While the overall aesthetic of the outsole on the GOrun Ride 5 remains similar to that of the GRR 4, quite a bit has changed. The first thing that I noticed is that the GOimpulse Sensors on the sole (the black circles) have moved away from just being around the perimeter of the shoe and now are focused under the metatarsal heads. Additionally, whereas in previous versions the secondary circles/sensors were set lower/higher (depending on how you look at it) than the rubber ones – in this case, all of the circles/sensors are on the same ending plane, something that will come up in the ride section later. Additionally, the outsole has much deeper cutouts into the midsole which is most likely a byproduct of the new version of Resalyte in this shoe, known as 5 Gen (we’ll talk more about this in the MIDSOLE section below). The final update to the outsole that I’d like to point out is the reinforcing of the midfoot area to something more akin to the design of the GOrun 4. In this area we see a more robust perimeter or rubber and a move toward more angular flex points rather than the cutaways in between pillars/sensors as we’ve seen in the rest of the shoe.
From a durability aspect the outsole of the GOrun Ride 5 holds up pretty much as it’s done in earlier versions for me. Looking at it though you might think that there’s more wear because all of the circles are being used rather than just a few of them which seems to mean slower overall wear because of more dispersed weight while at the same time wearing the shoe more completely. This also presents itself as some very solid traction with more surface area to play with. I think these updates are solid and brings performance elements we see in the GOrun model to this shoe.
I told you above that I’d get a bit more into the updated Resalyte material in the midsole so let’s start with that. As we told you way back when we first wrote about Skechers Performance running shoes, Resalyte is a compound of EVA foam and rubber. This allows for several things, among them more resilience, a single-density material and more durability to the midsole and exposed parts of the outsole. This new Resalyte, known as 5Gen which Skechers describes thusly:
Skechers Performance 5Gen is a rubber based EVA midsole foam that was developed to offer runners more energy return without sacrificing cushioning protection, traction, and durability. We went through a rigorous testing process to come up with the ideal compound. 5Gen is 20% more resilient than Resalyte and therefore it’s a midsole that feels soft and protective, yet is extremely energetic.
I’ve really enjoyed the feel of the 5Gen Resalyte in the GOrun Ride 5. For me it’s a firmer ride with the interesting dichotomy of still having a solid amount of cushion. The ground feel is good could be a bit more though I think that since this is a shoe meant to have wide appeal it’s in a good, neutral spot. There is a bit of a caveat here and that is that 5Gen seems to be heavier than its predecessor and that’s not surprising since there is more rubber in the compound. My GOrun Ride 4’s came in at 8.6 ounces in my men’s size 11’s and the GOrun Ride 5 comes in at 8.9 ounces. It’s not a huge weight gain but it is there.
The stack heights for this shoe come in at 27mm in the heel and 23mm in the forefoot for a net drop of 4mm.
In the Skechers GOrun Ride 4 there was a kind of 50/50 split between traditional, stitched supports and more current, bonded supports. Now in the GOrun Ride 5 the structure has gone almost entirely to bonded overlays. For me this is a great choice, not only because it’s a more sleek and efficient way of bracing a shoe’s upper, but it’s also a weight saving which is good with the heavier midsole we just touched on. The mesh on the GRR 5 is ever-so-slightly less breathable to me than the GRR 4 but maintains a bit of stretch as well as its suppleness. The throat, collar and Quick-Fit system in this shoe remain unchanged (that I can tell) from the previous version though the tongue has slimmed down a bit which I really like a lot.
To be honest, I’ve never had any durability problems with the uppers of Skechers Performance shoes and this is no different. The GRR 5 does come with a removable sock liner which I remove because I like a firmer feel underfoot. Removing that sock liner results in my having to cinch down on the laces a bit more than I otherwise would since it increases the internal volume of the shoe. With the further cinching down, there is a wee bit of fabric buckling right at the base of the tongue at the transition to the vamp. Thankfully, the mesh of the upper is so soft and supple I only notice the buckling when I’m looking right at it.
As I mentioned above, I like to remove the sock liner in the GOrun Ride 5 and I can see where this may create a sizing issue for some. Now, I want to take a quick second to say that this is no fault of the shoe at all and a lot of people remove their sock liners in order to fine tune the fit of the running shoes. I stayed in my size 11’s with no problem but be open to having to go down a half size if you want to remove the liners as well. Now with that out of the way, let’s talk about the specifics of fit in the GOrun Ride 5.
The heel counter of the GRR 5 is quite flexible but does a nice job with its internal foam of shaping a good heel cup. The midfoot gives plenty of room for higher-volume feet and there is also plenty of lace to accommodate this as well. The forefoot is nice and fairly roomy with a bit of extra give thanks to the stretch in the mesh of that area. Overall, I’d say that the fit of the GOrun Ride 5 is a hair on the generous side so don’t be afraid to play with the laces to get the right fit for your foot.
I said near the beginning of this review that this shoe is one of those that could be considered a good all-around, Swiss army-esque shoe. While that certainly is the case for me, I find that this hits me as simply neutral. I like a lot of things about it but I’m not really blown away by anything and that’s completely fine because I don’t really think that’s what Skechers was going for here. Probably the best place to see (feel) this is in the ride. the GOrun Ride 5 has good ground feel though can feel a bit out of touch at times, particularly on long and featureless roads. There is response but the flexibility of the shoe takes some of that away. I think that a lot of people are going to like this as a daily driver but want to up things to the next level for speed work or for racing – like maybe to the GOrun?
One of the biggest marks in favor of Skechers Performance running shoes has been their price point and while it’s come up a touch over the years, the GOrun Ride 5 still comes in under $100 at $95 (and as low as $50 in some of our links below!) which is a great price for this shoe. It’s got something for everyone and while it may not blow your doors off, I’d be surprised if you can’t find a lot to like.
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Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).