We have to give a lot of credit to Skechers with the redesign of this one. The GOrun 7 was actually a fantastic shoe, but the upper left a little to be desired for quite a few people both in appearance and somewhat in function. To that end, Skechers did the ultimate and just scrapped it and introduced an entire new radial knit upper that is the GOrun 7+ Hyper.
Quick Details, Specs, and Availability
- Fantastic radial knit upper, much much improved from the 7
- Weighs in at 7.6oz or 215g for a US Men’s 9
- Has 19mm of cushion and a 4mm heel/toe drop
- Retails at $130.00 USD and comes in 1 color for Men and Women
I really enjoyed the actual running experience in the GOrun 7, but I struggled with the upper in many ways. When I got my first look at the 7+ I was stoked to see Skechers was willing to scrap that design in favor of something a bit more practical and yes, a bit more normal, yet innovative in their own right.
On the foot, the new material stretches and gives well and while it does feel a little narrow on the foot, there is still room to wiggle the toes. The cushion, while low at 19mm, actually feels a lot more cushioned than I expected and it definitely still had some bounce.
I then took these over numerous miles and man, they have some real pop. I absolutely still love the Hyperburst midsole, but the upper is the real success here. It breathes really well, fits securely, and doesn’t slip at all in any of the runs. I actually struggled to compare these to other shoes I have run in lately and honestly started to enjoy running in these more than something like the Speed 6 or Razor 3. This is simply a fantastic everyday shoe.
The big negative is going to be the width of the shoe which will definitely prevent wider feet from using the 7+. It is just too narrow and honestly feels like a speed/race day shoe design. It has some other silly things too like extra-long laces, but the adjustment to the upper more than compensates.
The GOrun 7+ updated radial knit upper is just fantastic feeling. It is lightweight and breathable and the two-color design leaves room for a ton of fun potential design iterations. It does have a narrower toe box than we would have liked and continues to be one of our desired areas of improvement. The knit does provide enough give however to let your rooms expand. It also features a molded heel counter to hold you in place better.
The midsole uses Hyperburst and while we say it every time, we will continue to say it, it is awesome. Their process creates a midsole that is lightweight and durable while also being highly responsive. They also have a mid-foot strike place which provides a bit of support and helps with transitions
The outsole, like all new Skechers shoes, uses their Goodyear rubber blend and this is honestly one of their other amazing moves. This partnership has drastically improved its outsole traction and durability.
Style & Aesthetics
This is actually the biggest shortcoming of the 7+ Hyper, there simply aren’t enough color choices. The shoe is visually simple, but it would have been just amazing to get a few more of these. Even our test model color choice wasn’t made available to the general public when it is arguably stronger than what they have now.
The Skechers GOrun 7+ Hyper is just a fantastic update to the 7 and kudos to Skechers for going back to the drawing board on this upper. The new radial knit, while a bit narrow, feels so amazing and paired with the Hyperburst midsole and Goodyear outsole… well, color us impressed. If only they had a few more color options to choose from, then we would be over the top. Lastly, can we again just say how much Skechers is killing it lately?
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