|#1||Saucony Stabil CS3|
|#2||Saucony Cohesion 8|
|#3||Saucony Guide 7|
|#4||Saucony Triumph ISO 2|
|#5||Saucony Omni 13|
|#6||Saucony Kinvara 4|
Saucony Stabil CS 3
Ever since the Saucony Stabil CS3 hit the retail stores there has been a strong buzz about it, a curiosity about it and today we will take a look at what exactly is the big deal. As everyone knows Saucony are all about improving their existing line of shoes, innovating new technologies and making sure that the shoes that reach the consumer market are comfortable and tuned for optimal performance.
So it is no surprise to know that they are a considerable improvement over the Stabil CS2, which for those not in the know, was already considered a good pair of running shoes. The are lighter, more comfortable and in every sense of the word, an able upgrade over the CS2.
Saucony Stabil CS3 Features
To start with, the heel of the shoe is made from XT-900, a carbon rubber that gives the runner a great sense of traction in all kinds of terrain as well as weather. Apart from that it adds greatly to the durability of the shoe, which is just perfect for heavy runners. IBR+ is used for the outsole, which is lightweight and provides for enhanced cushioning.
Overpronation is controlled by the presence of Dual Density SSL Eva in the midsole and when combined with the very lightweight Saucony Super lite midsole, it lessens the energy that you need to expense during a run.
The upper part is all about the comfort and Saucony maximizes the breathability and comfort by using a open mesh fabric that allows for ample circulation and is indeed lighter than before. The Arch Lock ensures that the shoe fits snugly around your foot and you do indeed feel a great sense of security every time you put on the shoe.
The HydraMax collar lining helps get rid of any excess moisture and the ComfortLite Sockliner provides additional support and cushioning in the heel and contours of the arch. No surprises in the overall construction of the shoe as the quality is top notch and Saucony has done a great job of providing a substantial upgrade over the CS2.
Differences Between The CS3 and CS2
The first big difference comes in the form of Powergrid cushioning. In the previous version this lightweight cushioning was restricted to the midsole but now the lightweight Powergrid cushioning can be found along the entire length.
Whereas the heel counter at the back of the CS2 was a single piece meant to cup the heel to provide comfort, in the upgrade CS3 it comes with what Saucony calls a Support Frame. It is a vastly improved system that puts two identical pieces to the either side of the heel and one single piece right in the center. These three pieces come together to provide great lock in support for the heel while also improving how the shoe fits around it.
The CS3 come equipped with the SRC impact zone that is located at the back, under the heel and along the lateral sides. This does a great job of absorbing all shocks and gives a nice lift off after the heel strike. While the Stabil CS2 did have such cushioning in the form of a crash pad but in the newer version it covers a much bigger area and extends from the back towards mid foot giving you that extra bit of shock absorption and a much softer heel to toe transition.
The CS3 has a much bigger running platform than the CS2 that makes it much more stable and it is only made better by the fact that they provide full ground contact, something that was not present in the CS2 as a result of the mid foot shank that did not make any contact with the ground.
The Saucony Stabil CS3 for men weighs 337 grams and is lighter by a full 40 grams. The women’s version weighs 281 grams and is again lighter, by 26 grams. Some amazing work done there by Saucony. In essence, Saucony has kept all the stability features of the CS2 while trimming it down to make it lighter and bringing minor little upgrades all over. These minor upgrades are what indeed make them feel much better than its previous iteration.
By now you can guess that the on track performance is nothing short of phenomenal and all the praise that the press and the consumers are lavishing upon it is completely justified.
The forefoot cushioning in particular is better than ever before, allowing people with bigger toes to easily fit in while providing for an easier toe off. Even if you have a wider foot, this shoe can easily accommodate it, which makes it perfect for people with flat feet.
The Dual Density SSL EVA increases the energy return so that you can run for longer without experiencing excessive fatigue. Add the fact that the shoe feels as comfortable as a second skin, making running a pure joy.
The Saucony Stabil CS3 Verdict
Saucony Cohesion 8
The Saucony Cohesion 8 prove that great running shoes don’t have to be expensive. In fact, this model is incredibly affordable and it almost has the same price as ordinary shoes. On the other side, it comes with the latest features and have been designed for professional athletes.
Saucony Cohesion 8 Features
According to most runners, the Saucony Cohesion 8 can last longer than models that are 2-3 times more expensive. It is possible due to the fact they are made from high-quality materials, and the latest technologies have been used in the manufacturing process. On the other side, they are light and they won’t make your foot get tired. Despite the low price, they don’t have some serious drawbacks.
The Stability Heel Grid System is usually reserved for more expensive shoes that are designed for professional applications. Now, you can have it with the Cohesion 8. Basically, there is more cushioning in the heel, so these shoes are more comfortable and they are better at absorbing the vibrations and shocks from the surface. At the same time, your feet will experience a great level of comfort. In addition, the foam inside can be removed, so washing is much easier.
Flex Grooves have been added to the forefoot in order to make them more flexible. This feature is more important than you can imagine, if you run on long distances. In general, the Cohesion 8 are easier to bend, so you will use less energy and you will be able to run longer. At the same time, the level of grip is at the highest level, so you won’t have any issues with it. This is a new addition that makes these shoes stand out of the crowd and more practical. On the other side, it has no negative effect on the price tag.
The level of comfort cannot be compared with shoes from the same price range. This means that you will get shoes that are more comfortable than you can imagine, but they are more than affordable. They offer a perfect balance between the comfort and the level of free space your feet have, so the risk of injuries is at the lowest level. This feature is more than useful if you suffer from high arches.
More affordable running shoes usually have the same problems when it comes to feet breathing. The situation is completely different with the Saucony Cohesion 8. Thanks to the Breathable Mesh your feet will be able to breathe. Simply said, the sweating will be reduced and the bad odor will be a part of history. This also reduces the risk of bacterial infection, so these shoes are ‘safe to use’.
If you like shoes that make running much easier, this product is perfect for you. In general, they are highly responsive, which make running less stressful and you will use less energy.
The Saucony Cohesion 8 Verdict
Saucony Guide 7
Thanks to the Saucony Guide 7 it is possible to run every day. These running shoes have several features that make them great for people with plantar fasciitis. Even more, they are modern and durable. People have realized that physical activity is mandatory for good health. In fact, beside diet and sleep, it is one of three pillars needed for good health.
Saucony Guide 7 Features
The weight of the Saucony Guide 7 is reduced compared with the previous model. This makes them much better simply because legs muscles require less energy to move. This is also the most important feature that makes them the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis. They reduce the stress on the feet and legs muscles, so running on a longer distances is now easier than ever. Despite the fact the weight has been reduced, they offer the same level of quality as the previous model.
Comfort is something that can make the Guide 7 great for runners with plantar fasciitis. Luckily, the level of comfort is at the highest level. They ensure that you will get that comfort while you are running, jogging or simply standing. This makes the Guide 7 perfect who have jobs that require a lot of standing. Don’t forget that these shoes are some of the most comfortable on the market at this moment.
The sock liner has been specially shaped, so it offers the best foot support. Perfect for people who stand a lot, during a day and for those who jog every day. It ensures the best support, so a foot is secured and it has just enough space. Keep in mind that if a foot has a lot of free space, inside a shoe, risk of injuries is increased. On the other side, this feature doesn’t increase the weight of the Guide 7, so all aforementioned benefits are easily achieved.
Power Grid cushioning is the latest feature, finally available for shoes that can be bought by ordinary people. A few years ago, this feature was reserved especially for professional athletes. The cushioning is located across the whole shoe, so the maximum efficiency has been reached. These cushions are properly shaped, so they don’t affect on comfort as well. On the other side, they are made from high-quality materials, so they are resistant to the unpleasant odor and in a case your feet sweat, these cushions require a very little of time to get dry.
A main problem with several running shoes, available on the market today is the fact they are too much air tight or too much ‘waterproof’. This means that the material used in the manufacturing process won’t let the air go out nor the moisture. As you can imagine, that moisture is going to stay inside a shoe. Only the out layer of the Saucony Guide 7 is waterproof, so your feet can ‘breathe’.
The Saucony Guide 7 Verdict
Saucony Triumph ISO 2
The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are yet another pair of great running shoes. Saucony has a great track record (no pun intended) of making great shoes that both runners and other athletic people love equally. One reason for that is the fact that the company is constantly striving for innovation and as a result, improving their line of shoes.
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Features
The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 were named Runner’s World Editor’s Choice and once you put them on, you can see, or rather feel, why. As soon as you put on this shoe (even with regular non running socks) you get a feeling of comfort. Plush comfort with more than enough cushioning. Don’t be surprised if you feel like wearing these all day and not taking them off.
They are a perfect companion for the days on which you need to walk around a lot or need to stand around for long hours. These will keep your feet stress free and relaxed throughout.
As has been the tradition with Saucony running shoes, thes Triumph ISO 2 are durable and going to last for a long time. The upper part is made of spacer mesh held together with no sew urethane welds with a synthetic leather mid foot panel and an inner sleeve.
Then there is the EVA midsole with an Everun foam topping and an Everun heel wedge with a 8mm heel to toe offset. As far as the outsole is concerned it is carbon rubber under the heel and blown rubber under mid and fore foot. They weigh merely 326 grams and it is no secret that Saucony have been trying to reduce the overall weight of the footwear and have succeeded in bringing it down when compared with the previous iteration of the shoe.
All in all it is a well built shoe that is light on the foot as well. Comfort, clearly being the number one priority here.
The main reason for the comfort remains the Everun that does an exceptional job of cushioning every step, every jump and pretty much every other movement that your foot will make as you walk or run. This makes it much much easier to run or walk for longer as you do not feel any adverse stress or tiredness. The cushioning system also smoothens the to and fro transfer of energy as it readily bounces the pressure exerted downwards back up.
Think of it like how a spring works, except not in such an obvious manner. The top sole cushion definitely creates more spring and this of course means that you wouldn’t have to use up as much energy as you otherwise would have to. The idea behind the Triumph ISO 2 is to take your focus off of it and put it on the activity that you are undertaking while wearing it. If you constantly have to think about the shoes you are wearing then you probably won’t enjoy what you are doing. Neither will you be able to give your optimal performance.
The zig zag design on the bottom helps greatly with traction, especially for those who like to run at faster speeds or those who like to navigate through unreliable surfaces. You simply feel that much more sense of grip with this shoe than you would otherwise and it allows you to have confidence that nothing would go wrong in case of a misstep or a sharp maneuver.
When you wear the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 you do not feel as if the foot has been tightly packed in. The toe space is good enough and so is the overall width of the shoe. The fact that it feels breathable means that this shoe can be worn for long periods of time. If there is something that we runners hate it is not being able to feel as if our feet are able to ’breathe’- thankfully that never happens with them.
What I love most about this shoe is the transition from the mid foot to the toe. That roll gets as natural as it can. It makes you want to go at it harder than you otherwise would have.
The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Verdict
Saucony Omni 13
The Saucony Omni 13 are one of the best Saucony running shoes and should be your first choice if the comfort is the most important feature for you. They have one of the best cushioning systems you can get today and they offer the same level of comfort no matter where you wear them. Running on a rough terrain won’t be an issue, so this model is better than you can imagine. In addition, this feature makes them a perfect choice for people with flat feet and similar issues.
Saucony Omni 13 Features
One reason why the Saucony Omni 13 are very comfortable is the feature in question. It has been made from a special foam, so it is 15% lighter, but 30% more durable than similar materials. At the same time, it has a positive effect to the level of comfort, so these shoes are more comfortable than you can imagine. Even better, this material helps you stabilize the feet and holds it in tight position. All of this means that this feature is more important than you can imagine and it makes them a much better choice.
Shock absorption may sound like a well-known feature, but it is also one of the most important ones. With the Omni 13 you will get the ultimate level of shock absorption. Running on a rough terrain can be comfortable, thanks to this addition. Keep in mind that it doesn’t increase the weight of the shoes, nor it has any other, negative effect. However, wearing these shoes without this system means that your feet will be under more stress, so you will experience pain, after a long run.
Thanks to this feature your foot will be held in place in the Omni 13 and there won’t be a lot of free roam. This is more important if you run on a rough terrain. If there is a lot of free roam, your ankle will be under stress, so a severe injury is possible. On the other side, when it is held in place, the risk of injuries will be eliminated. This feature is even more important if you have flat feet or a similar issue. If you get bigger or smaller shoes, this feature won’t be effective and it can make the things worse.
Wearing running shoes and having to feel that your feet are boiling, isn’t an option. In order to solve this issue, most manufacturers make specific systems that should solve this problem. In the Saucony Omni 13 special material offers a high level of breathability and your feet will be able to breathe, so sweating won’t be an issue. This also reduces the bad odor and the risk of bacterial infection. Keep in mind that if you have foot issues, this feature is more important than you may think and it should be mandatory on your running shoes.
The Saucony Omni 13 Verdict
Saucony Kinvara 4
The manufacturers of the Saucony Kinvara 4 went one step further to improve their shoes with features that are more than needed to people suffering foot pain. These running shoes come with a lot of features and advantages, needed for the runners and people with different feet problem.
Saucony Kinvara 4 Features
One reason, why the Saucony Kinvara 4 are great running shoes is the fact they have been improved for several years. First models weren’t very helpful, but the manufacturer used experience and feedback of the owners and made them perfect. The latest model comes with the latest features that are important in eliminating pain and providing a high level of comfort which is perfect for runners with plantar fasciitis. In addition, this model has been completely redesigned, so it has lower weight and additional features, compared to the previous model.
The biggest effort that the manufacturer had to apply was on the inside. The inner construction was developed for a few years, and it is specially shaped so it provides the highest level of comfort and foot support. Simply said, the foot is going to be held in place, no matter are you running or just standing, so the risk of injuries is going to be reduced and wearing them is more comfortable. In addition, the sweating of the foot is eliminated as well, thanks to the materials, used in the manufacturing process.
This addition in the Kinvara 4 is perfect for people who like running ‘off road’. The main purpose of this foam is to absorb shocks and impacts during the running, so your feet are going to be protected from these problems. Keep in mind that people with mentioned issue shouldn’t stress their feet due to the fact vibrations and impacts can cause pain. On the other side, EVA foam is very light (lighter than rubber) so it doesn’t increase the weight.
Flex Film is the latest material used in the Kinvara 4. It is used due to the fact it is very strong and durable, but flexible, so it will adapt to your feet. This material makes these Saucony running shoes more comfortable and adaptive. Keep in mind that every foot has a unique shape, so this feature is more than just needed, it is mandatory for professional and high-end shoes. In this case, choosing the correct size is mandatory as well.
The lower part has been specially designed so it offers the highest level of traction, no matter when and where you are running. The Saucony Kinvara 4 must have this ability because in a case you slip, you can cause severe pain and injuries due to the problematic condition. The design, used for this feature is tri-lug, and it is well-known as one of the designs that guarantees the best traction. Running in the rain, or on slippery surfaces is now safer and more pleasant.