Saucony Linchpin

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The Saucony Linchpin is a great all-around running shoe that customers seem to love. They PowerGrid technology that makes up the midsole gives you amazing cushioning and comfort while also providing a high energy return for a more responsive ride. The breathable mesh upper with the hot melt overlays work together to make sure your feet stay cool and dry while on the run while also providing you with a good amount of support, helping reduce your risk of injury. Customers love the low price point and the fact that they are made from durable materials so they will not have to worry about investing their money into shoes again for a while. If you are in the market for an all-around great pair of shoes then the Saucony Linchpin’s are the shoes for you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Good arch support
  • Decent price point
  • Comfortable
  • Roomy toe box
  • Great for stability
Cons
  • Not stylish
  • Runs small and narrow
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We read, analyze and sort reviews into positive & negative categories to give you the complete picture.
What are buyers saying?

We have spent 2 hours analyzing a total of 75 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • Compared to other Saucony running shoes, these provide a good level of support.
  • These helped some buyers enjoy running again.
  • The upper feels comfortable and balanced.
  • The fit is good for narrow feet.
  • These work well for people with overpronation.
  • The price is reasonable and many buyers found them on sale from third party sellers.
  • For one reviewer, these shoes helped alleviate some pain after a severe foot sprain.
  • Several buyers who wear these for work say they don't experience any foot fatigue even after long hours on their feet.
  • The outsole has a good amount of traction.
  • The upper provides a decent level of ventilation.
  • Many buyers agree that these are of good quality for the price point.
  • Non-runners enjoy these shoes for running errands and travel.
  • Some say what they lack in style, they make up for in function.
  • These have helped alleviate knee and hip pain for some reviewers.
Negative
  • Many buyers warn that the sizing runs narrow.
  • The upper has a snug fit that is not great for people wide feet.
  • The toe box is narrow which has led to some reports of rub on the outside of the forefoot.
  • There are limited reviews on the long-term durability.
  • Some reviewers claim the upper and outsole are stiffer than other Saucony running shoes.
  • Pricing can vary greatly from different sellers.
  • These are no longer available from some vendors.
  • The reflective accents are not big enough to be fully effective.
  • The logo on the upper is large.
  • These do not provide much arch support.
  • Some buyers report quality control issues buying from some sellers.
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Of the 75 reviews we found in total, 29% were negative, and 71% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Saucony Linchpin running shoes has a herringbone design that will help give you great traction when you are running and superior flexibility. The soles of the shoe are patterned with flex grooves and lines, as well as a guidance line, which all work together to give you the best traction possible and the ability to move your feet freely without being restricted by the soles of your shoes.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Saucony Linchpin running shoes is made out of Saucony's PowerGrid technology which helps keep the shoes lightweight while giving you premium cushioned foam that will help you get a smoother and more responsive ride which customers love and appreciate. The foam that makes up the midsole is made to be super lightweight while still being slightly more durable than other foam compounds on the market today. These sneakers also give you an extra layer of cushioning, the ProGrid, that helps give you a smoother ride and a little bit more flex when you step off. The cushioning is distributed more evenly between your forefront and your heel to help you stay more balanced and comfortable with every step you take.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Saucony Linchpin is made out of a lightweight and breathable mesh material that is perforated to allow for maximum ventilation to keep your feet cool and dry. There are thin hot melt overlays on the upper to help give you more support on the lateral sides of the shoe as well as the dorsal part of your foot.
Weight
Weight

Weight

When purchasing running shoes you are going to want to find something that is lightweight. The lighter the shoe the better, you do not want to be in the middle of a long race and begin to feel like there are weights attached to your feet with every step you take. A heavier shoe can slow you down in the long run and if you are running for speed you do not want that to happen. The Saucony Linchpin is designed to be lightweight. From the upper to the outsole, the materials are made to keep the weight down to make your running experience easier.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The upper of the Saucony Linchpin is made out of a breathable mesh material to help keep your feet cool and dry even on the longest of runs. The mesh is perforated allowing for maximum airflow to your feet. Air is able to get in and keep your feet cool and moisture from sweat is able to easily evaporate and escape the shoes keeping your feet happy and healthy. You do not want to be in the middle of a race or a workout and have to worry about feeling like your feet are suffocating and becoming too hot or soaked from sweat, and you do not have to worry about that with these sneakers.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

When it comes to comfort the Saucony Linchpin running shoes have you covered. Customers have commented that they are very comfortable which is nice for anyone who has to be on their feet for long periods of time, whether you are a runner or simply have to be on your feet to work. For runners, however, it is nice to have something that is going to keep you as comfortable as possible, especially when you are running long distances for long periods of time. The extra layer of ProGrid cushioning really increases the levels of comfort of these sneakers which customers have come to love.

The one downfall these shoes have when it comes to the comfort level is the sizing. The Linchpin does have the tendency to run a bit small, according to many customers. It has also been mentioned that they run slightly narrow. These are just things to keep in mind when choosing your shoe size.
Style
Style

Style

There are mixed reviews when it comes to the look and style of the Saucony Linchpin running shoes. A few customers mentioned that they do not like the design of them and that they are unappealing to look at. Others, however, have said that they liked the look of them. When purchasing these running shoes you can choose from a couple different color options. Men can choose between black and grey or grey and navy. If you are looking to purchase the women's version then you can choose between grey, tea, and pink or grey and coral. Some customers mentioned they wish they would have had more color options to choose from but most were happy with the choices they did have.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability in a pair of shoes is important. You do not want to have to worry about a pair of shoes falling apart and wearing down on you too quickly. If you have to keep replacing your shoes it is going to end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. You do not have to worry about premature wear and tear when it comes to Saucony Linchpin running shoes. The outsole is made out of a durable rubber that is made to withstand the repeated pounding into the ground that comes with many miles of running. The midsoles are also made to withstand that beating and they will keep their cushioning and their bounce for a long time. In addition to the outsole and midsole, the upper is also designed to last, with the thin overlays throughout to give some extra support and keep the shoes from falling apart too soon.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Saucony Linchpin offers a couple different features to make sure that you stay protected when you are on the run. The synthetic toe cap helps to protect your toes if you accidentally kick or bump something while you are running. The thin overlays on the upper also provide some protection to you by helping you keep your feet locked into place inside your shoe, giving you a snug fit which can help prevent injury or discomfort.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Saucony Linchpin running shoes have some great cushioning in the midsole that gives you a nice and responsive ride that runners love and appreciate. The PowerGrip midsole and the extra layer of ProGrid cushioning work together to give you that nice little spring in your step when you are on the run. When you are running, especially for speed, you want something that is going to give you a higher energy return, and these sneakers will not disappoint. When you take a step your feet will sink down into the cushioning and the beauty of these shoes is that the foam will bounce back to its original shape and propel you forward. The more energy you can save per step the more you can use to help you run longer and faster.
Support
Support

Support

Customers have commented that the Saucony Linchpin offers really good arch support which is important as it can help prevent injury or discomfort in your feet when you are running. The soft, cushioned midsole gives you the arch support that you will need. Customers have even commented that the cushioning in the heel gave them a decent amount of support that they appreciated. In addition to the midsole, the upper helps aid in increasing the level of support that is offered by these sneakers. The hot melt overlays that are fused into the mesh materials of the upper help to support the lateral sides of your shoe as well as the dorsal portion of your foot. The lacing system and heel overlay both work together to help make sure that your feet stay snug and secure in your shoes, so your feet won't sliding around inside of them which can cause potential injury.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Saucony Linchpin is designed to be a road running shoe and as such, it is suggested that you only wear them if you are running on flat and non-abrasive surfaces such as roads, tracks (both indoor and outdoor), or treadmills. It is possible to wear them if you are venturing onto other surfaces but it is not recommended as the outsoles are not designed to keep your feet protected from jagged rocks and the traction may not keep you from slipping on uneven surfaces. If you are looking for something for running off the beaten path then you may want to consider a different option; however, if you are planning on doing some road running then these are going to be perfect for you.
Price
Price

Price

Price can be an important factor when it comes to investing your hard earned money into a pair of running shoes. You are going to want to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck, something that is going to be comfortable to run in and that will not wear down on you too quickly. The Saucony Linchpin running shoes meet those criteria. The MSRP, manufacturer's suggested retail price, of these sneakers comes in at $120 which is about average for a good pair of running shoes. Customers have commented that they were happy with their purchases and they felt that they got their monies worth out of them.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the Saucony Linchpin running shoes is designed with flex lines throughout the sole that help gives you increased traction when running or walking in these sneakers. As previously mentioned these shoes are recommended to be worn if you are running of flat surfaces such as roads or treadmills. If you stick to the recommended surfaces these shoes are going to be able to keep their grip and keep you from slipping and sliding all over the road.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Saucony Linchpin running shoes have an outsole that is made to give you great flexibility while running. You want to be able to give your feet the freedom to move as naturally as possible while running to give yourself a higher comfort level and less risk of injury. The outsoles of these shoes are made with flex grooves and flex lines throughout the bottom to give you the freedom to move.
Stability
Stability

Stability

When it comes to purchasing any kind of running shoes it is important to find something that is going to give you the level of stability that you need depending on your gait. If you are one of the thousands of runners out there that have problems with overpronation or supination then you are going to want a shoe that offers a good about of stability. The Saucony Linchpin running shoes will have you covered, as they are designed to help with pronation as well as provide great arch support.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop in a shoe is simply the measurement of the incline of your shoe. When it comes to running shoes the average drop that runners like to see is between 8mm and 12mm, with most shoes running around 10mm. The drop in the Saucony Linchpin sneakers measures in at 8mm so it is still in the average range but on the lower end. Most customers enjoy the fact that they have a lower drop than they are used to but for the most part, the drop seems to be more of a personal preference for many runners.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-PowerGrid technology to help give you a smooth and responsive ride
-Lightweight support due to the hold melt overlays in the upper
-Great arch support and good for stability
-Fantastic price point
-Offers exceptional comfort
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are looking for an affordable pair of running shoes that are going to last you then you have come to the right place. The Saucony Linchpin running shoes are made out of quality materials that are not going to suffer from premature wear and tear so runners definitely get their monies worth out of them. Customers commented that they are extremely comfortable and provide them with excellent arch support. Whether you are looking for a casual shoe, something for the gym or you are training for a marathon, customers have suggested that these shoes are the perfect fit.