- Weight 7.2 – 11 oz. (depending on size)
- 4 mm heel to toe off-set
- Synthetic Upper, Rubber Outsole
- Mid-foot Strike Zone
- Aggressive lug geometry
- H2GO Water Resistant Protection
- Neutral Support
- Inner support strap, molded heel lock cushion
- Removable foam insole
Finding a good, entry-level, and short or middle distance trail runner, like Skechers’ GOTrail, at a reasonable price can be difficult. The nature of the sport itself can make it a challenge to find a shoe that’s both reasonably inexpensive, and specialized enough that they can handle some mileage, without falling apart. The GOTrail comes in at just the right price, MSRP $100 USD, and has a few great features for seasoned and newbie, short and middle distance runners.
The GOTrail is well cushioned with the new 5Gen foam material, feels natural, and was surprisingly comfortable straight out of the box. Despite some glowing online reviews of the ride, there were still a few that didn’t like it–although, I think it really comes down to preference in this case. For me, the soft ride walked the fence of being a bit too much only when it came to technical trails. Overall the generous flex, a little less common in trail shoes, was very welcome, and the Hytrel protection plate was more than adequate for the alpine trails I frequent. The knobby lugs are well-placed and made of a good sticky rubber, that performed well on red rock trails in Moab, and the slick rocks of this year’s rainy spring.
While this is not intended to be a water-proof shoe, the water resistant mesh upper did a great job of keeping out the mild rain and sloppy conditions, while allowing my feet to breathe. I’ve rated the breathability a bit low, compared to other runners, but I think the benefit of the H2GO protection makes it a fair trade. Although others do breathe a bit better, I was satisfied with the temperature, even when running in hot conditions, and I like that it adds to the overall versatility. The shoe feels true to size, and I was pleasantly surprised by the generous toe box–something that has certainly become a new preference of mine, as well as for many runners. However, one refreshing feature was how well the GOTrail mesh kept out sand. It wasn’t something I was expecting, but always a bonus!
Reviewing the Skechers’ GOTrail as a worthy short and middle distance trail shoe, was kind of a no-brainer for me, to be honest. The soft ride, generous toe box and aggressive, sticky rubber lugs, make it an exceptional choice for those in that preference category. I could see these, not only as a short or middle distance trainer, but ideal for new runners. As there is no predecessor to the GOTrail, I’m looking forward to seeing what tweaks Sketchers may make with the shoe in the future.