GoBionic? What does TriStupe has to say about the shoe? While this is a good "first hand" experience. We know he is extensively testing the shoes right now and we can't wait for the full review. Meanwhile, have fun reading the first impression posting on Skechers GoBionic.
Skechers GoBionic First Impression
I've noticed a few running friends wearing the Skechers running shoes. I have always associated this brand with celebrities - or more accurately, Britney Spears. I wasn't joking about it. Here, Britney "I Did It Again" Spears in the 4Wheelers - a Skechers shoes on wheels.
|She looked hot. Image taken from here|
|Wonder What's In There?|
Good news came a day before Putrajaya International Triathlon. We were informed by the Team (2ndSkin) principle that it is "All System Go" for Skechers to sponsor the few of us. I was told to collect the shoe at the store of my choice and I went over to the Skechers' store at One Utama Shopping Mall (being nearest to where I live). The sales assistant was very helpful and introduced all the "Go" range so I could understand what each of them are for. I am now into "minimalist" shoes and having been running fore/midfoot in PureDrift, I was curious how another pair of these minimalist would feel. It will be a good opportunity for me to provide yet another unbiased review.
I could had went for the more cushioned Skechers GoRun series, or the GoRunRide series. Those are more structured cushioned shoes. However, I've already made up my mind even before setting into the store to just get the GoBionic.
|Welcome To The Skechers-Side|
The Skechers GoBionic has a "warning" statement stating exactly this - that you will have to get yourself conditioned to wear this shoe. If you are not, do it in moderation until you are stronger. And stop using it if you have/feel you have injury.
|Bring it on.|
Being an engineer by training, I read manuals. A new gadget without one just does not feel complete if it does not have the adequate "introduction". So, imagine my joy when the Skechers GoBionic did not only come with a "manual", but a diagram that looked "technical". It gives an overview of what goes into this shoe. Yes, the shoe, at this point, is still in the box. I love unboxing new things!
|OK, will this shoe make bread?|
|Skechers call it MStrike.|
|Nothing to slow you down. Minimalist in nature.|
|Memory foam - nice. I thought only bed has them|
|Biomimicry? How do you even pronounce it? But I supposed it meant the material will disintegrate easier at landfill.|
|Scotchgard treated - resistance to oil and water.|
|ZERO Drop (the yellow thingy)|
|Removable sockliner/insole for a more real feel and fit|
|This one refers to the segmentation of the sole, that has 18-parts, allowing each to move independently as your feet strikes the tarmac.|
I spent the next 15minutes playing with the GoBionic. I removed everything that I possibly could from the shoe and the first to come out was the insole. The sockliner was thin.It was light and barely there. Removing the sockliner reveal a very smooth surface inside that does and will allow you to run sockless. That is a good option as it will then "connect" your feet more to the ground. I feel the shoe is minimalist enough and will leave the sockliner in. Compare this to the PureDrift, the GoBionic will maintain the Zero Drop configuration with or without the sockliner - a truly minimalist approach. PureDrift has a 4mm drop with the sockliner on.
|In bright yellow, no less.|
|Are you counting...18?|
|The darker grey is actually the bottom part of the sockliner|
|The sole and the |
|The design grows on you. Subtle is sometimes attractive|
You could had noticed some black strip on the side of the sole. I believe it is purely cosmetic. Jamie Pang (which refers them as "stapler looking" too feel it is cosmetic. I would need to verify this with Skechers that it does not serve any purpose other than adding a bit of pattern to the shoe.
|Not too intrusive. Muggers might not want your shoe.|
|This pattern does not say "Skechers". It is neutral and could be anything|
|Roomy toebox. I am a E-wide foot by the way|
|Wide front and neutral uplifted heel pad|
|Or how about a twister-shoe?|
If you are prone to blisters forming at the back of your feet/heel, you can potentially kiss blisters goodbye. The rear section is flexible. It has the all familiar feel of the PureDrift.
|If the shoe is alive, it would had reported me to the abuse hotline|
|GoBionic -M. The M stands for Midfoot Strike|
|The "outer side", up to the second lace notch|
|The inner side - up to the first notch|
By doing this, i believe it will allow the wearer a faster insertion. Unlike the PureDrift which were integrated to the shoe
last on one side and could be a bit troublesome to get into fast, the GoBionic promises even faster speed to wear the shoe. This is essential to triathletes and duathletes during transition where every minute counts. It will be proven on race day (Putrajaya International Triathlon)
The last feature that was highlighted was the weight of the shoe. Skechers claimed a light 6.1oz or 173grams (or 172.9grams if it mattered) per side for US size 9. I took an US size 10 (yes, my feet is not only broad, it's long too. You know what they say about men with big feet doncha?)
|Can't we all agree on just ONE system?|
|Yes, that's our kitchen/baking scale|
|It was actually 2.5grams shy of 175grams...|
Note: This pair of Skechers GoBionic is sponsored by Skechers Malaysia via collaboration with 2ndSkin Asia Athletes program. Thank you Skechers Malaysia and 2ndSkin! This pair of GoBionic retail for RM399 and is available at all Skechers store.