Trail Shoe Review: Skechers GOtrail 2

Shoe Review: Skechers Performance GOtrail 2

Price: $100

4mm heel-toe offset; 9.6 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 8.2 oz. (women’s size 7.0)

The Scoop: A very capable and affordably priced trail runner, the GOtrail 2 has been updated with a new open-mesh upper that improves its breathability and overall fit. It has a marshmallowly soft midsole, great traction from its low-profile but effective lugs, and a locked-down fit.

Who’s it best for? A trail runner who likes a very soft ride under foot. The GOtrail 2 is best for a runner with a neutral gait and strong lower legs and ankles who can handle the high-off-the-ground sensation and extremely soft midsole cushioning. It feels light and nimble out on the trails, especially on smooth terrain. Our wear-testers liked it best for flat dirt paths, fire roads and semi-technical trails without too much loose debris.

Plus: This is a really good shoe with an amazing price, but it’s much more than a value-oriented model. It’s actually a very credible trail runner.

Minus: Not all of our wear-testers appreciated the super soft midsole, and a few said it was a bit unstable on steeper and more technical terrain.

Brian Metzler
Brian Metzler is the Content Director of He was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, a senior editor for Running Times and the editor in chief of Competitor. He's wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, has finished three Ironman triathlons and enjoys the quirky sport of pack burro racing.