|Full Name: Saucony ProGrid Ride 4
|Weight: 11.2 oz. (M), 10oz (W) (318 gr. (M), 283 gr. (W))
|Suggested Price: $100
|Recommended For: runners looking for heel support without bulk; midfoot strikers preferring neutral shoes; distance runners seeking long-term durability
Saucony ProGrid Ride 4 General Info:
Saucony ProGrid Ride 4 Sole Unit:
The ProGrid Ride 4 sole unit consists of a rugged and dependable blown rubber outsole which feels lightweight and durable even after long or challenging runs. Additionally, the outsole is adept at maneuvering uneven terrain, city streets, moderate trails, as well as dirt and gravel paths. The forefoot and heel sections are divided, allowing for increased foot flexibility to a degree not commonly experienced with other similarly-cushioned neutral trainers. Additionally, The XT-900 rubber outsole offers traction and study gripping without adding weight or decreasing mobility.
The shoe’s midsole includes Saucony’s ProGrid system, which helps absorb impact while dissipating shock. Found throughout many of Saucony’s current offerings, the ProGrid midsole lives up to the hype—providing responsive impact response while setting the foot up for a proper transition. The shoe’s EVA foam provides durable comfort, allowing the foot to feel impact without pain or discomfort. Of particular note is the model’s forefoot cushioning. The SRC Xtra cushioning system, in tandem with impact zone cushioning, allow the foot to toe-off properly and with little interference—creating a smooth and effortless experience that can be hard to attain in other neutral-cushioned models.
Saucony ProGrid Ride 4 Upper:
The ProGrid Ride 4 has a comfortable mesh upper, reducing instances of blisters, hot spots, and chafing even during long runs. Synthetic overlays promote comfortable breathability while still protecting the foot against the elements, also keeping the shoe light during strenuous activity. The Hydrator Collar lining provides excellent, breathable support to the top of the foot, allowing for movement without restriction while still keeping feet in the proper sections of the shoe. The Comfortride Sockliner also boasts comfort throughout the entirety of the foot, reducing the likelihood of blisters or other irritations. The ankle support in the ProGrid Ride 4 also promotes stability without reducing flexibility, allowing feet to move naturally over unsteady terrain without losing support.
Saucony ProGrid Ride 4 Opinion:
The Saucony ProGrid Ride 4 is a versatile training workhorse for runners of nearly any stripe. The neutral design of the shoe provides stability without hampering movement, guides the foot without forcing unnatural movement, and provides a comfortable experience while remaining durable. The heel, while well-cushioned, is not obstructive and is capable of supporting heel strikers as well as mid-foot runners who require more stability than lightweight or minimalist models can provide. The no-frills, strictly-business shoe goes the distance on short and long runs, over trails and roads, and under varying weather conditions. While many shoes in the neutral category come with bold claims about their design, the ProGrid Ride 4 delivers without relying on hype. In thoroughly dependable shoe, Saucony has created a revamped version of a reliable, well-constructed shoe that matches excellent construction with a reasonable cost.
Review by Brian O'Connor
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