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Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

Saucony Ride 6, $110

weights: 9.6 oz. (men’s); 7.1 oz. (women’s)

heights: 28mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)

Fit: The plush interior of the Ride and secure saddle/lacing system comfortably smother a runner’s foot in the heel and forefoot, but allows room for the toes to wiggle.

Feel: Saucony’s flagship neutral cushioned trainer returns with a few improvements, most notably a plusher midsole and deeper flex grooves for greater flexibility and agility. It has midrange stats for heel-toe drop (8mm), but still offers up decent foot-to-ground connectivity.

Ride: The changes to this edition of the Ride have helped it become smoother and lighter, aspects our testers raved about for long weekend training runs. Overall, the Ride gives off a vibrant feeling with a nimble performance but plenty of support and the comfort you’d want out of a high-mileage cushioned trainer. A few of our wear-testers thought this shoe could double as a long-distance racer, but most said they would prefer to use the Ride as a trainer.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at bmetzler@competitorgroup.com.

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