Saucony Guide 17

Running Shoe Reviews
Saucony Guide 17

Category

Support Road Running Shoes

Summary

Average Weight: Men's 269g / Women's 232g
Offset: 6mm (35mm/29mm)

Super comfortable, durable and reliable road running shoe, with support for over-pronation. A fantastic option for everyday running.

Men's Saucony Guide 17
Men's Support Road Running Shoes
£135.00

Women's Saucony Guide 17
Women's Support Road Running Shoes
£135.00

Features

Upper

  • Perfectly shaped upper delivers personalised fit from top to bottom
  • Lightweight breathable mesh with minimised layers for a sleek structure
  • Contains recycled materials
  • Padded heel collar and tongue

Midsole

  • PWRRUN cushioning is soft and lightweight
  • Complete redesign of the support structure – externally and internally without the use of the traditional medial post, slight rockered ride
  • Using Centre Path Technology – uniquely designed to the individual runner, moving through a central path
  • 6mm heel-drop for a super smooth ride
  • Higher sidewalls for extra stability in absence of the medial post

Outersole

  • Added outsole rubber for increased durability
  • Increased flexibility in the forefoot for an easy ride
  • Wider base
Saucony Guide 17, Support Road Running Shoes
Saucony Guide 17, Support Road Running Shoes

Pros

  • Super comfy feel in the upper, like a hug for your feet
  • Eco-conscious, using more recycled materials than ever in the upper
  • Springy cushioning, but not too soft and squishy, so you can still feel in control
  • Anti-pronation support extends to the midfoot, so if you're a midfoot or forefoot striker it can still offer stability

Cons

  • I can't find any

In Testing

Right from the moment I put these on, I felt at home – they're like a pair of favourite slippers.

The upper is brilliantly designed with lovely padding where you want it – especially around the heel. The mesh is breathable without being too flimsy, so it'll withstand a bit of weather and wear. Totally recommend if you prefer or seeking slightly wider toe box. Compared to previous version this feels spacious.

Full disclosure: I don't do a lot of mileage. But there's bags of cushioning if you do – both in the heel and forefoot. It's springy without being spongy, so you can feel some energy return.

I'm a midfoot striker, mild-to-moderate overpronator with high arches, and I find the support is bang on for me. It stops my arch collapsing over without compromising on flexibility throughout the rest of the footstrike.


Verdict

I absolutely LOVE these shoes.

Years ago I had one of the really early Saucony Guide models, and found it brilliant. I was then into Brooks for many years, especially the early GTS. I couldn't get on with later models though, partly due to running a bit further forward on my feet, and also because I have high arches I like the feeling of being held in the upper. When I had a natural gait analysis last season, the Guide 16 checked all the boxes for me, so I was happy to be back to my old friend. This season, the Guide 17 is even better than ever before!

The 17 is lighter and springier than the 16. Although it's slightly higher off the ground, the 6mm heel-to-toe drop is lower than before, I didn't notice that much difference from the way my gait worked. In fact it felt more natural with each stride as I land mostly midfoot. Also a fan of the slight rocker technology, pleasant addition for days where I might be working on my pace.

Men's Saucony Guide 17
Men's Support Road Running Shoes
£135.00

Women's Saucony Guide 17
Women's Support Road Running Shoes
£135.00

Similar Options

Men's Mizuno Wave Inspire 20
Men's Support Road Running Shoes
£140.00

Men's Saucony Tempus
Men's Support Road Running Shoes
£165.00 £132.00

Men's Asics GT-1000 12
Men's Support Road Running Shoes
£115.00

Women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 20
Women's Support Road Running Shoes
£140.00

Women's Saucony Tempus
Women's Support Road Running Shoes
£165.00

Women's Asics GT-1000 12
Women's Support Road Running Shoes
£115.00

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