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Hyper Burst by Skechers is one of the most critically acclaimed super foams of recent times. Hyper Burst is unique in that if you look at it closely, it resembles millions of tiny bubbles that are stuck together. The result is a light and soft midsole.
My last pair of Skechers shoes was the superb Go Run Ride 7. With the Hyper Burst midsole, Skechers takes the brand further away from the mom and dad zone than ever before.
The Skechers Go Run Razor 3 is a lightweight tempo running shoe and competes with the Nike Pegasus Turbo 2, the Adidas SL20, and the Adidas Boston Boost 9 in the same category.
This is my first experience in a Hyper Burst shoe, and I have been dying to find out if it lives up to all the hype.
Upper & fit
The upper of the Razor 3 is nothing to write home about. It's made from a thin, breathable mesh that is comfortable and has good midfoot and heel lockdown.
It fits true to size, and it has plenty of foot splay room.
It has some synthetic overlays with the large word “speed” written on the side of it. I wasn't a fan at first, but it grows on you.
The tongue, which is racing-inspired, is flat and thin. The heel is traditional and provides a good, secure lockdown without irritating the Achilles.
The Razor 3 upper works well but is let down by manufacturing defects. After just a few runs, the upper of my shoe separated from the midsole at the point on the side where it flexes.
Midsole & ride
Hyper Burst is advertised by Skechers as being an ultra-light cushioning that provides a highly responsive ride with plenty of protection. I agree with 2 out of the 3 claims.
While being feather-light and very padded, I found Hyper Burst to be missing the responsiveness. I expected the shoe to be soft and bouncy like the Nike Pegasus Turbo 2, but instead, it felt more muted and flat like the New Balance Beacon or the Nike React.
The look and feel of Hyper Burst is deceptive. Upon close inspection, it looks like millions of tiny bubbles fused together, and it feels very soft and squishy when compressed by hand. However, the underfoot feel is on the firm side.
The shoe feels best on short, tempo runs up to 20km. It suits speeds in between the ranges of 5-6 mins per kilometre. Anything below 5 mins per kilometre and the shoe feels like it doesn't have enough snappiness.
Ride transitions are buttery smooth due to the single density midsole.
The midsole features M Strike, which Skechers shapes the midsole to be “U” shaped like a boat. This promotes midfoot striking instead of rearfoot or forefoot.
Outsole & durability
There is minimal rubber on the outsole with plenty of the midsole foam exposed. The outsole lugs are recessed into the foam and only slightly raised.
Due to the exposed midsole not having any protection, it wears down faster than usual, especially on the strike areas like the outer heel.
I expect to get about 600 km out of the Razor 3 before the outsole is completely worn down. I don't expect the midsole to lose much cushioning over the life of the shoe.
The new update due to be released later this year will have extra lugs and Goodyear rubber for extra durability.
The firmness of the midsole and the low stack height makes the Razor 3 very stable. There is no prominent arch support and no lean bias.
The midsole is easily flexed and flexes towards the middle of the shoe.
The thin insole is glued down to the bottom of the shoe and doesn't provide much extra cushioning, so the softness is contained in the midsole. It has a rough texture on the lining glued to the top of the insole, which you will feel through thin socks.
Skechers Go Run Razor 3 vs. Nike Pegasus Turbo 2
Both shoes are extremely light. The Razor 3 has the more comfortable upper, but the Pegasus Turbo 2 is much softer and bouncier.
Even though the Pegasus Turbo 2 is much more expensive, I prefer the Turbo 2 because the ride is more springy and doesn't feel as muted.
Skechers Go Run Razor 3 vs. Adidas SL20
The Razor 3 has a better, more comfortable upper and has a softer, more engaging midsole compared to the stiff, firm SL20. The SL20 is slightly cheaper, but I still choose the Razor 3.
The Skechers Go Run Razor 3 is a good tempo running shoe, but it lacks the bounce and spring to stand out from the crowd.
It's a decent tempo running shoe for distances under 20km, but I wouldn't reach for the Razor 3 over other lightweight tempo shoes such as the Pegasus Turbo 2, the Beacon 2 or the Boston 9 which are all more durable than the Razor 3.
When it comes to Hyper Burst, I have to be honest and say that it's a disappointment. It's too firm and flat while lacking the responsiveness that super foams such as the ZoomX and Floatride thrive on.
These are the fastest and best Skechers I have owned. Based on what I read, I had pretty high expectations for these shoes. I jumped at the chance to buy them for around $80, and I can say they are a great deal at that price.
What stood out consistently was how incredibly lightweight they are. They are also eye-catching, as I have received multiple compliments on their appearance from runners and non-runners.
Overall, the upper is well constructed, lightweight, and effective in locking down the midfoot. Both the tongue and laces on the Razor 3 are very thin but well-designed.
The ankle collar is short and thin, but it is perfectly constructed and works well.
I did not experience any heel slippage, which was a welcome change from the Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit. I felt like l could turn up the speed without any concern about the shoe’s performance.
The thin, lightweight laces have just the right amount of stretch and do their job well. The Razor 3 includes an extra eyelet (a total of seven on each side) as part of its lacing system.
When I used all seven eyelets, however, I could feel the laces digging into the top of my foot.
This greatly improved when I loosened up the laces. When I switched to using only six eyelets, the problem was completely resolved. I realized that the lockdown of the Razor is so effective that the seventh eyelet is not necessary.
The Hyper Burst foam is very unique, and different from other foams in the market. It is an interesting combination of cushioned and responsive.
Initially, I felt that it took the edge off my evening road runs, which my feet greatly appreciated. Over time, I thought that its ride was not as stable as other shoes that I have used as a daily trainer.
I think this shoe was made for, and performs best, at higher speeds and tempo runs.
The Razor 3 uses a very thin layer of outsole rubber and has some areas of exposed foam. I was very concerned about durability and traction, but it actually held up better than I expected.
Many of my runs were in dry conditions. The only time I encountered issues with traction was on muddy trails that were sloped. I sometimes slipped sideways in wet conditions. When I ran on trails with large gravel, my feet immediately felt the sharper rocks.
I ran in very hot temperatures in North and South Carolina and the Razor 3 did not suffer from any breathability issues. The shoe was comfortable over short distances of three miles or less.
I think this running shoe could work well as a shoe to use during your lunch break or 5k racing. They are also very compact and fit well in a bag or backpack, which helps when traveling.
My first pair of Razor 3 were red (my second pair of red shoes this year — I love a good deal). After a few runs, the tongue on the shoes stained my socks, even though it was summer and completely dry.
The staining tapered off after a few more runs. When I contacted Running Warehouse about the issue, they were incredibly helpful and promptly sent me a replacement pair in black.
I have not had any staining issues with the black pair.
I did not expect an enormous amount of cushioning from this shoe because it was so lightweight. It was superior to the Saucony Kinvara 9 and 10, but when I road-tested it on long runs, I really felt the miles and realized that it has its limits.
The Razor 3 was a very fun shoe to run on dry trails that are mostly dirt or gravel. It was one of the first shoes I have owned where you almost forget about your shoe entirely.
The rubber on the Razor 3 is quite thin. It began to wear down within a few weeks, but it did not affect the shoe’s performance during road runs.
The Razor 3 Hyper is a lightweight “barely-there” fun shoe to run in. One of the pleasant surprises with the Razor 3 was how fun it is on trails. It’s not made for long road runs, but still a nice shoe to add to your rotation.
This is my first pair of Skechers, and I have to say, I am quite impressed. The stack height is 23mm – 27mm for a 4mm heel-to-toe drop. The colorway I have is black with a green outsole.
The weight is a phenomenal 6.7 ounces in my Men’s size 9.5. The retail price is $135.
The upper is fantastic! From the second I slipped my foot into these sneakers, they felt incredibly comfortable.
There isn’t a lot of ‘fuss’ here, just a solid combination of mesh and polyester for maximum breathability, which hugs the foot without a lot of complication.
While the tongue is not gusseted (which is my preference), I did not mind here because the tongue is the perfect length and non-intrusive. Basically, if you don’t know the tongue is there, then it’s doing its job.
I was able to achieve a perfect lockdown on my first try. Similarly, the laces are not overly complicated — just your basic, secure laces.
If you’re looking for maximum comfort, this upper provides it!
One note: my first run in this shoe was in the rain, and the shoes are definitely not water-resistant; it took almost an entire day for them to fully dry.
The midsole is adequate but not overly cushioned. According to Skechers, the highly responsive, lightweight cushioning is also long-lasting.
I have only put ~34 miles into these shoes thus far, so I cannot comment on their durability.
But between the lightweight midsole and the Goodyear outsole (more on that below), I suspect one could get over 300 miles out of this shoe, depending on how it’s used.
I generally prefer a heel-to-toe drop of 6-8mm, but the 4mm drop in these shoes did not put me off. If you are a runner who prefers a more extreme stack height, though, you may want to look elsewhere.
Also, note that this is a neutral, lightweight shoe, so if you pronate even slightly, this shoe will not provide any stability whatsoever. But, again, that’s not who this shoe is made for, so you can’t fault Skechers for creating a shoe that’s not made for pronators.
The outsole features Goodyear rubber for increased traction. (For those who are used to Adidas shoes, which feature Continental rubber on their outsoles, this will be a welcome feature).
This also helps in wetter conditions because you don’t have to think about slipping — the Goodyear rubber has you covered. The outsole employs a very distinct rubber pattern, which puts extra emphasis on the big toe and the heel of the foot.
The biggest attraction here is the weight (or the lack thereof)! As such, these shoes are perfect for tempo days and short races.
I haven’t taken them beyond 8 miles, but I think they’d be ok up to ~10 miles. They have ample cushioning but not as much as some of the other shoes made for half and full marathons.
When you are ready to go fast, the weight —combined with the responsiveness of the midsole— allows you to respond immediately in a way that heavier shoes do not.
The only downside (and this is a minor quibble) is that there is no carbon plate here, but that is to be expected at this price point.
If any improvement could be made to the next iteration of this shoe, it would be the inclusion of a carbon plate.
Of course, that will undoubtedly increase the price, which is one of the major attractions of the current version of this shoe, but if they could include a carbon plate and keep the price under $150, that would vault this shoe into the next level of race-day sneakers.
If they combined a carbon plate with a slight increase to the stack height, this shoe could become a half or full marathon racing shoe one day.
If you’re looking for a lightweight everyday trainer to go fast or a moderately-cushioned shoe for tempo or race days, definitely give these a look.
At $135, they are certainly worth your consideration and, at that price point, they are a terrific value for the quality of shoe that you get and the variety of runs the shoe can be used for.
Good to know
- As far as updates go, the most noticeable one in the Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Hyper is its naming convention. The previous iteration of the Razor model belonged in the GOmeb series, which is named after—and created with the help of—Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi. For this third release, the Razor joins the GOrun line, as it is now created solely by Skechers.
- The shoe utilizes a non-stretch upper with a seamless construction that provides the necessary comfort for long-distance runs. The rest of the upper’s structural details remains the same, except for the addition of the word “SPEED” printed across the side of the shoe.
- Meanwhile, the biggest change in this new version is the midsole. The GOrun Razor 3 Hyper introduces the Hyper Burst, which is a foam created using a unique process from Skechers. Dubbed as the Super Critical process, the method makes the Hyper Burst foam lightweight and resilient.
The Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Hyper is built as a unisex footwear that follows the sizing scheme of men’s running shoes. Women are recommended to go 1.5 sizes down to get a comfortable fit. The guide from the brand’s website indicates that the sizing follows the standard of men’s running shoes, as well as buyers claiming that the shoe is true-to-size. Meanwhile, the width also caters to runners with low to moderate foot volumes. The GOrun Razor 3 Hyper is available in Medium width of men’s shoes.
Skechers employs basic carbon rubber in the outsole of the GOrun Razor 3 Hyper. The material is placed in strategic areas of the underfoot to efficiently supply traction and durability where necessary. Like this shoe, the Fresh Foam Arishi v2 from New Balance also does away with the simple yet functional carbon rubber outsole.
The Hyper Burst midsole of the GOrun Razor 3 Hyper is a unique midsole foam that is created with what the brand claims as a “Super Critical” process. The Hyper Burst starts as basic ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) that is injected with carbon dioxide to make it even more lightweight and resilient. The result is an ultra-responsive midsole that is amped up by durable and protective properties.
The shoe also includes the M-Strike, a unit that is inserted within the midsole to make the center prominent, thus encouraging a midfoot strike. With the M-Strike, the runner develops a more efficient stride, as well as a faster pace.
A lightweight ripstop mesh provides the necessary coverage as the upper of the GOrun Razor 3 Hyper. This material is durable while still promoting airflow.
Atop the mesh upper is a set of 3D-printed overlays, which deliver comfort and support to maintain a contoured fit. These details have minimal weight to retain a cozy feel.
The upper is also allocated with a molded heel counter. It contributes to a stable and secure fit by holding the foot in place.
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