|The Chicken Run.|
|Skechers GoBionic 74.723miles or 120.255km as of December 2, 2012|
The One With Socks
I seems to be "experimenting" with new gears in some races. Putrajaya Triathlon was one of the most recent one. I am a believer if the shoe is good, it should (technically) allow for a good experience. Usually, all it takes is a short run at race pace and you will get an idea how the shoe is like on regular use basis. For the first test aka during the Putrajaya Triathlon, I wore socks, as not to repeat the mistake i did during Powerman by going sockless and had one or two blisters forming.
|Flying in GoBionic|
|What I wrote on the first impression using it for the Putrajaya Triathlon|
|Slow and steady|
Verdict Running With Socks
Perfect fit. If you did noticed, I wore the same socks just to know how it will "fit" on two very different terrain (flat vs hilly) and the shoe's fit did not disappoint. The larger toebox allowed the front of my feet to "spread" out more readily upon landing and the socks sort of ensured no blisters will form. But of course, the real test is to run the shoes without any socks.
Taking (the socks) All Off
|Baring it all|
Without the socks, the shoe was slightly loose on the toebox. I fitted (tried) the shoe in the store (at 1Utama) with socks. Half expecting that blisters will form due to the freeplay and friction points, it did not happen. In comparison, I have blisters forming when running on PureDrift.
I've extensively discussed about the shoe's physical attribute in this post here. Below is my opinion after using the shoes for almost a month.
Fit - true to size. If you wear a (example) size 10 shoe, you will need a size 10 GoBionic. Unlike the other minimalist I tried, I would need to go half size smaller and the freeplay at the toebox amplifies when I run sockless.
Cushioning - Lets be utterly honest here. This is a minimalist shoe. Cushioning is not the main priority. So, you should try the shoe with your feet wide open (as opposed to eyes wide open) and do not expect a super plush ride. However, the Resalyte compound with memory retention allowed for a more (than usual) minimalist plushness. But please do not equate this to plush-plush. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being barefoot harsh and 10 being cushioned plush), this GoBionic comes in at 3 (and PureDrift comes in at 2).
|And you thought memory foam retention only happens with some sleeping mattresses|
Other thoughts - I am sorry to say this, but this shoe comes in one of the most unexciting color in recent times. Maybe I am just spoilt by loud bright color. However, after almost a month of owning this GoBionic, i figured out that functional shoes don't need to be exciting, because the shoe itself should provide you with what you actually needed - comfort, performance and an an almost feather weight running shoes. It will be interesting to see if the GoBionic will outlast 250km mileage. I am "half way there" after a month, Wait up for the follow up report for more updates.
Note: This pair of Skechers GoBionic is sponsored by Skechers Malaysiavia collaboration with 2ndSkin Asia Athletes program. Thank you Skechers Malaysia and 2ndSkin! This pair of GoBionic retail for RM399 and is available at all Skechers store.