Verdict from 5 experts and 5 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Cushioning: The Skechers Hyperburst foam never ceases to wow runners with its responsiveness. Runners laud its increased thickness in the Razor Excess which is “never close to bottoming out.”
  • Ride: “Highly rockered,” “smooth,” “quick,” “consistent,” the ride of the trainer impressed even the most experienced runners. Some went as far as calling it the “best ride of a non-plated shoe”.
  • Weight: All reviewers are stunned at how dramatically light the Excess is despite all the added cushioning and rubber.
  • Stability: Although not a stability shoe, some reviewers call it the most stable Razor. The wider and firmer midsole with raised sidewalls contributes to steadiness.
  • Fit: For a performance-oriented trainer, the Razor Excess offers a roomy, accommodating fit. It offers a bit more volume than the other Razors.
  • Toebox: In line with the overall fit, the forefoot also has plenty of room for toe splay.
  • Breathability: The translucent mono-mesh upper feels “barely there” and “breathes incredibly well.”
  • Traction: The Goodyear rubber excels in various conditions: snow, ice, rain-slicked roads, and sharp turns.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Not for narrow feet: Runners with thinner feet had gripes about the fit not being snug enough and causing hot spots because of that. Some of them considered going half-a-size down.
  • Lacing: A few reviewers find the laces too thin and flimsy. Coupled with a thin tongue, they may bite through if cinched tightly.

Bottom line

The Skechers GOrun Razor line just keeps getting better with the Excess. For the price, it offers everything you want from a speed trainer in an incredibly lightweight package. Described as one of the best non-plated shoes, it shines on tempo days but also makes a decent easy-day trainer.

Experts agree that the Razor Excess is a tough competitor to the ones of its kind, including Brooks Hyperion Tempo.

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Skechers GOrun Razor Excess: cushioned but light speedster

"Excess" seems to be a misleading name for a shoe that has nothing "excessive" about it. It follows the footprint of its successful Razor siblings from Skechers and fulfills the expectations that runners have come to set for this lineup.

What is it for?

  • Pace: Best for tempo runs but can also do well on easy days
  • Distance: Up to a marathon (and a little beyond)

Razor Excess vs. other Skechers Razors: more Hyperburst but still super light

The Razor Excess introduces a few tweaks that make it a more cushioned and stable trainer/racer for long distances:

  • more Hyperburst: +3 mm of stack height
  • wider platform: +10 mm in the midfoot
  • roomier fit: feels less like a racing flat and more like a daily trainer to accommodate swelling
  • rocker design: plateless but stiff profile for quicker, smoother transitions

For different purposes, consider the other Razor models: 

Razor+ - speed trainer

Razor 3 - non-plated racing flat

Razor 3 Elite - extremely lightweight (5.4 oz/153 g), carbon-plated racer

Rankings

How Skechers GOrun Razor Excess ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 11% road running shoes
All road running shoes
Top 15% Skechers running shoes
All Skechers running shoes
Top 26% maximalist running shoes
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Popularity

The current trend of Skechers GOrun Razor Excess.
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.