|Weight:||Men: 9.6oz | Women: 7.2oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Forefoot strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Heel height:||Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm|
|Release date:||Jul 2017|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
I would definitely take a look a this shoe if you are into trail running or racing. While I still use road shoes for trails, for longer trail only runs on more aggressive terrain these are the first shoes I reach for.
It feels light and nimble out on the trails, especially on smooth terrain. Our wear-testers liked it best for flat dirt paths, fire roads and semi-technical trails without too much loose debris.
- The second iteration of the Skechers GOtrail calls on both neophytes and enthusiasts of trail running: It presents a straightforward construction that is beginner-friendly, while the features within are crafted to satisfy both rookie and expert runners.
- The most discernible change in this version is the upper. The first GOtrail had a combination of fabric and synthetic materials that aim for a seamless fit. Meanwhile, this latest release makes use of multi-textured mesh. It retains the water-resistant feature to protect the shoe and foot while running on wet trails.
- A unique compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam creates the shoe’s midsole. Aside from this, the GOtrail 2 also keeps the M-Strike and DuPont™ Hytrel® Stability Plate, both of which were present in the previous adaptation. The rubber outsole, on the other hand, yields multi-surface traction through its unique lug design.
The Skechers GOtrail 2 has a standard running shoe length. Each of its structural elements has a midsize construction, accurately fitting runners with a medium foot volume. The shoe is offered in medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions.
Skechers uses a sticky rubber compound for the outsole of the GOtrail 2. The material employs a Multi-Surface Traction System, which ensures grip on both dry, rocky trails and wet, muddy surfaces.
The outsole still has the same wide-perimeter lugs that run across the length of the shoe. The M-Strike technology (of the midsole) separates the lugs at the midfoot area.
The midsole of the GOtrail 2 is Skechers’ innovative 5GEN foam, a rubber-based EVA foam that carries an optimum combination of energy return, cushioning, and protection. 5GEN claims to be 20% more durable and resilient compared to the other proprietary midsoles of the brand. This midsole technology is also used in some running shoes from Skechers.
To promote an efficient running mechanism, the shoe has M-Strike. As the name implies, this feature aims for a midfoot strike by installing the flex point at the mentioned area. While this happens, running pace is quicker because the foot spends less time on the ground. A midfoot strike also disperses shock evenly across the foot, thus reducing pressure on the joints.
DuPont™, a chemical company, lends a hand to this shoe through their product called Hytrel®, a thermoplastic resin. In the GOtrail 2, Hytrel® takes the form of a stability plate, which is inserted into the midsole. The Hytrel® stability plate aids the runner by maintaining a steady foot and a supportive ride all throughout the run.
The shoe uses a textured mesh upper that delivers protection, breathability, and comfort simultaneously. The material is durable enough to shield the foot from outside elements that are potentially harmful.
To support the foot and serve as the framework of the shoe, there are printed overlays around the upper. They are kept minimal to sustain adequate ventilation.
Because the GOtrail 2 is for the “great outdoors,” it is equipped with H2GO, a protective membrane that gives a water-resistant quality. It guarantees its efficiency as water remains outside, and it also rapidly dries the shoe to prevent excessive water absorption.
The H2GO is partnered by GOtherm 360™, a thermal layer that contributes warmth and dryness during cold weather runs.
For a secure fit, the shoe installs a molded heel counter and an inner support strap that work together to hold the foot down. Adding to the locked-down feel are the shoe’s stretch laces and webbed eyelets. Meanwhile, at the heel area is a reflective print detail that allows visibility when running during low-light conditions.