Skechers GoRun Ride 5

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Skechers GoRun Ride 5 Review Facts

The Go Run Ride 5 is a stability racer that can serve many uses. Prior versions were more racing specific but the addition of extra cushion on the Ride 5 brings a higher level of maturity and wisdom into the concept of this shoe. The modifications have made the shoe more versatile whereas before it was mostly meant to be a speed trainer. Now it can be used as your daily or a long-distance trainer just as much your race-day shoe.

Despite these changes, however, the Ride 5 still maintains many of its key ingredients: light-weight construction, low drop offset, flexibility, stability, support, and a great deal of energetic return. Of course, there is much more to this shoe but these are just some of few things that continue to distinguish the Ride series from the rest of the Skechers running collection as well as from other brands.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Cushioning
  • Energetic return
  • Wide toe box
  • Comfortable fit
  • Flexibility
Cons
  • Outsole durability
  • Minimal air ventilation
  • Heavier and clunkier than its predecessors
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We have spent 3.00 hours analyzing a total of 680 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • Don't cost much but feel great, the cushion level seems perfect, the shoe is light but clearly durable, I used to get knee pains in my previous shoes but not with these.
  • I had plantar fasciitis and needed a shoe with very good stability control. These have helped more than any other shoe, great stability, great cushion and a great shoe.
  • These ran well in a half marathon and I'm confident they will do well in my coming full marathon, nicely placed cushion, very good arch support, these have the best trust fit that I have had.
  • They look narrow but these feel roomy, the toe box fits perfect, the heel has a nice low profile, these are superbly light and way above average comfortable.
  • Way up top for comfort and lightness, these shoes really perform well above their price label. I even run these without socks.
  • I get so much foot pain but not with this shoe, the support has been designed so well, the cushion is placed where it matters and the shoe is a performer.
  • My ankle pains went when I started using these, the lightweight works great for me and the shoe is very supportive, nice running shoe and nice price.
  • The cushion level has been increased but these stay ultra flexible, better midfoot strike and very nice for my plantar fasciitis problems, my feet are getting better.
  • I used these for a competitive 5k run and they were great, these shoes surprise me, they cost less but perform better than many that are more expensive.
  • I love the heel drop, the good use of cushion and the lightness while running, the weight of the shoe is like the price, not too heavy.
Negative
  • I can't work with the low heel, it makes me feel like I am running off balance, I feel the shoe looks cheap.
  • The best I can do with these is a little short distance running each day, no way would they take the long distances I usually run.
  • These gave my plantar fasciitis problems a boost towards worse, I had to stop using these, just not right for my feet.
  • My feet ache in these, it's the midfoot and lack of arch support which strain my feet unnaturally.
  • Why do these run so big, I feel like I'm running in fishing waders, just can't get on with the sizing from this brand.
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Of the 680 reviews we found in total, 11% were negative, and 89% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole features Skechers Go Impulse sensors. They are characterized as black circular pods that are strategically placed in high usage areas and are intended to protect the underfoot as well as the midsole unit. The sensors also provide extra cushion and generate energy. A notable difference on the Ride 5 from its predecessor is the deeper cuts and the amount of space between the sensor pods. The pods are now distributed at an even plane which improves ride quality. In the prior version, the ride quality felt off due to the mismatched placement of the pods.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Skechers utilizes their proprietary Resalyte foam material in the Go Ride 5. Resalyte is composed of a mixture of carbon rubber and EVA material. The Go Ride 5 features an improved version of Resalyte foam and it is referred to by Skechers as 5Gen, or with generation. It is designed to offer more energy and cushion than it had previously done so. Skechers also claims that it’s 20% more durable than before.

Another notable change has been the midsole platform itself. The midsection now has more volume than the heel and forefoot and this allows runners to naturally land on their midfoot. In a traditional shoe, we mostly see the heel area being larger than the rest. But in this case, the largest area on the shoe is the middle part.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The switch to a welded overlay system and the use of less stitching had already been implemented in the 4th edition but this time around we see it in greater use. It results in giving runners a more comfortable fit and helps to improve movement. The back features Skechers’ Quick Fit loop which is a small opening that allows a runner to pull the shoe toward the heel for fast and convenient placement. The interior is made from fabrics which fight odor and contain anti-microbial properties. And finally, a removable sock liner is added as a cushioning enhancement.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The men’s Go Ride 5 weights approximately 8.4 ounces and the women’s version weighs about 6.6 ounces. This shoe has put on a little bit of weight since its last production. The cause could be due to the modifications in the Resalyte foam which resulted in additional mass needed to provide more cushion. Regardless, it's still weighs less than your average stability trainer. The change in weight is very slight and shouldn’t be much cause for concern. It might get noticed by ultra fast runners, however, most of us would be willing to pay the price of a little extra weight if it means having a more cushioned shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Ventilation, or the lack thereof, seems to be a persistent dilemma with the Ride series. There is very little use of meshing and this makes their shoes feel too constricted when it comes to generating any kind of airflow. The only positive note in this category is the interior fabrics which help to combat some of the problems associated with the lack of air.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

If they could only get breathability right then there would be little to complain about when it comes to comfort. The biggest improvement has been the Reslyate foam which now delivers a bigger dose of cushion. Previously, a common complaint among many users was that the foam was too firm and cushioning had been sacrificed more than necessary for the sake of responsiveness. The challenge came down to how to maintain the same level of energy while adding a softer feel. Fortunately, the modifications to the foam material paid off and users have taken note that this version provides a plushier ride than before.

The shoe’s fit was never an issue, to begin with and the Go Ride 5 has made it fit even better. This is due to the heavier use of non-stitch overlays which give you a comfortable wrap around feel. In addition, the shoe has a wider toe box which gives your toes plenty of room to move around.
Style
Style

Style

Style-wise, the Go Ride 5 has seen a big facelift. It is now offered in a variety of styles, offering interesting colors, patterns, and graphics. However, some users are not big fans of the shoe’s style calling it unfocused and disorganized. Truthfully, we have to agree. Despite many options to choose from, all their styles appear to be mismatched paint splatter graphics with bright neons — certainly, not an appealing combination.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Like breathability, durability remains another liability for the Ride series. The insular pods are the only form of protection for the outsole which isn’t very much. The Go Ride 5 does not have a complex tread pattern and does not use any other features like lugs to help protect the structural integrity of the underfoot. This is a misfortune because now that this version has been made to be more versatile, many runners were counting on it for long-distance mileage. But despite the more comfortable ride, the Go Ride 5’s lifespan may be cut short due to its inability to keep up with high mileage.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Improvements to the Restyle material have resulted in a shoe that is more capable of protecting your knees and joints from overuse. The extra cushioning makes landings much gentler than before. This means less wear and tear for your body. In addition, the combination of added cushion and other features like M-strike technology encourage midfoot landings. Better landings in themselves work as natural defense mechanisms against injury by preventing heel striking.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Energy delivery has never been a weakness for the Go Ride. But the Go Ride 5 improved response performance thanks to the changes in the Resalyte foam. Part of the reason has to do with the production of the material. The current Resalyte version is produced through an injection process as opposed to compression which is how most EVA foams are produced. The injection process takes a small amount of matter and it expands it like a balloon. The end result is a lighter, softer, and bouncier platform.
Support
Support

Support

The Go Ride 4 required more work on the part of the runner to utilize his/her own body for natural support, achieving it through indirect means. This time around, a runner gets more support from the larger midsole platform. Additionally, the welded overlay system on the upper wraps around your foot safely and securely, giving you support from the top.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Go Ride 5 is intended to be a road shoe and should perform fairly well over flat uncomplicated surfaces. As we mentioned previously, the outsole’s durability is not the best and we wouldn’t recommend trying this shoe out the trails other rougher surfaces. The outsole is not rugged enough to handle such conditions. But some runners particularly enjoy the Go Ride 5 on the treadmill. The case seems to be that it can really showcase its strengths over a safe and predictable surface.
Price
Price

Price

For the most part, price falls below $100 though certain styles can cost above that. Skechers has always been known to be a value brand so paying over $100 for a pair of their shoes is uncommon. However, now that they are offering the Ride 5 in many more styles, a greater price range is to be expected as some models will be more popular than others. As a side note, however, even though Skechers has a reputation for value, other brands like Nike comparable shoes for about the same price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction may have been improved ever so slightly by the changes in the outsole and midsole construction. Since the Go Ride 5 has added volume there is additional rubber material which improves the shoe’s grip. In addition, the fact that the insular pods have been leveled out more evenly improves the overall ride quality. But despite the extra coating of rubber, the outsole as a whole is still a soft and smooth surface which is not much help when it comes to handling the roads.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Skechers running shoes have generally done well with adapting to movement. The Go Ride 5 not only continues that tradition but has improved in its ability to be flexible. This has to do with the bonded overlay structure that now makes up most of the shoe’s upper. Not only does this reward runners with having a shoe that provides a comfortable fit, but it also adapts to your foot’s movement through every step of the way. The bottom components of the shoe have also improved in terms of their adaptability. So the fifth version of the Go Ride 5 results into a shoe that's flexible from top to bottom.
Stability
Stability

Stability

With a little bit of added weight, cushioning, and a larger midsole frame, the Go Ride 5 has taken on more of the stability responsibility. However, this doesn’t mean that it has lost any of its racing appeals. It still incorporates qualities like responsiveness and a lightweight frame, all components which are crucial for speed performance. But the newly implemented structural changes give you more control and stability over the surface than before. You will still be using your own body to do some of the lifting but now you get an extra bit of help from the shoe itself.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Heel height measures 27 mm and forefoot height measures 23mm. The resulting drop offset is 4mm. Despite the larger midsole platform, the drop measurement remains just as low as it did in the 4th version. With a low drop ratio, the Go Ride 5 encourages midfoot landings along with other features like M-Strike technology which will induce your feet to strike in the middle. In that sense, the Go Ride 5 can work great as a shoe for any heavy heel striker who is looking to improve his or her stride.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• 4 MM Drop
• Improved Resalyte foam material
• Delivers an energetic return on every step
• Light-weight construction
• M-Strike technology for a better heel to toe transitions
• Go Impulse sensors
• Quick Fit loop
• Welded overlay structure for a seamless fit
• Odor-fighting interior fabrics
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Skechers brands seems to be headed in the right direction with the very update they implement to the Go Ride series. Before this release, many runners were unhappy with the lack of cushion, but Skechers made significant strides by re-engineering their renowned Resalyte technology. It clearly paid off in the form of a better-cushioned shoe that still delivers plenty of energy.

Still, areas for improvement remain. It appears that the company is unfocused when it comes to knowing where to put its efforts. It’s great that the upper became for flexible by adding more overlays and that the shoe is even more responsive than before. However, these were never issues to begin with and the ones that still need to be addressed are the shoe’s ventilation and durability. Hopefully, the company can refocus on what needs to be done and implement those changes for future releases of the Go Ride.