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BEST CHOICE

BEST CHOICE

BEST CHOICE

Saucony Ride 13

Saucony Ride 13
The just right amount of soft responsive cushioning and accommodating upper make it a solid single shoe choice for the neutral runner.
The just right amount of soft responsive cushioning and accommodating upper make it a solid single shoe choice for the neutral runner.
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer

MOST COMFORTABLE

MOST COMFORTABLE

MOST COMFORTABLE

Saucony Triumph 18

Saucony Triumph 18
A step up from the Ride, the Saucony Triumph 17 is a reliable daily trainer that can handle loads of miles and still deliver a plush, smooth ride.
A step up from the Ride, the Saucony Triumph 17 is a reliable daily trainer that can handle loads of miles and still deliver a plush, smooth ride.
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert

GREAT STABILITY

GREAT STABILITY

GREAT STABILITY

Saucony Guide 13

Saucony Guide 13
The Guide 13 is an exceptional everyday stability trainer. Addition of PWRRUN and a new upper turned a great stability trainer into one of the best.
The Guide 13 is an exceptional everyday stability trainer. Addition of PWRRUN and a new upper turned a great stability trainer into one of the best.
TJ Jones
Road and trail runner, stability shoes expert.

LIGHTWEIGHT

LIGHTWEIGHT

LIGHTWEIGHT

Saucony Kinvara 11

Saucony Kinvara 11
Possibly the most popular Saucony shoe, the Kinvara offers lightweight responsiveness for increasing the pace.
Possibly the most popular Saucony shoe, the Kinvara offers lightweight responsiveness for increasing the pace.
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach

BEST VALUE

BEST VALUE

BEST VALUE

Saucony Cohesion 13

Saucony Cohesion 13
The Cohesion 13 removes any frills and delivers possibly the best running shoe for the price of any brand.
The Cohesion 13 removes any frills and delivers possibly the best running shoe for the price of any brand.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

Founded in Pennsylvania in 1898 and relocated to Cambridge, MA in the 1960s, Saucony is one of the oldest running shoes brands.

Over the past couple of years, Saucony revamped most of their shoe designs thanks to two main innovations: the ISOFIT upper construction and from this year the EVERUN sole material.

Saucony classifies their shoes in a very traditional way based on Pronation support, Road vs Trail and Racing/Track shoes.

Within each of these categories live different shoes for different runners. We are going to break the line down to make it easy to understand, and don't forget to keep reading for an overview of Saucony’s main technologies.

Saucony Neutral Running Shoes

Some of Saucony's neutral running shoes have become incredibly successful staples in the running word. The Kinvara took the world by surprise when it launched almost 10 years ago and since then Saucony hasn't stopped innovating and refining their neutral line of running shoes.

Here are the main models and an explanation of key features and differences.

First choice

Saucony Ride 13

Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Saucony Ride 13

Reasons to buy
  • Light and durable PWRRUN
  • Strong upper design
  • Two lace choices
  • Reflective elements
“The Saucony Ride 13 expands the well-received line of Ride shoes, bringing a few changes to the previous model to come in an updated upper, redesigned fit, and adjusted outsole. ”
Recommended for
The Saucony Ride 13 is a versatile shoe for neutral runners that want a reliable trainer with higher than average cushioning in a durable package.
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Read the full review of Ride 13
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Triumph 18

Weight
11.1 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Saucony Triumph 18

Reasons to buy
  • Deep, bottomless cushioning
  • Springy TPU midsole
  • Durable outsole and midsole
  • Luxurious, plush upper
“The Saucony Triumph 18 is a top of the range, max-cushioned, neutral trainer deserving of its $150 price tag. It provides long-distance comfort and bottomless cushioning while having excellent energy return.  Version 18 has a more streamlined upper, snappier ride transitions and softer landings due to the omission of crystal rubber on the outsole, making it an overall improvement over the Triumph 17.”
Recommended for
If you're a runner looking for a durable workhorse which specialises in slow-paced, long-distance workouts, the Triumph 18 is the shoe for you.
The Triumph 18 manages to have a plush ride without feeling mushy and has the bounciest ride of all the max-cushioned trainers.
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Triumph 18
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Kinvara 11

Weight
9 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Lightweight

Saucony Kinvara 11

Reasons to buy
  • Lightweight
  • Cushioned, yet responsive
  • Versatile
  • Smooth heel-to-toe transition
“The Saucony Kinvara 11 feels similar to last year’s Kinvara 10 and retains many of the improvements that occurred as part of the shoe’s ten-year overhaul.  The ride and soft responsiveness remain the same with the addition of a new midsole foam and a few premium details to the upper.  Also noticeable, is what Saucony eliminated from this model to continue streamlining the functionality of the Kinvara as a performance shoe.  Updates include removal of the center...”
Recommended for
Neutral runners seeking a reliable daily trainer with unrivaled versatility and comfort; marathoners seeking the perfect lightweight race shoe that balances cushion with responsiveness to produce optimal performance over long distance.
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Read the full review of Kinvara 11
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Freedom ISO 2

Weight
9.10 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Saucony Freedom ISO 2

Reasons to buy
  • Improves on an already incredible shoe
  • Full length EVERUN sole is cushioned and springy
  • Durable
  • Comfortable Upper
“The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 improves on the very popular and highly regarded first version. By adding more EVERUN and focusing the shoe more towards a comfortable ride the Freedom ISO 2 exceeds its lofty expectations.”
Recommended for
The Saucony Freedom ISO 2 is a lightweight daily trainer that can be used for almost any training run and longer distance races. Any runner would benefit from this shoe, but due to the price point it may not be the best first option for beginners.
Andrew Leibowitz
Running Expert
Read the full review of Freedom ISO 2
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Breakthru 4

Weight
8.60 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Lightweight

Saucony Breakthru 4

Reasons to buy
  • Durable shoe that can handle daily training and races
  • Feels light under the foot
“The Saucony Breakthru 4 is a lightweight daily trainer that can double as a racing shoe. What sets the Breakthru apart from other similar shoes is the durability at a low price.”
Recommended for
Intermediate runners who want an every day, every type of run shoe. It can be useful for 5K to Half marathon distance races.
Andrew Leibowitz
Running Expert
Read the full review of Breakthru 4
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Echelon 7

Weight
12.5 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Stability

Saucony Echelon 7

Reasons to buy
“Echelon is the cushioning/neutral cousin of the Redeemer. It has a layer of EVERUN to ensure a soft, cushioned ride without the motion control elements present in the Redeemer. It has a wide, stable base, a flat foot arc, it was made to accommodate (eventual) custom orthotics that you might need. ”
Recommended for
The Saucony Echelon 7 is designed for those who underpronate. This shoe has a wider base to offer stability, but it is also comfortable to wear. There is a good amount of cushioning and the outsole offers some flexibility to enhance your toe-off.
Andy Mac
Running Expert
Read the full review of Echelon 7
or buy them here: Men / Women

Saucony Support Running Shoes

Saucony approached their lineup in a very logical way, giving almost each shoe in their neutral line a counterpart in the stability line. Here are the main models for runners in need of support.

First choice

Saucony Guide 13

Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Stability

Saucony Guide 13

Reasons to buy
  • PWRRUN Midsole
  • FORMFIT Upper
  • Natural Ride
“The redesigned and rebuilt Saucony Guide 13 is an exceptional everyday moderate stability trainer. The additions of PWRRUN cushioning and a new upper turned a great stability trainer into one of the best.”
Recommended for
I recommend the Saucony Guide 13 to those looking for a mid stability trainer for either a half or full marathon.
TJ Jones
Road and trail runner, stability shoes expert.
Read the full review of Guide 13
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Omni Iso 2

Weight
11 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Stability

Saucony Omni Iso 2

Reasons to buy
  • New Tailored Fit
  • ISOFit
  • Updated Outsole
  • EVERUN Topsole
“The Saucony Omni Iso 2 is phenomenal with moderate stability for a daily trainer. The combination of small but effective changes along with dependable technologies Saucony is known for makes the Omni Iso 2 a reliable everyday trainer.”
Recommended for
I would recommend the Saucony Omni Iso 2 to a runner who needs a moderate stability trainer built to take them all the way through training to their next big race.
TJ Jones
Road and trail runner, stability shoes expert.
Read the full review of Omni Iso 2
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Hurricane 22

Weight
11 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Stability

Saucony Hurricane 22

Reasons to buy
  • Comfortably soft yet supportive cushion
  • Snug midfoot without pinching
  • Plush Comfort all around
  • Durable sole unit
“The Saucony Hurricane 22 hits the sweet spot where soft cushion meets moderate stability, providing a smooth and supported yet slightly heavy and warm ride. The plush stability plus durable sole unit make this shoe worth the higher price tag.”
Recommended for
Wear this shoe for recovery and long runs. Runners who do well in a med-heavy shoe will enjoy Hurricane's smooth ride for faster-paced efforts as well.
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Hurricane 22
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Liberty ISO 2

Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Stability

Saucony Liberty ISO 2

Reasons to buy
  • Fast ride with a dash of support.
  • Redone comfortable knit upper.
  • Sturdy outsole that complements an explosive midsole.
“The Saucony LIberty ISO 2 packs a punch with a dash of support. While pricey, it is built for the long run with a sturdy construction.”
Recommended for
Ideal for runners seeking a fast shoe that offers a dash of support. It is best for distances up to the half marathon.
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Liberty ISO 2
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Redeemer ISO 2

Weight
12.5 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Motion Control

Saucony Redeemer ISO 2

Reasons to buy
  • Very very stable without feeling constrictive
  • EVERUN cushioning makes it very comfortable at each step
“The Saucony Redeemer ISO 2 is so close to be a great stability/motion control running shoe for runners with flat feet (or particularly unstable gait) but a very heavy and warm upper and an issue with heel slippage ruined the fun for me.”
Recommended for
Flat footed runners and runners looking for a lot of stability.
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru
Read the full review of Redeemer ISO 2
or buy them here: Men / Women

Saucony Trail Running Shoes

Saucony has one of the most popular trail running shoes - the Peregrine - but the other ones in the line are not to be ignored. Here they are:

First choice

Saucony Peregrine 10

Weight
oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Trail

Saucony Peregrine 10

Reasons to buy
  • Updated cushioning that is more responsive
  • Enhanced rock plate
  • Good mix of stability and speed
  • Solid traction
“The Saucony Peregrine 10 offers some updates that will keep this popular style in the rotations of many trail runners. The 10th version of the Peregrine includes the typical smooth cushioning, sticky traction and a solid upper.”
Recommended for
Henry Howard
Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Read the full review of Peregrine 10
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Xodus ISO 3

Weight
oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Trail

Saucony Xodus ISO 3

Reasons to buy
  • The inside of the shoe upper is like a sleeve with no tongue to shift.
  • The sole has a toothy grip.
  • The shoe drains/dries well, with mesh over the whole forefoot.
  • Good cushion for a thinner shoe.
  • The shoe is true to size.
“The Saucony Xodus ISO 3 seems to be good for wet or dry trail, and isn't uncomfortable when I'm running on road or gravel between trail sections. It may feel a little clunkier at first, but I got used to it and the weight difference really didn't bother me. I wouldn't wear it for long periods on harder trail or road, but it was perfect for soft trail.”
Recommended for
Sarah Colligan
Trail Running Expert.
Read the full review of Xodus ISO 3
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Koa Tr

Weight
10.30 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Trail

Saucony Koa Tr

Reasons to buy
  • Comfortable almost immediately out of the box.
  • Firm yet responsive cushioning.
  • Roomy toe box
“The Saucony Koa TR bills itself as a hybrid solution for those seeking a running shoe that will handle both trails and paved surfaces. While the shoe is comfortable and supportive, it falls short of expectations for both road use and trail running.”
Recommended for
For runners new to trails and/or requiring solid support, the Koa TR could be a solution. Keep in mind that the shoe was not built for technical terrain.
Henry Howard
Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Read the full review of Koa Tr
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Saucony Koa St

Weight
10.3 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Trail

Saucony Koa St

Reasons to buy
“The Saucony Koa St is a trail shoe that features 8mm lugs and can handle a variety of terrains. These shoes can be used on dry trails, but excel on muddy, loose, and even steep terrain. The oblique toebox allows for a natural toe splay, although women did find the toe box allowed for more room than the men’s version. ”
Recommended for
The Saucony Koa St is a trail running shoe that is best for races 15 miles and under. If you are looking for a shoe that offers support and superior traction on all types of terrain, this is a good option.
Andy Mac
Running Expert
Read the full review of Koa St
or buy them here: Men / Women

An explanation of Saucony’s technologies

ISOFIT

ISOFIT is the relatively new upper construction that Saucony places on all their higher-end models.

It is such a drastic change according to Saucony that once a model gets the “ISO” treatment, the numbering starts from 1. For example after the Triumph 12, there is the Triumph ISO and after that one the ISO 2.

What is ISOFIT?

Saucony IsoFit
(image from Saucony.com)

It’s an ultra-soft inner sleeve made of stretchable air mesh, that morphs to the foot for a sock-like feel with a floating support cage around it that cradles the foot.

There’s a little more to it. The inner mesh sleeve is actually made of 4 different kind of meshes, on the midfoot, midfoot sides, toebox, tongue…

The external support cage is where the 4 eyelets are and locks the foot securely to the shoes. The cage extends over the heel, leaving a window open.

ISOFIT is quite a substantial change to Saucony’s previous models and it commended a $20 to $30 price increase, depending on the model.

FlexFILM

FlexFILM is what Saucony calls their new overlay tech. Instead of sewing plastic pieces to the upper to provide support and structure, the overlays are now melded to the upper in order to both save weight and reduce possiblities for irritation and blisters.

Flexfilm

Powergrid and Powergrid+

Powergrid+ is the evolution of Powergrid, which in turn is the evolution of the original Progrid technology.

In a nutshell, the “grid” system is a perforated layer between the insole of the shoe and the midsole that acts as a net. Landing your foot over a net design helps spread the shock of the impact on a wider surface.

Saucony Powergrid

Powergrid evolved on the Progrid system by utilizing a lighter material.

Powergrid+ differs from Powergrid in the way that instead of being a separate layer on top of the midsole, now the midsole itself incorporates the holes that create the grid system.

EVERUN

EVERUN is the newest Saucony technology and it’s slowly but surely being incorporated in all new premium Saucony running shoes.

EVERUN

As you can see from the image above, EVERUN is an additional layer of cushioning material that lives close to the foot, providing a more immediate cushioning. According to Saucony it provides an 83% energy return and it does not break down with usage.

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