Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX

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Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX Review Facts

If you are into Saucony trail running shoes and like trail running in snowy and muddy conditions, the Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX is a great fit for you. These shoes bring the best of the Xodus 6.0 and add more great technologies that make them waterproof and more protective. The design, construction and high-quality materials used from the outsole to the upper make these shoes very durable. The cushioning of the shoes is really good, and reviewers have stated that these shoes provide comfort thanks to the smartly placed extra padding in the places you need it the most. The Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX is a heavy shoe and heavier than other shoes in their category. However, Saucony compensates for the extra weight by bringing great responsiveness to the shoe. Reviewers have said that the shoes don’t feel that heavy once you get used to them. Good energy return for more explosive takeoffs makes the shoes feel less heavy.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Good traction
  • Waterproof
  • Excellent durability
  • Great protection
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Not enough breathability
  • Not very flexible
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX is its most remarkable feature. The Vibram XS-Trek outsole provides the best traction and grip in every imaginable condition. The shoes can deliver great traction even under snowy and muddy conditions. The aggressive lug pattern makes the toughest terrain something easy to navigate. Multi-directional lugs throughout the outsole make sure you move safely and with precision from the beginning to the very end of your runs. The lugs placed in the middle section are harder than the outer lugs, keeping you protected from the terrain. The outer lugs are softer and more flexible in order to provide adequate traction in all kinds of terrains.

The outsole incorporates an external plate in the forefoot for extra protection and flexibility. For more protection, the Xodus 6.0 GTX features an External Bedrock Outsole, which is another plate, this time a full-length plate, that keeps all kind of sharp objects from the terrain away from your feet.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

These shoes feature a very special midsole. The PowerGrid midsole is a lightweight, premium cushioning foam that delivers a remarkable bounce that absorbs the impact and enhances the takeoff. The PowerGrid midsole is 15% lighter and 30% more durable than traditional EVA midsoles. The shock absorption properties of the PowerGrid midsole will keep you protected from the impacts you experience when running over the uneven and demanding terrain. As the midsole provides up to 20% more cushioning than regular midsoles, the shoe feels really comfortable even when running under the hardest technical runs.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX can be used in wet, cold, and slippery conditions; therefore, the upper of this shoe is waterproof. The GoreTex provides waterproof technology and optimized breathability. The waterproof but breathable GoreTex upper keeps the water and perspiration away from your feet. The non-insulated construction of the upper manages to provide climate comfort and heat release in a way that not many shoes can do. According to the reviewers, the breathability is not enough when on demanding runs. However, the waterproof properties are great.

The upper mesh is very flexible, it adapts to your foot movements and provides a good fit, enhancing the responsiveness of the shoe. These shoes replace the stitched overlays for welded ones, improving the comfort of the shoe from the inside out. The Flex Film overlays provide a good look to the shoes.
A ComfortLite sock liner and a RunDry collar lining enhance the fit of the shoe. Both technologies feature moisture-wicking properties that will help to keep your feet dry. A mid-foot support band is integrated into the lacing system, providing a better fit and keeping your feet secure for better responsiveness and support.
Weight
Weight

Weight

With an average weight of 352 grams (12.4 oz.) for the men’s line and 301 grams (10.6 oz.) for the women’s line, the Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX shoes are definitely heavier than other shoes in their category.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The GoreTex extended comfort technology claims that the upper is completely waterproofed yet breathable enough. The non-insulated construction of the upper provides climate comfort and heat release while keeping the water on the outside of the shoe. The RunDry collar and the ComfortLite sock liner have moisture wicking properties that will keep your feet cool and dry. Customers have posted that the breathability of the shoe is limited and not enough when performing demanding runs.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

These shoes are known to be very comfortable. The Xodus 6.0 GTX can become your favorite trail running shoes during the winter season. The PowerGrid midsole brings 20% more cushioning than regular EVA midsoles. The RunDry collar brings extra padding that contributes to the overall comfort and fit. The ComfortLine sock liner, the padded collar, the welded upper and the PowerGrid midsole give the shoe a sock-like fit. The extra durability of the midsole and the outsole will provide extra comfort on long runs.

The GoreTex upper works well in adapting to the movement of your foot while providing the climate control you need when running on winter conditions. These shoes stand out for their comfort, especially as a winter trail running shoes.
Style
Style

Style

This version of the Xodus line is a remarkably good-looking trail running shoe. The combination of colors you can find for these shoes is great. The aggressive lug pattern makes them look powerful and strong.
Durability
Durability

Durability

These shoes are definitely made with real high-quality materials. From the design to the technologies used in this shoe, the durability is one of the best characteristics of the Xodus 6.0 GTX. The Vibram XS-Trek combines the best materials to make an outstanding outsole that provides amazing grip and traction in almost any imaginable terrain. The extra durable PowerGrid midsole foam technology brings the best of its technology to extend the comfort and protection over time.

The Flex Film overlays to make sure everything is in the right place, while the durable GoreTex waterproof upper keeps you cool and dry. The molded toe shell protects your toes from any debris may cause damage to them.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The shoes have an External Bedrock Outsole which is a plate placed in between the midsole and the outsole in order to protect your underfoot from any sharp objects you may find while running over rough conditions. They also come with an extra durable Vibram outsole made to provide protection in two different ways. The middle of the outsole is harder than the outer parts to protect you from any objects that can harm your underfoot, and the outer lugs are more flexible and softer in order to provide the best grip under any conditions.

The GoreTex upper will keep you dry, even when running on snowy and muddy surfaces for a long time. The shock absorption properties form the PowerGrid midsole will protect your ankles, knees and hips from the impact of running. Outstanding fit provided by the RunDry collar and the ComfortLiner sock liner also contribute to the protective features of these shoes.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Thanks to the PowerGrid midsole, the responsiveness of the shoe is outstanding. As the midsole is lighter and provides up to 20% more cushioning, it helps the shoe have a very soft landing and a bouncy feeling for more explosive take offs. The combination of the outsole, midsole and sock liner gives the shoe a smooth heel to toe transition. The Flex Film overlays and the RunDry collar give the shoes a secure fit, even during the most demanding technical runs. The Vibram outsole with the multi-directional lugs will add more precise landings and better traction. The wide platform makes the shoe more responsive as they are in contact with a large surface area.
Support
Support

Support

It is a fact that the Xodus 6.0 GTX provides great cushioning and good fit. However, they do not provide any extra support for underpronators and overpronators. They do have removable insoles, that way, if you have orthopedic insoles, you can put them in the shoes and get the best customized support from extra comfortable shoes and personalized insoles.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

These shoes can literally take you almost everywhere you want to go. The outstanding grip and traction of the Vibram XS-Trek outsole make the shoes perfect for almost any terrain. From snowy trails to muddy terrain to indoors training at your gym, these shoes perform great. The nonmarking technology from the outsole make the shoes work well while gym training, so you don't have to worry about leaving marks on the floor.
Price
Price

Price

The Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX trail running shoes can be found for a little more than the average of the shoes in the same category. The price starts at $39 USD on the women’s line, and go up to $200 USD on the men’s line. For great waterproofed trail running shoes, the price isn't bad. Some reviewers think they are above the average.
Traction
Traction

Traction

As described before, the great traction and grip of the Vibram XS-Trek, as well as the multi-directional lugs allow these shoes to perform really well under almost any conditions. The wide platform of the shoes enhances the traction by providing a larger surface area of contact with the ground. These shoes are known to perform remarkably good when taking technical runs during winter time.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Every component of the shoe has been designed and built to be light and flexible. The upper adapts to the movement of your foot, the midsole is lighter and more flexible than others, and the outsole is pretty flexible as well. However, overall, the shoes are not very flexible. They can feel stiff when using them for the first time. They will adapt and get more flexible with the time, but will never be super flexible.
Stability
Stability

Stability

As these shoes have a wide platform and great traction, they are very stable even during the most demanding run on unstable terrain. Something that enhances the stability of the shoes is the secure, sock-like fit from the RunDry collar and the Comfort Liner technology, which allows the shoes to be really responsive to the movements of your feet. The fact that they don’t have a big drop also makes them a more stable shoe, because they allow a better ground feel.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. The Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX have a 4 mm drop. The heel height is 24 mm while the forefoot height is 20 mm.
Key Features of the Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX
Key Features of the Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX

Key Features of the Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX

• Vibram XS-Trek outsole

• External Bedrock Outsole for extra protection

• GoreTex waterproof upper technology

• PowerGrid midsole technology

• Flex Film Overlays technology

• Molded toe shell

• ComfortLiner sock liner

• RunDry collar
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

If you’re looking for great shoes to use for trail running during the winter, these shoes are the ones you're looking for. Great comfortability and responsiveness are what you can expect when using the Saucony Xodus 6.0 GTX. With great technology from the outsole to the upper, these shoes will allow you to conquer almost any obstacles you encounter.

With great style, amazing traction, waterproof capabilities and outstanding comfort, these shoes can become an important part of your sports gear, especially during the winter.