Saucony Ride 6

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The Saucony Ride 6 is meant for runners who have a neutral gait or who need mild pronation control. The shoe is well-cushioned, provides good rebound, and is flexible. The Ride 6 is lightweight and is durable enough to last even when used by a high mileage runner. It’s also breathable and can handle a variety of weather conditions thanks to its solidly constructed mesh upper. In this version of the Saucony Ride, the ProGrid technology in the midsole has been replaced by PowerGrid technology. This new material is lighter in weight but doesn’t skimp when it comes to structure and support. Finally, the Ride 6 provides a nice smooth ride thanks to this new PowerGrid midsole material.

Pros
  • The shoe is very stable
  • It's one of the lightest options in the neutral category
  • The shoe is well cushioned and is outfitted with a thick tongue which adds comfort
  • The Ride 6 features a PowerGrid midsole which attenuates shock quite well
Cons
  • The shoe has poor ground feel
  • It is very rigid underfoot, particularly in the forefoot.

 

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Saucony Ride 6 features Injected Blown Rubber. This rubber is placed in such a way as to protect the shoe from wear and tear. IBR is another material found in the outsole. It's intended to provide more flexibility for the wearer. IBR also provides an added layer of cushioning underfoot. The grippy outsole provides a stable base upon which runners can train.

Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Saucony Ride 6 is constructed using PowerGrid technology. It's a fairly important update for this sixth iteration of the Ride shoe. This new midsole construction is meant to increase the lifespan, and keep the overall weight of the shoe down. The PowerGrid material provides excellent shock attenuation because the forces of impact are dispersed evenly.

The PowerGrid midsole provides a nice layer of padding for the wearer. It also provides a good amount of energy return to aid in a runner's toe off.

The midsole also contains a component called the Super Rebound Compound. This part of the midsole is meant to increase stability, provide energy return, and padding.

The heel crash pad in the Saucony Ride 6 extends to the midfoot which helps to enhance the comfort of the shoe and provide better support.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Saucony Ride 6 features a dual layer mesh. The mesh is lightweight and provides protection from the elements and ventilation. The heel collar is lined with HydraMAX fabric and effectively wicks away moisture. The tongue of the shoe is constructed using both air mesh and HydraMAX materials. The shoe also features a traditional lacing system.

Some reviewers found the tongue tended to move out of place during long runs but was unobtrusive during shorter runs.

Inside, the Saucony Ride 6 features a ComfortLite Sockliner. The liner is made of EVA and provides support for the wearer's arch.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Saucony Ride 6 is lightweight while still providing good support and cushioning. The weight of the shoe is obviously depending on the size chosen. For a men's size 9, the shoe clocks in at about 9.6 ounces.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Saucony Ride 6 has an upper that features a dual layer air mesh fabric. The two layers offer protection but ensure proper ventilation. The shoe's tongue is made up of air mesh and HydraMAX fabric to enhance breathability and comfort.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Saucony Ride 6 is very comfortable. The upper is made up of a dual layer mesh which protects and aids with ventilation. Runners will feel comfortable when moving in the Ride 6.

The lacing system is traditional and ensures a secure fit that is easily adjusted. The firm midsole contains Super Rebound Compound which enhances stability and padding. The full-length midsole cushion provides excellent energy return and padding underfoot. The shoe also features a good amount of padding in the heel collar area and the tongue.

The interior ComfortLite sock liner offers a layer of support for the arch, wicks away moisture effectively and provides a comfortable interior environment.

Style
Style

Style

The Saucony Ride 6 is a fairly attractive shoe. The shoe comes in bright and cheerful color options. It's easy to wear this shoe casually. The Ride 6 is just as stylish as it is reliable. The variety of color options offers up a good amount of choice for wearers. The vibrant hues are sure to attract a variety of different runners.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Saucony Ride 6 was designed to provide value for the high mileage runner. The outsole features almost no exposed foam. It's covered in durable thick rubber. The midsole of the shoe uses PowerGrid technology which enhances the shoe's lifespan as well.

Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The midsole of the Saucony Ride 6 features a ComfortLite sock liner. The EVA liner provides a bit of rebound for the runner. The full-length insert also provides an extra layer of cushioning. Compared to previous versions of the Saucony Ride, the shoe lacks responsiveness. Instead, the shoe is lighter in weight and provides a faster ride.

Support
Support

Support

The Saucony Ride 6 provides a good amount of support for the wearer. The midsole contains a Super Rebound Compound technology which aids in providing overall stability for the user thanks to its ability to protect upon impact. The SRC releases energy back to the wearer and propels them forward.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The outsole and midsole of the Saucony Ride 6 feature technology that enables wearers to tackle any type of terrain, rain or shine. The lug system in the outsole provides good grip while the midsole foam provides support and responsiveness when moving forward.
Price
Price

Price

The Saucony Ride 6 is priced fairly. The shoe is quite affordable considering its wealth of features. It's an oft picked shoe in the running world.

Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the Saucony Ride 6 features Injected Blown Rubber. This rubber material provides excellent traction. The lugs underfoot also help to provide grip on a variety of surfaces. The shoes are well cushioned with a roomy toe box. The Ride 6 is a good option for daily training. There is a hefty amount of cushioning in the rearfoot and this cushioning is much firmer than in the previous iteration of the Ride 6.

Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Saucony Ride 6 lacks flexibility in the forefoot. There's also very little pliability in the midfoot of the shoe. The heel features a lot of padding. The ride is smooth but though the outsole features deep flex grooves the shoe lacks flexibility. The grooves do help to provide a comfortable toe-off but the shoe still feels very stiff overall.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Saucony Ride 6 features the new PowerGrid technology in its midsole. The new midsole construction provides a good amount of stability. The midsole material in the Ride 6 is much more comfortable and stable than before. The shoe features a 26mm stack height in the heel and 18mm in the front of the foot. The lower stack height improves stability. The forefoot of the shoe is fairly rigid which also helps with stability. The rigid construction and ample stability make the Ride 6 a good choice for heavier runners.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Saucony Ride 6 has a few protective features. The dual layer mesh construction of the upper is not only lightweight but it also protects the wearer's foot from the elements. On the trails, the mesh keeps out debris while still allowing for ventilation. The Ride 6 also features a toe bumper in the forefoot. Runners are well-protected from rocks and other debris thanks to this feature. In addition, the toe box provides enough room for runners to curl up their toes when they do encounter hard obstacles. The outsole of the Ride 6 is also tough enough to protect the wearer from sharp debris.

Drop
Drop

Drop

The Saucony Ride 6 features an 8mm drop. The standard drop for most Saucony brand shoes. The 8mm drop is meant to provide a balance for the wearer and enhance comfort when moving forward.

Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Dual layer mesh upper provides ventilation and protection
• Super Rebound Compound enhances stability
• Neutral shoe
• HydraMAX lined heel collar wicks moisture
• ComfortLite sock liner adds layer of padding inside the shoe
• New PowerGrid technology attenuates shock effectively
• New PowerGrid technology also enhances stability
• Deep forefoot flex grooves
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Saucony Ride 6 is an excellent choice for those who are looking toward purchasing a traditional neutral trainer for high mileage running. The shoes are also a good option for runners with normal to high arches. Those who want to run more and forget about their shoes would do well to choose the Saucony Ride 6. The fit is true to size for most but some found sizing up was necessary.