Just took a pair of the Skechers GRU on a quick 1 mile treadmill test. I’ll do more over the weekend, but here’s my initial reaction:
But good fluffy. I felt they were extremely soft and think they will be interesting to take out on a groomed trail (tomorrow) and more of a technical trail (Sunday). The insert (some call it a sock liner) was something I took out after the first 1/2 mile, and it made a big difference. The claim is that the drop is 8mm with the insert and 4 without. I’m used to running in zero drop, so 8mm felt like I was in high heels. 4 mm was still noticeable, but bearable for the entire 1/2 mile I ran in them.
- The tread is the most aggressive, which I like, especially after slipping around in the mud in my Mono’s last weekend.
- It’s narrower than the other two, though and hopefully on my longer run on Sunday I’ll find out if this is going to be a problem. Taking the insert out also opened up the toe box, so it may not be an issue.
- It has a drop (it’s been so long since I’ve run with one, I’ll be interested to see how my legs react)
- The weight is dead in between the two. My Mono’s weigh 5 oz, the Skechers weigh 9.1 (as I’ll run in them) and the Olympus checks in at 13.5 oz.
- It feels, as noted before, “fluffy”. We’ll see if that’s a good or bad thing on the rocks.
GRU- 4 mm drop, 23/27 mm stack height (fore/heel), 9.1oz
Altra Olympus- 0 mm drop, 32 mm stack height, 13.5oz
Luna Mono- 0 mm drop, 11 mm stack height, 5.0 oz
Medium Distance Update:
So, took them out this morning on a combination of groomed trail and asphalt path in Forest Park, then just for fun, took them up and down Art Hill a few times
Overall, they performed well. Fairly light, strong grip going up the hill and although I knew I was running on rocks on the trail, I didn’t feel every one. Often runners talk about having “ground feel” when running, especially when rating minimalist shoes. I’ve found that while I occasionally do like to feel the ground, I prefer “ground awareness”, especially on long distance runs. “Ground Feel” tends to translate into “Sore Feet” for me, and I prefer to minimize pain (enough of it occurs in other areas- falling, cramping, etc.) if I can. The testing will continue tomorrow as I take them out onto some “real trails” on the Lewis and Clark Trail with some good climbs, creek crossings, some mud (it’s been raining a bit) and a bit more distance.
To be continued…
After 13.5 in mixed terrain (mud, a little bit of technical/rock, a few hills, but mostly single track) I have one word:
The shoes performed really well, carving through the rocks (aware without beware), confidently climbing in mud with nary a slip!
Now, 13.5 isn’t a marathon or an ultra, so it still remains to be seen if they cause other long distance/time problems, but I didn’t feel or see any hotspots, and without the sock liner (as I mentioned above) there was plenty of room for my feet. My foot did move a bit in them on the downhill, but that’s probably because I prefer to lace them looser. I may not do an ultra in them until December, but until then, if you’re looking for a light, roomy, grippy trail shoe, this just might be it!
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