The Saucony Ride 9 is a plush neutral running shoe and has the padding and support to go the distance. The Saucony Ride uses Saucony’s EVERUN technology, boasting more energy return than other cushioning material. If you were already a Saucony Ride fan, you’ll be impressed with the small reduction in weight from version 8 to version 9. Overall, runners have been very impressed with the performance of this shoe.
The outsole uses a blend of 2 different types of rubber: a special blend of carbon rubber (XT-900) and blown rubber (iBR+). iBR+ is blown rubber and is 33% lighter than other blown rubbers. It also helps to absorb impact and cushion the overall ride of the shoe.
Saucony also used their Tri-flex layout for the outsole pattern, which is present in a lot of their models. This outsole design maintains better contact with the ground during toe off when compared to other layouts. The difference in traction is slightly noticeable when running on wet conditions or gravel.
With a 19mm stack height, this shoe provides some good impact protection throughout the midsole. The EVERUN provides moderate cushioning
, a great responsive feel and more energy return than other types of EVA material. The midsole also features the SRC (super rebound compound) that replaces the extra cushioning near the heel portion of the foot to absorb shock, should you land on your heels. The midsole does a great job of cushioning your ride from touch down to lift off.
The upper is lightweight
and durable. It is made of mesh and synthetic overlays, featuring Saucony’s FlexFilm technology. FlexiFilm is the overlay system which gives the shoe a customizable secure fit while still being very breathable. The FlexiFilm is also lighter in weight than the previously stitched upper. However, there are some concerns about its overally durability as some runners have seen some small tears in the upper. The upper is still an improvement over the previously stitched upper. Saucony has also made improvements to the look
of the upper in this edition. IT is sleeker and smoother than the Ride 8.
These are great lightweight shoes, especially for the amount of cushion you get. Saucony has put a lot of lightweight technologies into this shoe to give you the plush feeling of walking on clouds while still weighing in at almost nothing. They weight 9.3oz in the men’s version and 8.3oz in the women’s. This is just a tiny bit lighter than the Ride 8, but with the same great cushion, making them great for your longer distance races
The FlexiFilm upper is very breathable, making this a great all weather shoe. The breathability allows air to pass throughout the shoe, cooling the foot but still providing a nice balance between breathability and warmth. It is highly recommended for any season and dries relatively quickly if you get caught in the rain
The cushion in this shoe is moderate to plush, although many describe it as walking on little clouds. There is a huge amount of impact protection making this a great shoe for people plagued with overuse injuries
such as shin splints or knee problems.
Some people describe this as their go to shoe when they know they are going to be on their feet for extended periods of time, whether it’s running or working. There does seem to be a little time needed in order to break them in, which some people find annoying. Don’t expect to do a long run with this shoe right out of the box. The forefoot cushioning is also great, for keeping you up on your toes . The shoe is also available in regular and wide widths, great for people with extra wide feet
This shoe comes is lots of color variations. Both the men’s and the women’s have 5 different color options.
Whether you like more neutral, toned down colors or brighter more extreme colors, there is an option for everyone. The majority of the 5 designs are two tone except for 2 very bold monotone designs: bright orange
for men and lime green for women. The upper also ties in nicely with the outsole, making for a very slick design.
This shoe has some very durable qualities such as the outsole which is made with 2 different types of rubber to achieve the balance between durability and grip. For the most part the upper is very durable, but some runners have reported some tearing in the in the FlexiFilm material after particularly rigorous use, such as speed work. Overall, this is a well designed shoe that is meant to last . After a few hundred miles, the shoe’s cushion holds up fantastically, and they still feel just as good as they did the day the were taken out of the box.
With a 19mm cushion underfoot, this shoe offers great protection from anything underfoot. It also has great support for any foot strike pattern, protecting runners from overuse injuries. The upper is generally very durable, unless as previously mentioned it is used for intense runs. It does a great job at keeping debris out
The EVERUN material is more lively and responsive than other EVA materials and boasts 83% energy return. This means that you get a nice firm, responsive cushion underfoot, great for runners who want feedback from the ground without excessive ground feeling. Again, this makes this a great shoe for those long distances and even good for those competing in half or full marathons.
This shoe offers good support while still being a neutral
running shoe. It is designed to be form fitting and also help with overpronation. There is lots of cushion in the heel to provide a secure fit with no slippage. The Ride 9 also offers good support for runners with normal to high arch.
The Triflex outsole is great for the roads. The shoe also does great on pavement, track, cement and even light trail. Although you can tread lightly on trail with this shoe, keep in mind that it is better suited for the road. The outsole design is particularly good at giving runners increased traction when toeing off, even in wet conditions.
This shoe retails at $120 USD which some might find a little high for a road shoe, but the features it offers justify the price. This is a highly cushioned, durable, lightweight shoe that will give you miles of comfortable running.
This shoe offers superb traction on any relatively flat surface, dry or wet. It even performs well on light trail. The outsole pattern is perfect for forefoot traction and toe off. Along with the support features and the cushioning from heel to toe, this is a great shoe for any foot strike. The Triflex outsole pattern can be found on many of Saucony’s shoes, because it offers such great traction with a little flexibility.
Given that that cushioning is the goal of the Saucony Ride 9, there is not much flexibility in this shoe. The lack of flexibility is great for providing a consistent, comfortable ride for a long run. The upper is less structured then previous versions and the Triflex outsole is designed with some flexibility in mind. This shoe is great for runners who still need to work on their foot strength or are looking for a more consistent, supportive ride for those longer training runs.
This shoe offers some great stability
features without being overwhelming. The sole is designed to keep runners from overpronating, keeping their stride straight and consistent. This is a great shoe for runners who tend to have overuse injuries such as knee problems or shin splints. The EVERUN offers great cushioning throughout for a consistent run.
With an 8mm heel to toe drop, this shoe provides light stability. It encourages runners to get on their toes for a nice springy toe off.
Key Features of the Saucony Ride 9
Key Features of the Saucony Ride 9
• Lightweight Flexifilm upper
• iBR+ blow rubber outsole
• SRC helps to soften the landing and absorb impact.
• EVERUN technology boasts 83% energy return
• Rundry inner lining wicks away moisture
• Triflex outsole is designed to provide more ground contact and better toe off than other designs
• XT 900 carbon outsole offers superior traction and durability
The Saucony Ride 9 is designed with comfort and a neutral stride in mind. For many runners this is their go to trainer for longer distance runs. For others, this is a great shoe for marathon or half marathon races. The lightweight comfort is built into every aspect of this shoe, including the FlexiFilm upper and the EVERUN cushion. The Ride 9 does a good job of balancing weight, cushion, stability and responsiveness. Although some might argue the price is a little high, many runners would certainly argue that this is a shoe worth its retail value, if not a little more. If you are looking for an excellent uptempo trainer that will go the distance and keep you comfortable, definitely check out the Saucony Ride 9.