Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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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