Over the next few weeks I am going to go through all of the running shoes left in the house, to figure out whether to keep them or get rid of them.
First up are the Skechers GoBionic Trails, a pair of trail running shoes that I had been looking at for more than a year, but never got until this June.
I stopped running in them back on July 6th, quite simply because they did not feel comfortable.
This morning’s run definitely showed me why I stopped running in them, back then.
Okay, based on that sentence, you can probably guess that this review is not going to be one of those ones that anoints a pair of running shoes as the greatest ever or even bemoans the fact that Skechers decided to not continue to update this model…
there were from my perspective and limited experience, good reasons why they didn’t.
How have they worked out for me?
- I got my Skechers GoBionic Trails as new, without the box shoes from eBay and my first run in them was on June 20th.
- At time I liked them…as with any new shoe, I think you look for the positives in how a shoe performs for you initially.
- The bottom-line was that the more I ran in the GoBionic Trails, the less I liked them (it came down to fit/feel issues) and by the time I got to 25 miles, in about 2 weeks, I was looking for a different pair of shoes to run trails and down-back in.
Harold be honest.
- I do not plan to run in the GoBionic Trails again. They just do not work for me.
- The biggest thing that I do not like about them is they are a minimal running shoe and I don’t enjoy running in minimal running shoes, many other runners do, but I don’t.
- Also I have gotten used to and love Skechers’ M-strike rocker bottom feature and the GoBionic series do not have that feature. I didn’t like the feel of the GoBionic when I ran in them and while the GoBionic Trail is not as firm as the GoBionic, due to the design difference of the sole, it is definitely a more minimal shoe, then I want to run in.
- The length ran true to size and my size 8 fit like other Skechers size 8’s, however for some reason they bothered my right foot, even though they do have a wider toe box????
Still not sure about why, but they do/did. I would not want to run a long distance in these shoes, with that problem in the toe box, I could see me having issues with my right foot.
Feel (different from fit)
- The GB Trails felt soft, yet harsh (if that makes sense), due to the minimal nature of shoe, they have probably have too much ground feel for how I run. Yeah, the minimalist running shoe thing.
- When first got them, I needed to replace the stock insole to something that “felt” better, which is not something all that unusual, but just “one” more thing.
- When I ran in them this morning, the heel-to-toe transition was land heel-first -then slap down the forefoot – not smooth at all. Which caused me to consciously keep thinking about my stride/landing to stop slapping the ground, instead of just running. I didn’t like how they felt the entire run and even when I picked-up the pace, they just felt like I was working harder in them than I do other shoes.
- It is a very nice multi-purpose sole and seemed to work as well as other trail running shoes, I have run in lately.
- I could feel too much of the dirt road/rocks down-back in, compared to some of the road shoes I have been wearing – so the more minimalist approach here doesn’t work for my primary reason for having a trail shoe for now – to protect my feet when I am running with Bennie.
- I only had 25-30 miles on these shoes and there was a little more wear than I would have expected for that little mileage, but at the same time, I have found that Skechers Resalyte bottoms wear quicker initially and then reach a point where they seem to stop wearing as quickly. I have a feeling that these would have been in that category.
- The left front seam ripped when Bennie hooked a toenail in it, but otherwise there are no noticeable problems with the upper.
- The upper has welded overlays and seems to mold well to my foot, but the upper bothered my right foot in the toe box and would have become a problem on longer runs.
- I do not like unpadded tongues on running shoes and this will be the last shoes that I get that has a zero padding tongue.
- I liked the color combination and thought it was a good looking running shoe.
- The GoBionic trail is a discontinued shoe that Skechers has decided to not update. It is also at least a couple of years old and is becoming more difficult to get in my size 8.0 to 8.5 in Skechers sizing.
- Skechers.com only has the “boys” models available, Amazon does not have any in my size and other sites show no or very limited availability of these shoes.
- I paid $48.99 on eBay back in June.
- On Amazon the sizes that are available range from $64.00 to $79.95 and while eBay has them, the price is $49 and up.
Would I get them again?
- I would not get the Skechers GoBionic Trails again.
I do not like the way they feel when I am running in them. They are too minimalist for me and the way that I run.
I do not like shoes that slap when I run in them and the more I run in rockered styles of running shoes, the harder it is to go back to a flat bottomed shoe.
There were several run bloggers who liked these shoe when they were new and their blog posts influenced me most during my search when I got the GoBionic Trails were Caleb Masland’s review and the review at Once a Runner, Always a Runner.
Although the GoBionic Trails did not work well for me, your experience with them might be very different – if you can still find a pair in your size.