eager to fistbump my own gazelle one day, i asked the salesperson if i could try out a pair ... so here are my initial in-store impressions:
- light - that was to be expected. they weigh in at 6.6 oz for men's size 9s. built for speed yes indeedy!
- non-noticeable m-strike area - in the gorun (i tried those on about a month ago) that rockered middle area was definitely noticeable while walking, standing and during the in-store jog. not so in the gorun 2 - i can see how these would still promote a mid-foot strike without providing discomforting feedback.
- 4mm drop - i like that. it feels pretty flat, and the scooped heel helps too.
- width - not so bad. i've read some concerns/complaints about the fact that these are a bit narrower than other models in the skechers performance line, but these seemed decent enough - but i did pull out the insoles and ran a circuit that way, and felt roomy enough for good toe splay in them.
- extra laces!
at $109 CDN i was tempted ... but refrained. i've got some gobionics to tackle first (on order from amazon.com), and i think that from there i would really like to try the gorun speed when they become available. but i did tell the salesperson that they were an excellent feeling shoe, and that he should definitely try a pair (having told me that he's a pronounced heel striker ... hopefully i managed to convert him from the dark side).