Skechers GORun Ride 3 Review

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The Skechers GORun Ride 3 feels like a great shoe when you first put it on. The shape is closer to the human foot than most shoes, the upper is well padded and the midsole seams really soft. However, after a few miles you realize that the softness is more 'squishy' than cushioned, with little spring and the upper is overly thick. Running further reveals the rapid wear of the exposed midsole, reducing its lifespan. The saving grace for the Ride may be in winter use, where it preserves more of its cushioning than most shoes and its warm upper becomes an advantage. The Skechers naming is a bit confusing; these are the GORun Ride, not the Skechers GORun. I've rated it as "Worth Considering." (I use The Science of Running Shoes as the basis of how I test running shoes and what you should look for in a running shoe.)

Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 top
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 bottom
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 inside
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 outside

1 Characteristics

  • Why you’d buy it. The GORun Ride is tough to recommend except for winter use where it retains more cushioning than most shoes and its thicker upper becomes an advantage. However, like most shoes it would have poor traction on snow or ice.
  • Cushioning . The GORun Ride has a very soft midsole, with an egg-crate effect on the bottom to further soften the earliest phase of the impact. However, the initial impression of softness is a bit of an illusion. I think the problem is that the GORun Ride is quite soft as the foot first touches down, but the midsole is not thick enough for the soft foam, and while it doesn't "bottom out", the cushioning is not progressive. I also found that the GORun Ride felt more "squishy" than cushioned, with little rebound. Running in the Ride felt more like running on sand than running on a nicely cushioned track. When swapping back and forth between the Ride and the Hoka Clifton, this difference is highlighted, with the Clifton feeling springy by comparison. However, the Ride does retain quite a lot of its cushioning when cold (~0f/-10c), though not as much as the Hoka Mafate.
  • Drop. While the GORun Ride has an awful 10mm of drop, when the shoe is loaded this is reduced to 6mm and feels slightly less in practice.
  • Structure. The GORun Ride has a single density of foam, but the inside (medial) of the heel is raise up rather dramatically in an effort to reduce Pronation. I found this rather intrusive and uncomfortable. I also found that the outside (lateral) edge of the forefoot was built up a little, further reducing the comfort.
  • Flexibility. The GORun Ride has excellent flexibility probably due to the unusually soft foam used in the midsole.
  • Outsole. The GORun Ride has small patches of firmer rubber outsole, seen as red circles in the images of the bottom of the shoe. This is rather sad, as these patches are positioned to make a pretty pattern rather than any functional benefit as they are not in the high abrasion areas. The lack of outsole, combined with soft foam and the egg-crate shape means the Ride wears down really quickly.
  • Shape. The GORun Ride is one of the few shoes where I've not had to cut open the toe box, and its shape is remarkably close to the human foot. (I recommend cutting open the toe box of virtually all running shoes, with the exception of a few shoes like some Altra shoes. When you have some worn out shoes, you should try cutting open the toe box. I've found that it's a big improvement, allowing my toes to move naturally and engage for toe off, as well as reducing the possibility of blisters.)
  • Upper. The upper is inflexible and a rather thick which makes it less breathable and warmer than I'd like except for winter. It also has quite a few seams, something that's thankfully becoming less common these days. There's a little padding around the rear of the foot, and good padding around the ankle opening. However, the padding around the angle opening comes quite a long way down and I found it presses on the back of the heel bone (Calcaneus). I think this could cause problems for many runners and I disliked it.
  • Tongue. The GORun Ride has a traditional tongue that is has a tab to attach it to the laces, with nice soft padding.
  • Lacing. The GORun Ride has flat laces that worked well and I never had them come undone.
  • Heel Counter. The GORun Ride has absolutely no heel counter, which is nice. It goes to show how useless the heel counter is.
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2 Cushioning and Shoes

It's intuitively obvious that the cushioning in a shoe will reduce the impact on your body when running. However, The Science of Running Shoes indicates that the reality is rather more complex. While slight cushioning may reduce the effort needed to run by improving your Running Economy, most scientific research indicates that more cushioning does further improve Running Economy. In addition, cushioning does not generally reduce impact and may actually increase it. This is counterintuitive, but is likely to be due to the way a runners mind and body adapts to softer cushioning. Unfortunately, the scientific evidence is far from complete and it's hard to give clear recommendations. I believe that some runners will prefer more cushioning, while others prefer less, and typically those running further have a fondness for greater cushioning. I also believe that a shoe should be as light as possible, and a shoe should justify its weight with the cushioning it provides. My advice is to decide what level of cushioning you're looking for, and then find the lightest shoes that also fit well and are comfortable.

3 Visualizing the Attributes of the Skechers GoRun Ride

How Skechers GoRun Ride compares showing rearfoot cushioning against the performance penalty of its weight. Upper right is better.
How Skechers GoRun Ride compares showing forefoot cushioning against the performance penalty of its weight. Upper right is better.
How Skechers GoRun Ride compares showing the price against the benefit (cushioning/performance penalty). Upper left is better.
How Skechers GoRun Ride compares showing the loaded drop against the benefit (cushioning/performance penalty). Upper left is better.

4 Comparisons

Here are some direct comparisons with its potential competition.

4.1 Skechers GORun Ride and the Hoka Clifton

The Hoka Clifton is an amazing shoe, offering Maximalist cushioning at a remarkably low weight. The Clifton is slightly lighter than the Ride, but the Clifton offers a lot more cushioning, and the cushioning it offers has more spring to it. The Clifton is more expensive to buy, but I think it will work out cheaper per mile due to greater longevity.

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Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 bottom
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 inside
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 outside
Hoka OneOne Clifton top
Hoka OneOne Clifton bottom
Hoka OneOne Clifton inside
Hoka OneOne Clifton outside

4.2 Skechers GORun Ride and Saucony Kinvara

The Saucony Kinvara is a good shoe for transitioning between a traditional shoe like the Asics GT 2000 and a much better shoe like the Asics Gel Hyper Speed. The GORun Ride should be playing in the same space, but its squishy cushioning and lack of comfort disqualify it for most runners. The main advantage the Ride would have is in winter, where it retains a little more cushioning and its thicker upper would be an advantage.

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Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 bottom
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4.3 Skechers GORun Ride and Asics Gel Hyper Speed

The GORun Ride is heavier than the Asics Gel Hyper Speed, and while the Ride may feel softer, the actually cushioning in the Hyper Speed is greater.

Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 top
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 bottom
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 inside
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 outside
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 top
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 bottom
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 inside
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 outside

4.4 Skechers GORun Ride and Asics GT 2000

I tend to compare shoes against my benchmark "normal running shoe", the Asics GT 2000. Here the ride shows the benefits of a transitional shoe, as it's lighter, better cushioned in the heel (though not the forefoot), and a lot more flexible.

Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 top
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 bottom
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 inside
Sketchers GoRun Ride 3 outside
Asics GT2000 top
Asics GT2000 bottom
Asics GT2000 inside
Asics GT2000 outside

5 A Comparison with other Recommended Shoes

For a more detailed comparison of these shoes see the Recommendations for Best Running Shoes. This table lists the key attributes of What to Look for in Running Shoes. For more detailed information, on the shoes see detailed shoe comparison.

Full Review Name Rating Recommended
price
Benefit Weight
(oz)
Penalty
(sec/mile)
Forefoot
Thickness
Heel
Thickness
Loaded Drop
mm
Cushioning Flexibility
Asics 33-DFA Review 33-DFA Worth considering $90 5.7 10.6 16.5 27 27 0 6.1 6
Saucony Type A6 Review A6 Highly Recommended $100 8.2 6.1 9.5 17 21 4 5.0 8
Adidas Adios Boost 2 Review Adios Worth considering $140 4.7 8.6 13.4 17 27 11 4.0 7
Hoka Bondi Review Bondi Highly Recommended $150 8.0 10.9 17.0 41 45 5 8.8 0
Hoka Bondi 5 Review Bondi Review Pending $150 6.1 11.6 18.1 38 42 5 7.1 4
Hoka Clayton Review Clayton Best of the Best $150 8.8 8.3 12.9 26 30 3 7.3 5
Hoka Clifton 3 Review Clifton3 Best of the Best $130 9.1 9.8 15.3 34 38 3 8.9 6
On Cloudracer Review Cloudracer Worth considering $130 5.7 8.2 12.8 19 27 5 4.7 8
Hoka Conquest Review Conquest Worth considering $170 5.0 11.9 18.5 28 34 5 6.0 3
Saucony Cortana 4 Review Cortana Worth considering $150 4.4 9.9 18.7 22 28 5 4.3 5
Mizuno Wave Cruise Review Cruise Worth considering $120 6.6 5.9 12.5 17 20 7 3.9 7
Newton Distance IV Review Distance Worth considering $155 7.5 9.1 14.2 26 31 3 6.8 6
Asics Gel DS Racer 10 Review DS Racer Worth considering $110 8.2 7.0 10.9 21 26 6 5.8 6
Mizuno Wave Ekiden 8 Review Ekiden Worth considering $115 5.7 5.7 14.6 13 18 6 3.2 8
Saucony Endorphin Review Endorphin Highly Recommended $125 11.1 4.1 6.4 14 13 -1 4.5 9
Adidas Energy Boost Review Energy Worth considering $160 7.2 10.0 15.6 20 30 7 7.2 6
Altra Escalante Review Escalante Highly Recommended $130 9.1 8.7 13.5 28 25 -1 7.9 7
Puma Faas 100 R Review Faas 100 Highly Recommended $90 8.4 6.1 9.4 15 20 1 5.1 9
Saucony Fastwitch Review Fastwitch Highly Recommended $90 9.5 7.1 11.1 20 22 4 6.8 8
Topo Fli-Lyte Review Fli-Lyte Highly Recommended $100 6.0 9.4 14.6 23 24 4 5.6 6
Nike Free 4.0 Review Free Recommended $120 5.3 8.2 13.6 24 30 6 4.4 6
Saucony Freedom Review Freedom Recommended $160 5.4 10.7 16.6 25 29 3 5.8 7
Asics Gel Lyte 33 3 Review Gel Lyte Not recommended $90 8.0 7.3 11.4 17 24 4 5.8 9
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 Review GOmeb 3 Worth considering $120 6.9 8.1 12.6 20 24 4 5.5 8
Skechers GORun 4 Review GORun Not recommended $100 6.1 7.5 11.7 15 23 3 4.5 7
Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 Review GRU Worth considering $90 7.5 10.0 15.6 28 34 8 7.5 5
Skechers GOrun Ultra Road Review GRU-R Worth considering $105 6.5 11.3 17.6 30 40 6 7.4 7
Asics GT 2000 Review GT 2000 Not recommended $120 4.8 11.2 17.4 28 35 5 5.4 4
Hoka Hupana Review Hupana Recommended $115 6.1 8.9 13.9 31 36 7 5.4 5
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7 Review Hyper Speed Highly Recommended $75 10.9 6.3 9.8 22 26 5 6.8 7
Altra Instinct 3.5 3.5 Review Instinct 3.5 Recommended $115 4.9 9.3 15.2 24 23 0 4.5 6
Altra Instinct 4.0 Review Instinct 4.0 Review Pending $120 6.0 9.8 15.3 29 25 -1 5.9 6
Asics Tarther Kainos 3 Review Kainos Worth considering $130 10.0 6.9 10.7 17 27 9 6.8 7
Saucony Kinvara 7 Review Kinvara Best of the Best $110 7.4 8.2 12.8 23 27 3 6.1 6
Nike LunaRacer 4 Review LunaRacer Recommended $90 9.9 7.0 10.9 22 30 7 6.9 6
Nike LunarSpider R5 Review LunarSpider Recommended $125 6.9 6.7 10.4 17 21 3 4.6 7
Hoka Mafate Speed Review Mafate Best of the Best $170 7.6 11.9 18.5 39 40 4 9.0 3
Pearl Izumi EM Road N0 v2 Review N0 Highly Recommended $100 7.9 6.5 10.1 14 20 4 5.2 8
Saucony Nomad Review Nomad Review Pending $110 4.3 10.5 17.2 25 27 2 4.5 5
Hoka Odyssey Review Odyssey Highly Recommended $130 8.5 9.4 14.6 37 45 5 8.0 4
Altra Olympus Review Olympus Highly Recommended $130 5.4 11.8 18.4 27 27 3 6.4 4
Altra One 2.5 Review One Highly Recommended $100 8.5 7.1 11.1 22 25 2 6.0 8
Altra Paradigm Review Paradigm Highly Recommended $130 6.4 9.9 15.4 25 25 1 6.4 4
Asics Piranha SP 5 Review Piranha Recommended $100 10.1 4.2 6.5 11 15 3 4.2 9
Brooks PureFlow 5 Review PureFlow Worth considering $110 6.0 9.7 15.1 26 29 5 5.8 8
Salming Race Review Race Worth considering $130 6.9 6.5 10.1 16 19 4 4.5 7
New Balance RC1600 v2 Review RC1600 Highly Recommended $110 8.8 5.6 8.7 15 21 5 4.9 8
New Balance RC5000 Review RC5000 Best of the Best $125 12.2 3.4 5.3 13 17 3 4.2 8
New Balance RC5000v2 Review RC5000v2 Best of the Best $125 14.2 4.0 6.2 13 21 6 5.7 8
Skechers GoRun Ride 3 Review Ride Worth considering $85 5.9 8.5 13.2 18 28 6 5.0 9
Inov-8 RoadXTreme 220 Review RXT-220 Worth considering $120 5.2 8.0 18.2 14 17 3 4.2 9
Topo ST-2 Review ST-2 Highly Recommended $90 8.2 7.3 11.4 20 18 0 6.0 8
Hoka Stinson Lite Review Stinson Highly Recommended $160 7.3 11.6 18.1 35 40 6 8.5 2
Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 Review Streak LT Best of the Best $80 8.8 5.4 8.4 16 21 4 4.8 6
Adidas Takumi Sen 3 Review Takumi Sen 3 Highly Recommended $160 7.7 6.6 10.2 17 21 4 5.1 6
Altra Torin 2.0 Review Torin Worth considering $125 5.8 9.6 14.9 28 25 -1 5.5 5
Hoka Tracer Review Tracer Recommended $130 7.2 7.4 11.5 21 24 2 5.3 6
Merrell Trail Glove 3 Review Trail Glove Best of the Best $100 2.9 6.9 24.7 11 11 0 2.0 9
Topo Tribute Review Tribute Recommended $100 5.9 7.3 11.4 20 18 -1 4.3 7
Mizuno Wave Universe 5 Review Universe Highly Recommended $125 10.7 3.1 10.6 9 12 1 3.3 9
Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review Vapor Glove Highly Recommended $85 2.1 6.1 27.6 6 5 0 1.3 10
New Balance Vazee Pace Review Vazee Pace Worth considering $110 6.0 8.6 13.4 18 24 6 5.2 6
Asics TartherZeal 3 Review Zeal Worth considering $140 10.9 6.3 9.8 17 27 9 6.8 7

It's not a running shoe, but I love the Hoka Tor Ultra hiking boot and I've tested the Altra Lone Peak Boot.
Older shoe reviews: Saucony Hattori Review, Mizuno Cursoris Review, Skechers GO Bionic 2 Review, Hoka Clifton Review, Saucony Virrata 2 Review, Brooks PureCadence 3 Review, Brooks PureConnect 3 Review, Brooks PureFlow 3 Review, Skechers GO Bionic 2 Review, New Balance 980 Review, Brooks Transcend 2 Review.
Reviews of shoes that are not worth including on the table: Hoka Huaka Review, Patagonia EVERlong Review.