Look who is back to running on the pavement. As you may now, I am always interested in running in new shoes. With the latest boom in running gear, the options are plentiful for running shoes. I tend to stay pretty consistent in what goes on my feet, but I have been eyeing this brand for some time.
Luckily, Saucony saw my eyes checking out their line and I was asked to preview the recently released Saucony ProGrid Guide 6, the flagship shoe of the brand. I’ve been running in them for about a week and was honored to run in them before the release date.
To test them out, I went on a few lunch runs, or RUNch, on some pretty flat terrain to make sure they fit properly and I felt comfortable in them. CHECK.
I then decided to take them for a challenge. A run up and down California… Street.
For those of you unfamiliar with San Francisco, it’s hilly. There is one street, in particular, fairly well-known for its views and steep climb: California Street. It’s downtown, but at various points you can see numerous San Francisco landmarks, including the Bay Bridge, Transamerica Pyramd, Cable Cars, Chinatown, Coit Tower and all the way down to the water near Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf.
What a perfect place to test out what some new running shoes have in them than with some hill repeats with a view.
Here is the description from Saucony:
The latest edition of our flagship shoe arrives with a fit and ride even more attuned to the needs of runners seeking stability in an everyday training shoe. A new sole unit features triangular IBR+ pads integrated with deeper grooves in the forefoot for better flexibility and responsiveness. Three independently responsive pods in the SRC crashpad provide a smooth, efficient transition onto the midfoot, while a midfoot saddle promotes a snug, secure fit in the upper. Weight: 10.0oz. Click here to see the full list of updates and tech specs.
As I have stated before, I need a stability shoe for longer distances. With this being a factor, I simply cannot run in any shoe, it needs to have the stability and support my feet need to make it through hours of running.
They’re comfortable. I’ve slipped on shoes and immediately felt “awkward” (I won’t name names) and this wasn’t the case with these.
They felt light. With stability shoes, it’s easy to find yourself in a heavy shoe. These come in a 10.0 oz., which isn’t incredibly light in comparison to a neutral shoe, but that’s pretty darn good for a stability shoe. It’s also Saucony’s lightest Guide to date. Nicely done.
They’re affordable. These start at $110. High stability shoes usually run $20+ dollars more and some as high as $150. When you are logging 100+ miles per month, you can see how quickly replacing shoes can happen. Saving any little bit you can is a huge deal.
Heel-to-Toe Offset. I’m listing this as a pro because of the listed benefit of making it “easier for the runner to land midfoot, resulting in a lower impact strike.” The heel is listed as 26mm and the forefoot as 18mm, resulting in an 8mm offset. I’ve run as far as seven miles in these with minimal concern. Longer distances will let me know if it becomes an issue/benefit.
Color. The one reason I was immediately drawn to the Saucony line is the color design of the shoe. Yes, I know that this may not matter to most, but I’ve run in a lot of “bland” shoes and “looking pretty” is what it’s all about. I love the blue/orange combo, but wish my pair would have had some more pop.
Luckily, there are other great color choices available, here are two that I really like:
Here are some images from my successful run up and down California Street.
I ran a total of 5 miles, with 4 steep hill repeats.
You’re shoe must be pretty darn good, if my only con is the color. Actually, I just listed two with awesome colorways, so that pretty much leaves my experience (to date) with Saucony as a win in my book. I’ll be keeping you posted as I begin to log longer miles in these.
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And here are the winners from my raffle of $10 off at your next shoe purchase at Road Runner Sports (in-store or online) and a pair of orange shoe laces.
Kassandra of urbaninsuburbia1.wordpress.com
Jaime of fromcouchtoironwoman.com
Jenelle of miletwentyeight.com
I’ll be reaching out to each of you to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that participated.
I was not compensated for this post, but I was given a pair of Saucony shoes to review from Saucony and FitFluential. All opinions are my own and so are the miles. You can say you ran the hill repeats, but me and your quads know the truth.
Have you ever run in a pair of Saucony?
How do you get your hill training in?