Updated: November 11th, 2011
Saucony ProGrid Ride 4 Running Shoes Review
Saucony ProGride Ride 4

Saucony ProGride Ride 4

Full Name: Saucony ProGrid Ride 4
Category: Neutral
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:

The Saucony Progrid Ride 4 is the newest incarnation of this fan-favorite model, combining durability, moderate cushioning, and comfort in a well-constructed and flexible all-purpose running shoe. The shoe is both flexible and supportive—providing support to the foot without becoming obtrusive or noticeable while running. The award-winning revision to the Ride 3 provides a dependable, well-balanced design that offers plenty of spring and tons of room in the toe box. The no-frills design provides a great, neutral platform for the foot—eschewing technical gimmickry in favor of dependability. Where competing models may introduce mechanisms to help guide foot motion, the ProGrid Ride 4 allows the foot to move freely while still providing ample support. Of particular note is model’s heel cushioning, making it a great option for heel-strikers and heavier runners. This year’s model received the “Best Update” award from Runner’s World, and with good reason: the shoe provides a good fit for runners of many divergent background and styles, promising a comfortable experience with minimal interference—allowing runners to feel the road without sacrificing cushioning.
  • 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.

Saucony ProGrid Ride 4The 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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