Saucony Guide 9

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Saucony Guide 9 Review Facts

The ninth edition of Saucony’s Guide series is a mid-range stability support trainer that offers plenty of cushioning through the use of Saucony’s EVERUN technology. EVERUN uses a softer foam cushion that allows maximum shock absorption. On its drop, this shoe has an 8 mm offset which means that cushioning is equally balanced between the heel & forefoot areas. An equal distribution of cushioning means better stability and support. The Guide 9 also includes TRIFLEX technology which is intended for greater traction control while simultaneously allowing greater range of motion. In short, the Guide 9 stays committed to its design roots by producing a running shoe that provides comfort and stability while keeping it lighter in weight than its predecessors.

Pros

Generous amount of plush cushioning
Performs well on a variety of outdoor terrain (track, pavement, dirt surfaces)
Fits true to size
Durable and sturdy with little signs of wear & tear after many miles
Attractive styling
Priced very well for a shoe in its class

Cons

Despite attempts to make it lighter, still not enough to make any noticeable difference
Limited flexibility
Longer than necessary shoe laces

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Saucony’s Guide 9 outsole uses IBR + rubber material which consists of hard rubber and softer blown rubber materials. Hard rubber is the sturdier of the two whereas softer rubber is lighter and meant for softer surfaces like grass or dirt. In the Guide 9, the hard rubber materials are located under the toe tip, heel, and mid foot areas. The soft rubber can be found underneath the forefoot area. Saucony claims that IBR + rubber is lighter and better at absorbing shock impact than other standard rubber materials.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

In standard runnings shoes, cushioning is limited to a single layer between the foot and the outsole thus creating a shorter distance between the foot and the ground. With the Guide 9, the Midsole is enhanced through Saucony’s EVERUN technology. Essentially, EVERUN is an extra thin insert located inside the midsole region that creates an extra layer of padding that is closer to the foot. The result is a softer and more comfortable shoe. The heel area also contains extra padding.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Upper construction consists of mesh, welded urethane, and synthetic leather. It includes Saucony’s unique stitch-less overlays, maintaining the brand’s genuine design characteristics. Through the use of Saucony’s FLEXFILM, layering is thinner and more flexible without sacrificing strength and durability. Aesthetically, the shoe’s design benefits from having a cleaner and smoother appearance as well.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Guide 9 weighs in at around 10 oz. for the mens shoe and about 8 oz. for the women’s version. The company makes a genuine effort to make this version of the Guide lighter than previous versions. However, a shoe designed for added cushioning and durability will usually mean a bit of extra weight, no matter how hard you try to reduce it by the use of lighter construction materials. This can become a challenge for achieving multiple results. Nevertheless, the Guide 9 strikes as close as possible of a balance between strength, cushioning, and overall lightness. In the end, it’s about the runner’s individual preferences over extra cushioning in lieu of a shoe that feels lighter.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is an important aspect of any running shoe. We can think of this as the running shoe’s ventilation system that allows for a steady flow of air to circulate in order to keep moisture out and our feet dry. Saucony’s Guide 9 includes a generous layer of meshing throughout the upper part of the shoe in order to serve its breathability functions and maintain overall comfort.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Saucony can certainly boasts comfort as its key attraction for the Guide 9. But once again, this will all depend on what an individual runner will consider to be comfortable. While one runner may consider extra cushioning to be comfort, another runner may consider extra cushioning materials to limit range of motion. Like most running shoes, the Guide 9 tries to appease both types but it is ultimately victorious in delivering exceptional cushioning and stability through the EVERUN top sole unit. This is the type of shoe that your knees and joints will thank you for after hitting the pavement for a generous amount of miles.
Style
Style

Style

The Saucony Guide 9 comes in different color schemes for both men & women. The mens color combinations include gray/navy/slime, black/red/silver, citron/orange/navy, blue/slime/black, and several other color combinations, including the fiercely looking London Guide 9 in red/black/gold. The women’s Guide 9 actually includes some more creative combinations like teal/vizicoral, cobalt/coral/blue, and Go Fast Grape for lovers of all things purple. Overall, the shorter midsole and smooth contours on the shoe’s design make this pair of ‘kicks’ easy on the eyes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Here is another area where this shoes showcases its strength. The Saucony Guide 9 is the true workhorse of running shoes making this your dependable daily trainer. It can certainly hold up on its own under several different types of terrain, whether it’s the treadmill, the pavement, or even a woodland trail. The implementation of the EVERUN top sole and EVA midsole comprise of high quality rubber materials that offer softness, flexibility, and durability. The Saucony Guide 9 is the type of shoe that remains resilient against any scarring after prolonged use.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Guide 9 is a popular choice among runners with running issues like weak knees and plantar fasciitis. It is appropriately designed for maximum, moderate, or mild pronation and it offers high to medium arch support. The Guide gets its name from the fact that the arch portion of the shoe is meant to guide the toe area on takeoff all the way through landing in order to maintain optimal stability. As for any individual with running imbalances, the combination of stability control and cushioning is the correct prescription for dealing with these types of running maladies.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The responsiveness of a shoe comes from its ability to initiate energy shortly after landing and continue these short burst of energy as you progress through a run. Unlike other running shoes that offer bulkier construction, the Guide 9 is a toned down version in terms of weight and size. Additionally, the use of the EVERUN top sole and TRIFLEX outsole, which helps to distribute energy evenly, creates a consistently responsive shoe. Users report feeling the added padding of cushioning helps to create a nice bounce off the ground.
Support
Support

Support

The Guide 9 is considered a light stability shoe. While many users indicate improvement in overall running motion, this shoe is not specifically designed for that purpose alone. But the combination of structured cushioning through the EVERUN top sole and arch support envelops into a shoe that addresses over-pronation and control. The Saucony Guide 9 falls into the most popular category as a stability-control trainer.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The relationship between terrain and shoe can be more visceral than most realize. Therefore it is important to take your running environment into consideration when choosing your next pair of shoes. The Guide 9’s robust construction definitely tells us that its meant for outdoor use. While not specifically engineered for rougher surfaces, users have reported better than average performance on rough and uneven surfaces.
Price
Price

Price

With Saucony’s arrival of the Guide 10, pricing on the Guide 9 has been reduced from its original cost, making this a particularly great buy for anyone who is looking to have a lot of the same features and functionality from the latest version for a fraction of the cost. A lot of online retailers are offering very attractive pricing for half the cost from its introductory price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The rubber outsole and midsole portions of the shoe incorporate Saucony’s TRIFLEX technology. It works simultaneously with the EVERUN top sole to expand a broader dispersion of energy. The equal distribution of weight maximizes the shoe’s grip ultimately improving greater traction control. Saucony also uses TRIFLEX material for outsoles in other versions of its shoes, including on some of its newer arrivals, like the Triumph ISO, Guide 10, and Chicago Kinvara.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Saucony’s FLEXFILM technology is used for many of its shoes’ overlays. Originally developed for its line of racing shoes, Saucony claims FLEXFILM creates greater flexibility and comfort. It contains less stitching which creates a smoother surface for the runner’s foot. With thinner overlays than standard plastic stitching, FLEXFILM reduces weight and provides greater flexibility and efficiency.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This shoe’s main intended purpose is in its name, the Guide. As a ‘guidance’ shoe, it provides direction and stability in order for improved running form and efficiency. Essentially, all the material components and design features that put this shoe together mesh into a single unit that translates into a shoe that is there to lead and provide proper direction for a runner’s feet.
Drop
Drop

Drop

A shoe’s drop refers to the difference in height between the heel of the shoe and the forefoot. Saucony highlights its 8mm offset on the Guide 9 as the best offset measurement because this is the best height for equal distribution of cushioning. And with all things staying equal in shoe construction means that a runner’s body will stay balanced.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•Plush cushioning for smooth comfortable runs

•Attractive styling and good selection of color combinations for both men and women

•Highly durable construction with lightweight rubber materials and FLEXFILM overlays on the upper part of the shoe

•8 MM offset creating equal distribution of cushioning resulting in greater stability

•Appropriate for mild to moderate over pronation
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This is the type of shoe that tries to knock several birds with one stone. In other words, it has been engineered to address several issues: cushioning, stability, durability, and style, all while keeping the weight of the shoe as minimal as possible. It certainly doesn’t fall short of delivering on its promises and it’s safe to say that most runners will appreciate the use of Saucony’s technological features such as EVERUN top sole and TRIFLEX outsole. With impressive cushioning and stability control, the Guide 9 proves to be comfortable running shoe that can be counted on for daily training. There are a few minor areas where the shoe could use some improvement, mainly on its flexibility and weight. However, these areas are not enough to compromise the Guide’s credibility. With attractive pricing, this is certainly a shoe that offers you a lot of bang for your buck.