Video by Sam Winebaum
Skechers GO Run Speed Beast ($185)
In the video I give my initial run impressions of the Speed Beast.
The Speed Beast represents a significant new direction for Skechers Performance. It is their first modern geometry super cushion shoe featuring Hyperburst Pro, a new supercritical TPU expanded form foam. Many will recall that the original Hyperburst foam, a CO2 expanded form foam, was one of the first supercritical foams around the time of Nike ZoomX and delivered fantastic rides in shoes such as the super light Razor series.
Here we have a giant 40mm heel / 36mm forefoot full stack height in shoe weighing about 9.5 oz in a US9, so very competitive if not superior in stack to weight ratio to shoes such as Endorphin Shift 3, Nike Invincible Run 3, and ASICS Nimbus 25 with only the $220 Superblast beating it in weight but not pricing.
To go with the new foam, Skechers brings into the mix its carbon infused H plate up front and here in the more aggressive form such as found in the Razor Excess, recent ArchFit sockliner and HyperArc geometry (effective for me for a change).
And of course we have Goodyear rubber outsole here in a fuller coverage than usual.
The upper is a poly monomesh sandwich construction with a notably broad toe box.
Big stack, low drop, rocker based shoes can be challenging to run effectively for me at slower paces. I was curious to see how this shoe said by Skechers to be an option for the 3:30 to 4 hour or so plus marathoner and for general training would perform.
The Speed Beast for women is available now at Skechers with the men’s version expected March. $185
Watch the Initial Video Review (7:40)
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