If you haven’t read our Skechers Ride 11 review, then we invite you to now go over and do that now (we will wait). Because honestly the Skechers Maxroad 6 is just a higher stack version of the same shoe, for the most part, so to avoid duplicating half of this review… well, you get the idea. We will reiterate that folks should stop sleeping on Skechers Performance shoes and give them a fair shot, especially the Ride 11, because they are killing it. The Maxroad 6 isn’t quite there for us, but it is still pretty good and has a role to play.
Quick Details, Specs, and Availability
- Weight – 10.9oz or 309g for a US Men’s 9, 8.5oz or 241g for a US Women’s 7
- Cushion – 41mm of cushion and a 6mm heel/toe drop
- Pricing – $145 USD
- Colors – 3 colors
The Skechers Maxroad 6 is truly a higher version of the Ride 11 and we loved that shoe, but was more stack necessary? For some folks, yes and for others, definitely not and its all going to come down to how stable you feel in the Maxroad 6. The Maxroad 5 was solid, but the 6 is definitely better and its almost a whole new shoe (again) and that is totally okay.
The upper gets additional overlays from the Ride 11 in an effort to decrease stability issues you get from the higher stack and this can make it run a little warmer. It’s negligible though and unless its a super hot day you should be fine. The collar and tongue feel even more padded which can mean a little less security up top, so something else to keep an eye on.
The midsole on the Maxroad 6 gets 3mm more of stack from the Ride 11 and still retains the plate up front. It is 41mm now and “illegal” for elite racers, but puts it right up there with lots of other distance trainers so makes some sense. Our issues stem from the fact the higher Hyperburst (Ice) gets, the less stable it starts to feel. The Maxroad could have used some sort of guidance system to prevent rolling but not everyone experienced this. Everyone did prefer the run on the Ride 11 though so we think there is something there. It finishes with the same Goodyear rubber outsole which does function really well on a variety of road conditions.
Bottom line, feel free to try them both but our guess is most will prefer the Ride 11 better as its lighter and more stable.
Construction and Materials
The Skechers Go Run Maxroad 6 boasts a breathable engineered mesh upper that effortlessly stretches and moves with your foot, ensuring enhanced flexibility and a customized fit during your runs. The innovative design of the upper promotes optimal airflow, keeping your feet cool and comfortable throughout your training sessions.
The Skechers Go Run Maxroad 6 utilizes the innovative Skechers Hyperburst nitrogen-infused critical foam, delivering a responsive and lightweight cushioning experience that enhances performance. With the integration of Skechers HyperARC technology, each stride is optimized for efficiency, providing a smooth and fluid running motion. Furthermore, the patent-pending carbon-infused forefoot plate significantly contributes to stability while offering an exceptional stiffness-to-weight ratio, resulting in a heightened sense of stability and remarkable energy return that propels your runs to the next level.
The Skechers Go Run Maxroad 6 boasts the inclusion of Goodyear rubber technology, elevating its performance with enhanced traction, stability, and durability. The incorporation of Goodyear rubber ensures a reliable grip on various surfaces, allowing runners to confidently tackle different terrains and weather conditions while experiencing long-lasting wear and exceptional performance.
So yes the Skechers Maxroad 6 is no Ride 11, but it is still pretty solid. The additional stack height leads to some instability problems and the overlays they have added to the upper just aren’t enough to compensate. We get a little lateral rolling on these that we don’t love and given we only gained 3mm of stack, but added over an ounce, we again would stick with the Ride 11.
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