|Full Name: Saucony Progrid Stabil CS|
|Category: Motion Control|
|Weight: 13.2 oz. (375 gr.)|
|Suggested Price: 115 $|
|Recommended For: Severe Over Pronators, Runners with wide or flat feet|
Saucony Progrid Stabil CS General Info:
The Stabil is Saucony’s take on the Motion Control shoes, footwear for severe over pronators. The previous Stabil had a considerable number of fans among runners and this version packs a few updates. Even though some runners dislike the changes added (all in the name of better flexibility), Runner’s World awarded this shoe with their Best Update badge. Let’s see the details of this shoe.
Saucony Progrid Stabil CS Sole Unit:
One of the most important features in a Motion Control shoe is the dual density post in the midsole. The post is an injection of a harder foam material in the areas of the midsole where your foot need more support than cushioning. Every brand puts their post in the areas their developers believe the foot needs more support. Usually this means the medial side of the shoe, from right below the arch going backwards towards the heel. The Stabil CS is one of the few brands who offer a Motion Control shoe where the post runs along all the foot (only on the external side) all the way to the forefoot. This allows the shoe to offer an incredible support during all the duration of your foot’s impact on the ground and during the whole heel-to-toe transition. While this might mean a rigid and stiff shoe, Saucony counterbalances this with great cushioning in the rest of the shoe – both through a great foam compound and through the Heel Progrid cushioning system and the result is a stable, supportive Motion Control shoe which feels at the same time incredibly flexible.
Flex grooves carved in the forefoot contribute to this feeling.
Last, a good asymmetrical plastic shank under the arch makes sure the foot stays in the right position during the heel-to-toe transition.
Saucony Progrid Stabil CS Upper:
Many runners underestimate the importance of the upper in a motion control shoe and focus their attention only to the sole unit.
The upper overlays are key to add the necessary support and keep your foot in place (and comfortable!) during the run.
Saucony Progrid Stabil CS features Arch Lock on the medial side, a plastic “cage” that wraps around your arch and connects the midsole to the lacing system.
Compared to the past, the Stabil has been widened so to accommodate wider feet and/or orthotics, which are very important for severe overpronators.
Saucony Progrid Stabil CS Opinion:
Saucony put all their efforts in delivering a shoe that is very supportive but at the same time feels comfortable and flexible – and they delivered.
We recommend this shoe to heavy over pronators, runners with low arches and flat feet, who will find one of the best supports in the market together with a roomy upper that can accommodate orthotics and/or a wide foot, which is tipically the case for people with flat feet.
At 115$ price point, this shoe doesn’t have all the frills that you might find in other shoes – but it does its job very good and it is one of our best choices.
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