Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A consumer reported that there was no need to break in these shoes; for her, it was comfortable from the start.
  • There were runners who liked that the platform was able to support the arch during their runs.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4 felt plush and responsive, according to a number of testers.
  • Many shoe enthusiasts appreciated the price of this shoe, stating that it was relatively cheaper than other max cushioned shoes.
  • Some runners welcomed the apparently flexible forefoot section of the platform.
  • Several purchasers noted that the toe box of the GOtrail Ultra 4 was roomy and that it accommodated natural toe-splay.
  • The outsole’s grip capability gained positive remarks.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The toe box started to get a bit cramped after an hour or so of running, a tester reported.
  • The mid-sole felt a bit too firm for a runner; he didn’t feel a well-cushioned ride.
  • According to a purchaser, the heel cup felt loose and sloppy, and his feet kept exiting the shoe unintentionally.
  • A few testers stated that the GOtrail Ultra 4 was noticeably heavier than its predecessor.

Bottom line

The general feedback for the Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4 was positive. Many runners felt that it was comfortable and agreeable as a max cushioned shoe. They lauded its relatively plush mid-sole, its responsive upper, and its efficient outsole. But there were those who felt that it was a step back from the GOtrail Ultra 3, particularly when it came to the weight and the too-firm mid-sole.


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4.2 / 5 based on 23 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    If you’re looking for a shoe with plenty of cushioning that and underfoot protection that is rugged enough to pound out tons of trail miles without sacrificing much in the way of responsiveness, this shoe may be for you.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Michael Mason-D'Croz • Level 4 expert

    The Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4 is a maximal cushion tail running shoe that still feels fairly light and fast. Very decent price and superb traction makes this a steal for max-cushion trail offering.

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Updates to Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4

  • The Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4 is a trail running shoe for those who have neutral pronation. It features a set of high-quality components that work together in order to provide an agreeable performance for the runner. In terms of the façade, the biggest change would be the lack of stitched-on overlays; this shoe makes use of hotmelt overlays to reduce bulk and encourage more flexibility.
  • Synthetic mesh is used in the upper unit of this shoe. The nearly seamless construction staves off skin irritation. There’s a bit of stitching involved near the shoelaces to reinforce that section. The portal in the heel section that makes it easier to wear and remove the shoe is now an integrated unit that looks and feels more robust than a regular stitched-on loop of fabric.
  • The 5GEN cushioning is used for the mid-sole unit of the Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4. This full-length foam is featured generously here because it’s a max cushioned shoe. But its purpose is to be responsive and to receive impact shock with ease. The mid-foot strike zone essentially encourages the runner to have a more efficient running output by striking with the mid-foot.
  • The outsole of the Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4 is designed to handle various types of terrain. Aggressive gripping lugs make sure to hold onto the surfaces like clamps. Flex grooves in the forefoot section allow the platform to move in accordance with the motion of the wearer’s foot, thus heightening freedom of movement.

Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4 size and fit

The Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4 is half-a-size smaller than the usual, so it’s recommended for runners to choose half-a-size up in order to attain a more relaxed fit. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium, so it is able to accommodate those who have medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural curve of the human foot.


Outsole

The Multi-Surface Traction System is used for the outsole unit of the Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4. It basically involves a rubber compound that’s able to stick onto the ground with ease. Gripping lugs heighten traction by acting as clamps that cling onto rocks and other trail surfaces.

Flex grooves in the forefoot make the platform more flexible. They make sure that the foot is able to move more naturally, especially during the toe-off phase where the foot bends the most.


Midsole

The 5GEN cushioning system is used generously in the Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4. This responsive foam material cushions the foot well and protects it from the impact shock generated by striking the foot on the ground.

M-Strike is a mid-sole construction that encourages the runner to strike with the mid-foot, thus effecting a faster and more efficient transition through the gait cycle.

There are drainage holes in the mid-sole, just in case water comes into the shoe. It funnels the water from the interior foot-chamber and out through small portals in the medial and lateral sides.

The OrthoLite Sock Liner adds a bit more cushioning to the underside of the foot. Furthermore, it also has anti-microbial and anti-moisture capabilities, which keeps the foot clean and healthy throughout the running experience.


Upper

Synthetic mesh is the main fabric used for the upper unit of the Skechers GOtrail Ultra 4. It offers a secure yet breathable coverage to the runner. The seamless construction prevents skin irritation.

The Dual Hotmelt Overlay system provides structural integrity to the upper unit of this shoe. It also doesn’t make the façade look bulky. But its preliminary purpose is to provide a snug and secure fit by working with the lacing system.

Support straps connect the medial and lateral sections of the upper with the shoelaces. They assist in customizing the overall fit by adapting to the tightness or looseness of the lacing system.

A molded heel counter secures the heel and keeps the foot in place. It also prevents accidental shoe removals.

The Quick Fit Portal is a tab in the heel section that makes it easier for runners to put on and remove the shoe.