Verdict from 4 experts and 1 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Featherweight: All reviewers were astonished by the lightness of the Skechers Razor TRL. It is about 2.8 oz (79.4 g) lighter than the average across trail shoes. It is also surprising for the amount of cushioning it offers.
  • Speedy: The Hyperburst cushioning received plenty of praise for being “comfortably soft” yet “lively and bouncy.” Runners admire the smooth and fun ride it provides.
  • Road-to-trail: The shoe transitions well from paved roads to the trails.
  • Breathable: Most runners take note of the super-light upper which is “thin, ventilated, and dries quickly.”

3 reasons not to buy

  • Lacks durability: All experts agree that the Goodyear rubber and lugs could be sturdier. They say it’s not comparable to Vibram quality.
  • Not for technical trails: Runners do not deem the Razor TRL as a dedicated trail shoe as it lacks underfoot protection from rocks. In addition, its fit is not secure enough for nimble ascents and descents.
  • Narrow toebox: More than a few reviewers reported that the forefoot tapers more because of the added toe guard lining.

Bottom line

Skechers Razor TRL will spice up your trail runs with an under-light, fun, and speedy ride. Although the shoe appears simple, it can be a versatile option for both tempo training and racing days.

It shines on harder, less demanding terrain and works more like a hybrid road/trail shoe than a hardcore trail footwear.

If you like the concept but want more protection, consider Brooks Catamount.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Skechers GOrun Razor TRL: featherlight speedster for moderate trails

Skechers is probably the last brand to come to mind when you think 'I need trail shoes.' However, the brand gradually builds up its trail shoe collection with promising releases.

The GOrun Razor TRL embodies everything that runners have come to love about the road Razors. Here are the highlights that make it so special:

  • Weight: 8.2 oz (292 g) is ridiculously light for a trail shoe with so much cushioning. For reference, the average weight of trail shoes with 30mm+ stack height is 11.2 oz (317 g)
  • Simple upper: Thin and breathable mono mesh with extra overlays for durability on the trails.
  • Lively Hyperburst: The top-level cushioning from Skechers. Extremely light and responsive.
  • Road-to-trail rubber: The Goodyear outsole with small lugs can go from paved roads to hard-packed trails. Just not so good for technical or muddy areas.

Rankings

How Skechers GOrun Razor TRL ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 1% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 1% Skechers running shoes
All Skechers running shoes
Bottom 1% maximalist running shoes
All maximalist running shoes

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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.