Saucony Ride 9, Neutral Road Running Shoes

Category: Neutral Road Running Shoes
Recommended for: runners with a fairly neutral foot strike running any distance.

Pros

  • Well cushioned
  • Flexible in the best way – gradually through the stride
  • Reasonably light
  • Responsive
  • New outer sole design that offers slightly better grip

Cons

  • Quite different from Ride 8
  • Shallower toe box than usual for Saucony, unsuitable for a wide foot

Fit and Feel

The introduction of Everun cushioning means this shoe feels soft but the flexibility, which starts right under the arch and progresses through smoothly, means it feels smooth and effortless, not overly padded. The shallower toe box means you might feel the top of the shoe on your big toe – depends on how thick your toe is! I have a slightly broad foot and can feel the top but it’s not caused any pressure during long runs. However, my toes like their freedom and this is a bit snug for me.


Features

  • Lightweight mesh uppers with bonded overlays
  • Everun cushioning
  • Zigzag outersole that provides good grip on wet pavements and some grip for muddier toe-path runs

Performance

I was able to take these on a 6 mile run first time of wearing them with no need-breaking-in discomfort. The new layer of cushioning immediately below your foot is smooth and responds instinctively to your running stride, combined with excellent flexibility you feel like this shoe was made for you. I’m not a fan of overly soft-cushioned shoes and the Everun means this shoe if boarderline too soft. However, the Saucony spring is still there and I never felt I was sinking into padded cushioning and unable to maintain stride momentum.


Verdict

A good option for beginners right through to marathon and beyond runners, as long as you have a neutral stride and look for a cushioned feel in your running shoes. These feel light, work beautifully with your stride for a smooth running motion – essential to minimise stress and injury – and have that special Saucony spring to make the most of your momentum. I wouldn’t recommend this shoe for a wide foot.

Ride 9 will work for those who got on well with Ride 8, as long as you don’t mind a shallower toe box – the width is the same but your toes just don’t get to wiggle up and down as freely – and you have a neutral footstrike. If you benefitted from the slight tension under the arch in version 8, then this might not be stable enough for you. However, Saucony have used a larger piece of XT900 outersole under the arch and for most that will provide the extra stability.

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