Saucony Guide 7

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Founded in 1898 on the banks of the Saucony Creek in Kutztown, PA, Saucony never seems to miss a beat. The well-known brand designs some of the very best in high performance running gear and shoes for both fitness enthusiasts and of course, runners.   Following that trend, the Saucony Guide 7 does not disappoint.  The Guide 7 provides stability for overpronators while also being a fairly responsive and very comfortable shoe. If you’re looking for an all- around good running shoe that provides lightweight stability with a touch of great style, then Saucony’s Guide 7 could be what you’re looking for.

Pros
  • Great comfort and fit throughout the running shoe
  • High durability and breathability
  • Provides supportive stability without being controlling
  • Roomier toe box suitable for most runners
  • Improved flexibility, comfort and stability in the forefoot
  • Terrific protection thanks to the Power Grid cushioning in the full length of the footbed
Cons
  • Sometimes get a hotspot over the big toe
  • Some runners expected the shoe to be more flexible
  • A little on the heavier side for running shoes
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is very similar to that of the Guide 5. Underneath the Guide 7 there are bigger patches of rubber. The design is more of a fan design, developing more surface. Also, the directional triangle lugs that were once on the Guide 6 are now gone. The bigger rubber patches have also managed to improve the traction on the Guide 7. The outsole definitely increases the overall durability.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

What a difference a shoe makes, especially when it comes to making drastic changes that can ultimately make the shoe even better. And that’s exactly what took place with the Guide 7. The most significant change to the Guide 7 is the material. Saucony finally said “bye” to their ProGrid cushioning system and “hello” to Power Grid, a material that is 30% more durable and 15% lighter. The change is hardly noticeable, but one things for sure is that the shoe is a lot more resilient and responsive than past versions. Another adjustment made was the flared forefoot design, making the shoe a lot more comfortable.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Unlike the Guide 6, this stability shoe is a lot more roomier with a wider toebox, creating a much better platform. Also, the shoe’s fit is a lot more open thanks to the help of the adjustments to the overlays. Saucony uses an open mesh Hydramax material as opposed to the other material used in older versions. The new material adds a more attractive smooth plush feeling to the Guide 7, making it a sleek and clean design. Overall, the upper on the Guide 7 is pretty nice. No one can resist a shoe that is designed a lot wider than before. This means no more narrowing in the toes and if your feet tend to swell then the Guide 7 will be perfect. Runners get the most out of comfortable shoes, so it is an added incentive that they have improved.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Ideally less weight always means less work, whether it’s your shoes or your body. Weighing in at 8 oz., Saucony’s Guide 7 is a very light pair of running shoes. The light weight definitely reduces the possible stress to your feet and legs during a long run. Some runners have said that the Guide 7 are a little on the bulky side but hardly noticeable to most. In men’s size 9 the shoe weighs 10 oz. The women’s version weighs 8.2 oz.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Saucony is one of the very top brands, so I don’t think a runner can go wrong with their shoes. They have developed many trainers that are very breathable, so it was no surprise when they created the Guide 7 and made sure that breathability has remained a big factor. They are remarkably breathable and air-light thanks to the mesh upper with synthetic overlays. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about your feet baking after running for a long time. So if your feet get easily sweaty after a the miles are in with no worries. The Guide 7 provides a great deal of breathability. Perfect for long runs or just basic walks in the park.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

They were comfortable from start to finish. The Saucony Guide 7’s have just the right amount of cushioning. The underfoot feel and amount of impact protection are provided by the compression of materials between the running surface and foot. The shoe fits great even with the insoles in. It is, however, recommended to go up a half size with these shoes. I’ve tried the Ride 6 as well and liked them, but I would still recommend these shoes. They seem a little tight in the box when I first put them on, but within a couple of minutes, they felt just right.
Style
Style

Style

From a classic athletic appearance to bright and bold looks, Saucony running shoes come in a variety of styles as unique as every runner. This model is available in some really good color combinations like Silver/Coral/Purple, White/Black/Vizicoral, allowing these shoes to be worn with more than just running gear.

The colorful color scheme is very pleasing to the eye as well as coherent. The double striped design on the laces adds more of a sleek look to the shoe and the web design is a good touch to the shoe. Yes, when it comes to running no one is looking to play dress up. They usually just want to get the job done and have a good effective performance. But I have to say, the design on these running shoes makes it hard to resist. The shoes are very colorful and comfy so runners just love them. And who could really blame them?
Durability
Durability

Durability

The first impression of the Saucony Guide 7 was that they had extremely firm build. I have run about 122 miles in these shoes since I bought them back in August, and up to now they are holding up very well. For most runners, durability is the key to creating the very best in running shoes and Saucony did not disappoint. The new improvements to the Guide 7 make the shoe even more durable. In fact, the Guide 7s are thirty percent more durable than its last version and compared to EVA.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The newly developed material for the Guide 7 makes this running shoe even more protected. Runners are able to run long distances without any complaint as their shoe is always secure from all of that cushioning. The Power Grid cushioning is something that provides terrific protection no matter what your foot strike is. With the Guide 7 protection is not a problem at all.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This stability shoe is a lot more responsive than that of the Guide 6. Most runners absolutely love the shoe, so from a scale from 0-5 the level of responsiveness would be a 4.5. In one shoe, Saucony has managed to provide comfort, durability, protection and style all in one shoe. The shoe was created for flexibility and responsiveness. The improved toe-spring, also, can help to provide a more responsive ride.
Support
Support

Support

If you are on your feet all day, the Saucony Guide 7 gives great support. And really they are specifically for feet that need more support, especially for over pronators. The level of pronation control built into the shoe is wonderful. The newly-designed forefoot design is sure to provide added support, especially during toe-off. This creates a more enjoying stride.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This stability trainer does well on all surfaces. The solid durable rubber on the outsole ensures that an average runner can last anywhere from 300-500 miles, something that can be expected from most trainers. For most runners this is a good recovery day shoe that can withstand any surface conditions. Such conditions as rain, sleet, rocky trails, running in mud, concrete or in grass, Saucony’s Guide 7 are sure to last.
Price
Price

Price

You can own this great running shoe with high quality and positive support at an easy price when compared to the features in it. With the ability to not only wear them for running, but also, for other activities, you can absolutely get the most out of this investment. Now, wearing them for non-running purposes would be up to you, but they do look good. The Guide 7 retails at $120.

To some the price is on the high side of the spectrum, but generally it is an ideal price for good stability trainers. For better quality shoes, sadly you have to pay what they are worth. You have to start asking yourself if the shoes are worth paying the retail price. But the end answer is always, of course. As a shopper, it’s always important to look for the quality in things. That way you ultimately make the best decision in the end. In this case, the Guide 7 is every bit worth it.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Saucony’s running shoes for the most part are great when it comes to traction. Just like a stability trainer, the Guide 7 offers just the right amount of traction to help you get through your daily jog in the park or even a simple stroll in the neighborhood. Either way, the bigger rubber patches on the outsole help to make this possible.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Unfortunately, some runners have mentioned that the Guide 7 are not as flexible as they would hope them to be. But good news, the flexibility does not in any way affect the ride in the shoe. The Guide 7 is a little on the bulky side, but still very much one of the best stability trainers around.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Power Grid in the Guide 7 has gone through rigorous testing to ensure optimal stability. The first sole-based stability provides users with enough stability. If you have problems with over-pronation, this shoe is extremely stable.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Saucony still uses a beveled heel, the same from when it was introduced in the six. The heel helps to handle any issues with inward rolling. The Guide 7 is still very much a posted shoe, but due to redesigning the shoe, shank size has been reduced by the crash pads in the mid foot. The offset of 8mm does force the shoe to lean slightly forward but it does not affect the natural stride of the shoe.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Mesh upper with synthetic overlays supplies breathable and supportive fit

• HydraMAX collar lining has moisture wicking properties in order to continue a plush, dry fell

• ComfortLite Sockliner, an EVA insert, contours to your feet, cradles your heel and supports your arch for great comfort

• HRC+ strobe board offers additional comfort

• Power Grid insert has heel-to-toe support and cushion for ultimate impact protection

• Dual density SSL EVA holds your arch for controlled guidance through toe-off

• Redesigned medial support system provides a smooth transition

• SRC Impact Zone protection focuses the durable materials in high-wear areas

• Full decouples SRC crash pad minimizes harmful impact effects at the heel

• Deeper flex grooves support flexibility and responsiveness

• iBR+ and XT-900 rubber used jointly on the outsole for durability, traction and a soft landing
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Guide 7 is proof that there is such a thing as a running shoe that provides super durability, long-lasting comfort and support all day long. Saucony really updated this stability trainer with a great blend of cushioning, flexibility and stability, making it one of the most widely popular and awarded stability on the market. Definitely a huge improvement from the Guide 6. Saucony’s Guide 7 is hands down a favorite among stability trainers. The shoe feels great and looks great too, so what more can a runner ask for?