Picked up a pair of Skechers GoRun Rides for $55 this week from Amazon. I can't pass up a deal, so I figured I would try them out for recovery runs.
The fit feels very similar to my GoRun 2's, but with slightly more room in the toebox. The uppers are slipper-like and silky smooth and anyone who owns anything from Skechers Performance Division already knows this. I don't have a scale like Pete's, but the people at Skechers say they weigh 7.9 oz. in men's size 9 (I don't know what that translates to in my 11.5's). They are about an ounce heavier than my GoRun 2's and I can barely tell the difference. As a matter of fact, they are almost identical in weight to my Kinvara 3's, but feel lighter than the Sauconys. They have a 4 mm heel-to-toe differential, but strangely it feels lower (similar experience in my GoRun 2's). Honestly, the heel-to-toe drop feels more like my zero drop Saucony Virratas. They are very flexible, again just like the GoRun 2's.
The ride is very nice, especially after a hard speedwork session. They definitely have less ground feel than most minimal shoes, but definitely have a spot in my rotation. I just ran 6 days in row including a 12 mile progression run and a 6 mile speedwork session yesterday and took these out for a 3 mile recovery run today. Let me tell you, these shoes were a welcome change to my wiped out legs and feet!
I only have a couple runs in these shoes, but I definitely recommend them to anyone who regularly wears minimal shoes and is looking for a nicely cushioned recovery or even LSD run shoe or for someone running in traditional running shoes looking for a transitional shoe.
Another great product from Skechers Performance Division!