Lets Get "Go"ing
|Ever wished someone just leave a box (with shoes) at your home?|
|Blue. Brown. Grey. Black.|
|Can I have another pair, for my wife?|
My closest experience on a minimalist trail-specific shoe is the Brooks PureGrit. I am threading on dangerous ground here if I go and compare the both of them for the sake of review like how i did between the PureDrift and the GoBionic. So, before I actually "go there", let's understand GoTrail a bit more. When we talk about "minimalist", we talk about the shoe being as close to barefoot as possible. At 4mm drop, the shoe can be considered a minimalist, though it would be better if it is a ZERO drop. With a minimalist setup, my advice is to make sure we as runners are conditioned to run in them. Minimalist shoes promote midfoot and forefoot strike as that is the most natural way of running. It takes practice and muscular strengthening to achieve that. So, if you decided on a pair of minimalist, try hard not to "heel strike", as they are not designed for that.
|As how it came to me in the box|
I noticed that Skechers take effort to educate and provide adequate information with their products. I especially like how the shoe's techs and features are laid out on a simple brochure. See if this is easy enough for you to understand.
|All features laid out. Their proprietary "Resa" sole, the "feedback" grip, the "Rock Diffusion Plate" and the impressive light weight|
|More. The Mid-foot strike engineering, the Ortholite, the GoDri, lacing system, heel stabiliser and the 4mm drop|
|M-Strike that state the shoe to be engineered to promote midfoot strike|
|GoImpulse Sensors - It refers to the circular shaped sole (photo below)|
|What it really meant was it offers flexibility and feedback for better response. Similar to how GoBionic is fitted with 18-independent sole for flexibility|
|Resagrip. Ultra durable compound that is also lightweight and flexible. Resalyte was in GoBionic.|
|The Ortholite foam insole that is integrated into the shoe. It is breathable and also inhibit odor|
|Agion treated. Basically it's Ag+ ion or silver ion treated to inhibit smell.|
I got a size US11 sized shoe as the US10 (my usual size) was a bit too tight on the front/toebox. The decision to go one up is essential as my feet will swell after being exposed to the elements in the trails. We are talking about continuous pounding on different terrains including wet, muddy condition and rocky, loose gravels. So, if you are considering this shoe, go in the evening, wear a socks and try the shoe.
|Smooth surface with rubberised front over synthetic (looked and feel like Neoprene) top|
|The yellow Ortholite sockliner is integrated. The GoImpulse looked nasty|
|Quick lacing system|
|The light grey part...it's there for a reason|
One of the feature that got me interested was the GoDri. I meant, this is not Goretex. It did not claim to be. It is simply GoDri, and I can't resist dipping the front of the shoe into a bucket of water and see what happened.
|Things I do for you readers. This is a new shoe for goodness sake (lucky it's free)|
|Can we go for a run now?|
Lightweight Trail Shoes - Possible?
PureGrit came in at 8.9oz for the US9. That itself was impressive. GoTrail claimed a light 8.4oz for US9, that is unbelievable.
|Lets hope shoe will not be sold by weight.|
Note: This pair of Skechers GoTrail is sponsored by Skechers Malaysia via collaboration with 2ndSkin Asia Athletes program. Thank you Skechers Malaysia and 2ndSkin! This pair of GoTrail retail for RM399 and is available at all Skechers store.