The Omni is a reliable trainer with unique construction. There is comfort and support throughout, but it pushes the runner to go faster naturally. It’s perfect for someone yearning to go fast but wanting to remain grounded.
Last year saw an overhaul introducing Saucony’s Everrun responsive foam. It’s back and better than ever with an improved build of the upper. I was not the biggest fan of it in the previous model so I’m stoked on the improvements.
Saucony Omni 16 General Info
The Omni is a premium stability shoe offered by Saucony that is now in its 16th edition. It is perhaps one of the longest standing models in their stability arsenal. It’s price is somewhat high, but it is fair for what it offers.
The ride of the shoe makes it a special one; but it competes against shoes such as Brooks’ Adrenaline GTS or Mizuno’s Wave inspire.
I was excited to get these but stayed optimistic about them. I liked the crisp colorway and the design of the shoe. The fit was snug and my first run was a lot of fun.
My first run out of the box was a 8 mile run at a relaxed pace. I liked that I was naturally being pushed forward.
Saucony Omni 16 Sole Unit
The upper had a huge overhaul last year, so the updates were not as drastic. Everrun is back and here to stay. It is a added layer of material that Saucony markets as lighter, more continuous cushioning.
Saucony and their competition have been pushing out new materials that boast comfort and continuous cushioning.
ASICS has Flytefoam, New Balance has Freshfoam, and Saucony has Everrun. Everrun is my favorite. It is incredibly light and it lives up to the hype.
It gives even, adaptive cushioning and a springboard like feel when lifting off Weight wise, it is average for a stability trainer. It is not light by any means, but isn’t heavy to the point where I felt like I was running in cinder blocks.
The lower 8mm drop is what makes this shoe unique. Most stability shoes on the heavier side have a higher one. It had me landing and lifting off on my forefoot. It helped naturally push me forward and faster.
There is a high amount of tread called Triflex. It is designed for heavy traction and responsiveness. I felt in control the entire time and inclement weather gave me no issues.
Saucony Omni 16 Upper Info
The upper has had some nice upgrades added to it. The tongue is mostly attached to the upper giving a booty like fit. The lacing system has been revamped.
It distributes fit evenly and gave no hot spot. An interesting touch is a separation in material on the upper part of the inner foot giving extra flexibility.
Speaking of flexibility, there is breathable mesh throughout called Flexfilm. It is incredibly light and formed to my foot like a glove. The seamless design gave it a durable feel.
While it isn’t water proof, I had zero issues with running in the rain with these. The flexfilm help get it dry fast and allowed me to run wit them the next day after a thunder storm.
The toe box provides just the right amount of wiggle room, but did not feel like I’m swimming in it. Lastly, true to stability shoes is a hard piece of exterior plastic to cup and lock the heel in place.
Saucony Omni 16 Conclusions
The high amount of cushioning made my long runs effortless. The Everrun and lower drop in the sole allowed me to push myself without feeling like I was over exerting myself.
I am relieved that the issues that were in the Omni 15 did not come into the 16. Every problem area I found with this shoe in previous models has been corrected.
This is a go to trainer and if you are looking for something that provides optimal support but has a fast feel then you need to get these shoes.
We purchased the Saucony Omni 16 with our own funds at runningwarehouse. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.
Saucony Omni 16 Price Comparison
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