Skechers GOrun Ride 6 Review Facts
New editions of shoe lines always bring upgrades, tweaks to their design, and new features that (hopefully) improve overall performance. Skechers certainly has had enough editions of their GOrun Ride series, and with the sixth iteration continues to perfect its composition. With some parts remaining the same as the 5th edition and some new improvements in the 6th, Skechers GOrun Ride 6 attempts to provide the same comfortable ride its previous incarnations had succeeded in while improving the overall formula along the way.
Offering responsive midsole cushioning that helps runners keep moving without wear and a lightweight breathable upper to keep the foot cool and dry throughout a run, the GOrun Ride 6 is slightly cheaper than the GOrun Ride 5 but tries to offer the same amount of comfort and performance. While it has less foam in the midsole and less rubber on its outsole, this pared-down edition still retains the same M-Strike rocker midsole as the Ride 5, which makes it the only modern Skechers shoe to retain this legacy feature.
One upgrade from previous editions is the GOrun Ride 6’s circular knit upper that provides superior ventilation, including perforations along the toe box that allows for heat to ventilate out of the foot chamber, which runners in hotter climes will appreciate. Its outsole uses Sketcher’s proprietary GOimpulse Sensors, which are strategically placed rubber pods that ensure a firm grip on the ground while providing excellent energy return with each step. With a slightly expanded toe box for a more comfortable fit and running true to size, those shopping online, in particular, can trust that the size they order will fit their feet comfortably. Although slightly expensive for a running shoe of its class, its overall features–which should appeal to any runner looking for a comfortable trainer that provides great traction and ventilation–make the GOrun Ride 6 a solid everyday running shoe.
The outsole of the GOrun Ride 6 is fitted with GOimpulse Sensors, which are circular rubber pods located at both the heel and forefoot of the outsole. These provide excellent grip and traction when on a run and provide a nice energy return with an extra push on every step. Although the GOrun Ride 6 has less rubber on its outsole than previous iterations, this economizing of rubber also keeps weight off the overall shoe.
In some instances, just because a new edition of a shoe line comes out doesn’t mean every part of it needs a radical overhaul. In fact, some shoe lines have found disaster when they reinvent too radically from one edition to the next. With the GOrun Ride 6’s midsole, Skechers wisely retained the popular M-strike technology from its previous editions. This platform features the rocker design that encourages runners to strike with the midfoot, helping keep a natural roll with every stride. Although the midsole foam is thinner than that found in the Ride 5, this EVA foam is lightweight, soft, and responsive. It enhances efficiency
with each stride and provides a great amount of comfort. In addition, the EVA foam reduces impact shock to protect the foot from any potential damage while on a run.
The upper of the GOrun Ride 6 is made from the proprietary GOknit fabric. Breathable and outfitted with cooling panels and large perforations running along the sides and toe box for superior ventilation, this material also provides the wearer with a snug, sock-like fit. External Hotmelt support straps give the upper structure and act as overlays to secure the foot firmly in place. A molded heel counter keeps the heel secure and prevents wobble and slippage. On the back of the heel is the Quick Fit Portal, a finger loop that aids in easily slipping into the shoe.
Although some elements of the Ride 6 have been pared down from the previous edition--mostly equating to less rubber on the outsole and a thinner midsole--this was done to take some weight off the overall shoe. Weighing in at 8.3 ounces/235 grams, the Ride 6 could certainly be considered a lightweight trainer. Meanwhile, the slightly less rubber and thinner midsole have not affected its overall performance.
Thanks to the GOknit fabric, a soft mesh that’s flexible and lightweight, and the numerous perforations on the sides of the shoe and the toe box, the Ride 6 is a highly breathable trainer that will keep a runner’s foot cool and dry even on a long run on a hot day.
Although the midsole has been updated to be slightly thinner and more lightweight than previous editions, the EVA foam midsole is still comfortable and responsive. Many reviewers noted how well-padded the inside of the Ride 6 felt, even though it’s actually less padding than previous versions. The “rocker” platform in the midsole also encourages a natural stride. Meanwhile, its lightweight and flexible upper provides a sock-like fit after lace-up and the GOimpulse Sensor rubber pods on the outsole also aid in cushioning, responding to each foot strike with a good energy return.
Outfitted with the signature large “S” on the side, the Skechers GOrun Ride 6 is a colorful entry in the GOrun Ride line. Coming in a number of color combinations, the Ride 6 has the familiar aesthetic of a number of trainers: a heavily perforated upper, traditional lace-up scheme, white outsole, and a low profile. It’s nicely designed and looks like a standard Skechers brand, but one could be forgiven for confusing it with a pair of New Balance
, as well. Perhaps not the most inventive or adventurous stylistic choice, but form fits function with the Ride 6.
The GOknit fabric that comprises the upper is a seamless one-piece construction that is made of durable synthetic materials. The rubber outsole, although thinner than previous editions in the GOrun Ride line, is similarly sturdy, with the GOimpulse Sensors pods retaining their shape and grip for a long time after first step-in. The only part that may wear out before the rest of the shoe is its EVA foam midsole, which tends to lose its bounce after a while. However, the insole is removable and easily replaceable.
The greatest amount of protection the GOrun Ride 6 offers is the effects of impact during a run. The GOimpulse Sensors on the outsole are thick rubber pods that absorb the impact of foot strike on the ground and provide a fair amount of energy return with each step, while its EVA foam midsole similarly functions to absorb shock during a run. However, this is a lightweight trainer with a thin upper so this is a shoe not to wear in extreme climes or conditions.
With a “rocker” platform built into the midsole, the Ride 6 is best utilized for midfoot striking and responds to the runner’s natural stride
. The rubber pods that are outfitted on the outsole’s forefoot and heel are responsive to impact strikes, cushioning each step while providing a bit of bounce back. These pods also allow the runner to change direction easily without losing traction. Its EVA foam midsole, although thin, is also responsive to the natural rhythms and effects of impact and surface control.
The GOrun Ride 6 is a neutral trainer, meaning that it’s mainly made for those with a neutral running stride. With this comes neutral arch support, which will work for most runners. However, those who need more support due to overpronation or fallen arches may need to find an insole to replace the standard one that comes with this shoe.
Since this is a lightweight running shoe with only moderate traction, the GOrun Ride 6 is ultimately best on standard running surfaces, such as asphalt, pavement, and springy running tracks. With its upper’s many perforations, runners may be disappointed to find a soggy sock if running in the rain or on puddle-heavy surfaces. And although it has a fair amount of tread and grip, there isn’t much in the way of protection from harsher elements so this is also not a trail running
shoe. But for those looking for an everyday trainer to take their daily jog in on their regular paved running route, the Ride 6 will perform well on these terrains.
The GOrun Ride 6 is not a particularly expensive shoe--there are plenty of higher-end trainers that carry a much higher price on the market--but it’s also not a budget
trainer. For runners looking for a comfortable everyday trainer that’s responsive and has good ventilation, the Ride 6 is a solid shoe for its price. But those seeking a more specialized design--for long-distance running or sprinting--there are other shoes on the market for a similar price that would serve them better.
Outfitted with Skechers’ proprietary GOimpulse Sensors on the outsole, which are rubber pods placed on the heel and forefoot of the outsole, the Ride 6 offers a fair amount of traction on traditional running surfaces. Although not the most tenacious traction, runners will still feel on a firm ground due to the pods’ firm grip of the terrain as they propel forward. This is aided by the responsive nature of the pods, which absorb impact and provide a bit of energy return with each step.
The upper of the Ride 6 is made from GOknit, a breathable mesh that provides a close sock-like fit after lace-up. The midsole is comfortable while also having a bit of give, and although the outsole is relatively stiff, due to the thinner coating of rubber in the Ride 6, it still grants a little leeway. Maybe not the most flexible shoe, but for a standard trainer it has just enough flexibility to feel comfortable and natural.
All things considered, the GOrun Ride 6 is a relatively straightforward running shoe: it has neutral arch support, a fair amount of cushioning, and a breathable and flexible upper. The same goes for its stability: although it is a nicely balanced shoe, it is not specifically a stability shoe
. However, it does feature a 4mm drop, which is half a standard trainer’s drop. Although not a zero drop shoe and not intended to correct overpronation, this shorter drop does help with stability somewhat.
At only 4mm, the GOrun Ride 6’s drop is surprisingly much less than one would expect from what is, by all accounts, a rather standard shoe. This drop may be less than what many runners are used to, but it’s not as extreme as a zero drop shoe and may even serve as a good transition shoe for those seeking to go minimalist
in their footwear.
- GOimpulse Sensors on the outsole
- Seamless, one-piece GOknit upper
- Comfortable EVA foam midsole
- 4mm drop is a nice transition point between standard and zero drop shoe
- “Rocker” platform in midsole helps promote a natural stride
Skechers has been a well-loved brand for decades and it’s easy to see why: their no-nonsense approach to sneaker construction has served them well. Always delivering on comfort and performance without pretension, this is a brand that offers low-key style and solid performance over the years. The GOrun Ride 6 follows along with this tradition. It’s not a flashy trainer, and it’s not seeking to reinvent the wheel. Instead, it’s trying to deliver an overall everyday running shoe that delivers in comfort, performance, and breathability, and on all fronts, it succeeds. Lightweight and featuring good traction, although it may be slightly pricier than other trainers, runners that have come to trust the Skechers brand will find no disappointment with the GOrun Ride 6.