs, and I did slip just a little. It could be that the “Goodyears” on the bottom are simply really hard rubber.
I had no issues of slipping too much though I did notice—perhaps I was intentionally testing as it was their first couple times out. I am not going to fault them here just noting.
On the top side of things, the uppers seem to have plenty of ventilation. The tongue is a rubber-like material that forms well around the top of the foot.
Skechers have decent weight insoles that don’t overdo in any department. I have had issues with shoes being a bit too narrow though these seem to give ample room in the toe box.
I had no sensation from the back of the shoe with no rubbing or movement in the heel area. So, to me, these are well rounded.
I wish I didn’t spend so much time looking for that perfect shoe. I think I could be very happy with this one and future generations. I am glad I went back after a not so great experience with my 7’s.
I think (it turns out) that there are some major differences in Skechers shoes though their names seem very, very similar.
The Skechers GOrun Ride 8 Hyper is a good lightweight trainer great for higher miles but can hold its own in a sprint just the same. I can bobble around and relax or hit the gas and fly, again and again.
It took 8 iterations of the GOrun Ride at countless videos until I finally decided it is time to get a Skechers and jump on the hype train of the HyperBurst midsole material.
It is not even that easy to get your hands on the newest Skechers models in Germany since not even the official Skechers Europe store offers them. However, here we go with a review for Skechers’ daily trainer - the GOrun Ride 8 Hyper!
Specs are a bit controversial - I did not measure myself but Running Warehouse claims:
- Stack height: 30 mm heel / 24 mm forefoot (6 mm drop) vs. Skechers (33 mm heel / 27 mm forefoot)
- Weight: 286 g / 10.09 oz in EU 44 / US 10.5
Note on EU/US sizing: Normally I wear a 44 2/3 or 44.5 in my shoes which transitions to 10.5 US, the Skechers Go Run Ride 8 Hyper.
The step-in feel of the GOrun Ride 8 was incredible. The fit is true to size (stick with the US size to avoid mistakes) and spot-on.
My feet felt well-secured without any rubbing or hidden sews/stitches to cause problems.
The padding in the shoe does not look like much but they feel very comfortable and offer the right balance between well-secured-snug and roomy-comfy for longer efforts.
Aesthetically I think the shoe is fine. Nothing major to report here, just a solid design for a daily trainer.
The tongue is not really gusseted. But since the midfoot lockdown is pretty good, I had no issues with the tongue sliding from left to right during the run.
This is supported in the lacing system since the lace-tongue-attachment is high up, the tongue is prevented from shifting.
In fact, the lockdown is that good, I did not even need to tie the laces with the additional hole up top. Leading to just the right length of laces, not too long or too short, just how they should be.
It is an engineered knit upper which is comparably thick, adding to the comfort of the shoe and allowing to accommodate more foot types. The upper is a little stretchy and there are no unnecessary overlays.
However, breathability is kind of limited, which is often the case with knitted uppers. At the heel is a nice pull tab.
Overall, they did not overthink the upper, which is a good thing. It is straightforward without any negative surprises.