Saucony Ballista

7.3
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The Saucony Ballista is a shoe for a very specific runner. This is a lightning fast, spiked shoe that is designed for the track star who is giving it everything they have in their mid distance events. From the 800 meters to the mile, these lightweight, durable shoes can carry you to victory and help you prepare for the most important races of your career. This shoe features an extremely low drop, a 6 pin spike plate, and an ultra flexible feeling in the upper and outsole. The spikes are removable, making it a versatile shoe that can take you from the trail to the track. Some runners even loved this shoe for their training runs on the road. For a racing spike, these shoes are ultra affordable and they have a unique look and style that really set you apart from your competitors. This is a shoe for the elite athlete who needs a running companion that won’t hold them back from speed and victory.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Perfect for mid distance racing
  • Very fast
  • Removable spikes
Cons
  • Not for use on long distance runs
  • Only designed for racing on the track
Upper
Upper

Upper

Don’t be fooled by the intensely light weight feel of the upper of this shoe. It is actually extremely durable and is constructed using a single layer mesh that cuts down on the overall weight of this hoe. Since one of the key goals of this shoe is to be as lightweight as possible, the design team at Saucony didn’t miss an opportunity to shave some ounces off of the total weight. The upper uses Saucony’s patented Flex Film. This is an adaptive material that is melded to the mesh upper. It provides not only superior air flow to the foot, but eliminated the need for any additional layers because of its superior durability. Runners loved the Flex Film because it supported the natural movement of the shoe. This is very important for racing, and runners appreciated that they never felt confined or stifled by this racing spike.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of this shoe is purposefully minimal. The purpose of this shoe is for fast, quick races. Because of that, the midsole protection is minimal at best. This is not a shoe that is suggested for your longer training runs or for your casual racing. This is a shoe that should be used primarily for races and some intensive speed work, because of that, the midsole of the shoe is very limited. The designers of the Saucony Ballista worked to keep the weight low, and added weight in cushioning for the midsole just was not needed for what this shoe sets out to do for the runner.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

As a racing spike, the outsole design of this shoe is very important. Saucony uses a 2 part plat in the construction of their outsole. The purpose is to reduce unnecessary weight. This shoe also uses multiple light weight materials instead of relying on a hefty amount of one material. The underfoot comes with 6 removable spikes that are designed to propel the runner forward while the hit their maximum speed. Due to the removable spikes, runners found this shoe to be a versatile option for racing and training and even trail running.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The ventilation in this shoe received high praise from runners. The upper is ultra lightweight and made from a single layered mesh. This allows for maximum air flow to enter the shoe. It keeps the foot cool and dry. Runners loved this aspect of the shoe because it kept blisters at bay and illuminated the risk of irritation. The races that these athletes are performing in are so quick and even a slight irritation can through the whole event off base. A simple issue like moisture control and breathability can detrimentally affect the outcome of the race. This shoe also features internal elements that work to wick sweat away from the shoe and provide not only a breathable run, but a dry one as well. That is why runners loved this some for their mid distance running.
Weight
Weight

Weight

You will struggle to find a shoe that is more lightweight than the Saucony Ballista. It weighs in at a mere 3.1 ounces. This is key because the primary purpose of this shoe is for the fastest pace racing possible. In these mid distance races winners are measured in milliseconds and the reduction in weight can be the difference between a win and a lose for runners. Runners appreciated that this shoe is able to make such a comfortable, durable shoe that doesn’t weigh the foot down at all.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

This shoe received high marks for comfort. There isn’t much to the shoe, and this equates to a comfortable ride to the runner. The shoe has eliminated any and all seams and elements that can lead to friction or discomfort. The engineers at Saucony worked to create a sleek, lightweight shoe that was perfect for racing and provided the runner with a breathable comfort. The upper is flexible due to the Flex Film technology and this helps the shoe move naturally with the runner.
Style
Style

Style

This shoe certainly has a unique, eye catching look to it. Runners love this unique design and praised its ability to get attention on at the finish line. The shoe is sleek and thin looking and runners loved the overall athletic aesthetic that this shoe gives off. The color options and styles are different and set this runner apart from the others on the track. The color and style options that are offered in the Saucony Ballista are well liked by the running community, but many runners commented that they wished more color options were available.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This shoe can certainly hold up against hard workouts. It is lined with 6 removable spikes along the outsole that. The upper of the shoe is also engineered specifically to withstand tough workouts and training schedules. The upper utilizes Saucony’s patented Flex Film which is extremely lightweight but also extremely durable, giving it the best of both worlds. Training at the elite level requires difficult workouts and long days at the track. Runners appreciated that the Saucony Ballista could handle the training schedule without showing signs of wear and tear.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The key protective element of this shoe can be found in the 6 removable spikes that line the outsole. Since these spikes are designed to add superior grip and traction, they protect the runner against slipping and unwanted movement in the foot.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

These shoes offer the highest level of responsiveness. The purpose of these shoes is for mid distance racing. Runners can feel confident that this shoe will allow them to respond to the ground below them. The drop of this shoe is very low and the outsole is relatively thin. Runners reported that they could feel the track below them and make changes to speed as they needed.
Support
Support

Support

This shoe does not offer many support features. In terms of the overall design of the shoe, the main purpose was lightweight, flexible and fast. This shoe offers limited heel support and a very limited overall cushioning. This is not a shoe that needs lots of added support because the shoe is not designed for longer distances. This shoe should be used for fast racing anywhere between 800 meters to one mile.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is a track and field star. It is designed specifically for track racing that is anywhere between 800 meters and one mile. The spikes on the shoe can be removed which also makes them versatile enough to be used on the roads, but overall, this is a shoe that shines on the track and should be used for that purpose.
Price
Price

Price

For a racing spike, the Saucony Ballista is surprisingly low cost. Runners appreciated that this racing spike comes in much lower than the average racing spike on the market today. Additionally, since the spikes can be removed, this shoe is able to do more than just perform during track races. The versatility of the shoe ups the overall value, making the price that much better.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The purpose of a spiked shoe is similar to that of a cleat on the soccer or football field. They are specifically designed to grip the surface below and provide safety and speed to the runner. The spikes used on the Saucony Ballista are designed for mid distance running and racing. Racing spikes come designed for all different purposes, and runners loved these shoes for the mid distance races. The spikes on these shoes can also be removed which makes them a more versatile option than some other mid distance racing shoes on the market today. For the elite racer, using a shoe that offers racing spikes like this model provides maximum traction but keeps the weight much lighter than the average running shoe.

Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This shoe received very high marks for its flexibility. From the upper of the shoe to the 2 part plate of the outsole, this shoe bends and moves easily with the natural movement of the foot. The upper features the Flex Film material that actually melds to the upper mesh and provides the runner with added flexibility and breathability. The outsole features a 2 part plate that utilizes a collection of different materials to keep the weight down and allow for maximum flexibility.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This is not a shoe that is designed to address the unique needs of a runner who suffers from over or under pronation. Instead, this shoe supports the natural movement of the foot. It features very limited cushioning and support in the heel or midfoot and doesn’t provide any stability elements to help with pronation issues.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe features a very low drop and provides the runner with a true minimalist look and feel. This shoe has striped any unneeded features to ensure that it is the lightest racing spike on the market today. This means that the shoe does not offer extra cushioning in the heel or midfoot. This is a natural ride and runners who are looking for cushioning and a high heel drop should consider a different shoe.
Key Features

Key Features

-Flex Film on the upper melds to the mesh upper to create a fit that is flexible and comfortable
-Mesh upper allows for maximum ventilation and breathability
-The outsole is lined with six removable spikes for superior traction and a versatile shoe overall
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This is a lightweight racing shoe for the mid distance runner who is looking to go fast. This shoe provides the durability to carry the elite athlete through their grueling training schedules and races. These shoes are designed for the mid distance raced, anywhere from 800 meters to one miles. The spikes added extra traction and increase speed for the runners. These shoes are also extra lightweight. Saucony has stripped down any unneeded materials or technology to ensure that these are the most lightweight racing spikes on the market today. Even with all of these amazing features, these shoes are below the average price for racing spikes on the market today. The spikes can also be removed to provide the runner with a versatile, low drop, athletic shoe. Runners commented that they loved the unique look and style of the shoe. They loved the attention these shoes got them. These are shoes designed for the track and allow to reach their maximum speed.