Saucony Ride 6 Shoe First Impression:
It was love at first sight for these shoes! The test pair came in neon yellow with pink, green, and light blue accents. It’s hard to not be noticed in these shoes! On trend with Spring and Fall 2013 Neon Trends, these shoes are fun and bright. I like the neon yellow mash overlaying blue mesh. It adds depth to the color, and is a striking combination, while functioning as a highly breathable material.
The overall shoe is extremely lightweight. Weighing in at 8.8 ounces (Women’s Size 9.5), this shoe is one of the lightest neutral shoes available.
Saucony Ride 6 Upper:
The upper is composed of dual layers of lightweight air mesh. The dual layer gives extra protection, dries quickly, and maintains breathability. The HydraMAX™ collar lining allows faster drying time, as it is made of a moisture wicking material.
Saucony has colored the technology in an accent color to differentiate the materials. The tongue is comprised of both the mesh and the HydraMAX™ material for ample protection and breathability. The lacing system is traditional. The pesky tongue tended to slip to the side during a long run, but stayed in place during shorter runs.
The ComfortLite Sockliner is made from EVA material. It conforms to the heel, while being an additional form of support for the arch and forefoot. I wore both thin and thick socks in the Ride 6, and they did not slip during my runs. The Sockliner provides the right amount of cushion for the arch, and did not wear down as my miles progressed.
Saucony Ride 6 Sole Unit:
Saucony adds their PowerGrid technology to the midsole to replace their ProGrid Technology. This heel to toe insert allows for easy transitions and faster energy return with more cushion. This new technology increases durability and weight in the midsole.
During my runs, I found the shoe extremely responsive. The midsole is still firm with the SRC (Super Rebound Compound) Impact Zone technology. This helps with the overall stability of the shoe, and helps with the energy transition by providing shock absorption.
Whether running on a trail, road, or flat ground, unstable ground requires additional protection to help stabilize your foot. The Saucony Ride 6 redesigned their flex grooves to be deeper in order to be more flexible in the forefoot for these certain element circumstances.
I didn’t notice a significant difference in the flex grooves in comparison to prior model. Flexibility in the toe is still a concern as it was more on the stiffer side, but the overall flexibility of the shoe makes up for it.
We thank the nice people at Saucony for sending us a pair of Ride 6 to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.