Saucony Xodus 6.0

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Saucony Xodus 6.0Review Facts

If you are a person who likes to run on technical trails, the Saucony Xodus 6.0 might be the shoe you are looking for. Designed and built to tackle all obstacles, these shoes will make sure to keep you protected and comfortable while trail running. Some reviewers have described the shoe as a tank with a luxury interior, and we can see why. The Xodus 6.0 features high quality materials, great technology and a style that makes them stand out from similar types of shoes.

This version of the Saucony Xodus line incorporates more cushioning and breathability than its predecessor. These shoes are slightly heavier than others in the same category of trail running shoes and are not the most flexible shoes. However, the outsole and midsole make sure you get a smooth heel to toe ride, soft landings and high energy return.

Pros
  • Reliable traction
  • Breathable open mesh
  • Durable
  • Protective
  • Responsive cushioning
  • Comfortable
  • Well cushioned
Cons
  • Can get pricey
  • Heavier than similar shoes
  • Some stitches in the interior can create discomfort
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Saucony Xodus 6.0's outsole trail running shoe is remarkable. It features an aggressive lug pattern that provides optimum traction over almost any surface. The grip on wet surfaces is good as well. The Vibram XS-Trek technology makes the shoes responsive on unpredictable terrain. The technical compound of the XS-Trek, bring an optimal balance of high durability and great traction. The External Bedrock Outsole is an extra plate positioned in between the outsole and the midsole that provides extra protection from the debris.

The combination of aggressive lug pattern, remarkable traction and grip, and protective and flexible outsole components make the outsole of these shoe one of its best features.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

This shoes has a Powergrid midsole, which is significatnly lighter and more durable than run-of-the-mill l EVA midsoles- 15% and 30% respectively, to be exact. That technology makes the shoes more responsive and allows a more energetic heel to toe propulsion. The midsole also is very good absorbing the shock from the impact of running on unpredicatble surfaces. The Powergrid midsole from the Saucony Xodus 6.0 offers 20% greater cushioning than other midsoles, making this shoe extra comfortable but still really responsive.
Upper
Upper

Upper

These shoes, unlike many other in the same category, feature a breathable open mesh. That open mesh is secured by the Flex Film overlay technology from Saucony. It is a lightweight and strong material that allows a seamless upper making the shoes more flexible and lightweight. It also enhances the shoe’s responsiveness overall.

The RunDry collar lining secures the heel bringing extra cushioning and providing a good fit to your feet. It works, along with the open mesh, providing moisture wicking properties to keep your feet cool and dry while you run. The tongue and the molded toe cap will protect your feet from any debris getting in.

The upper is welded rather than stitched, providing a sock-like feeling whenever you’re using the shoes. The Saucony Xodus 6.0 trail running shoes also feature a sock liner insole, known as ComfortLite, which adapts to your foot over time. It also provides good arch support.
Weight
Weight

Weight

With an average weight of 323 grams (11.3 oz.) for the men’s line, and 281 grams (9.9 oz.) for the women’s line, these shoes are slightly heavier than the average shoes in their category. Of course, the exact weight depends on the size of the shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathable open mesh of the Saucony Xodus 6.0 and the moisture wicking properties from the RunDry collar make sure your feet are always cool and dry. The design of the shoe allows the sweat to evaporate more quickly reducing discomfort from having wet feet. Keeping your feet cool and dry will also reduce the risk of getting blisters while you run. The human body loses a high amount of heat through the feet, so keeping you cool down there will keep you cool overall.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

As described by some reviewer, these shoes are like a tank with a luxury interior. The comfort that you will experience while wearing the Xodus 6.0 is outstanding. The Powergrid midsole, lighter and more durable than regular EVA midsoles, will keep you not only protected but more comfortable for a longer time. The shock absorption properties these shoes provide is really good. You will experience a very soft landing and an immediate powerful takeoff thanks to the combination of the Powergrid midsole and the Vibran XS-Trek.

The light upper is also very flexible, making sure the shoe adapts to the movements of your feet while keeping you always protected. The tongue and collar will provide extra cushioning and great fit to your foot. The seamless overlays the FlexFilm incorporates in the shoe, makes possible a more secure fit on the mid foot section.
Style
Style

Style

Without a doubt the Saucony Xodus 6.0 looks like a powerful shoe. From the aggressive lateral lugs from the Vibram XS-Trek outsole to the colorful but hard looking open mesh upper, these shoes have their own unique style. The combination of colors have received a lot of compliments from the reviewers as well.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Made to last, these shoes have been designed to incorporate high quality materials and top technology that provides extra durability. The Vibram XS-Trek outsole enhances the durability of the shoe using compounds that allow great grip and traction, and extra durability in the high abrasion areas. The welded FlexFilm upper will make sure that everything remains in place for a long while. The molded toe cap will make sure the front part of the shoe doesn't break from the abrasion of the debris while keeping your toes protected.

The potential weak spot of the shoes is the open mesh upper. Some durability was sacrificed in order to provide good breathability.
Protection
Protection

Protection

These shoes take protection very seriously. Saucony knows that you want the best protection while running on trails. That is why the Xodus 6.0 feature a highly durable and resistant Vibram outsole combined with an External Bedrock Outsole. The combination of materials make sure that no sharp object or rocks will damage your shoe or foot. These shoes also feature a molded toe cap, one that will not only allow more natural movement for your toes, but will protect your feet from any debris you find during your technical runs.

The extra cushioning the Powergrid midsole provides, in combination with the RunDry collar and the tongue, will make sure your get a sock-like feeling and your feet feel protected.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

These shoes are responsive mostly thanks to the combination of the Powergrid midsole and the Vibram XS-Trek outsole. That combination gives the shoe a very smooth heel to toe transition. The sock absorbing properties from the Powergrid midsole and the ComfortLine sock liner insole allow you to have a soft landing while providing a high energy return.

The FlexFlim that secures the upper by being welded, not stitched, makes the whole upper more flexible and responsive to the movements of your feet. You will feel that the whole shoe moves along with your foot. The outstanding traction and grip the outsole brings to the shoe will make sure the shoe responds to your movements regardless the surface you are running over.
Support
Support

Support

The Saucony Xodus 6.0 trail running shoes provide not only good arch support, but good support overall. The insoles of the shoes will adapt to the custom shape of your feet giving you extra comfort and a good support. However, if you under pronate or over pronate and need orthopedic shoes or insoles, this shoes may not the be the ones for you.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

These shoes perform the best on off road conditions, but also are good for indoors training. Their outsole has non marking properties. The Vibram XS-Trek outsole will make sure you can run over almost any imaginable surface. The protective technologies of the shoes, make sure you don't get hurt from the debris. The External Bedrock Outsole will keep sharp object on the road away from your feet.
Price
Price

Price

The Saucony Xodus 6.0 trail running shoes can get a bit pricey. The shoes start at $39 USD on the women’s line, and go up to $200 USD on the men’s line. The average price is $120 USD. The price depends on the size of the shoe and if its for men or women.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction of the outsole is great. The shoes have a Vibram XS-Trek technology. The pattern of the lugs in the center of the outsole make sure you stay attached to the ground in the position you need. The lateral lugs make sure to keep your steps secured in the surface you touch when you need it the most. They act as supportive lugs when running over more technical trails. These shoes have a wide platform, making sure you get the best traction by stepping on the largest surface possible.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The upper of the shoe is very flexible; however, the shoes are not very flexible overall. They are stiff and need to have a breaking period according to reviewers. We do not recommend going on a long and hard technical run the first time you wear this shoes.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The shoes have a wide platform that makes them more stable than other shoes. While performing a hard run in a rough terrain, you do not often use the entire surface of the shoe, but the lateral lugs from the Vibram XS-Trek outsole help a lot gaining traction and keeping you where you want to be. Outstanding stability is what you get from this shoe. The upper and midsole, as well as the collar and tongue, provide great stability

The insoles of the shoes also enhance the overall stability. They adapt to the unique shape of your feet providing the support that you need when you need it the most.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Saucony Xodus 6.0 trail running shoes 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
Key Features of the Saucony Xodus 6.0

Key Features of the Saucony Xodus 6.0

• Vibram XS-Trek outsole

• External Bedrock Outsole for extra protection

• Breathable open mesh upper

• Powergrid midsole technology

• Flex Film Overlays technology

• Anatomical EVA footbed

• Molded toe cap

• ComfortLiner sock liner insole

• RunDry collar
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

The Saucony Xodus 6.0 trail running shoes are ones that stand out for their comfort, responsiveness and protection. The technologies used in this shoe makes it a great companion for conquering the roughest off road trails you can imagine. You can run over really uneven surfaces, under wet and dry conditions, but you can also wear them while you train in your favorite gym. The non marking properties from the outsole make these shoes a really good choice.

While Xodus 6.0 is not the cheapest pair of shoes, they make sure every penny you invest in them is worth it. With alternative combinations of colors, the style and the look of the shoe will always make you feel unique.