Verdict from 6 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Its responsive low-type of cushioning is admired greatly by many neutral runners who already tested it.
  • Its outsole is still amazing for many runners who love the softer IBR and XT-900 carbon rubber.
  • It is light enough for tempo runs.
  • Many runners find it stiffer, offering a firmer and more responsive ride.
  • Stability is enhanced with the POWERGRID to distribute and reduce impact.
  • There is no bulky overlay observed with the Breakthru 2’s new FlexFilm over the toe box.
  • Stylish use of the reflective material is an attractive design for many testers.
  • The price is affordable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers find messy stitching on top of the sole when the insole is pulled up.
  • Durability is not reliable as the FlexFilm wears out easily, making it ideal only for training and other routines.

Bottom line

The Saucony Breakthru 2 is a versatile shoe that was built using high quality technologies. Its construction allows for an easy transition from softer running shoes to much firmer ones with its firm yet responsive midsole. Most of the materials and construction are pretty similar to its previous version, with a slight change in the upper. It is an affordable shoe for running but it a worthwhile choice.

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Good to know

  • A new Flex Film upper that does away with substantial overlays gives the Breakthru 2 a very nice upgrade where irritation-reduction and better toe room are concerned. This is also one of the reasons why the shoe is a bit lighter than the past version.
  • Saucony made the sole a bit firmer and more responsive to make it a doable race day shoe while it functions primarily as a lightweight trainer.
  • The upper is a more relaxed mesh that improves the breathability of the former tightly-woven version of the original.
  • More reflective materials all over the shoe, including parts of the outsole enhance the shoe’s visibility in low-light areas. This will be of great help when running after work or just before dawn where lighting is less than ideal.

Saucony makes the Breakthru 2 of standard fit like the previous model, but has added a bit more room in the toebox. Runners with medium measurements from the heel to the forefoot will find the fit very comfortable. Available widths are D and B while sizes are 6.5 to 17 for the men’s and 5 to 13 for the women’s.

The outsole is a mixture of Saucony’s technologies in the softer IBR+ rubber for better traction and the very sturdy XT900 for superb durability. Saucony uses moderate treads for versatile grip on the road. The XT900 outsole material is also used in the 4th version of the Saucony Breakthru.

The midsole houses the Powergrid foam for shock attenuation and cushioning properties. There is also Saucony’s Super Lite EVA or SSL EVA for lightweight cushioning with superb bounce back features.

A mesh upper with thin, welded overlays called the Flex Film deliver great breathability and very nice foot-wrapping comfort. The RunDry collar is moisture-wicking and helps with the plush feel.


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