We don’t want to kick this off with yet another reminder as to how good the Skechers performance lineup is, but it always bears repeating because there are so many naysayers. If you haven’t run in any of their shoes, then you are missing out and in fact, the technology that they have pioneered with Hyperburst, really has become a model that others are following. Today we are going through the new Razor Excess and there is no better time to tell people to check out Skechers because this is the best Razor they have ever produced and it competes so well with everything out there right now that people are hyped on. So dive in, have a look, and let go of any preconceived notions because this shoe can really lay down the miles.
Quick Details, Specs, and Availability
- Honestly, the best Razor ever made top to bottom and the most accessible for Skechers newbies.
- Can easily compete with the Rebel V2, Liberate, Hyperion Tempo, and other nitrogen-infused midsoles.
- Weighs in at 7.5oz or 213g for a US Men’s 9, 5.9oz or 167g for a US Women’s 7.
- Features 30mm of cushion and has a 4mm heel/toe drop.
- Retails at $140.00 USD and comes in 3 colors for Men and Women.
We are definitely Skechers fanboys and girls there is no question about it and we are constantly finding ourselves having to defend the brand in a lot of situations. This is predominantly due to the fact that people like to align the performance models with the standard Skechers you might find out there at your local budget retailer. Keep in mind, the Skechers performance team has its roots in some of the biggest running shoe companies out there from Nike to Under Armour and more, it is a different group altogether. They know what they’re doing so it is worth looking at the shoes. Hyperburst is a prime example of this given Sheckers was truly one of the first running brands to consumerize fully a nitrogen-infused midsole which allowed for lighter weights, better cushioning and a more responsive turnover. Nowadays, every brand has an iteration of this and it has become the norm.
The Razor Excess is, to us, the best Skechers shoe top to bottom that they have ever done. The reason for this is because it’s probably the simplest. I spent a lot of time iterating on product design and trying things but inevitably landed on something that works for a very high population of users. That 30mm stack height is perfect for the majority of runners whether you’re tackling distance or shorter runs. The 4mm drop for us is the sweet spot and brands that we love tend to fall in that mid-range. It doesn’t take you down into something that’s going to be super hard on your calves, but also not something that’s overcompensating for improper stride. The upper on here is also solid. First, it breathes really well, but they have also moved back to a very standard heel counter and padding level making it all the more comfortable up top.
The best thing about the Razor Excess is the run experience and its high amount of control. What we mean by this is its ability to allow a runner to turn their cadence up or down as they see fit depending on the scenario. If you want to have an easy day, the Razor Excess can handle it, but if you want to switch up and do some tempo work, it can accommodate this as well. Then on speed days where you just want to go fast, that Hyperboost midsole can deliver as well. It is a very well-rounded shoe and the underfoot feel is quite nice, better than ever really. It has a roomy enough toe box to be comfortable throughout a long run and enough mid-foot stability to accommodate all kinds of runners.
The bottom line is the Skechers Razor Excess is truly, for us, one of the best shoes they have ever produced. It is a shoe that we could put on most people’s feet and they would be happy with the performance of it and that says a lot about a shoe. Slower runners will be happy with the cushioning level and that little extra pop they can get from it when they want. Faster runners will be able to take it up a notch very easily and still have a highly enjoyable run. It is a simple issue, yet highly effective. It can easily take on the nitrogen-infused shoes people are falling in love with right now like the New Balance Rebel V2, the Puma Liberate, and even last year’s Brooks Hyperion Tempo.
The upper is almost exactly like the Razer Elite upfront using Skecher’s engineered monomesh. This material breathes incredibly well, but has a very little stretch to it so does a good job holding you in place and providing upper foot stability. It does not have a gusseted tongue but tends to stay in place fairly well and has a small amount of padding on the interior to prevent any hot spots across the top of your foot. The heel and collar are actually big updates because it’s definitely more structured and cushioned than ever before which makes it way more accommodating.
The midsole is obviously their supercritical nitrogen-based foam known as Hyperburst. This delivers a well-balanced ride that can easily be taken up a notch when you wanted to but can also take on most distances without a problem. The Razor Excess is the highest stacked Razor so far, giving you 30mm of cushion and they also introduced HyperArc which you can see across the midsole which helps with support at the mid-foot layer.
The outsole on the Razor Excess is a nice thin membrane of rubber made in conjunction with Goodyear. It does have these little teeny grips on it and while it may look slick to the eye, it actually grips really well even in wet weather.
Style & Aesthetics
Styling has honestly been improved dramatically on the Razor Excess from other models. Skechers is moving to a more consumer-friendly aesthetic with a nice bright palette of colors. In this case, they are offering three different colorways for men and women and all of them are a lot of fun. The only negative on the shoe is obviously the big Skechers logo and while they have moved it to the heel and made it more subtle, people always see it as a standard Skechers and that it always seems to hamper sales.
The Skechers GOrun Razor Excess is yet another reminder as to how good the Skechers performance lineup has become. They try a lot of stuff and are now leading in numerous areas and while shoes like the Excess are very simple at their core, they compete really really well and shouldn’t be second-guessed. What we are seeing now from some brands, as it relates to nitrogen midsoles, is something Skechers has been offering for the last couple of years. If anything, fans of Skechers like us were probably hoping for something even more, but instead are left with what is still an amazingly competitive shoe. If you haven’t tried it shoes in the Skechers performance line yet, then the Razor Excess is a perfect chance to do that because it is more accessible than ever. So definitely give it a shot if you’ve been debating having a look.
We are entirely grateful to Skechers for giving us the opportunity to test out the Razor Excess in advance of launch. This, of course, had no effect on our review of the shoe, we truly feel that it delivers in so many areas and always try to provide an honest review of their offerings.
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